Merry Christmas, Fulhamericans.
Clint Dempsey is coming to town!
As expected, US Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey penned a deal to rejoin former club Fulham on a two-month loan spell from the Seattle Sounders.
Dempsey left Craven Cottage in the summer of 2012 to join Tottenham for $10.25 million. After spending one year at White Hart Lane – where he scored 12 goals in 43 appearances – he departed for Seattle last summer on a $9.3 million deal.
“It feels good to be back – this has always felt like my home in Europe,” said Dempsey.
“I want to help the team when they’re in not in the position they want to be in the table.”
Currently 19th in the Premier League, Fulham are eager for new blood to help change the course of things at Craven Cottage. While the club’s biggest hindrance is it’s porous defense – which has leaked a league worst 34 goals this season – the goals (17 in total) haven’t exactly been flying in.
That’s where Dempsey, who scored 60 goals in 225 appearances in his first stint at Fulham, can help. With the poor form of Darren Bent and Bryan Ruiz, combined with Dimitar Berbetov’s groin injury and a rotating cast of wingers (Ashkan Dejagah, Patjim Kasami, Kieran Richardson), there’s plenty of places where Deuce can fit in.
The American’s message is simple: “Going into a World Cup year, I want to get back to playing at the highest level and get back to top form.”
Music to the ears of USMNT (and Fulham) fans.
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.