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Premier League Round-Up: 29th July

29 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.


Cardiff have agreed a fee with Toulouse for midfielder Etienne Capoue.
Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay told Sky Sports that the club are in talks to sign the French international, saying: "Ourselves and Toulouse have come to an agreement.
“We've got to then have the conversation with Etienne and his advisors, they've been very professional in terms of what they're talking about as well.
"It's pretty delicate at the moment. We're in discussions and negotiations but it's something that's on-going."


Sylvain Distin has heaped praise on the Everton squad – and says new boss Roberto Martinez does not need to bring in any more new players. 
Martinez has signed Arouna Kone, Joel Robles and Antolin Alcaraz since taking over from David Moyes this summer. 
And French defender Distin has been impressed with the way the new boys have settled in. 
He told The Sun: “The competition is there because it is a much bigger squad now and we do not need any more players.
"We have got three quality players in, which is great as we normally have a small squad.”  


Martin Jol says that Fulham are “working every day” in their attempts to sign a new striker.
The Dutchman watched on as his side failed to find the net against Werder Bremen in their latest pre-season outing at the weekend, and told the club website he wants someone to help take the goal-scoring burden off of Dimitar Berbatov.
"We need pace and a little bit of quality,” Jol said. “Berbatov was good, but he can't do everything and we needed to get in behind.
"We will try to get someone up front. We need a few more goals. Since Clint Dempsey left we do not have enough goals in us, so we are working every day to get someone in.”


Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has completed his loan move to Napoli.
But the Spaniard has criticised the Reds' handling of the transfer, claiming that the club agreed to let him go without telling him first. 
In a letter thanking Liverpool fans, Reina insists he wanted to continue his eight-year stay on Merseyside if a move to Barcelona failed to materialise.
He said: "It's only natural I'd be disappointed Liverpool agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first.
"I thought I deserved better than that even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football."


Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has joined Turkish club Eskisehirspor on loan until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old Frenchman only joined the Black Cats in January, making 16 Premier League appearances last season.
But new boss Paolo Di Canio has made nine summer signings, forcing N-Diaye down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light.
Meanwhile, Danny Graham, another man signed by former Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill, has also left the club to join Hull City on loan.


Tottenham are locked in talks with Valencia as they attempt to sign Roberto Soldado.
The Spanish striker, who scored 30 goals in 46 appearances for the club last season, is believed to have a £25.8m release clause in his contract at the Mestalla. 
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has put Soldado at the top of his transfer wish list as he looks to bolster his attacking options this summer. 
And Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic has given the Portuguese a boost by admitting he is resigned to losing the 28-year-old forward. 

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