Reports: Julian Green to be loaned from Bayern Munich to Hamburg

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Julian Green has made the game day 18 for each of Bayern Munich’s two league matches, but if this season’s meant to be the 19-year-old’s first impact on the Bundesliga, it won’t happen in a FCB uniform. According to reports this evening, the United States international is on the verge of a year-long move to Hamburg, with the two clubs currently finalizing a fee that will send the Tampa-born attacker on loan.

ESPN FC confirmed the impending move through Green’s father, Jerry, who said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is on board with the loan. The temporary switch would presumably give Green a chance to make his Bundesliga debut, with the attacker’s only previous senior team time coming in the early stage of last year’s UEFA Champions League.

From ESPN FC:

Sky Sport News was the first to report that the deal is done, though German newspaper Bild has indicated Hamburg and Bayern are still negotiating the loan fee.

Reached by telephone, Jerry Green said “Julian is going [to Hamburg] as far as we know.”

He also confirmed the loan is “strictly a one-year loan and then back to Bayern type of deal,” adding that when the possibility of a loan arrangement seemed likely, he contacted U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fully in favor of the move.

Hamburg, winless through two rounds of this season’s Bundesliga, currently features 27-year-old Croatian Ivo Ilicevic on the left side of the team’s 4-2-3-1 formation – the position Green is most likely to play. With HSV having barely avoided relegation last season, that play will have to come in league and the German Cup, with Mirko Slomka’s team not having the luxury of spreading Green’s minutes into Europe.

Whether he can earn those minutes remains to be seen, though the challenge will likely be much easier at the Imtech Arena. Even coming off a 15-goal season in the fourth tier, Green was unlikely to steal time from players like Mario Götze, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and the rest of Bayern’s first team talents.

Now competing with Ilicevic, Tolgay Arslan, Pierre-Michel Losagga, Artjoms Rudnevs, and Zoltan Stieber for time with Rafael van der Vaart, Green will get a new perspective on where his ranks against the rest of the Bundesliga’s talents.

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.