Wednesday Kickoff: Tottenham eye Lloris signing, Maradona fired and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Tottenham eye Lloris signing, Maradona fired and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Tottenham eye Lloris signing, Maradona fired and more

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Brad Friedel is aware that his playing days are winding down, and Tottenham is reportedly eyeing a move that could accelerate his decline from his post as the club's No. 1 goalkeeper.

According to reports, Spurs are looking to sign Lyon and French national team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, a move that does not faze the veteran American goalkeeper, who is entering his second season with Tottenham.

"We will welcome any good addition to the squad," Friedel reportedly told UK outlet Talksport. "When I first signed here, there was no secret Tottenham would one day need a new long-term goalkeeper. I am 41, this could be my final season. I will do whatever asked of me, whether that is No. 1, 2 or 3, and will do it to the best of my ability."

Here are a few more stories to get your day going:

MARADONA FIRED FROM AL WASL

Diego Maradona is looking for work again.

The Argentine legend was fired from his post of United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl after one season and had one year remaining on his deal with the club. Maradona guided Al Wasl to an eighth-place finish in the 12-team league last season, and his entire technical staff was also ousted by Al Wasl's new board, which was instituted last month.

REDKNAPP NOT INTO RUSSIA JOB

A day after Harry Redknapp had his name on Russia's shortlist for its next coach, the former Tottenham manager has reportedly taken himself out of contention.

The BBC is reporting that Redknapp is not interested in the position and will give way to one of the other 12 finalists. Rafa Benitez is expected to meet with the Russian federation later in the week, while Fabio Capello and Pep Guardiola are also on Russia's wish list to replace Dick Advocaat. For Redknapp, he is still on the look out for his next challenge after being passed over for the England managerial role and being ousted from Tottenham in favor of Andre Villas-Boas.

ELIA RETURNS TO BUNDESLIGA

Two years ago, Eljero Elia was one of the rising young stars in the world, a member of the Netherlands' 2010 World Cup team and a surefire fixture for the national team going forward. Things haven't quite played out that way for him, but he's headed back to a league where he has had previous success to get his career back on track.

Elia completed a move from Juventus to Werder Bermen, signing a four-year deal with the club. Before a failed stint at Juventus, the 25-year-old Elia was with Werder Bremen's rival Hamburg, where he played his way into national team contention.

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What do you think about Friedel potentialy competing with Lloris for starter's minutes? Where do you think Maradona's next challenge should be? Where do you see Redknapp coaching next? Do you think Elia still has the potential to become one of the world's best attacking talents?

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