U.S. player news from Mexico: DaMarcus Beasley on the move, Landon Donovan being sought

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Our neighbor to the south is making some U.S. player-related news today.

First on Tuesday came the news that DaMarcus Beasley has moved from his current Liga MX home to a new one in Mexico, from Puebla to rival Queretaro.

The most important thing for Beasley, the closest thing the United States national team has to a starting left back at the moment, is that he keeps playing games. He was getting them at Puebla, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

By the way, raise your paw if you would have liked to have seen Beasley, 31, back in MLS. The move between Liga MX clubs doesn’t mean he cannot get into MLS this summer, but it would seem to make such a trek north less likely.

Meanwhile, also out of Mexico, someone would like to employ Landon Donovan. That “someone” is Club Atlas, a side that has fallen onto hard times.

Well, that’s great and all; they would like to sign Donovan. And I would like to receive 50 percent off and walk away hassle-and-haggle free on my next new car purchase – but I doubt that’s going to happen, either.

Donovan just re-signed with the Galaxy. He seems happy as a clam, his soccer spirit rejuvenated, his life in Manhattan Beach just swell.

Bruce Arena keeps telling people that Donovan isn’t “going anywhere.” He was speaking about loans, mostly, but it seems fair to speculate that Arena would broaden his “not going anywhere” sentiments to any and all offers from all the sundry corners of the soccer universe.

Donovan does want to go to a fourth World Cup. He is settled with the Galaxy. He gets starts. He loves sunny So Cal. Life is a freakin’ peach.

He’s not about to turn all that upside down for some new fling with a club on the skids in Mexico.

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”

Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show: Episode 3

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In the third episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England pulls out a massive win while VAR finds its way into the World Cup spotlight.

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There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, with the show coming via the Men In Blazers.

Click play on the video above to watch the first episode in full.