George John Heading Back To FC Dallas, As Transfer To West Ham Falls Through

George John's loan spell with West Ham ends with no permanent contract offer.

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George John Heading Back To FC Dallas After Transfer Falls Through

George John will be playing for FC Dallas in 2012, after all. The centerback's loan spell at West Ham ended without a permanent contract offer, meaning he'll likely play out the final year of his MLS contract before seeking a more permanent situation.

"We’re very excited to have a player of George John’s caliber return to our team," FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a team release. "He has been one of our most consistent players. Without question, FC Dallas is a better team with George John. In speaking with George, he’s very excited to rejoin our team and help FC Dallas compete for a return trip to MLS Cup."

Although clearly not the situation John was hoping for, this has to be seen as a positive for FC Dallas. Now with John, they go from a team with significant question marks on defense to one that could be quite deep. Chances are John won't immediately step into the starter's role, as he has missed the entirety of preseason, but he is one of the league's top centerbacks and should be able to reclaim that spot relatively quickly.

Longer term, it's now more clear than ever that John does not see himself as having a future with FC Dallas. This was the second time in less than a year that a transfer to England has fallen through. Previously, he was close to joining Blackburn but he never actually got to the point of training with them. This time, he was able to train with West Ham for about two months, although he was always facing an uphill battle as West Ham is currently at the top of the English Championship table and has solid players at centerback.

"It was unfortunate that I didn’t get to play, but it really was understandable given the circumstances," said John, who scored a goal in his first Reserve game with the English side. "I hope West Ham continues its good form and gets back to the Premier League. That’s certainly where the club belongs."

For more on John's situation, be sure to check out FC Dallas blog Big D Soccer.


George John Looks To Be Headed To West Ham On Loan

The George John transfer saga was given a new wrinkle on Monday. According to Steve Davis of Daily Soccer Fix, John is close to moving to West Ham. The twist is that it will be on a loan instead of on a transfer as previously believed.

I don’t have many details, but it looks like the first step here is a loan to West Ham through the end of February. Final details are being sorted now, from what I understand.

Clearly, this is a positive move for John, who was close to joining Blackburn last year before the transfer fell apart. What this means for FC Dallas, on the other hand, is less clear. Reading between the lines a little, this looks like it could turn into a situation where Schellas Hyndman and Co. are in a bit of a pickle.

If all goes well in England, John could be gone for good. But there's still a chance he could end up back in Dallas to play out the final year of his four-year contract. Basically, Dallas will be unable to fully move on from the situation until the MLS season is just about ready to start.

For more on the situation, be sure to check out FC Dallas blog Big D Soccer.


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George John Heading Back To England

FC Dallas could soon be rolling in the riches of a transfer fee. Defender George John is heading back to England to try and land a transfer deal with an unnamed club according to SBNation sources.

John and his agent are in England and could have a deal finalized within the next two-to-three days.

According to sources, the opportunity arose out of nowhere for John - who's agent had said previously this winter that a move wasn't likely to happen for the center back. A deal came up that was right for him and both Major League Soccer and FC Dallas encouraged him to pursue it.

John had previously retired to go to England back in the summer with Blackburn Rovers but that deal fell through in the final days of negotiating. The 24-year old John returned to Dallas and claimed he was set on staying with the club through 2012.

John is in the final year of his MLS contract - which puts him at a great time to get a transfer fee for FC Dallas and the league.

For more on these signings, be sure to check out FC Dallas blog Big D Soccer.

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