Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Casillas to City, Klose to L.A.

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Seeing as today is a day that ends in Y, there’s plenty of transfer gossip across Europe and America. Take a look at who’s going where (at least for the morning).

Let’s start with someone who says he’s not planning on making a loan move despite his national team coach’s preferences. L.A. Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez is taking things easy ahead of January training camp. His late-season injuries are certainly playing a role, but he seems to hint that getting hurt on loan at FC Nurnberg last year is in his mind and the minds of Galaxy management.

Iker Casillas doesn’t start between the sticks for his club team. It’s a wild enough statement, and Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says that the Spaniard could be on his way to Manchester City if he doesn’t regain his starting spot this season. Unless Diego Lopez is injured, that’s unlikely.

France and Newcastle engine room maestro Yohan Cabaye is at it again, saying he’ll assess his future after the season at Newcastle United thanks to a renewed desire to play Champions League football, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those on alert. This is nothing new, as Cabaye’s flirtations with Arsenal lead to his exclusion from the Magpies opening weekend thumping at the hands of Manchester City. Is an unlikely NUFC Top Four finish the only thing that could keep him Tyneside? Rumours of a return to France have also been bandied about.

Manchester United is being linked with three excellent players this morning, including Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria and Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, though it’s fellow Mattress Makers mid Arda Turan drawing big attention. The 26-year-old Turkey international is said to have a 40 million Euro release clause that has both Old Trafford and Anfield as possible destinations.

Could prolific German veteran striker Miroslav Klose be joining Jermain Defoe in a move to MLS? Seemingly moments after reports of Defoe to Toronto FC hit the web, Klose to Galaxy news followed (German language link). Los Angeles already had the max of three Designated Players, so what’s more likely: one of Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez or Robbie Keane leaving or Klose taking less than a DP salary? The whispers say either is unlikely, but “Klose Angeles” is intriguing. Steve Davis has more here.