ESPN is reporting Landon Donovan has ruled out a second straight loan move to Everton. Donovan raised his profile internationally last season with a short-term loan move in which he scored two goals for Everton. Donovan will now rest prior to the MLS pre-season.
According to the Daily Mail, Nottingham Forest has signed Robbie Findley. Findley should add much needed speed to the Forest attack. The Mail is also reporting Edson Buddl has been invited back to Birmingham for an extended trial. However, it appears both Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in his services. I can't imagine Buddle getting much playing time with any of the three teams. Especially, with two of them fighting relegation at the midway point of the season. Wolves tend to play with one up front while Stoke signed Kenwyn Jones in the offseason and he has been effective this term. Birmingham signed Serbian Nicolas Zigic, who has failed to tie down a permanent spot in the starting 11 and Birmingham seems like the best choice for Buddle and quickest way into the starting 11. Jerome Cameron is the only other striker of note for Birmingham. With many Premier League clubs unwilling to spending money this season cheap MLS talent could be in demand.
It has been rumored for sometime now, but Nicolas Anelka has revealed yet again he maybe interested in a move to MLS when his current contract expires. Anelka is contracted to Chelsea for the next 18-months and would be open to a move Stateside following its completion. The 31-year old has also stated he would be interested in a move to the Middle East to play as well.
In Italy, Rafa Benitez's rein as Inter Milan manager may have come to an end. After giving Inter owner Massimo Moratti an ultimatum over the weekend it appears Benitez has had his contract teminated. Here's hoping he won't be back to manage my beloved Liverpool. I've got a fear that NESV may re-hire him as LFC boss.
Bob Bradley has released the list of 24 players that will join the USMNT winter camp in LA. Many of the names that are featured showcase the youth of US soccer including: Juan Agudelo, Mikkel Diskerud and Justin Braun.
Finally, former Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad has called it a career. He will now join DC United as the 'keeper coach. Onstad's first job as a coach will be in shaping the promising Bill Hamid into the regular DC netminder.