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Premier League Round-Up: Tuesday 8th July 2014

8 July 2014


As the countdown continues to the start of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Crystal Palace's top flight rivals.

ASTON VILLA

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner says he is focused on the new season, despite his attempts to sell the club. 

The American billionaire put Villa up for sale in May but is yet to find a buyer – and the club’s only two signings so far this summer have been the bosman additions of Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole.

But Lerner, 52, said in a statement on the club’s official website: “My priority at this point in the summer, heading into the upcoming season, is that the Villa organisation's sole focus be football.

"I committed to our manager to become completely focused on the upcoming season should there be no agreement to sell by the time players and coaches return to training."

BURNLEY

Premier League new boys Burnley have made their fifth addition of the summer after completing the signing of Steven Reid on a free transfer.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Millwall defender has been snapped up by the Clarets on a one-year deal after being released by West Bromwich Albion. 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche told the club’s official website: "He is a very strong-minded professional and he has had years in the Premier League so he has that bit of experience."

Reid, 33, moves to Turf Moor hot on the heels of fellow summer captures Michael Kightly, Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor.

HULL CITY

Former Crystal Palace loanee Tom Ince has completed his move to Hull City on a free transfer.

Ince, who moved to Selhurst Park on loan from Blackpool in January this year, has penned a two-year contract on Humberside after running down his contract with the Tangerines.

Blackpool will now be entitled to compensation for the winger though, since he is under 23 years of age. 

Ince, who scored once during his four-month stay in SE25, becomes Hull’s third summer signing, following Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass through the doors at the KC Stadium as Steve Bruce bolsters his squad ahead of their Europa League campaign.  

LEICESTER CITY

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is remaining realistic ahead of the Foxes return to the top flight. 

Pearson led Leicester to the Championship title last term with a club-record haul of 102 points and the club’s ambitious Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has now targeted a top five Premier League finish within the next three seasons. 

But speaking to Sky Sports, Pearson said: "I think there is a very positive feel about the club, but we have a realistic outlook as well.

"The fashion in which we gained promotion was very positive, but ultimately, we have achieved that season's goals and now we have to move on from that and make sure we don't get carried away with the euphoria of last year's success."

MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, according to BBC Sport. 

The 32-year-old stopper was reportedly in Manchester on Monday to discuss personal terms over his move to the Etihad Stadium, where he will provide experience competition to number one Joe Hart. 

Manuel Pellegrini has been on the lookout for a keeper since allowing Costel Pantilimon to join Premier League rivals Sunderland on a free transfer earlier this summer. 

And he now seems set to be reunited with Caballero, whom he managed at Malaga between 2010 and 2013. 

The Argentine was named La Liga’s goalkeeper of the season at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, which was Pellegrini's final season in charge at the club before joining City.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Former Fulham and Southampton defender Chris Baird has signed a one-year contract with West Brom. 

The Northern Ireland international was available on a free transfer after leaving newly-promoted Burnley earlier this summer.

But the 32-year-old will get another crack at the Premier League with the Baggies after becoming the club’s third summer signing. 

West Brom head coach Alan Irvine told the club’s website: “It's important we have the right characters in the dressing room and Chris is certainly that.”

"He can play in several positions and his versatility effectively makes your squad bigger."

Baird joins fellow summer arrivals Craig Gardner and Joleon Lescott at The Hawthorns ahead of Irvine’s first season in charge. 


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