Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City have confirmed a swap deal that will see midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson leave White Hart Lane and head to the Liberty Stadium in exchange for Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and an undisclosed fee.
The deal has Davies joining Spurs on a five-year contract and Vorm penning a four-year deal while Sigurdsson returns to the Welsh club where he spent time on loan in 2012 on a four-year contract.
The 21-year-old Davies broke into the Swansea first team in 2012 and enjoyed an immediate impact, winning their Young Player of the Year accolade the past two seasons. In 2012/13 he made 44 appearances for the Swans and helped the club lift their first major trophy, the Capital One Cup. Last season he retained that strong form scoring twice in 34 league appearances as the Swans finished 12th in the top-flight. At Spurs, Davies is expected to secure the left-back spot, a position that proved to be Tottenham’s achilles heel during last year’s troublesome season.
Vorm arrives in North London after three seasons with the Swans during which time he celebrated the Capital One Cup title while picking up Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player and the Away Player awards along the way. All in all he made 97 appearances for Swansea. Vorm’s decision to accept the transfer is a curious one, after Arsenal backup Lukasz Fabianski signed with the squad earlier this season, intent on finding first team action. Instead of competing with Fabianski, Vorm has decided to leave the club in favor of competing with Lloris. Vorm, who was in Holland’s World Cup squad this summer, will prove a vital deputy to Lloris and could challenge the Frenchman should he find form and avoid injury.
Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals in an 18 match loan spell with Swansea in 2011/12, returns at the Liberty after two seasons at Spurs where he scored eight goals in 58 league appearances. Despite the output, Sigurdsson never established himself as a starter at White Hart Lane but did manage to score some fantastic goals off the bench. Spurs will miss that super-sub factor but, under Gary Monk, Sigurdsson finds himself in the promising position of becoming an everyday starters although it won’t come easy as the Swans already boast a talented midfield that includes Jonathan De Guzman, Ki Sung-Yeung, Jonjo Shelvey, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Leon Britton, Jose Canas and Pablo Hernandez.
Another Yank youngster has landed in Germany.
Weston McKinnie, 18, has starred for the United States U-20 team as well as FC Dallas’ Academy, and has been in demand.
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The club is Schalke, a Bundesliga outfit which has had an exceptional offseason. McKinnie joins the U-19 side, and is billed by Schalke as a midfielder who “can be deployed as part of a two-man central midfield or in the number 10 role.”
“He’s a player who convinced us with his robustness and game awareness,” said academy director Oliver Ruhnert. “In the US he is one of the best footballers for his age. He is also a youth national team player and has also captained his team. He brings a lot of qualities with him, especially to the mental side of his game. We are therefore convinced that Weston is capable of becoming a professional footballer. The transfer therefore makes a lot of sense.”
McKinnie, if you haven’t read his name before, is absolutely one to remember. The Schalke man joins a club with a good track record for Americans. Chad Deering, Thomas Dooley, and David Wagner have also represented the United States for the Miners.
Deadline Day was kinda nuts, am I right?
There’s a lot to digest, and we’ve covered a lot of it in this space.
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She has the seventh-most caps and the sixth-most assists in United States women’s national team history, and she’s also calling it a day.
Excelle Sports is reporting that Heather O’Reilly is retiring at the age of 31. The FC Kansas City player will likely play her final match in September, as the 2015 champs have all-but been eliminated from the playoffs.
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O’Reilly had 230 caps, 46 goals, and 54 assists for the USWNT team. She’s one of only a few players to have more than 45 goals and 50 assists (Julie Foudy, Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan, Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly).
One of many successful products of Anson Dorrance’s UNC program, “HAO” spent her club career with New Jersey Wildcats, Sky Blue FC, and Boston Breakers before joining FCKC.
O’Reilly was left off the Olympic roster this summer, named as an alternate. She could’ve been useful — of course hindsight is 20/20 — and it’ll be odd watching more USWNT matches without HAO.
Two mainstays of the international game are done with that part of their career following shutout wins on Wednesday, just two of several friendlies early in this international break.
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Germany 2-0 Finland
Max Meyer picked up from his remarkable Olympics by firing home, and Mesut Ozil also scored for the Germans in a match that was not about the winner. Bastian Schweinsteiger called it a day on his international career in the win, his 121st cap. The Manchester United man finishes his career with 24 goals, a World Cup title and a EURO runner-up finish. Not too shabby.
Ireland 4-0 Oman
ROI all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane fittingly ended his tenure as an international player with yet another goal, bringing his career tally to 68 goals in 146 caps. Stoke City’s Jon Walters scored twice for the Boys in Green, and Robbie Brady (Norwich) also netted in the win.
Denmark 5-0 Liechtenstein
It took the hosts a half-hour to break down the visitors, but a pair from Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen opened the floodgates and Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer and Jens Stryger Larsen finished the scoring in a blowout at the CASA Arena in Horsens. It was Larsen’s first cap.
Turkey 0-0 Russia
Albania 0-0 Morocco
Estonia 1-1 Malta
Norway 0-1 Belarus
Lebanon 1-1 Jordan