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Plenty of moving and shaking going on in the transfer market today, though sadly there are no completed deals to report on the Americans in the mix just yet. If I uncover a deal, or if any media uncover a deal today, I will try to bring it to you as quickly as possible.
We can start with word that Dutch club FC Twente is strongly considering a bid for U.S. national team midfielder Sacha Kljestan. According to sources with knowledge of the discussions, the Chivas USA midfielder could join former England manager Steve McClaren at Twente if the Dutch club can make an offer MLS will consider accepting (in the $3 to $4 million range is what I am being told).
Kljestan surely raised some Dutch eyebrows when he made his memorable run and finish (shown above) in the U.S. Olympic team’s 2-2 tie vs. the Netherlands.
Here are some other European transfer tidbits to go over:
Suazo moves to Benfica
Honduran striker David Suazo has made a move to Portuguese powerhouse Benfica today, signing a one-year loan deal. Suazo never did settle in at Inter Milan, losing out in the numbers game at striker since joining from Cagliari. Now he joins a Benfica squad that suddenly jumps right into title contention with FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon.
Milner signs with Aston Villa
Almost as quickly as he turned in a transfer request, former Newcastle winger James Milner has made a move to Aston Villa for a reported $18 million. The move marks his second go-round with the Villans, having spent the 2005/2006 season on loan at Villa Park. With Milner on the right and Ashley Young on the left, Aston Villa suddenly boasts one of the best young sets of wingers around.
What do you think of Kljestan possibly moving to the Netherlands? Do you like Suazo going to Benfica? Are you surprised to see Milner return to Villa or more surprised that Newcastle let him go?
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