ANDREW VORCE - Thursday, January 21, 2010
Jozy Altidore has a new striker in his midst - Amir Zaki, the Egyptian international formerly of Wigan Athletic.
Hull City officially announced the loan deal for Zaki on Tuesday, which will last until the end of the Premiership season.
For those who know little of the talented hitman, know that he's not likely to step in and set the world on fire at Hull. In fact, Steve Bruce labeled him "the most unprofessional player in football" after Zaki's departure from Wigan.
Let's just hope his lack of professionalism doesn't rub off on Mr. Altidore.
American-born Michael Hoyos is making a very good impression down in South America with Argentinean club Estudiantes.
Among the feats that Hoyos has already achieved is a goal against legends Boca Juniors during preseason action.
Hoyos rose up through the Estudiantes youth ranks, but why is it we are just now hearing about this kid?
West Ham, home club of Chicago's own Jonathan Spector, is currently in the market for new players after David Sullivan and David Gold officially completed their takeover of the club this past week.
Fear not, worrisome American fans, Spector's place in the squad seems stable.
The owners have a shortlist of players lead by strikers and attacking players, with the only notable defensive possibility being AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini.
It also appears that manager Gianfranco Zola, who is purportedly a fan of Spector, is not going to get the axe anytime soon.
If you are a fan of Leeds youngster Mike Grella, like I am, then you'll be happy to hear that star striker Jermaine Beckford appears set to move away from the Peacocks.
Beckford has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Everton, who is possibly looking to shake up its current strikeforce.
With Beckford possibly moving on, Grella would be one of a handful of young strikers looking to take over in Beckford's vacated spot alongside Luciano Becchio.
Speaking of the Toffees, Landon Donovan now has two impressive games under his belt in the Premier League - which leads us to this question: Why in the world did this not happen sooner?
Anyone with half a football brain has been clamoring for Donovan to move to Everton for some time now. Manager David Moyes loves to use wide players with speed and skill, often at the expense of a 2nd striker. Excuse me - does that sound like "perfect fit" to anyone else?
Unsurprisingly, Donovan has made an immediate impact on the team by adding some much needed speed on the flanks in Mikel Arteta's prolonged absence.
Now, if only that keeper named Howard could get some help at the back....
.....oh! How about a 24 yr. old Norwegian defender?
Knut Olav Rindaroy, a left-back currently with Molde in the Norwegian top division, is trialing this week with Everton. After selling Lucas Neill to Galatasaray, Moyes has some cash in hand to make a few defensive moves before the window closes.