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Premier League Round-Up: 24th June

24 June 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. 

ASTON VILLA

Aston Villa midfielder Brett Holman has left the club by mutual consent to sign for Dubai side Al Nasr.
The 29-year-old, who usually plays in the second striker role, has left just 12 months after joining the Midlands team from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. 
Australian international Holman revealed that he was disappointed with his debut season in the Premier League and needed a new challenge. 
He told Fox Sports: “It was difficult, but a decision that I know I have made with 100 percent of my heart. 
“It's a step I wanted to make - it is a fantastic project and it's definitely a big challenge and something I am looking forward to.”

CARDIFF CITY
 
Former Wales striker John Hartson believes his former international team mate Craig Bellamy will play a key role in Cardiff's debut Premier League season. 
The Bluebirds, along with fellow top flight new boys Palace and Hull City, are among the favourites for relegation next season. 
But Hartson thinks Bellamy’s quality and Premier League experience will be vital to their survival bid. 
He told BBC Sport: "I'm working now with Craig with the national team alongside [Wales manager] Chris Coleman and he's a great influence around the place.
"He will be able to help those young players who have never played at this level before.”

CHELSEA

Chelsea have announced that young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be staying at Atletico Madrid on loan for a third successive season. 
The 21-year-old Belgian signed for the Blues on a five year deal back in 2011 from KRC Genk, but is yet to make his competitive debut for the club. 
Courtois was signed by Atletico as a replacement for David De Gea, who moved to Manchester United, with the young Chelsea goalkeeper instantly becoming first choice goalkeeper. 
He has gone on to win the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey during his time in the Spanish capital.

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have completed the signing of Spanish striker Iago Aspas from Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo, subject to gaining international clearance. 
The deal had been held up over disputes around Aspas' representation, but the 25-year-old striker is close to signing a 'long term contract' if the club receives the green light. 
Aspas, who will cost the club £7m, becomes Brendan Rodgers' third signing this summer, following Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and fellow Spaniard Luis Alberto through the gates at Anfield.
Aspas played a key role in helping Celta Vigo avoid relegation last season, scoring a total of 12 goals in 35 league appearances. 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Recently appointed Director of Football at Newcastle United, Joe Kinnear, has reiterated that his new position at the club does not pile the pressure onto first team manager Alan Pardew. 
The controversial appointment has led to reports that Pardew's job could be at risk, but Kinnear has quickly moved to defend Pardew. 
Kinnear, who was in charge at St James’ Park for the majority of the 2008/09 season, stated that should the team underperform, there is more chance of his own job being at risk then Pardew's. 
The former Wimbledon and Luton boss has hit the headlines after mispronouncing players’ names and criticising the club’s fans during an interview with TalkSport.  

SOUTHAMPTON

Saints are in talks with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £12m.
The Kenyan international is understood to be keen on a move away from Celtic Park this summer, but he is yet to agree personal terms with Mauricio Pochettino's side. 
The 21-year-old joined the Scottish giants for £900,000 from Beerschot in July 2011, but has reportedly attracted interest from a number of clubs after starring for Celtic in the Champions League last season. 
If the deal goes through it would make Wanyama the second most expensive player in Southampton's history, surpassing the £8.5m fee they paid for Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren earlier this summer. 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have submitted an official bid for him. 
The 24-year-old Brazilian, who is currently away on international duty in the Confederations Cup, said that his future would not be decided until after the tournament had finished. 
Paulinho stated that an offer had been made to Corinthians, but he will sit and talk about it with his family before making any decision. 
The highly talented midfielder, who recently scored the equaliser in a friendly against England, sat out of Saturday's 4-2 victory over Italy with an ankle injury.


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