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Premier League Round-Up: 5th July

5 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.

EVERTON

Newly-appointed Everton boss Roberto Martinez has added four new faces to his backroom staff.
First-team coach Graeme Jones has followed Martinez to Goodison Park from Wigan, along with goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara, chief scout Kevin Reeves and head of performance Richard Evans.
Martinez told the club’s website: “We've brought people with real experience in the Premier League already.
“They bring a real understanding of how we work and what we need to reach with the players and help them as quick as we can to be a strong team at the start of the season.”
The new appointments come after Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden all left Merseyside to link up with former boss David Moyes at Manchester United.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Newcastle have joined the race to sign want-away Wigan striker Arouna Kone. 
The Ivory Coast international is keen on a move back to the Premier League following the Latics’ relegation last season and Everton were believed to be leading the chase for his signature.
But now the Magpies have also met a release clause in his contract, which is said to be around £5m. 
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan told BBC Sport: “They have both made the offer that could buy Arouna.
“We gave permission for Everton to speak to him and our first thought was that's where he wanted to go but Newcastle have now come in.” 

NORWICH CITY

Norwich have completed the signing of winger Nathan Redmond from Birmingham City.
The 19-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Carrow Road, after the cash-strapped Blues accepted an offer believed to be in the region of £3m. 
Redmond will be reunited with boss Chris Hughton, who previously managed him at St Andrews.
He told Norwich’s official website: “He was very influential on my career at Birmingham. 
“He gave me the chance to play and the chance to express myself every time that I stepped on to the field and I feel like on the bigger stage he'll do exactly the same thing.
“I'd probably say I've played some of my best football under him so far.”

SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is chasing a trio of stars as he looks to strengthen his squad this summer. 
Victor Wanyama, Leandro Damiao and Ever Banega are all on the Argentine manager’s transfer wish list, as the ambitious south coast side target European football. 
Saints have already pulled off a coup by signing highly-rated Lyon centre back, Dejan Lovren for £8.5m.
Speaking at his first pre-season press conference, Pochettino said: “We manage a lot of information about very good players. One of them is Damiao, also Banega and also Wanyama.
“The main thing is that we as a club, Southampton, are managing when these negotiations happen so that is what is happening.”

SUNDERLAND

AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore has refused to comment on reports linking him with a move to Sunderland. 
The Dutch outfit have already rejected a bid from the Wearsiders, as boss Paolo Di Canio looks to bolster his striking options this summer. 
American international Altidore has already played in the Premier League with Hull City, but the 23-year-old refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a return to England. 
“It is better for me not to comment on all the rumours, not only with Sunderland, but also with other clubs,” he told Sky Sports.
"It would not be a problem for me to stay at Alkmaar because I am having a good time here and I have had two good seasons.
"But when you get the possibility to play somewhere else, you always have to think about it.”
 
WEST BROMWICH ALBION

French striker Nicolas Anelka has signed a one-year deal with West Brom. 
The 34-year-old spent the back end of last season on loan at Juventus, after expressing his desire to leave Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua. 
But he has now returned to England after signing for the Baggies on a free transfer.
West Brom become Anelka’s 11th different club and his sixth in the Premier League, having already turned out for Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea in English football’s top flight. 
Manager Steve Clarke said of his first summer signing: “We are missing a bit of firepower from last year, and to kick off with the signing of Nicolas at the start of the summer is a great boost for everyone at the club.”


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