Andrija Novakovich moves on Deadline Day to Italy's Serie B

The summer transfer window closed in all the major European nations on Monday. Amid the flurry two deals involving Americans got done, and two others didn't.

Forward Andrija Novakovich signed with Italian Serie B team Frosinone on a transfer from Championship team Reading.

The 22-year-old Novakovich made just three appearances in four seasons after signing with the Royals out of high school in Wisconsin.

But he enjoyed successful loan spells at Telstar (22 goals in 38 games in the Dutch second-tier Eerste Divisie) and Fortuna Sittard (11 goals in 30 in the Dutch first-tier Eredivisie). His play with Telstar earned him the first of three call-ups with the USA.

Frosinone was relegated Serie A after one season, finishing 19th in the 20-team league. It was the second time it's played in Serie A. It was relegated following its debut in 2015-16. For most of its history dating back to the 1930s, Frosinone has played in the lower levels of Italian soccer.

Novakovich is just the third American to move to Serie B after Roy Lassiter, who played two games for Genoa in 1996-97 on loan following his record-breaking season with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, and Danny Szetela, who spent a year and a half at Brescia (2008-09).

Former U.S. U-20 and U-23 Gboly Ariyibi, who has spent most of his career in England's League One (third division) moved to small Greek club Paneitolikos.

Efforts to move forwards Emmanuel Sabbi, 21, and Sebastian Soto, 19, collapsed.

Danish club Hobro hoped to move Sabbi for a club record fee, but interest from clubs in Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Hungary and Sweden never materialized.

Soto will remain at Hannover 96 for a second season after the German second division club to find a buyer that would pay its asking price.

Within eight months after moving from Real Salt Lake's academy on a free transfer, Soto debuted for Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga. Interest in him increased after he scored four goals for the USA at the U-20 World Cup. But since its relegation to the second division, Soto has made just one brief appearance off the bench.

Soto will become a free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season.
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