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Premier League Round-Up: Wednesday 2nd July 2014

2 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. 

ARSENAL

FC Porto and Colombia star Jackson Martinez has seemingly issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal. 

The striker is reportedly one of Arsene Wenger’s top summer targets, but could command a £35m fee after amassing 60 goals in 91 games for the Portuguese club. 

But Martinez has paved the way for a move to the Emirates Stadium, after being quoted in the Daily Express as saying: "I know that there have been discussions, but still no agreements.

"My agent is taking care of my future, right now I'm at the World Cup and only after the World Cup I'll evaluate proposals.

“As a child I cheered for Arsenal, they play a game that suits me. If I had the occasion to play there, I would say yes.”

ASTON VILLA

Roy Keane was yesterday confirmed as Aston Villa’s new assistant manager.

The former Manchester United captain will become Paul Lambert’s number two, in a role that he will combine with his existing job with the Republic of Ireland.

Keane was appointed by Martin O’Neill as his country’s assistant manager, but O’Neill has given his seal of approval to the job share.

That means Keane will start work on Monday when Villa’s players return for pre-season training.  

Keane said in a statement: “I am delighted to be joining Villa and look forward to what promises to be an exciting challenge.

“I am grateful to both Villa and the Football Association of Ireland for making this happen and would like also to thank Martin O'Neill." 

CHELSEA

Chelsea have confirmed that they have agreed a fee with Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa. 

The Blues have met the buy-out clause in the Spanish marksman’s contract and he now looks set to rubber stamp his move to Stamford Bridge within the next few days.

Jose Mourinho had wanted Costa on board before the start of the World Cup, but an agreement has now been reach following Spain’s elimination from the tournament.

Costa failed to shine during his time in Brazil, starting Spain’s group stage defeats to the Netherlands and Chile but failing to find the net. 

He does have an impressive record with Atletico though, bagging 43 goals in 94 La Liga appearances for the club. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed that Ashley Cole and Samuel Eto’o have both left the club following the conclusion of their contracts.

LIVERPOOL

Barcelona are reportedly set to open talks with Liverpool today over the signing of Luis Suarez.

A Nou Camp delegation are jetting into London today to meet Reds’ managing director Ian Ayre, according to The Mirror. 

But it is understood that Liverpool will insist on Chile star Alexis Sanchez being included as a makeweight in any deal. 

The Mirror reports that the Anfield club value Suarez at £80m, but would be willing to accept £50m if Sanchez is also included in part-exchange.

Sanchez scored twice in Chile’s four games at the World Cup and hit 19 goals for Barca last season.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Newcastle have completed the signing of Ajax captain Siem de Jong.

The Dutch international playmaker has penned a six-year contract at St James’ Park after moving to Tyneside for an undisclosed fee. 

Newcastle manager and former Palace midfielder, Alan Pardew, told the club’s official website: “Siem will give us intelligence in the final third and create goalscoring situations. It is a big signing for this club.”

De Jong, 25, led Dutch champions Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles during his time in Amsterdam and also played in the Champions League and Europa League.

His younger brother Luuk spent the back end of last season on loan at Newcastle, but failed to make an impact in the Premier League. 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Former Crystal Palace striker Andrew Johnson is among a group of seven first team players who have been released by Queens Park Rangers.

The ex-England international heads a list of experienced players that have been let go by the newly-promoted club, alongside the likes of Stephane Mbia, Aaron Hughes and Luke Young. 

Hogan Ephraim, Angelo Balanta and Tom Hitchcock have also been allowed to leave Loftus Road, but the club have confirmed that Rob Green, Armand Traore, Alejandro Faurlin, Bobby Zamora and Gary O'Neil are in talks over new deals.

It’s set to be a summer of change in west London though, with the Hoops also confirming that loan players Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Ravel Morrison, Tom Carroll, Will Keane, Kevin Doyle, Niko Kranjcar and Modibo Maiga have returned to their parent clubs.

SOUTHAMPTON

Adam Lallana has sent a personal thank you to Southampton supporters after completing his £25m move to Liverpool yesterday.

The England international, 26, penned a long-term deal at Anfield on Tuesday, but has quickly moved to pay tribute to his former fans by taking out a full page advert in Southampton’s local paper.

Lallana’s message in this morning’s edition of the Southern Daily Echo read: “14 unforgettable years, the memories will last a lifetime.

“Thank you Saints fans for your endless support, a place in my heart forever.”

Southampton are looking to move quickly to replace their academy graduate though, with Sky Sports reporting that the club have agreed a fee with Dutch side FC Twente for winger Dusan Tadic.  


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