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Premier League Round-Up: 31st July

31 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. 


Alan Hutton’s move to Real Mallorca has stalled due to his wage demands, according to the Spanish club. 
The Scottish full-back spent last season on loan at the Spanish outfit and looked set for another temporary switch to the club. 
But Real coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer said: "I'm pessimistic. Everything had gone well, starting talks with Aston Villa.
"But it has become complicated, because the player is now asking for other things and that cannot be. It has to stop."


Bayern Munich will not be making a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to their new manager Pep Guardiola. 
Reports in Germany had suggested that the Brazilian was top of Guardiola’s wish list, as he looks to strengthen his defensive options.
But speaking to the press ahead of the Audi Cup in Munich, the former Barcelona boss said: "He's not coming to Munich. We've got four or five central defenders.
"There is no truth to the speculation."


Papiss Cisse says he is “ready to go” after resolving his shirt dispute with Newcastle. 
The Senegalese striker had previously refused to wear the Magpies’ new kit, which is sponsored by money-lending company, Wonga, because it went against his Muslim beliefs. 
But both parties have now put the issue to bed, with Cisse scoring in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over St Mirren in pre-season yesterday. 
Cisse told the club’s website: "I feel great and ready to go.
"I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks.
"After a huge amount of thought and reflection, I have made the decision to follow my team-mates and wear the kit.”


Norwich manager Chris Hughton has hinted at a swoop for Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella. 
Hughton refused to rule out a move for the Italian striker – instead comparing the situation to his recent capture of Celtic striker Gary Hooper. 
He said: "That is a story I have seen and heard. But it was exactly the same with our work with Gary.
"Most were aware there was an interest. Until there was something official to say then we didn't say it.
"From our side we did our work in the correct way [for Hooper], which is very much behind the scenes."
Quagliarella scored 13 times in 34 games for Juventus last season. 


Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane says the Spanish giants will not give up in their pursuit of Gareth Bale.
Real are understood to have tabled a world record bid for the Welsh winger, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy appears determined to hang on to his star player.
Speaking from the United States of America, where Madrid are preparing for a pre-season friendly with LA Galaxy, Zidane said: "If he's expressed a desire to join Madrid, then Tottenham should give him permission to speak with us.
“The chance to play for Real Madrid might only come around once in a player's lifetime - and it's understandable Gareth doesn't want to miss out on it.”

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