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Premier League Round-Up: 18th July

18 July 2013

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


French striker Olivier Giroud hit a first-half hat-trick as Arsenal beat the Vietnam national side 7-1 yesterday.
Promising teenager Chuba Akpom also netted a brace in the one-sided affair, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Spaniard Ignasi Miquel completed the rout. 
Despite netting 14 goals in the opening two games of their Far East tour, Arsenal are reportedly keen on bolstering their attacking options, after having a bid for Luis Suarez rejected by Liverpool.
And Giroud said he would like to see the Uruguayan at the Emirates.
He told The Sun: "Luis is someone with whom I could form a good understanding on the pitch. 
“So I am in favour of him coming to Arsenal and I am not afraid of the competition for places his arrival would bring about.”


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Wayne Rooney is his only transfer target this summer. 
The Blues had a bid for the want away striker rejected earlier this week, with reports suggesting the London club had offered Juan Mata or David Luiz in part-exchange. 
Mourinho denied those claims, but confirmed that the club were interested in Rooney.
He said: "Chelsea is interested in this player, made a bid, and what we did, we did officially.
"The bid is there. The club knows we want the player, the player has to know we made a bid for him.”


Phil Jagielka has revealed that pre-season training has been “drastically different” under new boss Roberto Martinez.
Former manager David Moyes spent 11 years in charge at Goodison Park, before leaving for Manchester United in May.
Defender Jagielka said that pre-season training under the Scot was focused on fitness, but Martinez has incorporated more ballwork as he attempts to introduce his passing style of play.
Jagielka told the Daily Star: "This pre-season has been drastically different.
"Normally you're working a lot harder off the ball - you're running around and the balls rarely come out. But the new manager has different views. We've got to start to adapt now to the way he wants us to play.”


Manchester City have agreed a deal for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, according to the Spanish club. 
The 27-year-old, who scored 26 league goals last season, will move to the Etihad for a fee of around £20m, subject to a medical. 
The Spanish international held a farewell press conference in Seville yesterday, where he said: "For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was over here.”
Negredo is set to link up again with his former Sevilla teammate Jesus Navas, who completed his move to Manchester earlier this month.


Papiss Cisse has pulled out of Newcastle’s pre-season tour of Portugal.
The Senegal striker refused to wear the club’s new training kit, which is sponsored by Wonga, on religious grounds. 
Cisse, 28, is a Muslim and told club officials he was not prepared to promote the money-lending company, but said that he would be prepared to wear an unbranded kit. 
His omission from the tour leaves his St James’ Park future in serious doubt. He has scored 26 times for the club since joining in January 2012. 

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