El Tri rumors share headlines with latest Liga MX moves

Italian media are reporting that West Ham have asked Napoli about the availability of Hirving Lozano. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
Italian media are reporting that West Ham have asked Napoli about the availability of Hirving Lozano. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images) /
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Cruz Azul’s Santiago Gimenez has been linked to a move to Feyenoord but he might be content to remain in Liga MX until after the World Cup. (Photo by ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images) /

National team forwards Hirving Lozano and Santiago Giménez are garnering headlines in Europe’s Hot Stove League, but initial whispers about the latter prompted speculation that the young striker might prefer to remain in Liga MX for now.

Italian sports media reported today that West Ham United has interest in signing “Chucky” Lozano away from Napoli. This rumor popped up only a day after Napoli team president Cristian Giuntoli told reporters that “Chucky” was guaranteed to be on the Serie A club’s roster this season.

Cruz Azul’s young striker Giménez has been linked to Feyenoord and ESPN reports that the Dutch club wants an answer this week. Santi has just one year remaining on his contract, so the Cementeros might consider selling their leading scorer to balance their books somewhat, but ownership rejected Feyenoord’s initial offer as way too low.

One pundit suggested Santi might prefer staying put (and active) to secure a spot on the World Cup team instead of going abroad without guaranteed playing time.

Around Liga MX

Some quick hits from across the league: The French Foreign Legion is growing in Liga MX as León has signed defender Justine Célestine. The 24-year-old was acquired from French second-division club Rodez AF. … Mazatlán FC is considering signing former El Tri star Gio dos Santos who has not played since being released by América over a year ago. The 33-year-old Olympic gold medalist would have to accept a wage packet considerably lower than what he might be used to. … Puebla goleador Fernando Aristeguieta was hurt during practice early this week and might be sidelined the rest of the month. …. Reigning Liga MX scoring champ André Pierre Gignac is day-to-day after picking up a brutal ankle knock vs Tijuana on Saturday.

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Tigres’ crosstown rivals Monterrey got some good news. Team doctors determined that Rodrigo Aguirre’s injury is not serious and the striker will likely miss no more than one or two games. Now, the club must decide if they should look to replace Joao Rojas, the attacking midfielder who went down with a knee injury on Matchday 2. Rojas will miss the remainder of the season but his wage bill is such that the Rayados’ budget concerns might limit a reaction. With both Rojas and Duvan Vergara (ACL injury in January) on the sidelines, Monterrey could open a slot for a foreign player, but ownership must decide if it wants to splash out more cash to do so.