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Premier League Round-Up: 15th July

15 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.


Billionaire Shahid Khan has completed his takeover of Fulham – and aims to build on the work of previous owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Al Fayed, 84, brought the Cottagers in 1997, transforming the club into Premier League regulars. 
Now Khan, who also owns NFL outfit Jacksonville Jaguars, aims to take Fulham to “the next level”.
He said: "It's a very special place. This is the perfect club for me at a perfect time.
"It's the passing of the baton, taking it to the next level."
Meanwhile Fulham kicked off their pre-season tour of Costa Rica with a 3-0 friendly win against FC Cartagines on Sunday night.


Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is set to become Hull’s sixth signing of the summer, according to The Mirror.
The 38-year-old left Newcastle as a free agent last month after 20 years at the Tyneside club. 
Now he is set to join the Tigers as competition for Allan McGregor, who joined the club from Turkish outfit Besiktas for £1.8m.
Harper is understood to be having a medical at the KC Stadium today


Ajax manager Frank de Boer says he would not stand in Christian Eriksen’s way if he chose to join Liverpool. 
The Reds are being linked with a £22m double swoop on the Dutch club for the Danish midfielder and his teammate Toby Alderweireld.
And former Dutch international defender de Boer is resigned to the fact that Eriksen is likely to leave the club this summer. 
He told Sky Sports News: "It is up to Christian what he wants. If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him.
“I would want nothing more than having him with us for a few more years.
“But we realise the interest in this kind of player is huge. And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him.”

Brazilian international defender Maicon will not be in Manchester City’s squad for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.
Former City manager Roberto Mancini brought the right-back to Manchester last summer, but he started just four league games.
New Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini didn’t select Maicon for the club’s tour of South Africa and confirmed that he is now surplus to requirements at the club. 
He told City’s website: "Maicon didn't come here to the pre-season and he will not be in the squad at Manchester City this year."


David Beckham has tipped new Manchester United boss David Moyes to guide the club to another Premier League title this season. 
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Beckham said: "It was always going to be difficult job for whoever succeeded Sir Alex because of what the manager has brought to Manchester United, what he has brought to the game.
“But the same players are there and I'm sure a few more will be added over the next few weeks. Being manager of Man United is a great job.
“It's going to be interesting this year as there have been so many changes throughout the Premier League. Jose [Mourinho] is back and that's exciting. It's going to be interesting, but I still think United will win the league.”


Norwich have completed the signing of Leroy Fer from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee.
The Dutch international has agreed a four-year deal at Carrow Road, where he will join fellow countryman Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Fer, 23, scored 21 goals in 71 appearances for Twente after leaving Feyenoord in 2011. 
Canaries boss Chris Hughton said on the club’s official website: "He's a very versatile Dutch international. 
“At 23 he has that pleasing balance of having acquired experience playing over 100 games in the Dutch league - but still having plenty of time ahead of him to continue his development as a player here with us at Norwich City.”

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