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Hull City recently ended the season long loan deal with Newcastle United over midfielder Ben Arfa much earlier than scheduled. This comes as a shock to many given that they expected the Frenchman to finally blossom in the Premier league after showing flashes of brilliance on several occasions.
Even though Hull maybe struggling with the prospect of relegation, manager Steve Bruce has decided to cut short the loan spell with more than five months remaining. He has blamed the attitude of the player as the first and foremost reason. Coming from the school of Sir Alex Ferguson, Bruce is known as strict disciplinarian.
Even then, he took the opportunity on Ben Arfa despite being aware of the issues surrounding the Frenchman. Bruce has explained the reasons behind the early exit of the 27-year-old. Read more »
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Several rumours appear that midfielder Wilson Palacios could be coming to the end of his spell in English football. The Honduras midfielder came close to joining a Middle Eastern club in the summer only for the move to fall through at the last moment. The midfielder does not appear to figure in the plans of manager Mark Hughes and this has resulted in his £ 35,000 per week not being justified at the moment. The tough tackling midfielder could be allowed to move on, but Stoke appear aware that they cannot command a transfer fee for the 30-year-old. Hence, they are prepared to allow him to leave on a free transfer.
This will make Palacios an attractive prospect given that he still has a few more years left in him. After coming to English football with Wigan Athletic, he made a big impression and this led to the move to Tottenham. Even though he was a first-team regular at Spurs immediately upon his arrival, problems with his personal life led to a drop in form. He made 43 appearances in his second season at Tottenham, but a move to Stoke came soon afterwards. Palacios has been averaging only around 20 games per season and is no longer a key player at the club.
The likes of Steve Sidwell, Glen Whelan, Charlie Adam, and Steven N’Zonzi are about him in the pecking order. Further, the contract of Palacios expires in the summer. He is free to negotiate terms with foreign clubs once the January transfer window opens. The club even looked at the possibility of ending the contract through mutual consent in the summer, but this did not go through due to various reasons. Stoke are expected to confirm new contract for the likes of Peter Crouch, AsmirBegovic, and manager Mark Hughes in the next few days.
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The 23 years old English defender of Hull City joined Barnsley on a loan deal which originally expired on August but after a successful campaign, the contract was extended until January of 2015.
Joe Dudgeon has established himself into the defensive backline of Barnsley as a consistent and reliable defender that has helped the League One club in securing clean sheets as well as not allowing many goals being scored in a number of matches. This is one of the main reasons on why the head coach of Barnsley Danny Wilson, was eager and determined on extending the loan contract of Dudgeon for an extended period of time.
When the deal was officially completed and extended, Danny Wilson took the chance to express his emotion concerning Dudgeon’s stay until January as the coach told reporters: “It’s a great bonus getting Joe until January. He’s a little warrior and a tremendous little warrior. I know he’s not been playing in the Premier League for them, but it’s a big, big step into the Premier League. But from our point of view I can certainly say I’m delighted he’s staying on’’
“He plays with a lot of maturity at times and, for a kid so young, that’s a great asset to have. Overall it’s great news we’ve been able to keep him. It’s been fantastic from Hull as well because they’ve trusted us with one of their players for a long period, which is great.”
Dudgeon initiated his career in the youth academy of Manchester United where he managed to make to a number of appearances for the Under-18’s team at the early age of 15 and eventually signed a trainee contract with the Premier League club.
Barnsley suffered a disastrous season during their time performing in the previous campaign in the Championship League which concluded by the club finishing at the 23rd spot and was relegated and they are now trying to fight back to return to the Championship League and the addition of Joe Dudgeon is expected to help in that quest.
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