Sunderland make late bid for USMNT and Stoke star Geoff Cameron

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On deadline day in the Premier League there’s been a U.S. international in the thick of things, as Stoke City right back Geoff Cameron has been the subject of a bid from Sunderland.

After contacting Stoke City, they declined to comment when asked about any potential bid for the USMNT defender.

But PST sources close to Stoke revealed Sunderland have indeed tabled a bid for the versatile American, who has once again been hugely impressive as a mainstay in Stoke’s defense in 2013-14.

Cameron, 28, was rumored to be involved in a potential deal that would see Lee Cattermole heading to Stoke and Cameron plus cash going in the opposite direction. You can see why Sunderland would want to get Cameron on board for a number of reasons, as the hugely versatile player would add experience and depth to the Black Cats backline with a massive relegation battle coming up.

But would this be a good move for Cameron?

The former Houston Dynamo star has solidified his spot as Stoke’s first-choice right back (and is arguably the USA’s first choice RB heading into the 2014 World Cup) after playing 35 games in his debut PL season last year, and playing in 27 games already so far this campaign. As we know, Mark Hughes’ men have taken a while to get settled down after the Tony Pulis era and recent bad results see the Potters flirting with relegation.

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Meanwhile Sunderland are on the up. They have lost once in their last eight PL games and are now three points clear of the drop zone with a real fee-good factor around the club and a League Cup final coming up at Wembley.

Would it be a gamble for Cameron to swap the guaranteed starting spot he has at Stoke for pastures new at Sunderland?

Perhaps, but he could link up with his USMNT teammate Jozy Altidore and help Sunderland survive and kick on after the good work new manager Gus Poyet has performed since his arrival. The Black Cats have a massive stadium, and everything is in place to become a top 10 team if they stay up this season and solidify. Cameron has shown that he’s kicked on after solid first season in the PL, and now he’s bombing up the pitch from right back and whipping in some delightful crosses, showing he has much more in his locker than just defending.

It’s a tricky situation for Cameron. What do you think he should do?

I’m intrigued to see how this one plays out…

Marseille making Olivier Giroud top transfer target this summer

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Marseille did well to bring in one star this season but could the French side have another trick up its sleeve this summer?

Sky Sports is reporting that the Ligue 1 club is preparing to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud over the summer and the sixth-place side is “willing to pay up to £20m (roughly $25 million).

Marseille made a splash this season when the club re-signed Dimitri Payet, who was playing with Premier League side West Ham at the time.

The team does boast several quality attacking options such as Payet and Bafetimbi Gomis, but Giroud could serve as an ideal target man in the Marseille attack.

Prior to joining the Gunners in 2012, Giroud starred for Montpellier and with a potential link-up in the attack with a creator like Payet, it could present a dangerous attacking threat to the rest of Ligue 1.

Giroud, 30, has scored 95 goals in all competitions since arriving in London with Arsenal.

Report: Chicharito talks heating up with Los Angeles FC

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We’ve seen MLS teams make major splashes in the past, and one of next year’s newcomers could be a really big draw if they can manage to seal the deal on a Mexican international.

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According to Metro New York, Los Angeles FC is continuing its talks with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez about a potential deal that would prove massive in terms of MLS spending.

While LAFC won’t debut in MLS until 2018, the club could potentially make the Mexico striker the highest-paid player in league history with an average salary of roughly $10 million.

The 28-year-old Hernandez currently plays in Germany with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he’s plied his trade since joining the club during the 2015/16 season.

Additionally, the former Manchester United man has dominated the international scene for El Tri, scoring 46 goals in 90 appearances for the CONCACAF nation.

Report: Bayern Munich scouted Walker, Alexis this weekend

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German publication Kicker says Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke attended both of this weekend’s FA Cup semifinals and had his eye on two players in particular.

Reschke apparently wants to bring players from both North London Derby rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the Allianz Arena.

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In the case of Spurs, that man is right back Kyle Walker. The 26-year-old has also played right mid in 8 of his 35 matches for Tottenham this season, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. It’s hard to believe Spurs would have interest in selling Walker, who would help fill the role of retiring Philipp Lahm.

On the other side is Alexis Sanchez, the embattled but electric Arsenal attacker who Arsene Wenger described as an “animal” and “always ready to kill the opponent” this weekend. Wenger says Sanchez isn’t going anywhere, but Bayern does boast Chilean teammate Arturo Vidal and former Barca mate Thiago Alcantara.

Walker is signed at Spurs through 2021, while Sanchez’s contract ends after next season.

Roma lands sporting director Monchi, a reported Arsenal target

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AS Roma has found its new sporting director, and it’s a man with a keen eye for talent.

Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez Verdejo, 48, has spent the last 18 years as the sporting director at Sevilla, which won five UEFA Europa League titles under his watch.

Monchi was discussed in the media as a target for the same job at Arsenal and was a target for other Premier League clubs, but Roma sealed the deal with the former goalkeeper.

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He is considered to have a big role in discovering and developing Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, and Dani Alves.

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