Barcelona's Song heads the ball during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi

Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Song to Liverpool, Abel Hernandez to Hull

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Hull City are set to splash the cash they received for Shane Long, as the Tigers are lining up Uruguayan international Abel Hernandez. The Palermo striker,  24, would be a club record signing for last seasons FA Cup runners up and would be a massive buy for Steve Bruce’s side. Speaking to reporters, Bruce confirmed the deal is close and Hernandez has already been seen at Hull’s training ground. With only Yannick Sagbo and Nikica Jelavic as recognized strikers at the KC Stadium, they need new additions for a potential Europa League push.

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According to the Daily Mail Sunderland are close to signing Inter Milan winger Ricky Alvarez on a season-long loan. The Argentina international will move to the Stadium of Light on a temporary basis and Gus Poyet’s side will then have the option of signing him permanently at the end of the season for $14 million. Alvarez, 26, is 6 foot 2 and will provide a touch of class on the flank for the Black Cats, he went to the World Cup with Argentina this summer and his signing would be somewhat of a coup for Sunderland.

Crystal Palace are closing in on re-signing winger Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United. Palace sold Zaha to United last season for $22 million but the England winger has failed to break through at Old Trafford and was loaned out to Cardiff City last season. It is believed that new Palace boss Neil Warnock has already spoken to Zaha about bringing him back to Selhurst Park on loan.

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Reports in England are linking Liverpool with signing FC Barcelona midfielder Alex Song. The former Arsenal player has been linked with Tottenham this week and is said to be out of Luis Enrique’s plans at the Nou Camp. Song, 26, is a holding midfielder and even though it seems like Liverpool are well stocked in that area with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva, Welshman Joe Allen has been linked with a move away from Anfield so Song could arrive on loan from Barca to fill that void.

Finally, Lewis Holtby could be on his way out of Tottenham after failing to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans. Holtby, 23, could be heading back to the Bundesliga as the German international seeks first-team soccer. Hamburg are said to be keen on taking the attacking midfielder on loan, while Holtby just wants to play. The London Evening Standard believe a deal is close.


Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.