Kick Off: Fergie, Wenger say no to Beckham, TFC's new target

There’s only one more day of Christmas shopping, and only one more week before the winter transfer window opens. Which means the truth and rumors are as sweet as cookies left for St. Nick

A lump of coal appeared in David Beckham’s stocking a day early, as two significant EPL managers ruled out a loan move for the 35-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder, including the one at the only English club that matters to him.

One commenter in Liverpool is looking for the bright side to the fact that Becks’ teammate Landon Donovan is off the table at Everton. He even mentions a current MLS coach as proof that it’s all good.

Former RSL striker Robbie Findley finally tied the bow around a European contract, signing with English Championship side Nottingham Forest. Turns out his new coach was tipped off about Findley by an MLS insider.

While Findley is delivered to Europe, one MLS team might receive a gift from the Old World, if reports of a Stateside move for a striker from Serie A side Fiorentina come true. (ITALIAN)

Mexican World Cup veteran Guillermo Franco tells FutbolMLS.com that he is in discussions to join an MLS team. (SPANISH)

Irish striker Robbie Keane, who was rumored a few weeks ago to be headed to MLS, is now set to leave Tottenham in January. He just wants to play regularly. 

Several MLS teams secured the signatures of players who are already here. The New England Revolution inked their goalkeeper and a new center back, RSL extended the loan of Findley’s replacement, and Chivas USA signed the one and only Jimmy Conrad.

But who is going to coach Conrad? The Juan Carlos Osorio-to-Chivas USA rumors refuse to die. Meanwhile, another report on the coaching carousel has Toronto FC eyeing someone very familiar to New England Revolution fans.

If either coach-less MLS club is interested, a UEFA Champions League-winning manager is suddenly available.

Former D.C. United striker Danny Allsopp has dropped down the chimney at a familiar outpost.

El Tri will kick off their 2011 tour of El Norte in the south, with a friendly against Euro 2012 hopefuls Bosnia-Herzogovina on February 9. The match will mark the debut of new coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. 

Speaking of international friendlies, observers are still pondering Bob Bradley's choices for next month's camp and match against Chile. One pundit isn't convinced that Canadian-born Teal Bunbury's jump to the USA is a good thing. 

In business news, Paris St. Germain’s American owners, Colony Capital, are searching for new investors, because “today, there are (transfer) figures that just aren't at our level.”

One of PSG's reported suitors is from Qatar. Luckily, they aren't from Saudi Arabia, where not getting a result can give new meaning to the term "football".

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