Tim Cahill joining Red Bulls
Australia international Tim Cahill is poised to join the New York Red Bulls after Everton and the Major League Soccer team agreed a fee for the midfielder. “Everton have agreed with Major League Soccer that Tim Cahill can be transferred to the New York Red Bulls,” a statement on the club’s official Web site said on Monday. “Tim, 32, will move to the Red Bulls for a nominal fee, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. He will travel to the US in the next few days.” Cahill, who had two years left on his contract, joined the Toffees from Millwall in 2004, scoring 68 goals in 278 appearances.
Barton trains with new boys
Controversial Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is to train with Football League newcomers Fleetwood Town after being handed a 12-match suspension. Barton elbowed Carlos Tevez and kicked Sergio Aguero, before attempting to headbutt Vincent Kompany in the club’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season, but as his QPR teammates continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the new campaign, Barton will work on his fitness with the Lancashire club. The 29-year-old said, via Twitter, on Monday: “Looking forward to training with Fleetwood Town for the week. Will get a much needed sweat on ... Still have 3 years left at QPR. Exciting times for the club, which I intended to be a part of. Need to get some fitness in the meantime.”
Milan to offer fans refunds
AC Milan said it would give refunds to disgruntled fans with season tickets following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. The club made the offer in a statement on Monday after fans were left fuming at the star duo being sold, some even staging a mock funeral outside the club’s headquarters. A lawsuit has been filed arguing that some fans bought season tickets on the presumption the two players would be at the club. The club said the offer was made because of “the need for style, and love of the club toward its supporters and independent of any legal analysis.” Milan icons Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi also left the club after last season.
Cuadrado loaned to ‘Viola’
Colombia international midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has been loaned by Udinese to Serie A rivals Fiorentina with an option to buy, the ANSA news agency reported on Monday. The 24-year-old, capped eight times for Colombia, passed a medical and was set to join his new team yesterday. He arrived in Udinese in 2009 from Independiente Medellin. Udinese loaned him last season to Lecce and he played 33 Serie A games, scoring three goals.
Fulham sell Gecov to Gent
Fulham have sold Czech midfielder Marcel Gecov to Belgian club KAA Gent for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League side confirmed on Monday. “FFC would like to thank Marcel for his efforts during his time in SW6 and wishes him all the best for the future,” Fulham said in a statement.The 24-year-old joined the Cottagers from Czech side Slovan Liberec on a two-year deal last summer, but failed to make an impact in the first team.
Selsouli tests positive
Moroccan runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli is reported to have tested positive for doping on the day she clocked a world season-leading time in the 1,500m, jeopardizing her place at the London Olympics. French sports daily L’Equipe said on Monday that the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Paris found a banned diuretic in her urine sample taken on July 6. That day, Selsouli timed 3 minutes, 56.15 seconds at the Paris Diamond League meeting and became a medal favorite for the Olympic event. Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, said on Monday that it “cannot confirm anything at this time” about the doping allegation. Selsouli finished serving a two-year ban in August last year for using EPO before the 2009 world championships. The 28-year-old runner could be banned for life if a second doping offense is proven. Selsouli’s sample contained traces of furosemide, L’Equipe reported. The substance is included on the WADA prohibited list, and can be used as a masking agent to disguise the presence of other performance-enhancing drugs.