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Premier League Round-Up: 12th July

12 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.

ARSENAL

Arsenal are poised to increase their offer for want-away Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, according to The Mirror. 
The Gunners had a £30m bid rejected for the Uruguayan international last week, but are set to test the Reds’ resolve with a bigger offer. 
Liverpool are reportedly asking for £40m for their star man, who netted  30 goals in all competitions last season. 
Arsene Wenger has set his sights on Suarez after his chase for Gonzalo Higuain appeared to hit the buffers, with new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti determined to keep the Argentine at the Bernabeu. 

CARDIFF CITY

Andreas Cornelius says he is unfazed by his price tag following a club record move to Cardiff. 
The Danish international striker completed his move from FC Copenhagen this summer, in a deal believed to be worth around £7.5m. 
Cornelius, 20, penned a five-year deal in the Welsh capital, after a prolific season in his homeland last year. 
Speaking at his first press conference, he said: “It was a bit of a surprise. I did not know Copenhagen were going to let me go. It all went quickly. But I just felt that it was the right decision to make.
“I see the price paid as a motivation for me. If Cardiff want to pay that amount of money for me then I must be good and they must believe that I'm good.”
 
MANCHESTER UNITED

Wayne Rooney has been sent home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Thailand after picking up a hamstring injury. 
The 27-year-old striker could now be doubtful for the Community Shield against Wigan on 11th August and England’s friendly against Scotland on 14th August.
After picking up the injury in training, Rooney said on his Facebook page: "Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury, especially as training was going so well. 
“Heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about.” 

SOUTHAMPTON

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has completed his club record move to Southampton. 
The 21-year-old Kenyan, who cost Celtic just £900,000 two years ago, moves to the south coast for £12.5m. 
Wanyama becomes the first ever player from his country to play for a Premier League club.
He told the Saints website: "It feels great and I am happy to be here.
"There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to come here.
"I'm very grateful to be here and I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile Saints have terminated the contract of midfielder Richard Chaplow, who spent part of last season on loan at Millwall, and defender Vegard Forren, who only joined the club in January.

SWANSEA CITY

New Swansea striker Wilfred Bony has set out to emulate fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba in the Premier League. 
Bony completed his move to the Liberty Stadium yesterday for a club record fee of £12m. 
The 24-year-old, who was the top scorer in the Dutch league for Vitesse Arnhem last season, told Sky Sports News: “Didier had a big career and scored a lot of goals in the Premier League, but I hope to do the same or more.
“I have spoken to him. He said congratulations and he is proud of me. He is a big inspiration for me. I have to listen to his advice and try to do what I can by giving my best.
"I will have to work hard because the Premier League is the next level up. He knows that if I believe then I can do well.”

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Jermain Defoe believes Tottenham need to strengthen their attacking options this summer if they are to challenge for a Champions League place. 
The Spurs striker has called on manager Andre Villas Boas to invest in the forward line, with Emmanuel Adebayor the only other senior out-and-out striker on the club’s books. 
Defoe told The Sun: "I'm a forward but I can't be the only forward at a club. Over the years, the clubs who've won titles have had several strikers.
"When Manchester United won the Treble in 1999 they had unbelievable forwards like Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke - you need that.
"If you want to do well it's important to have competition. It will definitely help us to bring more goals into the team."


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