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Premier League Round-Up: 1st July

1 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.


Blackpool manager Paul Ince has confirmed that the club have accepted an offer from Cardiff for his son, Thomas.
But he claims there is only “50-50” chance that the 21-year-old winger will leave the Tangerines. 
Liverpool now also have a 48-hour window to formally register any interest in Ince, as part of the deal that took him to Blackpool back in 2011. 
Speaking to Sky Sports at Blackpool’s pre-season training camp in Portugal, Ince senior said: “Cardiff have come in massively for Thomas and the chairman has accepted their offer. I'm not sure what the offer is as I've been away.
“It's a case of when he comes back, we'll sit down and see what we want to do. He loves it here and has told me he's in no rush to leave the club.
“I think it's 50-50 at the moment. It's a tricky one for me - ideally you want your son to be playing in the Premier League, but you also want him to be playing for you.”


Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin has agreed to join Spanish club Sevilla on loan.
The 24-year-old German signed for the Blues from Werder Bremen last summer, but made just 16 appearances during the 2012/13 campaign. 
The Stamford Bridge club confirmed that the deal will go through, “subject to the completion of legal documentation and a medical.” 


Brazil star Neymar has urged Wayne Rooney to join him at Barcelona next season.
Rooney handed in a transfer request at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, but new boss David Moyes is keen to keep Rooney at Old Trafford. 
The England international has been linked with big money moves to Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid, as well as Barcelona.
And Neymar hopes Rooney will follow in his footsteps in moving to the Spanish champions.
Speaking ahead of Brazil’s Confederations Cup final win over Spain, he said: “The style of football Barcelona play and the level of the players we have - we are the perfect club for the top players to join.
“Of course he would improve Barcelona. He would improve any club in Europe. And on a personal level, it would be a dream to play with him."
Meanwhile Steve Round has been reunited with Moyes at Old Trafford, after being appointed as the club’s new assistant manager. 
Goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and veteran coach Jimmy Lumsden have also joined United’s backroom staff after agreeing to follow Moyes out of Everton.


Mark Hughes has completed his first signing as Stoke manager, after snapping up Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven. 
The 24-year-old defender moves to the Britannia Stadium for a fee of around £3m, after putting pen to paper on a four-year deal. 
Pieters, who has been capped 17 times for the Netherlands, told the club’s official website: “I’m really looking forward to playing for this club. It’s important for me that the first impression is good and I’ve got a great feeling about Stoke City.
“Of course, I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League. It’s one of the hardest competitions to play in with some great players and teams and I’m really looking forward to it.”


Sunderland have completed the singings of French defender Valentin Roberge and Swiss midfielder Cabral.
The duo become Paolo Di Canio’s third and fourth singings of a busy summer, which has also seen Simon Mignolet depart Wearside for Liverpool.
Centre-back Roberge, 25, has signed a three-year deal after his contract with Portuguese side Maritimo ended last month. 
Cabral, 24, who hails from Cape Verde but holds Swiss citizenship, has also signed a three-year deal after an impressive season with FC Basel.


Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that the club have agreed terms with Swansea over the sale of striker Bafetimbi Gomis. 
The French international striker looks set to leave the club this summer, because of what Aulas called a "behaviour problem."
But Gomis has so far dragged his heels over a move, which forced Lyon to sell Anthony Martial at the weekend in order to report a balanced set of financial results this morning. 
Aulas told French newspaper, L'Equipe: "I had the feeling and I was even almost sure we could have convinced Bafe [to leave]. 
"The Swansea chairman came to Lyon to sign the commitment and we checked the offer was superior to what Bafe earns at Lyon."

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