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Catching up on the last day of the silly season
   January 31, 2011 (2:48 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Of course I get sick on the last day of the transfer window, so I slept in and missed a lot of the fun.  Here is what has happened so far.

Michael Bradley’s loan deal to Aston Villa is now official.  Manager Gerard Houllier has some words on Mikey right here.  Aston Villa’s website also has a picture gallery of him holding the jersey right here.  He is going to wear #13 for those ready to purchase a jersey.

I haven’t seen anything on either team’s website yet, but sources have told Ives and Greg Seltzer that Fulham striker Eddie Johnson will be going out on loan to Championship club Preston North End for the rest of the season.  Mark Hughes has given Johnson a chance this season as he has appeared in 11 games in 2010-11, his most in a season since coming over to Fulham, but with Bobby Zamora and other forward options getting healthy, he probably wasn’t going to play much in the second half of the season.  ***UPDATE*** Preston North End’s website has something up on the loan deal now.

While Robbie Findley had his UK work permit approved a couple weeks ago, he headed back to the US to get his visa.  Two weeks passed and nothing else was ever said (he wasn’t listed on Nottingham Forest’s roster on their website the last two weeks), but he has reappeared today as he has secured his visa and his move to Forest has now been completed.

Jozy Altidore’s name has been thrown around a lot in the last 24 hours on twitter and other sources (Bursaspor and Levante getting the most play), but there hasn’t been any real news to report.  So there is nothing to report with him as of now.

Also in the being talked about, but nothing to report as of yet news, Ives is hearing that a Charlie Davies loan deal is being worked on right now.

Twenty-year-old forward Vincenzo Bernardo is now with Austrian third-division club FC Höchst on a short-term deal for the rest of the season.

According to Greg Seltzer, the word out of Sweden is that Djurgarden is trying to swing a deadline deal with Gale Agbossoumonde, who has been on trial with the club the last two weeks.

In that same blog post, he is also hearing that Mike Grella wants to head back to Carlisle United for another loan spell.  With his options limited, it would give him the best chance at playing time compared to staying at Leeds United for the rest of the season.

English League Championship side Reading have signed 18-year-old midfielder Erik Opsahl.  He has been training with Reading the last couple weeks after playing at St John’s University this past season.

It looks like Jemal Johnson has reappeared in Bulgaria with Lokomotiv Sofia after leaving MK Dons last month.

Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad is reporting that goalkeeper Colin Burns will be going out on loan to Norwegian Adeccoligaen club Sandefjord for the 2011 season.  Burns was on Sarpsborg 08 last season, helping them get promoted from the Adeccoligaen to the Eliteserien, but the move should allow for him to get more playing time as he appeared in only three games for Sarpsborg 08 in 2010.

And finally, some non-transfer news, but the USMNT’s friendly against Egypt has been canceled.  It is not too surprising with all the issues going on in Egypt right now.  And it probably would be too hard to find a replacement game on such short notice for many different reasons.

That is it for now.  I will try to post more later if anything else happens.

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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Categories: Charlie Davies, Colin Burns, Eddie Johnson, Erik Opsahl, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jemal Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Robbie Findley, US Men's National Team, Vincenzo Bernardo

3 Responses to “Catching up on the last day of the silly season”

  1. Caleb says:

    He’s so good on the pitch, but could Michael Bradley be any more emotionless? You’d think he got his transfer approved to Wyoming instead of AVFC.

  2. tom says:

    Look at his dad, Bob is the same way. I think it just runs in the family.

  3. Howie says:

    Not surprising, but still tough to see the Egypt friendly gone. The thrashing of the African champs to complete the miracle six-goal swing (I was driving to Canada at the time and checked the scores somewhere near Detroit and nearly drove off the road in shock) was one of the top wins of the last cycle, and tough road matches are always a good thing.

    Plus, there is limited time before the Gold Cup. This probably wouldn’t have been a friendly with all A-teamers, but there are just two FIFA dates left before June (Argentina and Paraguay).

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