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Premier League Round-Up: 11th July

11 July 2013

As the countdown continues to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals.


Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu has joined Everton on a season-long loan deal. 
The highly-rated forward played for the Catalan club’s B team last season, scoring 18 goals in 33 appearances. 
Deulofeu, 19, has made two senior appearances for Barcelona and helped Spain’s under-19s become European champions in 2011 and 2012. 
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez told the club’s official website: “Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and has incredible footballing talent.
“I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton.”


Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes his new club can secure a Champions League spot next season. 
The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal at Anfield after his Manchester City contract expired at the end of June. 
When asked if the Reds could achieve a top four finish, the former Arsenal centre-back told the Liverpool website: “Of course we believe we can achieve that.
“I think with the squad we have got we can do very well this season. Liverpool have the history, quality, players and mentality.
“We just want to take the team as far as we can, to the top four or to win a trophy.
“To bring the club back to the Champions League would be amazing and that is what I am looking for.”

New Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he rejected a move to the Etihad earlier in his career – and also turned down the chance to manage Liverpool.
Former City owner Thaksin Shinawatra tried to lure the Chilean to Manchester in 2007, before appointing Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager. 
And Liverpool were interested in his services when Rafael Benitez departed in 2010, but Pellegrini instead opted to take over at Malaga. 
Speaking at his first press conference at Man City boss, the 59-year-old said: "I had twice chances to arrive here before. One was to Manchester City but with the other owners, not these owners.
"Liverpool, I was very near, after Real Madrid, to arrive at Liverpool. But for different things, it was not the moment. Now it is the right moment with the right club."

Martin Olsson and Carlo Nash have completed their moves to Norwich City.
Blackburn defender Olsson, 25, moves to Carrow Road on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, while former Stoke goalkeeper Nash, 39, has penned a one-year deal after being released by the Potters. 
Canaries boss Chris Hughton said: “We're delighted with the addition of Martin. He's been playing in England for seven years and is well acclimatised to the Premier League.
“He can also play anywhere on the left-hand side so he brings us good flexibility in that sense.”
On the addition of Nash, Hughton added: “It is now important to us to bring in a keeper of great experience and a player that is used to living life in the Premier League.”


Sunderland have completed their seventh signing of the summer after snapping up French under-20 midfielder El-Hadji Ba. 
The 20-year-old was a free agent after leaving Le Havre last month. 
Ba joins fellow signings Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson, Cabral, Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge and Duncan Watmore at the Stadium of Light. 


Joe Cole is targeting a Wembley cup final appearance with West Ham this season. 
The former England international thinks it is time for the club to kick on from last season’s 10th place finish and target silverware. 
Cole, 31, told Sky Sports News: "I think the ambition of the club at the moment is improvement.
“For me personally, I would love to finish better than 10th but I would love to take this club to Wembley.
“At the end of the day, they are the days you remember in your career - it would be a massive achievement.
“You look at Swansea and Wigan last season and that is their day, we would like a bit of that because it has been such a long time since West Ham have been there, so that would be nice.”

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