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Wednesday’s transfer rumor roundup: Serie A after Premier Leaguers; Dzagoev to Magpies?

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With two Premier League strikers rumored close to moving to new clubs inside England’s top flight (Loic Remy and Steven Naismith), we could be headed for a busier than usual January transfer window.

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When Friday morning arrives, Newcastle could be calling Moscow for CSKA midfielder Alan Dzagoev. The 25-year-old attacker is a bigger version of Yohan Cabaye, and is 49-times capped by Russia. Steve McClaren could have him for about $15 million.

Could Bafetimbi Gomis leave Swansea City for the shores of Qatar? Lekhwiya is the name of the club that may want to buy the veteran French striker, and Swans are said to be willing to pull the trigger if they can lure Patrick Bamford on trial from Chelsea.

Yannick Bolasie has been terrific for Crystal Palace, and Inter Milan is the first of several Serie A sides in our gossip rundown. The Congolese playmaker could command a $29 million bid from the Italian powers. Would Palace possibly be tempted?

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Mathieu Debuchy was a dynamo at Newcastle but has struggled for health and form at Arsenal. Now Italian outlet La Repubblica claims the Frenchman could be set for a loan deal at Roma until the end of the season. Wonder if a reunion with best pal Yohan Cabaye at Crystal Palace could be in the offing?

Speaking of PL to Serie A moves, the Daily Mail claims that out-of-favor Leicester City attacker Andrej Kramaric is wanted by Torino. And AC Milan want to bring Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The same outlet says Borussia Dortmund could be tempted to sell hard-nosed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan if Juventus offer a rumored $45 million. BVB is back towards the top of the table after last year’s struggles.

And in news of the somewhat-absurd, Harry Redknapp could have a new job… in Slovenia. NK Olimpija Ljubljana is owned by ex-Portsmouth boss Milan Mandaric, and, yes, you’ll have to ask the chairman about that.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.


Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.

Benfica: Atletico Madrid make $143 million bid for Felix

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The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.

The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.

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Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.

If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.

AFCON: Nigeria 1st team through to round of 16 at African Cup, joined by host Egypt

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CAIRO (AP) Former champion Nigeria became the first team to reach the last 16 at the African Cup of Nations after defender Kenneth Omeruo‘s second-half goal delivered a 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.

The Nigerians were unimpressive in the first half in Alexandria but lifted their game in the second. Alex Iwobi‘s rasping shot was pushed away by Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone and Ahmed Musa almost set up Odion Ighalo on a counterattack.

The former Chelsea defender Omeruo did what the forwards had not been able to do when he beat Kone with a glancing header at the near post off Moses Simon’s corner in the 73rd minute.

Nigeria, which won the title in 2013, has two wins from two games in Group B. It beat Burundi 1-0 in its first match and now needs a draw from its last fixture against Madagascar to finish top and stay in Alexandria for the last 16.

There was more good news for Nigeria when Samuel Kalu came on as a substitute near the end. The midfield player collapsed at a training session the day before the first game, suffering from dehydration, and was hospitalized.

Coach Gernot Rohr rested captain John Obi Mikel against Guinea.

Elsewhere, Egypt also confirmed a place in the knockout stages with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahmad Elmohamady and Mohamed Salah each scored in the first half to lead the Pharoahs to victory, the hosts second-straight win in the competition.

In the other match of the day, Uganda tied Zimbabwe, 1-1.