Ricardo Pepi will head to Augsburg, Daryl Dike will join West Brom and we await Sergino Dest's market
Here we go, January has arrived and the transfer market has restarted in high gear with plenty of action on the American market as USMNT striker Daryl Dike sealed a permanent move to West Bromwich Albion and 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi is expected to join FC Augsburg on a permanent move. German sources tell CBS Sports it'll be an MLS record fee at $20 million, plus add-ons, pending a physical on Sunday.
Wolfsburg were in pole position for Pepi for several weeks but failed to reach a definitive agreement with FC Dallas. Pepi drew suitors from different countries but FC Augsburg ultimately came out ahead of the pack and soon will complete the deal. The young American striker from El Paso, Texas, will join his agent Jaime Garcia on a flight to Munich, Germany, to undergo medical tests and complete his definitive transfer.
Dike's transfer from Orlando City is particularly interesting because he drew interest from clubs outside of England. An Italian club had taken information on the 21-year-old striker without ever having made an official proposal. His next step is the Championship, an intriguing return to England where he is reunited with his old coach.