January 26 US Paper Talk: San Jose Earthquakes close in on World Cup star

Much-travelled defender Miguel Layun on his way to MLS, while Red Bulls’ Caden Clark lines up move to Europe.

SOCCER: San Jose Earthquakes are closing in on a deal to sign two-time Mexican World Cup defender Miguel Layun from Liga MX side Monterrey. The 32-year-old full back has previously played for Porto, Watford, Sevilla and Villarreal. (TUDN)

SOCCER: New York Red Bulls midfielder Caden Clark is finalizing a move to RB Leipzig. The 17-year-old is expected to remain in New York for the duration of the 2021 MLS season, with his contract set to start at the Bundesliga club on January 1 2022. (The Athletic)

SOCCER: USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter believes the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea will have huge benefits for Christian Pulisic.

Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain boss Tuchel is expected to be announced as the new head coach of the Premier League club following Frank Lampard's sacking yesterday.

"He's coming in with a real good understanding of what Christian can do and his skill set," Berhalter said. "I think that's important. He also has seen Christian develop and improve over his time at Dortmund, and for Christian it's the familiarity with how he coaches, his coaching style, his communication style, and that's all helpful." (Yahoo Sports)

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FOOTBALL: Tom Brady's father has revealed how the GOAT's preseason preparations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were overshadowed by his being admitted to hospital with COVID-19. Tom Brady Sr. was hospitalized for three weeks in September, while his wife Galynn remained at home despite being "sick as a dog".

"He's got his day job, and his night job was worrying about his mom and dad," said Brady Sr. "His day job was trying to get ready to play the New Orleans Saints the first game of the year." (Boston Herald)

FOOTBALL: Duce Staley is leaving Philadelphia Eagles to become assistant head coach and running backs coach in Detroit. Staley asked to be released from his contract at Eagles after being overlooked for the head coach role. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

BASKETBALL: The official cause of the helicopter crash which killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianni and seven others is likely to be a combination of adverse weather and pilot error. The National Transportation Safety Board will release their final report on February 9. (New York Daily News)

BASKETBALL: Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet is expected to continue his meteoric rise by being named in the 60-player pool from which the United States team for this summer's Tokyo Olympics will be chosen. (Toronto Star)

BASEBALL: Arizona's Cactus League has told Major League Baseball it wants to delay the start of spring training because of Maricopa County's high COVID-19 infection rate. (Various)

BASEBALL: Washington Nationals' feud with Baltimore Orioles over the regional sports network that broadcasts their games has intensified. The Nationals are unhappy with the decision of Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), part-owned by both teams but controlled by Orioles, to dispense with the services of three key Nationals coverage personnel. (Washington Post)

BASEBALL: Michael Brantley said he was "close" to a deal with Toronto Blue Jays but "unfinished business" in Houston persuaded him to remain at Astros. (Houston Chronicle).

BASEBALL: New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is in negotiations to rejoin Rakuten Eagles. (Sankei Sports)

MOTOR RACING: Robert De Niro and John Boyega are to star in Netflix F1 film The Formula. (Various)

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