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Palermo linked to Gunning

ITALIAN side Palermo have been linked with a move for Dundee United's Irish defender Gavin Gunning.

The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best young prospects in the SPL this season, but he is out of contract with Dundee United at the end of this season and is expected to leave.

Rangers – who signed his fellow Dubliner Jon Daly from Dundee United at the start of this season – have been linked with a move for Gunning (above) while a number of Championship clubs were also tracking the ex-Blackburn player, but now local media have mentioned Palermo as a possible destination.

Palermo are currently top of the table in Serie B and are expected to make a return to Italy's top flight for next season. The club already has links with the Scottish game as they signed former Rangers man Kyle Lafferty earlier this season.

Gunning moved to the SPL in 2011 after a spell with Blackburn Rovers. Capped seven times at U21 level, he was at one stage mentioned as a possible call-up by Giovanni Trapattoni but injury intervened and he has yet to be involved at senior level.

HAYES EYES DONS GLORY

DUBLINER Jonny Hayes knows he can achieve hero status in Aberdeen if he can help the Dons win the Scottish League Cup on Sunday.

The former U21 cap has yet to win a major medal in his career since he left Ireland to move to Reading a decade ago, but he is also aware that Aberdeen have not picked up a trophy for some time, so Sunday's clash with his former club Inverness Caledonian Thistle could suit both parties.

"It's been that long since Aberdeen won a cup I think the fans would remember you for a long, long time. That's a nice sentimental thing to take with you when you finish your career," says Hayes, one of three Dubliners in the Dons side alongside Willo Flood and Adam Rooney.

"I'm sure if I still lived in Aberdeen after winning a couple of cups that you'd be long remembered."

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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