Report claims Swansea could recruit U.S. players; PST speculates who

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A report from Sports Illustrated today claims that Italian clubs are coming back in for Michael Bradley.

The box-to-box midfielder and American captain, 29, found success at both Chievo and Roma before transferring back to North America with Toronto FC in 2014.

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SI’s Grant Wahl says that Bologna is interested in scooping Bradley for an MLS offseason loan, while AC Milan is interested in buying the midfielder from Toronto.

But where the report really draws our eyebrows upward is a pair of sentences on new Swansea boss Bob Bradley.


Then there’s Swansea City, which just hired Bradley’s father, Bob, this week. I’m told it’s likely that Swansea will be targeting some U.S. players in January.

Who are some possibilities to make the move to Wales? Remember, visa issues make it imperative that players either hold a European visa or are being called-up to the U.S. national team often.

Already with European experience

  • Obviously, Michael Bradley is the first name that pops to mind. To have the first American manager in Premier League history combine that with his son is an easy one for American fans to digest. The younger Bradley has the intelligence and the athleticism to pitch in at the PL level, but is also raising a young family and comfortable in Toronto.
  • Premier League clubs came calling to Stoke about Geoff Cameron in August, and Swans would surely appreciate the American’s versatility in its back line and even midfield. He is already in England, so no visa worries.
  • Fulham’s Tim Ream, Reading’s Danny Williams, Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj, and Birmingham City’s Jonathan Spector could also make the move from Bradley USMNT call-ups to being tapped for Swansea. All are important parts of their clubs, and Lichaj is the youngest of the bunch at 27.

Americans not abroad

  • Steve Birnbaum has been a constant rumor mill target for clubs in Israel and the Bundesliga, and the 25-year-old center back has the size and power to handle the PL grind.
  • Jordan Morris kept his talents Stateside and fulfilled every expectation to his hometown Sounders. Could both he and Seattle feel he’s done the club justice, and move onto the next (especially if the Sounders continue their red-hot run into the postseason)?
  • Darlington Nagbe is widely viewed as one of the best players in MLS, though his full-field contributions are less than ideal. Also, has he been called-up frequently enough to fit the bill, visa-wise?