February 5 US Paper Talk: FC Cincinnati line up two attacking options, including Arsenal target

Brenner and Pity Martinez set to bolster strugglers, while Preston North End reveal failed MLS bid.

SOCCER: FC Cincinnati are poised to sign Brazilian forward Brenner Souza da Silva from Sao Paulo and former Atlanta United midfielder Pity Martinez.

Da Silva, known as Brenner has previously been linked with leading clubs in Europe including Arsenal and Ajax.

Martinez transferred to Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia for $18million in the summer window and it will need Jaap Stam's side to acquire the number one spot in the MLS allocation order to complete the deal. (Cincinnati Soccer Talk)

SOCCER: Preston North End owner Peter Ridsdale said work permit and pandemic-related travel issues prevented the Championship club signing an MLS player before Monday's deadline. (From the Finney)

SOCCER: Atlanta United right back Franco Escobar is heading back to Newell's Old Boys (TyC Sports)

Franco Escobar looks to be on his way back to Newell's Old Boys
Franco Escobar looks to be on his way back to Newell's Old Boys

SOCCER: Lionel Messi has not made contact with anyone at Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City, according to Goal. The Argentine's contract with Barcelona expires in the summer but he will wait until the end of the season to decide whether to stay or go. The 33-year-old has previously stated his desire to play in MLS.

SOCCER: UCLA women's team head coach and former USWNT player Amanda Cromwell admitted she shed a tear after finding out the Bruins could return to training ahead of a 15-game season. (Los Angeles Times)

FOOTBALL: Denver Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson says former teammate Deshaun Watson "is interested in landing" with the Broncos. (TMZ Sports)

ICE HOCKEY: Calgary Flames are interested in signing disgraced New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo. (New York Post)

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