Ashley Cole again linked with MLS move – New York Red Bulls interested

The New York Red Bulls are reportedly weighing up a move for former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, as they begin their hunt for designated players.

Cole is currently playing in Serie A with AS Roma after signing a two-year deal back in July, despite interest from Major League Soccer at that time too.

However, the experienced left-back has failed to impress coaching staff at Roma, and he was substituted at half-time during the 7-0 loss to Bayern Munich last week.

The 33-year-old is back on the radar of two MLS clubs as a result, according to the Daily Mail.

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Orlando City are believed to be interested, but it’s the Red Bulls who appear Cole’s most likely destination were he to change his stance on the league.

Many fans were angered by the Englishman’s comments this summer as he referred to MLS as “an easy ride”, but a move to New York could now be an enticing option if things don’t improve in Italy.

Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill – the Red Bull’s current two designated players, are looking likely to leave the club after the playoffs, and so the club will have money to invest in someone of Cole’s calibre.

Cole’s good friend and former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard is set to move to the Big Apple to join up with New York City FC in February, and this might also influence the Roma man’s decision.

Would Ashley Cole be a good capture for MLS? Should the Red Bulls invest in him?

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Former Spurs and Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara reportedly nearing MLS switch

Jamie O’Hara is reportedly in talks with Chicago Fire over a possible move to Major League Soccer and is set to spend a week in the city to weigh up a move across the Atlantic, according to Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old is a free-agent after terminating his contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers in August, and has been training with Premier League side Queens Park Rangers in a bid to stay fit.

O’Hara spent six years with Tottenham Hotspur before joining Wolves in 2011 after a successful loan spell with the club, but successive relegations saw him frozen out when Kenny Jackett was appointed as manager in the summer of 2013.

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He has seven England under-21 appearances to his name and is a solid central midfielder that would undoubtedly strengthen a Chicago Fire side that will be disappointed not to have made the playoffs this season.

O’Hara is set to be given a tour of the club’s facilities when he travels to Chicago as the Fire attempt to lure in the tough-tackling central midfielder.

Grant Ward is currently on loan from Tottenham with the MLS side, so there will be a gap that needs to be filled, and if O’Hara is pleased by what he see’s, he will likely be the latest Englishman to make the switch across the pond.

Would Jamie O’Hara be a good signing for Chicago Fire?

Do Spurs really need USMNT and Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin?

When DeAndre Yedlin signed for Tottenham in the summer there were eyebrows raised.

And he has recently revealed that he turned down an offer from Italian giants Roma to play in north London, so he must feel that it is the right choice.

But although Yedlin is a young talent with bags of potential, the Seattle Sounders star will be battling it out for a starting place with three young English talents in Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Eric Dier.

Dier has been operating in the right-back position this season, though he is a natural centre-back and would surely move more central when Yedlin arrives.

While Naughton has been linked with a move away from Spurs over the past few months, so Yedlin’s arrival at the club could spell the end for him, which would make things a bit easier for the 21-year-old.

Yedlin has been sensational this year and took high acclaim when he kept Eden Hazard quiet at the World Cup in the summer.

And although the Premier League would suit his highly energized playing style, he seems to be in the same mould as Kyle Walker.

So do Spurs really need him?

Well, using Walker’s stats from last season, as he is yet to feature this campaign, Yedlin is the better defensive option, and he is just as useful further forward.

Statistic DeAndre Yedlin Kyle Walker
Blocks per game 0.46 0.19
Interceptions per game 2.88 2.19
Clearances per game 3.58 3.27
Pass completion 83 % 82 %
Defensive errors per game 0.04 0.08

As seen in the table above, Yedlin would be the preferred choice in terms of defensive contribution, and with the two being like-for-like as it were, it seems that Yedlin should be first-choice.

However, dislodging Walker will take some doing, as he is a regular England international when fit, and a fan favourite at Spurs.

The stats do come from two different league’s, and Seattle’s dominance in MLS this season will have helped his statistics no end, but his talents are there for all to see and he looks set to take the Premier League by storm when he eventually completes his switch.

Should Yedlin arrive in January, it will certainly be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino will throw him straight into the mix, as Kyle Walker is nearing a return to fitness too.

Who would you like to see become Tottenham’s regular right-back?

Stats: Howard vs Guzan – Who has been better this season?

The USA’s top two goalkeeper’s are set to go head-to-head when Everton welcome Aston Villa to Goodison Park as the Premier League returns following the international break this weekend.

The Toffees come into the game in poor form, having failed to win in their last five in all competitions, but they will be confident of getting a result against a Villa side that has lost its last three league games without scoring a goal.

Tim Howard will hope to earn his first home clean sheet of the campaign against his fellow USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has taken the number one spot in Klinsmann’s team while Howard has a break from international football.

Statistic Tim Howard Brad Guzan
Appearances 7 7
Clean sheets 1 3
Goals conceded 16 9
Saves/game 2.43 2.71
Punches/game 0.29 0.57
Successful catches/game 2.29 1.00
Accurate goal kicks/game 5.43 3.86

Howard has endured a tough start to the new season, and has conceded 16 times in his first seven matches, a significantly worse record than Guzan so far.

The Villa ‘keeper has conceded nine in the same number of games, but Everton’s defence is considerably stronger on paper, and Howard is maybe struggling with a ‘World Cup hangover’ after such excellent displays in Brazil.

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Guzan has made more saves per game this season, and tends to punch the ball away from danger more often that Howard too, but the Everton shot-stopper is much better at catching the ball, and is also more accurate with his feet.

The game at Goodison Park this weekend looks set to be a good one as both sides are desperate to find some form after the break, and whichever US goalkeeper performs best will likely see his team succeed.

Who has been more impressive this season – Guzan or Howard?

Manchester United preparing €75 million double swoop for Everton duo – report

Manchester United are reportedly set to splash the cash once again when the January transfer window opens, with Everton duo Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman both targets.

Louis Van Gaal has seen major changes take place since he took over at Old Trafford, and despite a stuttering start, United find themselves in the top four after seven games.

The club has a frightening attacking force with so many options in the final third, but they must improve defensively if they are to challenge at the very top of the Premier League.

Though that would not appear to be the priority, if a report from Spanish outlet fichajes.net is to be belived, as they are reporting that United are set to offer Everton a staggering €75 million for two of their stars.

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Seamus Coleman has improved every year, and the right-back is a constant threat down the right side, though he would not do much to reassure a United defence that has leaked 10 goals already.

Barkley is a seriously talented midfielder, but United are already stacked for options in that position and it would be unwise to further disrupt the attacking talents already at the club.

Everton will have no intentions to sell any of their stars, and having already held on to Leighton Baines despite interest from the Red Devil’s, the Toffees will be confident that they can hang on to Coleman and Barkley too.

Do United need to try and sign Barkley and Coleman, or should they focus on central defenders?

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