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Transfer needs: Sunderland, Swansea, Tottenham, West Brom, West Ham

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With the summer transfer window either rushing or creeping toward completion, depending on whether you want your club to buy a new player or hold onto an asset, it’s due time we address the needs of each team with time ticking away.

We’re down to the final five teams of the final few days of the summer transfer window, and there’s a whole lot of need between these clubs. Let’s dig right in:

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Manager Gus Poyet has not been shy when it comes to disclosing his discontent regarding new signings to Sunderland, which lost a number of dependable players in the offseason (including Jack Colback, Phil Bardsley and Craig Gardner). Poyet would like to bring in Fabio Borini from Liverpool, but that saga continues to drag on and on and on. One coup coming his way would be the addition of Atletico Madrid and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. Rumor is he’s coming to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan.

Swansea City

Garry Monk has brought a bevy of talent to Wales, the latest being a loan move for young Aussie player Giancarlo Gallifuoco from Tottenham. Swans have also been linked with Montpellier mid Benjamin Stambouli, and they need a little more strength in the middle of the park. Adding Gylfi Sigurdsson was a good get, as well Bafetimbi Gomis and Jefferson Montero. They could be about done for this window.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs continue to be linked with both arrivals and departures as the window works against the London club. The Swans-linked Stambouli is a target for Mauricio Pochettino and he may just be pipped away from the Welsh club as Tottenham works toward the UEFA Champions League via Top 4 spot or Europa title.

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Frankly, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Spurs add a big name, either, or watch a guy like Roberto Soldado skate to Italy, Spain or another place more free-flowing.

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies could use some firepower, and Alan Irvine continues to scour the market to put someone in his strike force with Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino. Rumor has it Metalist Kharkiv winger Sebastian Blanco will be West Brom’s 11th signing of the summer, perhaps by the end of the day. The Baggies look much different and a bit deeper, but can they move mid-table?

West Ham United

Sam Allardyce has added intriguing offensive pop in Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate amongst others, but the latest name linked for West Ham is a more gritty, edgy, defensive player in Cameroon midfielder Alex Song. He’d come on loan from Barcelona, and is a Big Sam signing if we’ve ever seen one. What the Hammers need is a healthy Andy Carroll, though they could certainly settle

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Puksas Award finalists: Somehow absent is USWNT’s Carli Lloyd

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FIFA announced on Monday its three-man list of finalists for the 2015 Puskas Award, handed out each year to the player who scored the “most beautiful” goal of the past calendar year.

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The three men up for this year’s honor are Alessandro Florenzi (WATCH HERE), Lionel Messi (WATCH HERE) and Wendell Lira (WATCH HERE) — all scorers of fantastically beautiful goals this year.

That means Carli Lloyd, who made the original list of nominees before being whittled down to just three, is shockingly tragically scandalously criminally not a finalist for this year’s award. Reminder: This is the goal we’re talking about.

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So, here’s the case for Lloyd:

  • She scored from midfield
  • She scored the winner from midfield in a World Cup final
  • She scored the winner from midfield in a World Cup final to complete a hat trick
  • She scored the winner from midfield in a World Cup final to complete a hat trick in the 16th minute

How in the world is Carli Lloyd’s midfield goal to complete a 16-minute hat trick and win a World Cup final not a top-three goal of the year? You got some (more) explaining to do, FIFA.

Beckham group abandons latest plans for Miami MLS stadium

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All signs seemed to point toward an all-too-familiar outcome for the David Beckham-led investment group hoping to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to the city of Miami: another failed plan in their bid to build a brand new stadium.

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Earlier this month, newly-joined all-world sports executive Tim Leiweke warned that groups or individuals currently owning the various parcels of land surrounding the Miami Marlins’ baseball stadium, the latest site Miami Beckham United (MBU) had chosen, were making “unrealistic” demands and threatened to derail the project at that location.

Today, it’s been reported across South Florida that the group has altogether abandoned plans to build their stadium at that particular site. Miami city commissioner Francis Suarez confirmed that MBU were “moving in a different direction” — quotes from Local 10 News:

“It’s going to be withdrawn from the next agenda because the Beckham group has not acquired the private properties that are needed to construct the stadium on that site.”

“The residents expect us to hold these teams to the fire,” Suarez said. “A lot of times they’re financed by wealthy people and they want some sort of a public subsidy, which is very controversial as well, which is why we were going to take it to referendum.”

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On Sunday, during halftime of the league’s Eastern Conference final, MLS commissioner Don Garber was asked about the Miami stadium situation, to which he responded, “We think Miami will be a great market. We found a reasonably good site. I’m confident that we’ll get something done there.”

MBU is reportedly being held to something of a deadline by the MLS board of governors, which meets every year ahead of MLS Cup, with this weekend’s sit-down thought of as a target date to have something concrete going forward. Meanwhile, Sacramento Republic FC, an MLS expansion hopeful currently playing in the USL (third division), announced last week they would be moving forward with building their brand new MLS-sized stadium, expansion bid or not.

“Goal” writer pitching a Jamie Vardy movie: But who would play Kaspar Schmeichel?

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There are certainly already some comparisons between new Premier League record holder Jamie Vardy and fictional Santiago Munez from the “Goal!” movies.

But that isn’t going to stop “Goal” screenwriter Adrian Butchart from heading to Tinseltown and pitching the Vardy story as a basis for a new film, according to The Sun.

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And he’s got a who’s who of young actors in mind for the role of Vardy.

From The Sun:

Butchart believes Hollywood A-listers Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and Zac Efron all have potential to fill Vardy’s boots in a film version of his life.

Unfortunately, they don’t ask Butchart who should play Claudio Ranieri, or Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Fortunately, we’re here with our cast (The first one is easy):

Aaron Paul as Vardy.

Robert Downey, Jr. as Van Nistelrooy.

James Franco as Riyad Mahrez.

Tommy Lee Jones as Ranieri.

Ryan Gosling as Kaspar Schmeichel.

Liam Neeson as Nigel Pearson.

And Danny Drinkwater as himself.

Report says Impact will add 96-times capped Ivorian defender

Monaco's Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov (L) challenges Montpellier's Ivorian defender Siaka Tiene (R) during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Monaco at the Mosson stadium in Montpellier on September 24, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT        (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Eastern Conference’s second-stingiest team is looking to enhance its already-strong back line.

Joining MLS Best XI defender Laurent Ciman could be Siaka Tiene, a longtime international teammate of Didier Drogba on the Ivory Coast squad.

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The 96-times capped Tiene will be 34 when next season starts, but will have fresh legs having not played since last season ended for Montpellier.

MLSSoccer.com does the translation work for us:

A report from RDS.ca states that the Impact have signed 33-year-old left back Siaka Tiéné, an Ivory Coast international who boasts World Cup and African Cup of Nations experience.

Aside from Ciman, Ambroise Oyongo is the only Impact back currently under contract.

Tiene played relatively well last season, but was limited to just 17 appearances in Ligue 1.