February 1 US Paper Talk: Jozy Altidore looks to be on his way out at Toronto FC

Interest in USA striker hots up while Matthew Hoppe commits to Schalke 04.

SOCCER: Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis has refused to comment on speculation Jozy Altidore wants to leave the MLS side. A Liga MX side is one of those interested in Altidore who was left out of the USA side to face Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.

USA team coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed Altidore's withdrawal was influenced by the imminent closure of the transfer window in Mexico and across Europe, adding: "There have been a number of clubs interested in Jozy." (Toronto Sun)

SOCCER: Flamengo are interested in a loan deal for LAFC striker Brian Rodriguez but face competition from Serie A side Calgiari. (globoesporte)

SOCCER: Matthew Hoppe has signed a contract extension with Schalke 04 until 2023. The contract has no escape clause should the club be relegated. (Sport Bild)

SOCCER: Lionel Messi and Barcelona will take legal action against Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it released the leaked details of the forward's record-breaking contract. (ESPN)

FOOTBALL: Deshaun Watson has deleted all mentions of Houston Texans from his social media accounts as the quarterback steps up his exit strategy. (Houston Chronicle)

ICE HOCKEY: New York Rangers have waived defenseman Tony DeAngelo after he was involved in a physical altercation with goaltender Alex Georgiev outside the locker room. (New York Post)

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