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Premier League Round-Up: 22nd July

22 July 2013

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


Wojciech Szczesny says he would welcome competition for the number one jersey at Arsenal.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of goalkeepers during the summer, with QPR’s Julio Cesar reported to be at the top of Arsene Wenger’s wish list.
Szczesny said in The Guardian: “Even if the boss was to make a big signing in goal, I would do my very best to compete for the number one spot. I'd do my best whatever my position.
“The club is in my heart and I wouldn't be thinking about going elsewhere. My head is pretty clear when it comes to that.
“You have to deal with the competition. I think that the competition from Lukasz when he was fit was pretty tough and I enjoyed it. It can only bring the best out of me.”


In-demand striker Luis Suarez has joined up with the rest of the Liverpool squad at their pre-season camp in Australia – and manager Brendan Rodgers believes the Uruguayan will stay at the club. 
Suarez has been the subject of a bid from Arsenal, while La Liga giants Real Madrid are also believed to be interested in securing his services. 
But when asked at a press conference if he expected Suarez to remain at Anfield for the 2013/14 season, Rodgers said: "Yes, very much so.
"There's been a lot of speculation over the course of the close season but the reality is that he's a player who is very much valued at Liverpool and unless there's any sort of offer that comes in that's anywhere near his value, there's nothing to consider.
"We haven't had that."


Darren Fletcher is expected to miss the start of the season through injury. 
The 29-year old is currently recovering from a bowel operation, having not played for Manchester United since Boxing Day.
But the Scotland international is expecting to sit out even more games when the 203/14 season kicks off next month.
Meanwhile new United boss David Moyes is in the hunt to strengthen his midfield options, after confirming at a press conference that the club have made a second bid for Cesc Fabregas. 


Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Nacer Chadli from Dutch side FC Twente.
Spurs have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £7m for the Belgian winger, who has 14 international caps to his name. 
The 23-year-old is expected to fly out to Hong Kong to join Andre Villas Boas’ squad at the Premier League Asia Trophy, once he has agreed terms and passed a medical. 
Chadli would become the third Belgian in the Spurs squad if he completes his move, joining Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele. 


West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed that the club’s top priority this summer is to sign another striker. 
The Hammers have already brought in Andy Carroll from Liverpool for a club record fee of £15m, but Sullivan says he wants to strengthen their attacking options further. 
He said on Twitter: "We are happy with the rest of the team - all we need now is pace and goals.”

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