Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Transfer action picking up

Yesterday's Score
Seattle Sounders 2 2-1 Portland Timbers 2
(Mathers 52', Schweitzer 88')-(Arboleda 77')

With the transfer deadline less than 48 hours away, teams are making deals at a more furious pace than the rest of the summer. A few sides in England were quite active yesterday. Southampton broke its club record transfer fee by paying £16 million for midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Lille. The 22-year-old Moroccan scored 11 goals in Ligue 1 last season. West Bromwich Albion have paid Tottenham £13 million for Nacer Chadli. After developing into a key cog of Spurs' third place finish, he has not appeared in any squad this season. Finally, Watford have signed Italian striker Stefano Okaka from Belgian club Anderlecht. He scored 16 times last season and helped his club reach round of 16 in the Europa League. No fee was disclosed.

As far as the rumour mill is concerned. Arsenal have reportedly made Jack Wilshere available, perhaps on loan. Manchester City is also set to send out of favor goalkeeper Joe Hart to Torino on loan.

MLS is also involved in some transfers as LA Galaxy are close to sending Nigel de Jong to Galatasaray in Turkey. de Jong hasn't been all that great for LA since signing before this season. He has been involved in several rough tackles resulting in suspensions. His contract had him set to move to designated player status for next season, something the club wasn't exactly eager to do.

Making things worse for LA is news on Gyasi Zardes's injury. The USMNT forward has a broken foot that will likely end his season and keep him out through the end of the calendar year. He suffered the injury early in the second half on Saturday night, but played nearly 40 ineffective minutes on it before being subbed off. Zardes was already out for this round of qualifiers, but he may also miss the beginning of The Hex, which starts in November.

Today's Match
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm- YouTube

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