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Premier League Round-Up: 1st August

1 August 2013

As we enter August, the countdown to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season is entering its final stages. With the big kick-off rapidly approaching, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals.


England defender Steven Caulker has completed his club record £8m switch from Tottenham to Cardiff.
The 21-year-old spent a season on loan in Wales with Swansea City during 2011/12, making 26 Premier League appearances for the club. 
Despite his performances, he found himself down the pecking order upon returning to north London and has now been allowed to leave by manager Andre Villas Boas.
Speaking of his move on the Cardiff City website, Caulker said: “I'm delighted to be here and excited for this fresh challenge.
“You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the club and I'm really looking forward to being part of it.”


Joey Barton is yet to decide on a permanent move to Marseille – and says he would take a pay cut to play for his beloved Everton. 
The QPR midfielder spent last season on loan at the French outfit, making 25 appearances as the club finished second in Ligue 1. 
Marseille are understood to have offered Barton a permanent deal, but The Mirror reports that his preference is a move to Goodison Park. 
The 30-year-old grew up as a Toffees fan and is reportedly willing to half his £70,000-a-week wages to join Roberto Martinez’ side. 


New Manchester United manager David Moyes is refusing to give up in his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas – and is reportedly lining up a club record swoop for the Barcelona midfielder.
The Premier League champions have already had two bids rejected by the Catalan giants, but Moyes is ready to smash the £30.75m fee paid for Dimitar Berbatov to bring the Spaniard to Old Trafford, according to BBC Sport.
But in his first press conference since taking over as Barca boss, Gerardo Martino said: "I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here.”

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has insisted the club will not be held to ransom in their pursuit of new signings. 
Former Palace defender Pardew is keen to bolster his attacking options, but the club withdrew their interest in Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis after they rejected a bid of £6.9m from the north east club. 
Pardew told Sky Sports News: "I’m not concerned about any of them slipping away. I think that we are in the market still.
"We will pay what we think is the right price.
"We have always managed to get somebody over the line. I think we will this time."


Paolo Di Canio has urged Jack Colback to make a decision on his Sunderland future. 
The midfielder has just one year remaining on his deal at the Stadium of Light and is believed to be considering a new deal. 
The 23-year-old has spent his entire professional career at the club, barring two loan spells at Ipswich Town, and Di Canio is keen not to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season. 
The Italian told Sky Sports: "I've already spoken to him twice and he's done very well.
"He is a genuine guy with a fantastic attitude. Also he's got quality too.
"He has to make clear what he wants to do in the future because if one player has it in his brain to leave, it is difficult."


Tottenham have reached an agreement to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, subject to a medical. 
The club revealed the deal on their official website this morning, after Soldado’s agent had confirmed to Spanish media: "The deal with Tottenham has been completed."
Spanish hitman Soldado, 28, scored 30 goals in 46 appearances for Valencia last season, taking his overall tally at the Mestalla to 80 in 146 games.
The fee for the striker is expected to surpass the £17m fee paid for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho earlier this summer. 
Meanwhile, Spurs winger Gareth Bale has reiterated his desire to leave the club for Real Madrid, who have made a world record bid for his services.

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