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Premier League Round-Up: 30th July

30 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. 

CARDIFF CITY

Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore has completed his move to Premier League newboys Cardiff. 
The 23-year-old has signed a four-year-contract at the Cardiff City Stadium, to become Malky Mackay’s third signing of the summer. 
Moore told the club’s website: "I'm delighted to be at Cardiff City - to play in the Premier League has always been my goal.
"It's exciting to think that I'll be working with quality goalkeepers like David Marshall and Joe Lewis."

MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City have granted a free transfer to midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim, according to Sky Sports. 
The highly-rated midfielder is currently on loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset, but new boss Manuel Pellegrini is now willing to let him leave permanently. 
The Norway under-21 international is well down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, after Fernandinho and Jesus Navas were brought in this summer to further bolster Pellegrini’s midfield options.
The 22-year-old told Sky Sports News: "Yes, it's true the club gave me a free transfer last week and my advisors are speaking with clubs at this stage.
"I'm hoping to have my future sorted in the next couple of weeks hopefully by mid-August.”

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Newcastle have reportedly ended their interest in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
Sky Sports News understands that the Magpies offered £6.9m for the 27-year-old, but the French side are holding out for a bigger offer. 
Gomis scored 18 goals for Lyon last season and looks set to leave the club this summer. 
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is now likely to turn his attentions to QPR frontman Loic Remy, who almost joined the north east side in January.  

NORWICH CITY

New Norwich striker Gary Hooper has targeted an England call up after completing his move from Celtic. 
The 25-year-old made the switch to Carrow Road in a £5m deal, after finding the net 31 times for the Scottish champions last season.
And the Essex-born front man believes his chances of catching the eye of England boss Roy Hodgson will improve by playing in the Premier League.
He told the Norwich website: "I've wanted to play in the Premier League from when I was younger and to get into the England squad.
"I think there's a good chance of that. My aim is to get fit and hopefully I'll get picked.
"You don't really get a look in up there [Scotland]. Down here I think you've got more chance." 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Gareth Bale is “too young” to leave the Premier League and join Real Madrid – according to former Tottenham boss David Pleat.
Bale, 24, has indicated that he would be keen to speak to the Spanish giants about a possible move, but Pleat told BBC Sport: "I think he's a little bit young to go abroad.
“I doubt he'd find it easy. Many have failed when they have moved overseas.
"One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time. I think he is young to go, but he might feel that, with his partner and baby, it will be a new start for him.
"I think it might be better if he stayed, continued to work and maybe next summer leave if that is his wish."
 

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