Orlando City star linked with £2m move to Everton to replace Lukaku this summer

Everton are looking across the pond to Major League Soccer as they line up a summer move for Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, who the Toffees see as an ideal replacement for the seemingly outgoing Romelu Lukaku, according to the Sun.

Everton scouts have been watching Larin take MLS by storm since joining the league with Orlando in 2015. He’s scored a total of 34 goals in 61 regular season games and has added three assists in that time.

At 21, Larin is clearly a player with a big future ahead of him. Orlando fans would love to think they could hold onto their prolific frontman for the foreseeable future but interest from a Premier League club like Everton will have to be taken seriously by both the player and the club itself.

Larin is expected to cost around £2 million if Everton firm up their interest in the coming months, but that would surely only happen if Lukaku does indeed depart at the end of the season.

The Belgian forward has refused to sign a new five-year deal as he wants to play in the Champions League for one of Europe’s elite clubs. He is currently the Premier League’s top goalscorer after netting 21 goals in 28 appearances so far this season – the best tally of his career.

A return to former club Chelsea is on the cards as it appears increasingly unlikely that the 23-year-old talisman will be plying his trade at Goodison Park next term.

The Toffees might well look to Larin if they lose Lukaku but they can expect competition, with European rivals Besiktas, Celtic and Benfica also reported to be circling around the Canada international.

Would Cyle Larin be a good signing for Everton if they lose Romelu Lukaku? Is he ready to leave MLS for the Premier League?

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From MLS to Premier League, and back again – has Tim Howard still got what it takes?

USA international goalkeeper Tim Howard looks set to join MLS side Colorado Rapids from Everton, according to reports by ESPN FC.

First appearing in MLS in 1998 for MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls), Howard then moved to Manchester United in 2003, before signing for Everton in 2007 after a year-long loan spell.

After 13 years of service in the Premier League, he’s finally returning home to the USA for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of $600-750k.

Howard will reportedly sign a contract with the Rapids until 2019, which will see him earn around $2 million per-year.

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It comes after initial reports had indicated that he was after a deal that would have seen him receive an annual salary of $5m.

Either way, he’s about to become the highest-paid goalkeeper in MLS, but the question is, is he really worth it?

Here’s a look at his Premier League stats over the last four seasons:

Tim Howard's Premier League stats since 2012 (via Squawka)

Tim Howard’s Premier League stats since 2012 (via Squawka)

Despite enduring one of his more uncomfortable seasons between the sticks for Everton so far, including losing his place in the side to Joel Robles, Howard has maintained a fairly consistent level of performance.

A closer look at the stats shows that he’s actually performed better in some areas this season than he did in the last campaign, with a higher clean sheet percentage and more saves-per-goal, although he has conceded more goals-per-game.

The 2013/14 season was particularly outstanding, but if you compare this year to 2012/13, his numbers are very similar, so he hasn’t gone downhill over the course of time.

The 36-year-old has been a stalwart for both club and country over the years, making more than 400 appearances for Everton and gaining 106 caps for the US national side, including being part of the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.

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He also made 77 appearances for Manchester United, winning the FA Cup and League Cup during his three-year tenure with the Red Devils.

Verdict: Tim Howard will be an excellent signing for the Colorado Rapids and provides stability, experience and most importantly, top quality goalkeeping. He’s bound to be a hit in MLS and could provide the Rapids with performances that make the difference between winning and losing games.

Howard’s transfer from Everton to Colorado Rapids is expected to go through when the MLS summer transfer window opens in July, meaning he will remain with the Toffees until the end of the Premier League season.

Will Tim Howard be a good signing for Colorado Rapids?

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Rooney urges £40m striker bid, Spurs to move for Chelsea winger

Daily transfer roundup (Sunday, June 14)

MLS Rumours

MLS-linked Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is now also being chased by Everton as a move stateside is starting to look increasingly unlikely. (REPORT)

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi could be offered an MLS escape as Turkish side Bursaspor are interested in signing him for around $500,000. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged Louis Van Gaal to make a £40 million move for Tottenham star Harry Kane. (REPORT)

While Spurs are looking at bringing Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah to White Hart Lane next season if he chooses not to remain in Italy with Fiorentina. (REPORT)

Chelsea are hoping to beat Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton to the signing of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid this summer. (REPORT)

Could Chelsea beat Liverpool to this £32.5m star to replace MLS bound Drogba?

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to leave the club with MLS his most likely destination, leaving the Blues with only two recognised Premier League forwards on the books in the shape of Diego Costa and Loic Remy.

Jose Mourinho will expectedly be lining up a replacement for the Ivorian as both Costa and Remy are prone to injuries, so strength in depth could be the key to retaining the Premier League crown next season.

It has been revealed this week that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has a buyout clause of £32.5m and manager Tim Sherwood has admitted that should anyone meet the asking price, there is nothing Villa can do to stop him leaving.

“There’s a buyout clause in his contract so it will be impossible for us to stop him if he wants to go. Someone’s got to meet that buyout clause and if they don’t, it won’t be considered because we don’t want to lose him,” said Sherwood, as reported by The Guardian.

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Benteke enjoyed an impressive end to the season with Villa, netting 11 times in his final 11 league games, as well as helping them to the FA Cup final with a goal in the 2-1 semi-final win over Liverpool.

Sherwood knows that the cup final could be the Belgian striker’s last game for the club but has urged him to stay at Villa Park in order to hold out for a possible dream move next summer.

“We’re building up to a European Championship, which is a huge stage for Christian, and a tournament where you feel that Belgium will be one of the favourites to win it. By playing for Aston Villa it hasn’t hindered him being the first choice for Belgium up to now.

“If he were to stay here and score at the ratio that he has since I took over, and ends up with 20 or 30 goals next season and then has a good Euros, he is probably playing for Real Madrid [by 2016]. Christian could go to the best club in the world if he scores 30 goals next season. He could be that good.”

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Liverpool have already been strongly linked with the 24-year-old but a move to a side playing Champions League football could be more appealing.

Because of Benteke’s stature and strength, he is a player in a similar mould to Drogba and would suit Chelsea’s style of play under Mourinho, who likes physically imposing forwards to lead the line, therefore making the Belgian an ideal replacement.

Could Christian Benteke move to Chelsea this summer?

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Surprise Arsenal move, United’s done deal & Cole to MLS

Daily transfer roundup (Thursday, May 28)

MLS Rumours

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole is set to leave the Premier League club after revealing he would not be extending his contract which expires at the end of June, and a move to MLS could be his next step. (REPORT)

Recently released Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper is reportedly on New England Revolution’s discovery list as a move to MLS could be his next option. (REPORT)

Steven Gerrard is set to make his first LA Galaxy appearance in a home fixture against Mexico’s Club America in the International Champions Cup on July 11. (REPORT)

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Premier League Rumours

Arsenal will consider a move for Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his midfield options. (REPORT)

Manchester City have moved in front of their rivals in the hunt for Paul Pogba and will make a huge £85 million move to sign the Frenchman this summer. (REPORT)

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Manchester United are reportedly set to announce the £20 million transfer of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this weekend. (REPORT)

West Ham striker likely to seal MLS move this summer

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole is set to leave the Premier League club after revealing he would not be extending his contract which expires at the end of June, as a move to MLS looks likely.

Cole has been with West Ham for nine seasons, scoring a total of 68 goals, though he only netted twice in 23 league games this term.

He was in a similar position back in 2013 when it was announced he would be leaving the Hammers, but their failure to bring in a new striker saw Cole re-sign with the club the following season.

Now his time is coming to an end for good though and he revealed on Twitter today that he was preparing for a new adventure.

The 31-year-old forward was strongly linked with an MLS move then, and he is again now. Speaking to Sky Sports last month, Cole revealed he would be open to a move across the Atlantic.

“I’m quite open, I am an adventurous guy. I wouldn’t mind a bit of China or even the MLS, you never know. I’m really open and I just want to see what offers are on the table and take it from there.”

Cole will be a free agent when his contract expires in five weeks and so MLS clubs will be free to talk to the former Chelsea man about a possible move stateside.

He was previously linked with Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes and DC United in 2013 but reportedly preferred a move to LA Galaxy.

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The Dynamo and San Jose are unlikely to move for Cole now, having signed DP strikers before the start of the season but DC could move again as they have a lack of depth in attack with Eddie Johnson unlikely to play soccer again.

Cole will also have offers from Championship clubs in England and so it will be interesting to see where his next step will take him.

Should Carlton Cole make the move to MLS this summer? Which clubs need him?

Former Sounders star in trouble as Spurs linked with £3.5m defender

Former Seattle Sounders star, DeAndre Yedlin, could find himself further down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur as they are interested in Burnley‘s Kieran Trippier, according to the Telegraph.

Yedlin, who linked up with Spurs in January 2015, signed a four-year deal in August 2014, and has made just one Premier League appearance. The 21-year-old speedster could see his playing time further limited if Spurs sign Trippier.

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The US international can be used as a winger, but his preferred and arguably best position is at right-back. With Spurs looking to add Trippier to their squad, Yedlin would be one of four right-back options at the club and he has next to no Premier League experience.

At this moment in time a loan away from Spurs could be a good move for Yedlin as his playing time looks as if it will be limited. If he can gain some Premier League experience he has a chance of showing why Spurs wanted to bring him to the club.

Yedlin will hope to impress Pochettino in Spurs’ pre-season and he will more than likely be called up for the US Men’s National Team squad for the upcoming Gold Cup.

What does Spurs’ interest in Trippier mean for DeAndre Yedlin?

Swansea City target claims he is ready for Premier League move

FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos has stated his intentions to leave the club this summer, with cash-strapped Twente ready to let their star leave on the cheap.

The former Inter Milan striker was subject to a £6.5 million bid last summer from Swansea but the club eventually pulled out, according to the Mirror.

Castaignos has managed ten goals this season in 29 appearances for Twente and is reported to be a target for Swansea once again.

After losing Wilfried Bony in January to Manchester City, the Swans are short up front and Castaignos could fill the void left by the Ivorian and to offer backup to French striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

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Speaking to the Dutch media, Castaignos stated: “I want to go abroad, preferably to a nice top performer in England or Germany so I can get used to the competition.

“I know enough about myself to know I am not ready for the real top yet.”

With Twente ready to sell it may be possible for Swansea to get their man on the cheap, with a transfer fee potentially falling under the £6.5 million fee that was accepted last year.

Is Luc Castaignos the man to replace Wilfried Bony at Swansea City?

Spurs make contact with PSG over World Cup finalist

Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with Paris Saint Germain over a potential move for World Cup finalist Ezequiel Lavezzi according to talkSPORT.

Lavezzi could make way for the potential signing of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United, who has been on PSG’s radar for the last couple of years.

Spurs head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, is expected to add to his forward line and Lavezzi is an ideal serviceman for any striker.

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The Argentine winger has netted nine times this season in 45 appearances and his experience could play a pivotal role to help Spurs break back into the Champions League for the first time since 2011.

Lavezzi could come in as a cheap option as he has just one year remaining on his current contract. Transfermarkt.co.uk value the winger at £14 million.

The 30 year old hasn’t quite hit the high levels which earned him a move from Napoli to PSG in 2012 and it seems now would be a good time for him to move on.

Will Spurs sign Lavezzi and do they need him?

Louis Van Gaal suggests United fans will have to wait for £25m man to shine

Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has suggested that the Old Trafford faithful will have to wait for new signing, Memphis Depay to shine.

The highly-rated winger is tipped to become one of the best after yet another impressive season with PSV Eindhoven but Van Gaal, reported by the Express, expects his development to take time.

“I worked with Memphis during last summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential.

“The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient. The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.”

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Depay has netted an impressive 22 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances this season and his performances have filled United fans with enthusiasm.

It is early doors to suggest that the 21-year-old Dutchman can reach the levels of former United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese international signed for the Red Devils aged 18.

Ronaldo’s development boomed at United and we could see a similar rise to the top if he is managed in the right way.

Will Depay make an instant impact or will Manchester United fans have to wait to see the best of him?