Friday’s transfer rumor roundup is led by Everton’s interest in Spartak Moscow winger Aidan McGeady. The speedy Irishman has been on Roberto Martinez’ dial for awhile now and although the Toffees boss laughed off rumors that McGeady was in town for a medical, many believe this deal is as good as done.
Sticking with the theme of Everton and speedy wingers, rumors are flying that the Blues are in for Blackpool’s Tom Ince. But considering Everton’s current crop of wingers – Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and the injured Gerard Deulofeu – a move for Ince seems likely only to transpire if the McGeady deal is scratched.
Over at Manchester United, David Moyes is said to have his sites set on Juventus’ Claudio Marchisio and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, either of whom would be a welcome change in the Red Devils struggling midfield.
While Moyes will be happy to add to his squad, losing stars is something he can’t afford. Cue Jose Mourinho’s continued interest in striker Wayne Rooney. The England international’s contract has less than 18 months to run at United and without any contract talks taking place, a move to Chelsea could turn the striker’s head. Mourinho, however, is refusing to talk about the link.
Gus Poyet is looking to make moves in January with Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini, Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andújar and Internacional midfielder Ignacio Scocco all on his radar. Anyone and everyone to help avoid relegation will be the view of Sunderland fans.
Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has been linked to Arsenal for months now so Liverpool figure the time has come to throw their hat in the race. Brendan Rodgers has also been watching Dynamo Kyiv’s Andriy Yarmolenko and thinks he may be a great fit to his free-scoring side.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert continues his interest in signing Wes Hoolahan from Norwich City, Mark Hughes is contemplating the permanent signing of on-loan winger Oussama Assaidi, and despite Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela being linked with loan moves to Inter Milan and Juventus, manager Tim Sherwood claims the Argentine is staying put.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.
As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.
However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.
“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”
Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”
It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.