The European transfer window is set to slam shut tonight, with the deadline for deals in England and most other countries set at 11:00PM tonight. The German and Portuguese windows closes earlier at 5:00PM and the deadline for Italian clubs is 10:00PM
Major League Soccer clubs do not face the same panic is terms of bringing in players at the last minute, but hopes of signing European-based players could be squashed after the window closes tonight, as teams will not have the opportunity to sign replacement players after tonight.
That means MLS is affected and all the deals through the day, whether on or off, can be seen below:
DONE DEAL – Sebastian Giovinco: Juventus – Toronto FC
The monster deal to bring Italian playmaker Giovinco to MLS with Toronto was sealed earlier this month but the Juventus man wasn’t expected to join up with the Reds until the summer. That has all changed now. Giovinco has left the Serie A giants today, as confirmed by the club, and will now be free to join up with his Toronto teammates in time to prepare for the 2015 season, which kicks off next month.
A statement from the club said: “Giovinco leaves Juventus after a long adventure with the club lasting 19 years.
“Now the doors of the MLS open up for him. He will face a new professional and personal adventure with the Toronto FC jersey.
“From all of us our most sincere wishes for his new challenge.”
POSSIBLE – Tim Cahill: New York Red Bulls – Everton
Tim Cahill is not expected to stay in MLS with the Red Bulls in 2015 as he has been linked with moves to the UAE, China and Qatar. The deadline for transfers in those countries is next month so there is still time there. But he could leave New York by tonight as Fox Sports in Australia are reporting that former club Everton are looking at bringing back the Australian star after he helped the Socceroos win the Asia Cup this weekend. Cahill is expected to fly back to New York to resolve his future but Everton’s late interest is something to keep an eye on.
POSSIBLE – Andy Delort: Wigan – Philadelphia Union
The Philadelphia Union need to bring in a striker. That’s not a secret. But they could be signing an attacking reinforcement in the next few hours as Wigan Athletic forward Andy Delort is reportedly in talks with the MLS club. French publication L’Equipe confirmed that Philadelphia were in for the 23-year-old but also revealed his former club Tours were looking to take him on loan. He would be a solid signing for the Union and Wigan would be willing to offload him as he has not scored in eleven appearances for the Latics this season.
UNLIKELY – Hugo Rodallega: Fulham – MLS
Hugo Rodallega was linked with a move to Major League Soccer last week, with the Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla claiming that the Colombian striker was a target for the Colorado Rapids. Rodallega is a proven goalscorer and so more than one MLS club would be looking at him if a move becomes a realistic possibility. The 29-year-old would demand Designated Player status if he were to move but Fulham manager Kit Symons has today revealed he “knows nothing” about any deal.
UNLIKELY – Eoin Doyle: Chesterfield – New York City FC
Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle is a player in demand. English clubs Sheffield United, Preston North End and Cardiff City are all interested in signing the Irish striker. But New York City FC have also been linked at a friend of the player’s is quoted by the Irish Independent as saying: “The MLS would be very appealing to Eoin. He recently became a father and is settled now but a move to New York is something he would jump on.”
If Doyle remains with Chesterfield today, a move from New York City could follow in the coming days but competition could mean they will have to make a move quickly if they want to secure his services.
UPDATE: Sky Sports are reporting that Doyle is on his way to Cardiff after a £750,000 bid was accepted by Chesterfield. Move to MLS looking unlikely now.
Any other moves or rumours will follow here!