Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rumors and Reports 6/9/14

Here's the latest run down of rumors and reports as MLS comes to a standstill over the next few weeks.

-MLS target Juan Agudelo is expected to sign with Hannover 96 as soon as this week. Reported first by MLS Transfers, a source says negotiations have been going smoothly and are expected to get done.

- Former Chelsea star Joe Cole is looking for a new club after he was let go by West Ham. His agent has offered him to numerous MLS sides and Orlando City might step up to the plate. We'll see what happens over the next few weeks.

- Frank Lampard to NYCFC looks like a done deal but French side Lille seemed like they were extremely interested as they held talks with his agent a week before the English national team left for Miami.

- Drogba is now club-less and despite reports of him going to Chelsea for a farewell tour, an MLS side is still interested. Not sure what next steps are being taken though as we've heard he hasn't had any contact with any MLS official in over 6 months.

- San Jose Earthquakes new stadium will be ready for 2015 and like we've been hearing for over a year now, they want to make a big signing to go along with it. Some names being thrown around? Mexico's Andres Guardado (though seems highly unlikely) and Columbia's Abel Aguilar (also unlikely).

-DeMarcus Beasley is almost guaranteed to join an MLS side as soon as the US National Team leaves Brazil this summer. Chicago Fire are in line for his services while NYCFC were interested some weeks back. That interest has since cooled though a source has said.

-Seems likely Julio Cesar is leaving Toronto after the World Cup. The likes of Porto, Flamengo and home club QPR are all set to want him (or want him back in QPR's case).

-French forward Djibril Cisse wants an MLS contract says a source overseas. Haven't heard anything on that front but be on the lookout for that.

- Orlando City President Phil Rawlins admitted to MLS Transfers that they have talked with both Kaka and Robinho. We're starting to think that Robinho is now first choice in Orlando.

- Philadelphia Union have been in search of a reliable goalscorer for some time now. Italy, England, Holland and more have been looked at over the past 8 or so months. No names have come up but I have a feeling that will be changing soon.

- World Cup players (besides the one's already named) some MLS clubs are looking at:

- Defender, Nic Lombaerts (Belgium)
- Midfielder, Jean Makoun (Cameroon)
- Midfielder, Jean Beausejour (Chile)
- Midfielder, Diego Calvo (Costa Rica)
- Midfielder, Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
- Defender, Walter Ayovi (Ecuador)
- Forward, Dirk Kuyt (Holland)

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