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Premier League Round-Up: 5th August

5 August 2013

With less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals.  


Arsenal striker Gervinho is closing in on a move to Roma. 
The Ivorian arrived in the Italian capital on Sunday ahead of a medical and is quoted in a national newspaper calling the transfer a “dream” move. 
Gervinho, 26, joined Arsenal from Lille for £10m in July 2011, scoring four times in his debut Premier League season.
But he has found himself behind Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.  


Real Madrid defender Pepe is remaining tight-lipped over his future amid speculation linking him with Manchester City. 
New City boss Manuel Pellegrini worked with the Portuguese centre-back during his time at Real, but the club’s president Florentino Perez has claimed he is not for sale.
Speaking after Madrid’s pre-season friendly against Everton, Pepe said: "I'm a professional. They left a lot of things at the end of last season but I have a contract to fulfil.
"I'm talking to the president of Madrid and my representatives to see what will happen.”


Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear has revealed he expects to sign Loic Remy this week. 
The news comes after the Magpies agreed a fee with Lyon for another French striker, Bafetimbi Gomis.
And Kinnear also stated that the club were in talks with Aston Villa about the possibility of signing Darren Bent. 
He told Sky Sports News: “We were with Darren's agent for two or three hours, we thrashed out a deal
“We are still in negotiations with Aston Villa so there is a really strong possibility there.”


New Stoke manager Mark Hughes says he is looking at options for goalkeeper Jack Butland. 
The highly-rated 20-year old joined the Potters from Birmingham in January, but was loaned back to the Championship side for the remainder of the campaign. 
Asmir Begovic remains the number one at the club and it is understood that Butland does not want to spend the season on the bench.
But Hughes will not allow the young stopper to leave unless the deal is right. 
He told Sky Sports: "Jack's an outstanding young keeper and it's about making sure he develops. If there's not the right opportunity, and we don't think it's advantageous to his development, then he won't go out, he'll stay with us.” 


American forward Clint Dempsey has returned to his homeland after signing a deal with Seattle Sounders. 
Tottenham agreed a fee with the MLS side at the weekend, despite having only joined the club for £6m last summer. 
He played 43 times for the north Londoners, scoring 12 times. 
Dempsey, 30, said: "I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining Sounders," said Dempsey.
"Having recently played in Seattle with the national team, I experienced the incredible atmosphere and the passion from the supporters first-hand. It's going to be an honour to represent the fans in Seattle."

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