NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Paul Konchesky of Nottingham Forest in action during the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Watford at City Ground on February 5 2011 in Nottingham England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
News emerged from several sources today that Fulham were the first club to lodge a formal bid for Aberdeen youngster Fraser Fyvie. Blackburn and Newcastle are also rumored to be interested in the youngster.
Aside from having a wonderful name, Fyvie is looked at as one of the best young talents to come out of Scotland in years. Fyvie broke into the Dons side as a 16-year-old and scored his first senior goal a few months later, becoming the youngest player ever to score a goal in the Scottish Premier League.
Fyvie missed almost the entirety of Aberdeen's 2010-11 campaign after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage. Fulham's bid for the central midfielder is rumored to be in the £1 million range.
A few other tidbits to round out your day...
Jol Not Interested In Konchesky
Rumors have been persistent since December that Fulham could make a move for out-of-favor Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky. The People is now reporting that Martin Jol has blocked any potential move for the twice-capped, 30-year-old defender.
The People is, of course, a tabloid. So take this with a grain of salt. Still, it seems obvious enough and Liverpool's official website posted the rumor, so I feel no guilt doing the same.
Fulham To Release Five
If you didn't catch it earlier in the week, Fulham announced that five players will be released this summer.
Primary on the list is Gera. The Hungarian international was valued by Roy Hodgson, who brought him in on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion, but was forced to the bench by Hodgson's successor Mark Hughes. Gera scored five goals in 83 league games for Fulham over three seasons. However, he'll be best remembered for his play during the club's impressive run to the Europa League finals, where he potted six in 18 games.
Kamara will end a disappointing, expensive run with Fulham. The explosive, often maddening Senegalese forward found himself in and out of the lineup through out his Fulham tenure after similarly arriving from West Brom for £6 million (Lawrie Sanchez was good with money like that).
Kristian suggested last week that the squad could use a bit of trimming and Jol has begun to do precisely that.
Salcido and Mexico Reach Gold Cup Semifinals, Dempsey And U.S. Try For Same Today
Mexico scored two second-half goals to erase a halftime deficit and defeat Guatemala 2-1 in the Gold Cup quarterfinals yesterday. Carlos Ruiz scored early for Guatemala, who proceeded to celebrate by moving into a bunker for the rest of the game. Aldo de Nigris cracked the Guatemalans' defensive shell early in the second frame before Javier Hernandez's classy finish provided the winner.
Mexico held 69% possession and out-shot the Guatemalans 23-9. Carlos Salcido started and played the full 90. He has played in every minute of every match for the Mexicans in the tournament.
Clint Dempsey and the sluggish United States will try to mimic their rivals' success when they take on Jamaica today in Washington, D.C. Jamaica, surprisingly, comes in as the higher seed, having gone undefeated in group play. The Americans could only manage second in their group behind upstart Panama.
Dempsey started the tournament in fine fashion, scoring against Canada in the opening game with a fine, sliding finish. He has faded since, however, doing little against Panama and providing an incredibly wasteful performance against Guadelupe, where he should have scored at least twice.
Dempsey and teammate Landon Donovan were excused from practice over the last three days to attend to their sisters' weddings, in Texas and California respectively. Both were to rejoin the team before today's match.