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FC Basel sign Doumbia on loan

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

San Jose Earthquakes seal signing of midfielder Jahmir Hyka

Jahmir Hyka has completed his move to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Albania midfielder Jahmir Hyka has completed his move to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Major League Soccer club confirmed on Friday.

The 28-year-old joins the Earthquakes from Swiss club FC Lucerne after an undisclosed transfer fee. San Jose used targeted allocation money in the deal, which a source told ESPN FC on Thursday will pay Hyka about $500,000 a season.

Hyka is primarily a left-side midfielder who has been with the Swiss club for parts of the past six seasons. In that time he has made...

 By Ian Holyman

Young Boys' Guillaume Hoarau: I turned down Lyon move for my music

Guillaume Hoarau Young Boys
Guillaume Hoarau joined Young Boys from Bordeaux in 2014.

Young Boys striker Guillaume Hoarau has revealed he rejected a January switch to Lyon because playing in Switzerland means he can also focus on his music.

In search of additional firepower to support leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon coach Bruno Genesio phoned Hoarau 48 hours before the end of the winter transfer window.

Though he admitted he was tempted to move back to France, former Paris Saint-Germain player Hoarau, who has already sung live on French TV, told Blick a transfer to Lyon...

San Jose Earthquakes reach deal to sign midfielder Jahmir Hyka - source

Jahmir Hyka is close to a move to the San Jose Earthquakes, a source says.

The San Jose Earthquakes have agreed in principle on a deal to bring FC Lucerne and Albania midfielder Jahmir Hyka to the club, a Major League Soccer source has told ESPN FC.

Hyka, 28, looks set to join forward Marco Urena and defender Harold Cummings as offseason transfers the Quakes have made in a bid to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The source said Hyka will earn a salary of around $500,000, meaning the Quakes will have to use targeted allocation money to get him under the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Aston Villa wrap up transfers for Birkir Bjarnason and James Bree

Birkir Bjarnason
Birkir Bjarnason helped Iceland to the quarterfinals of Euro 2016.

Aston Villa have completed the signings of Birkir Bjarnason from Basel and James Bree from Barnsley for undisclosed fees.

Bjarnason, 28, has penned a contract with Steve Bruce's Villa side until 2020, while Bree, 19, has committed himself to the club until 2021.

Bjarnason, who was a member of Basel's Swiss Super League title-winning squad last season, is looking forward to life with the Championship club.

Philadelphia Union's Tranquillo Barnetta open to St Gallen return

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Tranquillo Barnetta signed for Philadelphia Union from Schalke.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta is contemplating a return to his hometown club St Gallen.

"I always wanted to return, but the question is if now is the right time," Barnetta told St Galler Tagblatt.

Barnetta, 31, is the club captain at MLS side Philadelphia Union and has contributed five goals as his team chase their first playoff appearance since 2011.

However, the Switzerland international, who joined as a free agent from Schalke in 2015, could leave the United States...