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Palace complete Bannan deal

Barry Bannan has signed a three-year deal with Crystal Palace after Aston Villa accepted an undisclosed offer.

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Barry Bannan: Reunited with Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park

Barry Bannan: Reunited with Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park

The Scotland midfielder, whose last Villa appearance was in March, follows deadline-day signings Jack Hunt and Adrian Mariappa to Selhurst Park.

He told Sky Sports News: "I'm proud, obviously. It's been a long day, but now I'm a Crystal Palace player I'm very happy.

"The season's been started now for a couple of weeks and I've not featured at Villa. It's perfect for me, really, staying in the Premier League and I'll do the best I can.

"I played a lot of games last season but the gaffer at Villa has obviously decided to go another way. You can't complain - some managers like you, some don't."

The move reunites Bannan with Ian Holloway, his manager during a loan spell at Blackpool several years ago.

"I worked with him at Blackpool, and that was probably the highlight of my career so far. We got promoted to the Premier League and he was really good, so to be working under him again is brilliant."

Palace continue to chase new signings before the 11pm deadline, and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was briefly at the club's Beckenham training ground in the early afternoon.

Sky sources understand a deal could yet happen if Arsenal, who are interested in Chelsea's Demba Ba, can sign a striker.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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