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[14th-Jan-15] Daily Rumour Mill

After the FA Cup 3rd Round Replays conclude, let's take a look at the news and stories making the headlines. 1. Stoke City's Maurice Edu, on loan to the Philadelphia Union, has made the transfer a permanent move for an undisclosed amount. (Source: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/30820968) 2. Palermo have announced they've rejected a bid from Manchester United for Paulo Dybala. (Source: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jan/14/palermo-manchester-united-paulo-dybala) 3. Liverpool are hoping to trump West Ham to sign Barca midfielder Alex Song this summer. (Source: http://talksport.com/football/reports-liverpool-go-head-head-west-ham-barcelona-star-150114132234) 4. Burnley remain on course to qualify for the Europa League through the UEFA Fair Play Award. (Source: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/11723908.FAIR_PLAY__Burnley_remain_on_course_for_Europa_League_spot/) 5. Spurs and Arsenal are interested in West Ham's Winston Reid. (Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/11346803/Tottenham-happy-to-agree-Winston-Reids-terms-to-beat-Arsenal-to-West-Ham-defenders-signature.html) My Thoughts: 1. Deal was in the works for a while. Edu is not good enough for the Premier League but has found himself a good midfielder for the Union. 2. The price Palermo are asking for Dybala is too high but it is not surprising to see the interest as he's a great midfielder. 3. Would be a blow for West Ham but Song has been superb this season. Still expect West ham to make the move permanent in the summer. 4. Well the way it works is UEFA has a fair play ranking for nations. The top three have their top domestic side in that nation's fair play award qualify for the Europa League. England are currently 3rd, Burnley leading the other 19 clubs in the Premier League. 5. Well we know Reid wants out and we know there is interest. I'd imagine he'd go to Spurs which would incense me endlessly quite honestly.
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