Morning Ticker: Parkhurst heads to Denmark, Real Madrid dumps Schuster for Ramos and Man City targets Villa

Morning Ticker: Parkhurst heads to Denmark, Real Madrid dumps Schuster for Ramos and Man City targets Villa

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Morning Ticker: Parkhurst heads to Denmark, Real Madrid dumps Schuster for Ramos and Man City targets Villa

Parkhurst (FCNordsjaelland)  

By GIANFRANCO PANIZO

You can add another name to the growing list of players to leave the New England Revolution for Europe. Former MLS defender of the year Michael Parkhurst has officially signed with FC Nordsjaelland of the Danish Superliga, with the deal being made official on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"I just felt like with me being the age I am, and being out of contract, that if I ever wanted to try and make it in Europe, this was the time," Parkhurst told the Boston Globe. "Now that I'm still young and have the opportunity to do it, I felt like it was something I needed to do to further my career."

Nordsjaelland, which has allowed a league tying third-worst 27 goals, is signing the 2007 MLS Defender of the Year in hopes that he'll help shore up their shaky defense. Nordsjaelland currently sits in eighth in the 12-team table.

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Real Madrid replaces Schuster with Ramos

Injuries and poor results proved to much for Bernd Schuster to overcome and to much for Real Madrid to ignore, so Schuster has been fired as Real Madrid manager and replaced by Juande Ramos.

The move comes after Schuster helped lead Real Madrid to the La Liga title last season, but after the club got off to a woeful start to the new campaign. Real Madrid heads into this weekend's 'Clasico' showdown with Barcelona trailing the league leaders by nine points.

Ramos takes over after having been fired by Tottenham earlier this season after a woeful start to the EPL season. He has a track record of success in Spain, having helped guide Sevilla to a pair of UEFA Cup titles.

Tottenham out of relegation zone

Tottenham climbed out of the relegation zone and into 15th place in the EPL with a 2-0 blanking of West Ham on Monday.

The Spurs opened up the scoring in the 68th minute when defender Ledley King got on the end of an Aaron Lennon cross.

Lennon received the ball on the right flank and crossed it in between a pair of defenders before it found the leaping defender. King headered the ball low into the ground and then watched as it took a high bounce into the back of the net past a diving Robert Green. King had not scored since 2005.

Jamie O'Hara would add an amazing left-footed insurance goal in the 89th minute to secure the Spurs' victory.

Man City targets Villa

Add David Villa to list of high-priced targets Manchester City will go after during this winter's transfer window.

Reports have surfaced claiming that The Blues' delegates have met with Villa's agent and have discussed a potential move worth £60 million. Villa has followed up an impressive showing at Euro 2008 by scoring 12 goals this season for Valencia.

A move for Villa sounds more realistic than the rumored bids for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kaka that Manchester City is reported to be plotting, especially considering the major financial troubles Valencia is experiencing.

What do you think of Parkhurst landing in Denmark? Think Nordsjaelland is a good fit? Is Juande Ramos a smart hire by Real Madrid? Was Schuster a scapegoat, or really the one to blame for Real Madrid's struggles? How do you feel about Villa possibly joining Manchester City?

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