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5 Biggest Names Linked with Transfers to MLS in 2014

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

5 Biggest Names Linked with Transfers to MLS in 2014

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    Major League Soccer has become a popular destination for international superstars to land to further their careers in the last six years.

    It all started with David Beckham in 2007, and since then, the likes of Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Federico Higuain have moved to the United States.

    Now, with the 2014 season rapidly approaching, there are some new names being linked with a few of the 19 MLS teams. 

    Here is a look at five of the biggest names rumored to be moving to America in the next year.

Jermain Defoe

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    Jermain Defoe has been out of favor at Tottenham Hotspur all season long, resulting in links to Toronto FC. 

    Back in November, it was reported by Darren Lewis of The Mirror that Defoe would be off to Canada during the January transfer window. 

    John Cross at The Mirror later revealed that hip-hop star Drake helped persuade the 31-year-old to join the Reds. 

    Although all of the rumors are favoring a move for Defoe to the Canadian team, the managerial situation at Tottenham may end up ruining the deal. 

    Whether or not that actually happens will most likely be determined by whomever the next Spurs manager is. 

Alberto Gilardino

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    Another name being strongly linked with Toronto FC is that of Italian forward Alberto Gilardino. 

    Gilardino, who plays for Genoa in Serie A, could end up moving to Canada in August, according to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.

    The reason for the late-season move by the 31-year-old is that he wants to attempt to make the Italy squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

    Wahl did say in his report that the club managed by Ryan Nelsen were looking to bring in two designated players who were known for scoring, which makes deals for Gilardino and Defoe a potential reality in the future.

Kaka

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    The love affair between 2015 expansion team Orlando City SC and Kaka is a well-known one. 

    Although the Florida outfit will not take to the pitch in 2014, they could make a big move by signing the Brazilian playmaker in the year before they play their first match. 

    According to this BBC Sport report in late November, the interest in Kaka has not faded away. 

    As a team looking to make a name for themselves alongside the well-financed New York City FC in 2015, Orlando City could definitely splash the cash for Kaka in 2014 to ensure a big draw in central Florida when they begin play.

Miroslav Klose

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    Miroslav Klose could potentially start the next chapter of his career in the United States, although it is a real long shot for the German to join MLS at the moment. 

    According to Corriere della Seraper Jeff Carlisle of ESPN, Klose was recently linked with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He will be out of contract with Lazio at the end of the current season. 

    However, a move to the City of Angels may be a tough one to maneuver for the Galaxy as they already have the maximum number of designated players after re-signing Omar Gonzalez earlier this year. 

Samuel Eto'o

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    There is no doubt that Toronto FC are chasing down big names to turn around their beleaguered franchise, and Samuel Eto'o could end up being a part of the team's resurrection. 

    According to a November report by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, the Reds were expressing interest in the Chelsea forward, whose contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 EPL campaign. 

    Eto'o would bring loads of experience to a club in need of some veteran leadership, but whether or not the Cameroon international decides to move across the pond to Canada is something that will probably be unknown for a few months. 

    Just like most of the players linked with a move to MLS, once Eto'o's contract runs out at his current club, the speculation will presumably grow. 

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