MLS Transfer Rumors: Cudicini, Dunne Headed for America. Cahill to EPL on Loan?

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  Carlo Cudicini of Tottenham in action during the FA Cup Fifth Round Replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Stevenage at White Hart Lane on March 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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With the January transfer window just a day away from opening, two Major League Soccer clubs have already found new players to bring in from the English Premier League.

On Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles Galaxy brought in goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. 

The Galaxy confirmed the move via their Twitter account on Monday:

OFFICIAL: @lagalaxy sign goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini (@capitancarloc) -->

— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) December 31, 2012


The 39-year-old Cudicini joined Spurs from Chelsea in 2009 and has only made 20 appearances for the North London club due to the club's depth at the position.

Cudicini began as the backup to Heurelho Gomes before Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris were brought in to become the first-choice keepers over the Italian. 

After his move was made official, Cudicini took to Twitter to thank the Tottenham fans for their support during his time at the club:

I'd like to thank THFC and the supporters for the 3 years we spent together.Your support has been incredible.I wish you all the very best.

— Carlo Cudicini (@Capitancarloc) December 31, 2012


ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman also chimed in on Cudicini's signing by stating that the move will help the Galaxy lure Chelsea's Frank Lampard to the club:

So LA wants an experienced GK, news flash his name is Kevin Hartman, you may know him. As for Cudicini, his signing is to lure Frank Lampard

— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) December 31, 2012


Another veteran of the EPL could also be headed across the pond to join a MLS club. 

It was reported over the weekend that Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne would be making the move to the New York Red Bulls. 

It was first reported by the Daily Mail that the Irishman would leave Villa Park for the Red Bulls if he passed a fitness test. Dunne has been out all season with a groin injury that he suffered at Euro 2012 while playing with the Republic of Ireland. 

While Dunne is in the process of moving to the Red Bulls, one of their current players could spend the month of January on loan in the EPL. The Daily Mail linked Tim Cahill with a potential loan move to Sunderland. 

Sky Sports confirmed the interest from the Black Cats in the Australian midfielder with this tweet from Saturday:

Sky sources: Sunderland are in talks with New York Red Bulls over loan move for Tim Cahill #ssn

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 29, 2012


Sunderland currently sit in 13th place in the EPL table, and manager Martin O'Neill is looking to bring in an experienced EPL veteran to provide a spark to his club. 

Cahill played in England for Millwall and Everton for over a decade before leaving for the Red Bulls this past summer. 


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