Mid-Day Ticker: Findley granted work permit, TFC balks at DeRo loan and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Findley granted work permit, TFC balks at DeRo loan and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Findley granted work permit, TFC balks at DeRo loan and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Robbie Findley has had his European wish granted.

The former Real Salt Lake striker received his work permit on Friday, clearing the way for him to join English League Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Findley, who was taken in the Major League Soccer Expansion Draft by the Portland Timbers, agreed to join Nottingham Forest on a free transfer at the end of December but had to clear the hurdle of securing a work permit to actually join the team.

Findley will try to inject some pace and offense to a Nottingham Forest side that is currently just two points out of the four-team promotion playoff zone and 11 behind league-leader Queens Park Rangers.

Here are a few more stories to carry you to the weekend:

TFC IMPEDES DE ROSARIO LOAN

After being frustrated with Toronto FC team management over his contract situation last season, Dwayne De Rosario can't be happy with the news that TFC blocked his potential short-term loan to Celtic FC.

According to the Toronto Sun, De Rosario didn't secure the loan because TFC stepped in at the last minute and denied the move from happening. Some Scottish outlets reported that Celtic wasn't interested in the loan, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

De Rosario, who had been training with Celtic for three weeks, was hoping to join the team until the start of the MLS season.

EUROPEAN TRANSFER NOTES

Tottenham has accepted a £6 million bid from Birmingham City for bench-ridden striker Robbie Keane.

Everton midfielder Steven Pineear is apparently on his way out of Goodison Park after the team received two offers for his services and accepted one from a mystery team.

Aston Villa is reportedly closing in on a £6 million deal for Lyon midfielder and Cameroon international Jean Makoun.

Blackburn continues to be a major player in the transfer market, re-acquiring the services of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season. The club has also been linked to U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones.

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How do you think Findley will fare with Nottingham Forest? What do you make of the latest TFC-DeRosario saga? Which transfer moves do you like or dislike?

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