With the League Cup win over Rotherham out of the way, Aston Villa will not return to action for over two weeks. Luckily, football is still going on, and there are plenty of things to talk about. Here are a few of them.
A day after signing Erik Lamela from Roma for ~£28m, Spurs are now apparently well along in talks to Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, also known as "that guy everyone that owns FIFA has had on their team during every manager mode." The fee for Eriksen is rumored to be in the neighborhood of £10m, and while the player's contract is up at the end of the season that's still quite the deal swung by Daniel Levy. The real question is of course where all of these attacking midfield player are going to line up, exactly; even with Gareth Bale's imminent departure for Real Madrid, Spurs still have somewhere in the vicinity of eleven billion attacking midfielders more than good enough to start regularly in the Premier League.
Allegations of match fixing are always a bummer, and it's even worse when there's enough evidence to punish a club. Turkish giants Fenerbahce will miss out on this year's Europa League as well as any European competition for which they would otherwise qualify next season.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the current MLS season, there were rumors of interest in Landon Donovan's services in Italy and Everton, a club with which he has twice enjoyed successful loan spells. Whether there was anything of substance to those rumors will forever remain a mystery-except for the AC Milan link, which was hilarious-as Donovan has signed a new deal that will likely see him retire as a member of the Galaxy. This is big news in MLS obviously, but it's not much of a surprise and to be honest I'm only including it as an excuse to link to this.
Neil Lennon's greatest achievement is coming behind from a two-goal deficit to defeat a Kazakh team that feels aggrieved because they were unable to conduct their traditional match-day sheep sacrifice before the leg at Celtic Park. Scottish football has really fallen a long way.