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News and links for Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Stoke Signs Joe Allen
Have fun, Joe.

Dom Dwyer staying in MLS after Sporting KC rejects offer from Olympiakos - ESPN FC
Sporting Kansas City has rejected a bid from Olympiakos for striker Dom Dwyer, coach Peter Vermes said.

Roberto Martinez linked to Atlanta United gig by Taylor Twellman – ProSoccerTalk
Could the Premier League boss be headed for the other side of the Atlantic Ocean? An ex-USMNT player thinks so.

Deaf footballers remain sidelined, discriminated against in Africa
With little sponsorship and almost no media attention, it's almost impossible to erase the stigma surrounding deaf footballers in Africa.

Sigi Schmid: What's next for Seattle Sounders, ousted coach?
The only coach the Sounders have ever known in MLS is out during a sustained rut for the big-spending squad.

Pep Guardiola bans overweight Manchester City players from training
Pep Guardiola has banned his players from eating pizza and barred anyone who is categorised as overweight from training with the squad as the new Manchester City manager wastes no time imposing his exacting methods at the Etihad Stadium.

Spain’s Villarreal signs Brazilian striker Pato – ProSoccerTalk
Brazilian club Corinthians says it has agreed to transfer striker Alexandre Pato to Villarreal in Spain.

Allardyce’s England Departure Leaves Sunderland In Familiar Mess
He promised it would be different this time. Trundling around the Stadium of Light at the end of last season, dancing around with his suit jacket halfway off, Sam Allardyce looked and felt like the man to break Sunderland’s continual purgatory.

Brendan Rodgers backs old club Liverpool to finish in top four - ESPN FC
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes this season represents the perfect chance for his old club to qualify for the Champions League again