Here is some transfer news involving Americans.
Sacha Kljestan’s move to Celtic is not going to happen. Celtic could not afford Kljestan’s $3.5 million, plus sell-on clause, price tag. The young central midfielders is coming off a hat-trick performance with the national team and should see his stock rise in the coming months. It isn’t likely that he will complete a transfer before the transfer window closes, even though there are plenty of teams interested. Personally, I’m glad the deal did not go through, I do not think the Scottish game suits him.
Jozy Altidore has just completed a loan deal to Xerez in the Spanish second division. Altidore could not get regular minutes in Villarreal’s stacked forward line. Xerez sits first in the second division and that should take some pressure off Altidore needing to come in and make a difference. Why is this move better than a loan deal to Everton? I think the rigours of Spanish Second division are much less than the Premier League. Young players are prone to injuries if not brought along slowly. It will also give him more time to settle into the Spanish game instead of having to adapt to the English game. Playing time is probably the biggest factor. Altidore is likely to see more minutes with Xerez than Everton.
Bobby Convey is on his way back to MLS. The Reading and ex-DC United midfielder is in talks with MLS for a return to the league. Convey’s time at Reading was filled with ups and downs but current lack of playing has sealed his desire to return to the US. Convey has been plagued with injuries the last few seasons but states that he is 100% healthy now. LA Galaxy and San Jose are his two possible destinations if he returns. LA want him but San Jose are first in the allocation order. San Jose does not need Convey and LA might strike a deal with San Jose to move up the allocation order.
Duke University standout, Mike Grella, is set to sign with English League One side Leeds. Grella was a forward at Duke this last season and was considered one of the top strikers coming out college this year. He was drafted by Toronto FC in this years Superdraft, but he had already set his sights on a move to Europe. Grella impressed on his two week trial with Leeds, scoring a hat trick in their reserve match versus Barnsley. Leeds was once a Premier League powerhouse, but finacial issues has seen them struggle in the last 5 years. I’m a little dissappointed he is playing in League One. I don’t see how that is much better, besides the pay, than playing in MLS.