Tuesday, December 16, 2008


PSG Back Into Gooch Fray?
The French side have reportedly renewed their interest in signing Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu, joining fellow Ligue 1 team Olympic Marsielle in the race for his signature.
Highly-sought after American defender Oguchi Onyewu has another suitor lining up for his signature come January, as Paris Saint-Germain have renewed their interest in bringing him back to France.

Previously, Olympique Marsielle have made it known they want the 26-year-old who currently plays his club football in Belgium with Standard Liege and the speculation was rife that they had the upper hand. But with the reports the PSG are taking a seriously look, his future has again become cloudy.

"These are two great clubs,” said Onyewu in an interview with the French newspaper 10Sport. “You can go to any country, and even people who do not know football can cite the names of OM and PSG. This is the mark of the big clubs, those with history, with passion all around."

(Discuss Oguchi Onyewu's possible move to Ligue 1 in the "Americans Abroad" forum in the new Goal.com Community).

Onyewu has made 155 appearances for Standard Liege since joining them in 2004 from Metz. Despite being with Metz from 2002-04 he only made three first-team appearances with the club before being loaned out to Liege in a deal which eventually became permanent.

"His first quality, his mindset of the competitor,” said Standard Liege head coach Laszlo Boloni. “When the game starts, he is not 100%, but 150%! Oguchi also has a real understanding of the game, which works wonders during the match. His adaptability at the tactical level is priceless. Of course, with his height (6'4"), he is excellent in the air. "

Given the type of player he is, and his obvious skill, the price has been set at around €3 million or about $4.1 million, with OM still being the favorite to sign him when the transfer window opens in just over two weeks.

-- Shane Evans, Goal.com

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