Wednesday Transfer Rumor Roundup: Cheick Tiote on the move to North London?

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Hump-day loves transfer rumors and so do you.

Arsenal need some physicality in the holding role and the more time wears on the less likely it looks like Sami Khedira will end up at the Emirates. No problem for Arsene Wenger because one of the hardest men in all the Premier League, Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, would be over the moon to join the Gunners.

But while the Ivorian is capable of crushing anything in his path, does he possess the technique to play with a side like Arsenal? They already have Matheiu Flamini who is arguably better on the ball and equally as insane as Tiote but even he struggles to get on the pitch. Doesn’t seem like the deal of the century especially at the $13 million Arsenal will reportedly need to pay Newcastle for Tiote’s services but to each his own.

On the other side of North London the doors are wide open for business as Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Roberto Soldado, Michael Dawson, Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Mousa Dembele, Kyle Naughton, Benoît Assou-Ekotto and Nacer Chadli are all reportedly up for sale. Oh, what a difference a year makes! The good thing for Spurs fans is that if those players could bring in some cash, Mauricio Pochettino would be happy to splash that out on the likes of Memphis Depay, Mateo Musacchio or Toby Alderweireld.

One deal with a bit more to it is Manchester United’s pursuit of Argentine international Marcos Rojo. The World Cup star, who can play left-back or center-back making him a logical fit in the three man back line of Louis van Gaal, is reportedly close to a deal that would bring him to Old Trafford by next week. And apparently, van Gaal isn’t stopping at Rojo as Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria rumors continue to fill the air.

It’s tough to see Wilfried Zaha staying at Manchester United and while a permanent deal is unlikely a loan looks certain. Crystal Palace are ready to pony up the wages for the player who had a heavy hand in bringing the Eagles into the Premier League two seasons ago. Zaha would be a boon to Selhurst Park where he’d fit right in and could prove a real compliment to fellow wingers Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie.

Finally, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could make a sensational $50 million move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, a bid designed to boost the Blues defensive ranks and drive Louis van Gaal, also an admirer of Benatia, crazy. Other reports claim that Mourinho may make a move for QPR striker Loic Remy, to fill the boots of the fallen Didier Drogba.

AT HALF: Lletget, Bradley, Dempsey spur USMNT to 3-0 lead

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The United States men’s national team’s bid to recover their 2018 World Cup hopes is off to a flying start.

As it stands, the 3-0 halftime lead provided by Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley, and Clint Dempsey has the Yanks up from sixth to fourth in the Hex table.

Sebastian Lletget scored a fifth minute goal to ease the tensions of the Avaya Stadium crowd in San Jose, though he’d leave the match with injury before the match was 20 minutes old.

Sloppy Honduran defending caused a turnover outside the 18, and Jozy Altidore played Christian Pulisic in on goal.

[ LIVE – Play-by-play via @USSoccer ]

Keeper Donis Escober got a piece of Pulisic’s shot, but no one followed Lletget to the back post and the ex-West Ham and current LA Galaxy man quickly put the Yanks up 1-0.

Then it was the captain who doubled the lead, as Honduras inexplicably gave him the room to walk across the arc of the 18 to rip a shot across goal. 2-0.

It was Clint Dempsey’s turn in the 33rd minute, after an otherworldly scooped pass from Pulisic.

What. A. Pass. Kid.

LINEUP

USMNT: Howard; Villafana, Gonzalez, Brooks, Cameron; Bradley, Lletget (Bedoya, 18′), Nagbe; Pulisic, Dempsey, Altidore.

Goals: Lletget (5′), Bradley (27′), Dempsey (33′)

LIVE – USMNT looks to right ship vs. Honduras

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The United States starts to make amends for its 0-2 start to the final round of World Cup qualifying with a match against Honduras on Friday in San Jose.

Losses to Mexico and Costa Rica cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job and Bruce Arena will try things differently

[ LIVE – Play-by-play via @USSoccer ]

Most importantly for Arena, Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard are available this time around.

Cameron starts at right back, with John Brooks and Omar Gonzalez in the center of the back four. Jorge Villafana slots into the mix at left back.

Captain Michael Bradley will sit atop the midfield, with Darlington Nagbe, Sebastian Lletget, and Christian Pulisic in the midfield.

Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are the forwards. Kickoff is set for 10:55 p.m. EDT from Avaya Stadium.

Minnesota’s Molino lifts Trinidad and Tobago to big win (video)

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Minnesota United attacker Kevin Molino has given Trinidad and Tobago life in the race to win a spot at the 2018 World Cup.

Molino’s 37th minute goal gave hosts T&T a 1-0 lead against visiting Panama at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday, and the Soca Warriors held on to win its first points of qualifying.

Panama had a Luis Tejada goal controversially ruled offside as Los Canaleros nearly pulled their fifth point of the Hex. Panama faces the USMNT on Tuesday in Panama City.

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Molino fooled long time LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo with a low shot across the body. The Panama backstop couldn’t get low enough or far enough with his dive to stop the shot.

The win has T&T in fifth place on the Hex table, behind Honduras on goal differential and three points ahead of the last place USMNT.

The U.S. needs a two-goal win to pass T&T, and a three-goal win to climb above Honduras.

WATCH: Zaha drives Russia nuts with mazy dribble goal

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Wilfried Zaha combined balance, deft touch, and breakneck speed to score his first international goal for the Ivory Coast.

With his side leading Russia 1-0 on Friday, the Crystal Palace winger worked his way through four defenders before burying his shot.

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Zaha especially fooled with Ilya Kutepov, a harsh cut nearly tipping both to the field.

He’s just 24, and it seems much longer ago that he made his failed move to Manchester United in 2013.

Failed may be a rough verb considering it all contributed to making him the player he is for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast today.