Reports: Aarhus looking at Wondolowski, Davies as potential transfer targets


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Two American strikers are drumming up some transfer buzz in Denmark.

According to multiple reports out of the country, Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus is looking at Charlie Davies and Chris Wondolowski as potential targets during the transfer window, which opens Thursday and lasts through the end of the month. The club has been in need of reinforcements at striker after Peter Graulund suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon back in October.

Davies recently returned to FC Sochaux in France to train with the club that currently owns his rights. He had been on loan with D.C. United, but the club passed on its option to purchase his full rights. 

Wondolowski, who has scored the most goals in MLS over the last two years, is currently in camp with the U.S. national team in Phoenix. He signed a new contract with the San Jose Earthquakes last February, though, and has hardy had his name touted on the European rumor mill despite his emergence.

Aarhus, which is on its winter break until March, is no stranger to Americans, with both Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White suiting up for the club within the last three years.

What do you think of this development? Could you see either player winding up at Aarhus? Do you think it would be a good move for either Davies or Wondolowski?

Share your thoughts below.

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34 Responses to Reports: Aarhus looking at Wondolowski, Davies as potential transfer targets

  1. NE Matt says:

    Send em both there. They could become Superliga legends as strike partners – until they face Parkhurst – hat guy never gives up goals!

  2. CJ says:

    It’s all about playing time. Davies, especially, needs it.

  3. vik says:

    Seems like a good potential move for Davies. Wondo too, if they are willing to buy out his contract; I’m sure SJ is not looking to sell.

  4. Phlub says:

    Would be really astonished to see a lifelong American MLSer wind up in Europe. Doesn’t really happen too often. Wondo fully deserves it though.

  5. chris says:

    Wondolowski, imo, is one of the most underrated strikers in our forward pool

  6. Award says:

    My guess Davies will be heading to Aarhaus. He is younger and has more potential than Wondo. I think this will be good for Davies.

  7. Mark says:

    Good for Wondo. Happy to at least see him get some Euro-buzz even if he remains in MLS.

  8. Vic says:

    Hopefully MLS doesn’t hold Wondo hostage. Pay him more or sell him. European players start crying because they want to go to a team to win titles or play in Champions League. Even though their current team will match the salary. In MLS the message is we won’t match nor will we sell. Stay here and play for peanuts!

  9. Freddy says:

    That’s a name I haven’t heard in a while: Jeremiah White. Wonder what he’s been up to…

  10. Starla says:

    And players just keep signing long contracts. And 4 or 5 year rookie contracts in a league with cap where the teams have no incentive to sell! Who are their agents? Insane

  11. Modibo says:

    Edson Buddle just made that switch in 2010.

  12. Bryan says:

    Wondo said he turned down Feyenoord last year, why would he go to AGF now? Not happening.

  13. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    Agreed. Although I wonder how much the MLS says they sign a 4-5 year deal or get nothing, similar to what I remember Lee Nguyen being offered several years ago before he went to Vietnam. If a player really wants to play in Europe, better to sign the short term deal, even in a lesser league, than to sign a long term deal and have no control over where you go and when you are sold

  14. Starla says:

    And I turned down Real Madrid yesterday.

  15. Rlw2020 says:

    I can see either of those 2 doing well there.. However when was the last time a US player in Denmark moved up to a bigger team? Or had a good run with the national team while playing in denmark?

  16. Bryan says:

    Starla, he was interviewed on Chronicle Live in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports and made that statement.

  17. Cairo says:

    Good for them, especially Wondo. If he goes, I think we’re gonna see quite a few goals out of him. Every time I see Wondo in person (three times now) I appreciate him a lot more. He gets in great spots and stays really calm when his chance comes. Imagine him with better service and I think he’ll surprise some people. That said, I hope he doesn’t go, because I like the Quakes (2nd fav MLS side) and think their prospects are looking up for the coming season.
    As for Davies, he needs the move more, even though I don’t think he’ll score as many goals as Wondo would. What kind of wages are we talking about, though?

  18. Starla says:

    Crazy if he really turned down a real transfer there. Right league, coach and a huge (sleeping) team.

  19. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Feilhaber played in a World Cup while playing for AGF. I’d say that was a pretty good run with the national team.

  20. Alex says:

    trialing at Montreal was the last that I’ve heard

  21. Gnarls says:

    Wondo is a bargain. I know this for a fact because I bought him for peanuts in FIFA 12. 😉

  22. Gnarls says:

    Look how that turned out.

  23. away goals says:

    That’s damning with faint praise. The usmnt striker pool as a whole is pretty abysmal.

    Our consensus top choice is still an unproven 21 year old. He could be great eventually, but for most countries he would be a prospect trying to displace more established veterans.

    After jozy, it’s back up by an as yet undistinguished committee.

  24. Jeremy says:

    I think that it would be a good move for CD9. Get some playing time and back into form, and hopefully be able to help out with WCQ.

  25. Silver says:

    Davis did well in Northern Europe when he played in Sweden. I think a move to Denmark would be good for him.

  26. bryan says:

    would be a good move for either. i hope davies can get back on track there! although, i’d rather have him back at DCU!

  27. David St. Hubbins says:

    Really tough to see Wondo going to Aarhus after he turned down a move to Feyenoord last off-season. Yes this was confirmed on a Chronicle Live interview recently with Ray Ratto. Ratto kept urging Wondo to leave the Quakes and go overseas and Wondo just kept saying he was happy here and is focused on winning a title with San Jose.

  28. Charles says:

    I didn’t realize they were holding him at gun point against his wishes.

    His agent should have had him sign a contract instead. Just trusting San Jose to pay him and trade him never works very well.

    IF it goes that way, he can play his contract out and leave after, while thanking San Jose for having confidence in his abilities while others waited to see.

  29. Mike says:

    Good to see Chris get some looks overseas he fully deserves it. Wondo is a great MLS story. Say what you will about him but as the article points out most goals in MLS the last two years. Putting the ball in the back of the net is still the hardest thing to do in soccer.

    My two cents is no way he goes. The Quakes are cheap but even they know that with a new stadium coming in 2013 they can’t let the most popular Quake player in the MLS era (along with Joe Cannon) take off to Europe. Wondo is a local kid who loves playing in SJ and does a lot of community work. I just don’t see him moving on.

  30. ex_sweeper says:

    Wondo is pushing 30 and just signed a better contract with San Jose a year ago (if I recall, about $200K, where he had been making under $50K) He doesn’t have many more years to pull in a more lucrative contract. As much as I would hate to see him go, I can’t see MLS turning down a big offer. Quakes win the league? I don’t think he should bet his future earnings on it. We went from worst to first when Donovan joined the club, but it would be a stretch to do it with the current team.

  31. Starla says:

    So was it a winter loan, is he out of contract or would MLS let him leave for free because I thought Feyernoord had no money, literally.

  32. Oranje Mike says:

    There is still something very wrong with MLS pay structure when a player like Wondo leaves for more money in Denmark.

  33. slyboy says:

    He just got a new 200k contract! a year ago, who is to say that they won’t offer him another raise?

    I love Wondo, but do you really think after 1 hot year MLS should have given him 400k or a Dp contract?….. No, but now that he has two repeat years of performance he might get another raise