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Four Premier League teams in for Geoff Cameron on Deadline Day

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Most U.S. national team fans will agree that center back Geoff Cameron had a superb Copa America Centenario tournament this past summer.

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Turns out plenty of Premier League teams agree.

With the dust settling after Transfer Deadline Day in England on Wednesday, a source has told ProSoccerTalk that four PL clubs were interested in signing Cameron, 31, during the summer transfer window.

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The former Houston Dynamo product was chased hard by both Crystal Palace and Sunderland in the closing days of the window as they looked to bolster their defensive options but it is believed Stoke City did not want to sell the Massachusetts native who arrived in Staffordshire in 2012 and has a contract with them until the summer of 2018.

ProSoccerTalk understands Hull City and Bournemouth were also inquiring about Cameron’s availability in the closing hours of the window but with center back Bruno Martins Indi arriving at Stoke on Deadline Day and German central defender Philipp Wollscheid heading out of Stoke to Wolfsburg, it is believed that the Potters didn’t want any movement among center backs and any deal for Cameron was a non-starter.

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 29:  Geoff Cameron #20 of the United States Men's National Team celebrates his first half goal against Guatemala with Graham Zusi #19 of the United States Men's National Team and Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States Men's National Team during the FIFA 2018  World Cup qualifier on March 29, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Any transfer for Cameron would’ve also been complicated given the fact that he was with the U.S. national team in Florida ahead of their two crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the next five days.

A mainstay in central defense for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT, Cameron is incredibly versatile and has played at center back, right back and central midfield over the past four seasons for Stoke. He has racked up 129 PL appearances and 145 in all competitions in England, scoring twice.

Entering his fifth season in the Premier League with the Potters, there’s been constant chatter about other clubs around the league wanting to pick up Cameron in the past few transfer windows.

That’s not surprising as over the past 12 months he’s shown the form of his life at center back for the U.S. — Cameron scored three goals in six appearances for the USMNT between late 2015 and early 2016 — and at Stoke. He has started the past two games at center back for Stoke after recovering from flu-like symptoms at the end of preseason and his status as the leading U.S. player in the PL is undoubted.

Now that the transfer window is closed, Cameron will be fully focused on helping the U.S. reach the hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Klinsmann’s side face St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday in the Caribbean and host Trinidad & Tobago next Tuesday in Jacksonville.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

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DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

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Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).