Major League Soccer midfield standout is recommended to Bolton for move that catches some by surprise. Sound familiar? Like the Stuart Holden story? Well, it could be happening again. In today's Rumor Redux, was start close to home, as we should on the weekend of MLS Cup. With today's top five rumors, a list distilled from the morning's Paper Chase, we ask where Bolton as they attempt to load up for a relegation battle.
Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado Rapids
Rumor: To Bolton Likelihood: Somewhat Jeff Larentowicz isn't the first name that'd come to mind what asked for a player who could move to England, yet there's no reason why it can't happen. The Colorado Rapids defensive midfielder would fit in adequately for many clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League, though for one that also has Fabrice Muamba, it seems redundant. No matter. Jurgen Klinsmann has reportedly recommended the former Revolution stalwart to Owen Coyle, and the last time a little birdy chirped in Owen's ear, Stuart Holden ended up relocating.
Omar Salgado, F, Vancouver Whitecaps
Rumor: To Fulham Likelihood: Somewhat As FOX Soccer's Ives Galarcep told us earlier this year, Salgado could be moving to Europe early thanks to a Spanish passport. Fulham, a team that's always keen to explore the US market, has the means to afford the (relatively) modest transfer fee , and given the current make-up of the squad, you could see Salgado serving a 1-2 year apprenticeship for Bobby Zamora before coming into regular playing time. There are, however, bound to be more suitors for the former Chivas Guadalajara trainee, who could quickly give the Whitecaps a nice payday.
John Heitinga, D, Everton
Rumor: To Roma Likelihood: Good With Nicolas Burdisso out for the season, Roma is looking for options in central defense, and given the system Luis Enrique is instilling, Heitinga's coule be a great fit. Used to playing with the ball at his feet in his role for the Netherlands as well as his use as a midfielder by David Moyes, Heitinga is well suited for a system that will rely on better distribution from its center halves. As with any of their player, the cash-strapped Toffees will sell if they get a fair rate, and with Thomas DiBenedetto's ownership willing to spread around some cash, Heitinga could be in Rome come January.
Carlos Tevez, F, Manchester City
Rumor: To Inter Milan in January Likelihood: Somewhat Tevez is back on the Redux after Inter captain Javier Zanetti said the Nerazzurri will try to sign his fellow Argentine come January. Given Zanetti's place in the Inter organization (as a long serving captain), his hint goes a long way, as an endorsement of Tevez from Il Capitano could help assuage a number of fears.
Didier Drogba, F, Chelsea
Rumor: To Anzhi Makhachkala Likelihood: Low Anzhi is rumored willing to offer Chelsea £13 million in January for the 33-year-old striker, a player who is out of contract at the end of the season. It seems like a no-brainer to sell, given Fernando Torres is slowly starting to become viable, but Drogba has a very special place at Chelsea, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. Even if Chelsea was willing to let him go, it wouldn't be an easy decision, and Drogba could always balk at making the move. With the number of players linked to Anzhi, it would be difficult to rate this higher than "Low" even if we believed it. But with a player like Drogba, it's difficult to imagine him making that move. Money has a strange way of convince people to be something they're not, but of a Chelsea icon, it would be very difficult to leave Stamford Bridge on those terms. Today's rumors not enough? Check out yesterday's top five in Thursday's Rumor Redux.