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Good morning everybody. While we await word on where Kenny Cooper is headed, and wait for an official announcement of the Chicago-Toronto FC trade that will send Brian McBride to the Chicago Fire, here are some stories from across the pond to get your day started.
Fulham signs Andy Johnson
Within days of former Fulham standout Brian McBride securing his next club comes word that the Cottagers have found a replacement in Everton striker Andy Johnson. Fulham’s $21 million move for the English striker shows that the Cottagers are serious about not wanting to deal with another relegation race.
Now the question is what does Johnson’s arrival means for American forward Eddie Johnson and American midfielder/forward Clint Dempsey. I think it can only help Dempsey and Johnson to have an accomplished goal-scorer on the team.
Everton has Moutinho bid rejected
Everton’s efforts to crack the top four in the EPL took a hit, at least a temporary hit, after its $22.5 million bid for Portuguese international Joao Moutinho was rejected by Sporting Lisbon. Reports seem to suggest that Moutinho will eventually wind up with the Toffees once a fee can be agreed to and if the deal does happen, Everton will look extremely tough heading into the new season. With Mikel Arteta sticking around and Tim Cahill recovering from surgery, Everton could boast one of the best midfields in the EPL.
As for forwards? Ayegbeni Yakubu is still the go-to striker, while young target forward Victor Anichebe showed flashes last year. Everton will need to sign a forward and Argentine striker Diego Milito is one name that has been linked to the Liverpool club.
Fabregas denies interest in Real Madrid
You know it’s a new week when there’s a fresh report about a superstar player being linked to Real Madrid. This time around it’s Cesc Fabregas, who became the subject of reports linking him to a potential move. Fabregas came out and denied any interest in a move to Real Madrid. That sound you just heard is Arsene Wenger stepping off the balcony.
These are just some of today’s stories (I’ll try to get to a few more around noon or so. Feel free to share your thoughts on these stories and any other of the morning’s top soccer stories in the comments section below.