[TRANSFER WATCH] As the January transfer deadline was set to come to a close on Monday in Europe, two prominent Americans were about to move on loan. After weeks of talk of a permanent move from German club Borussia Moenchengladbach, Michael Bradley was about to wrap up a loan move to England's Aston Villa. Freddy Adu's stock has sunk so low that he was reported to be headed on loan to the Turkish second division.
Gladbach had signaled its intention to move Bradley when he was replaced in its starting lineup after the winter break. And he has only one year left on his contract before he becomes a free agent, so the German club must move soon to get something for him.
If Bradley performs well at Villa in the last part of the English Premier League season, Gladbach could earn the $6 million-plus it was hoping to get for him.
Bradley was previously linked with several EPL clubs in 2008 when he left Heerenveen for Gladbach, which is in last place in the Bundesliga.
To make room for Bradley, unsettled Stephen Ireland will be loaned by Villa to Newcastle United.
Unwanted at Benfica, the club that brought him to Europe in 2007 and at Greek Aris, for which he has not played this season, Adu was set to join Caykur Rizespor, which is third in the Turkish second division. It will be Adu's fifth European club.
He has one year left on the five-year contract he signed with Benfica after being transferred by MLS from Real Salt Lake.
WINTER TRANSFER MARKET:
From USA to Abroad
Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy to FC Ingolstadt, Germany D2)
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA to Tigres, Mexico D1)
Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake to Nottingham Forest, England D2)
Diego Restrepo (Univ. of Virginia to America de Cali, Colombia D1)
From Abroad to USA
Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich, Germany D2 to Portland Timbers)
Hunter Freeman (IK Start, Norway D1 to Houston Dynamo)
Brian Ackley (Auckland City, New Zealand D1 to FK Pribram, Czech Republic, D1)
David Antunez (FC Inter, Finland D1 to Tecos Estudiantes, D1)
*Edgar Castillo (San Luis, Mexico D1 on loan to Puebla, Mexico D1)
Joshua Gatt (SCR Altach, Austria D2 to Molde SK, Norway D1)
Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway D1 to Broendby IF, Denmark D1)
Mike Grella (Carlisle United, England D3 loan return to Leeds United, England D2)
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England D1 on loan to Hull City, England, D2)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04, Germany D1 on loan to Blackburn Rovers, England D1)
Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Netherlands D1 on loan to FC Twente, D1)
**Marco Antonio Vidal (Pachuca, Mexico D1 on loan to Club Leon, Mexico, D2)
*Club America, Mexico D1 owns his contract.
**Indios, Mexico D2 owns his contract.