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Premier League Round-Up: 8th July

8 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.

ARSENAL

Arsenal have had a £30m bid for Luis Suarez rejected by Liverpool. 
The Uruguayan striker is expected to leave Anfield in the summer, after admitting in May that it would be a “good moment for change”. 
Spanish giants Real Madrid were thought to be leading the chase for the player, but the Gunners have now joined the race after submitting the first concrete offer for the 26-year-old.
Suarez scored 30 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season, but will be banned for the first six matches of the 2013/14 Premier League season after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

EVERTON

Everton have completed the signing of Arouna Kone on a three-year deal.
The Ivory Coast striker joins the Toffees from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, joining up with his former Latics boss Roberto Martinez. 
Kone, 29, scored 13 times for Wigan in all competitions last season and will link up with his new teammates at Goodison Park later this month. 

HULL CITY

Burnley striker Charlie Austin is in talks with Premier League newboys Hull. 
Austin, 24, scored 28 goals for the Lancashire outfit last season.
But BBC Radio Lancashire has reported that the Championship club have accepted an undisclosed bid from the Tigers for his services. 
Austin would be manager Steve Bruce’s fifth summer signing, after completing the captures of Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies, Allan McGregor and Ahmed Elmohamady.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Usain Bolt is set to play for Manchester United in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial next month, according to the Sun. 
United fan Bolt, who won three gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will pull on the famous red shirt in Seville on 7th August. 
The fastest man on the planet had previously begged former boss Sir Alex Ferguson to give him a trial at the club, saying: “I know I could make a difference. I’d be the fastest in the team — but I can play as well.”

NORWICH CITY

Norwich striker Grant Holt is poised to join Championship side Wigan Athletic.
The 32-year-old is set to have a medical at the DW Stadium, as new manager Owen Coyle looks to get the club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. 
Holt has scored 78 goals of the Canaries since joining the club from Shrewsbury for £400,000 in July 2009.  
After finding the net 15 times in the Premier League during 2011/12, Holt found goals harder to come by last season and has found himself down the pecking order after the arrival of Ricky van Wolfswinkel.   

SUNDERLAND

American striker Jozy Altidore is in talks with Sunderland after they agreed a fee with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. 
The 23-year-old played in the Premier League with Hull City in 2009/10 and is set to have a medical today ahead of a return to England. 
Altidore has scored 38 goals in 67 league games for AZ since moving to the Netherlands from Villarreal. 
Alkmaar confirmed the deal on their website but the club declined to reveal the fee involved. 

SWANSEA CITY

Swansea are believed to be closing in on a deal for Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfred Bony. 
Bony, who scored 31 goals in 30 league games last season, could cost the Swans a fee in the region of £13m. 
If the deal goes through, the Ivory Coast hitman would become the Welsh club’s seventh permanent signing of the summer. 
The club have already announced deals for Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jose Canas, Jordi Amat, Gregor Zabret and Alex Gogic from Olympiakos.
Midfielder Jonathan de Guzman has also rejoined the club on a season-long loan from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal.


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