Esteban Cambiasso could make MLS switch after rejecting West Ham – report

Esteban Cambiasso’s next move is still no clearer. His contract with Leicester City has expired, and although the Foxes are trying to resign their 2014-15 Player of the Year, interest from other clubs has inevitably arrived.

West Ham were keen to acquire the former Inter Milan star but Cambiasso has turned down a contract offer from the Hammers, with a possible MLS switch on the agenda, according to David Amoyal.

Retirement is still a real possibility for the 34-year-old midfielder but a move to Major League Soccer would likely see him pick up a Designated Player contract, and therefore a nice pay packet before hanging up his boots.

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The Argentine could follow fellow central midfield veterans Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to MLS this summer, with Andrea Pirlo also strongly linked with a move to NYCFC.

It’s unclear at this point whether any clubs have made a formal approach for the former Real Madrid man, but with his future very much up in the air, anything could happen.

Would Esteban Cambiasso be a good signing for an MLS club? Which team needs him?

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Three potential signings to replace Landon Donovan at LA Galaxy

With the recent retirement of Landon Donovan, the LA Galaxy has a huge hole to fill in their squad and an unoccupied designated player slot too. Though replacing the US soccer legend is no easy task.

Donovan leaves behind a great legacy with the Galaxy having recently lead them to his fourth MLS Cup title with the franchise and his sixth overall – the most titles won by any player.

However, it remains to be seen how LA will look to replace him. An attacking option is set to be added to the squad before the start of the new MLS season in March. Though they may wait until the summer if the right name is available then.

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Much of the post-Donovan chat has been on the permanent move to MLS for Erick Torres, but he has gone back to parent club Chivas Guadalajara in Mexico to help with their ongoing relegation struggle.

Bruce Arena may have to adjust his formation due to the loss of Donovan, which could expand the potential list of suitors.

His current 4-4-2 formation has seemed to work for some time now, but the loss of Donavan leaves a huge hole in the Galaxy squad.

Here are three potential replacements:

Darren Bent (Striker) – Aston Villa (England)

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England international striker Darren Bent has been somewhat of a forgotten man since Paul Lambert took over the reigns at Villa. And so Bent could do with a new challenge after seeing his starting place handed to Belgium front man Christian Benteke.

He could be a great partner for MLS MVP Robbie Keane, having previously played at Tottenham Hotspur as well as at Villa together. But this would mean re-positioning Gyasi Zardes from the Galaxy attack to accommodate Bent.

Ronaldinho (Attacking Midfielder) – Querétaro F.C. (Mexico)

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The World Cup winning Brazilian needs no introduction and a move to MLS giants LA Galaxy could be the swansong he deserves.

Ronaldinho can operate on either flank, through the middle or up front so he would be a suitable replacement for Donovan in terms of versatility. However, he doesn’t posses the defensive qualities of Donovan and so Zardes could be forced out wide to accommodate Ronaldinho’s arrival too.

Andrea Pirlo (Midfielder) – Juventus (Italy)

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Pass-master Pirlo is a World Cup winner like Ronaldinho and would further strengthen the Galaxy midfield. Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho could benefit by having Pirlo just in behind them to give them more freedom to attack.

He’s been linked with a move recently and the potential signing of Pirlo could would allow Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes to continue their lethal strike partnership, while giving them a player who can provide service from deeper.

Who do you think LA Galaxy will replace Landon Donovan with?

5 English stars that could move to MLS this summer

Now that the Premier League season is over, it’s time for players to make a decision on where they will be playing their football next year. There are plenty of contracts expiring this year, and here are five former or current England players that could make the move to Major League Soccer this summer:

 

1. Rio Ferdinand

The Manchester United defender has not been offered a new contract at Old Trafford and will leave the club this summer. It was reported earlier in the year that Ferdinand was considering offers from MLS and he is now odds-on to make a move to the US to continue his playing career. The 35-year-old has previously been linked with Chicago Fire, though it is unclear where his preferred destination would be.

 

2. Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole’s future is still unclear, and after retiring from International football this week, he could be set to leave English football altogether. The left-back has had an excellent career and has already been linked with a move to MLS with the New York Red Bulls. With Chelsea not offering Cole a deal as of yet, a move to the US remains a real possibility for the 33-year-old.

3. Frank Lampard

Another Chelsea man yet to be offered a contract, and after John Terry got his deal yesterday, there are growing beliefs that Lampard will not get an extension this year. The midfielder wants to stay with Chelsea for another season, but it is thought that Mourinho is looking to add midfielders such as Paulinho to replace Lampard. A report this week claimed that LA Galaxy have offered the 36-year-old a two-year contract and a move to MLS looks to be on the cards.

4. Shaun Wright-Phillips

Another man who is out of contract at the end of this season, the winger is set to leave QPR and has already stated his desire to play in MLS before the end of his career. The 32-year-old is keen to link up with his brother, Bradley in New York, where he is the current top-scorer in MLS. Wright-Phillips follows MLS now and could join this summer. “Since he’s joined Red Bulls, that’s another team I have to follow closely and keep in close contact with. Brad’s not had the rub of the green with his career so I’m happy to see things working out for him in the States,” he said.

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5. Joe Cole

Finally, we come to Joe Cole, who has had left West Ham United and is now looking for a new club. There have already been reports linking the 32-year-old midfielder to a MLS move and although he is keen to remain in England, a big-money offer from the US could tempt him into making the move.

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All of these players are set to leave their respective clubs in England this summer, though Cole and Lampard could possibly be offered new deals. At least one name on the list is expected to join MLS in the coming months, but just how many will make the increasingly popular move stateside remains to be seen.