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Forlan set for MLS switch; Strootman closes in on Roma move

hot-transfer-newsForlan set for MLS switch

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail understands that Toronto FC are set to sign Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan.

Toronto chief Tim Leiweke, who was behind David Beckham’s move to LA Galaxy, is eager to bring a high-profile signing to Canada and he seems to have set his sights on the veteran forward.

The Globe and Mail has learned that the MLS side have already reached an agreement with Forlan and his current employers Internacional, with the Uruguayan set to be unveiled in the coming days.

Forlan, 34, has managed to kick-start his career following a disappointing spell with Inter, and it does appear as though he has a couple of good years left in him.

While scoring 12 goals in 17 league games for Internacional in 2013, the veteran also impressed playing for Uruguay at the Confederations Cup.

Forlan is likely to be used as an attacking midfielder at Toronto and provide service for the likes of Robbie Earnshaw, Danny Koevermans and Jeremy Brockie.

Strootman closes in on Roma move

AS Roma are on the verge of signing PSV Eindhoven captain Kevin Strootman, according to Il Messaggero.

The Serie A outfit are set to announce the signing of Mehdi Benatia from Udinese, but they aim to continue the summer recruitment.

IL Messaggero has suggested that the Giallorossi are stepping up their interest in Netherlands international Kevin Strootman.

The same source has revealed that the player has agreed in principle to join the Stadio Olimpico outfit, but the two clubs have yet to find an agreement.

While Roma are prepared to offer around €13m, PSV Eindhoven are holding out for €15m, although the €2m difference is enough to suggest the deal could be closed soon.

Kevin Strootman is widely regarded as one of the most talented holding midfielders in world football and he is already a first team regular in the national team.

Galatasaray join race for Lille hotshot

Super Lig side Galatasaray are planning a move on Lille defender Lucas Digne, according to French daily L’Equipe.

The talented footballer is widely tipped to leave les Dogues for a big European club this summer, but it was believed he could remain in French Ligue 1.

Namely, French giants Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco were locked in the battle for the 19-year-old, but Galatasaray have now joined the race as well.

According to L’Equipe, the Turkish club are prepared to meet Lille’s €15m asking price as well as offer the player a €3m yearly wage to win the race for his signature.

Galatasaray recently signed Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou and they are hoping Digne would be interested in a move to Turkey as well.

Lucas Digne nailed down a regular starting berth at Grand Stade Lille Metropole last term and went on to make 33 Ligue 1 appearances for the club, scoring 2 goals.

For more news about football transfers and rumours, visit our Transfer News section. To view all football transfers for 2013/14 season, visit our Soccer Transfers section.

Mon 8 Jul, 2013
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