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Premier League Round-Up: Monday 30th June 2014

30 June 2014


With the start of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season now less than seven weeks away, cpfc.co.uk’s daily news round-up has returned to give you a snapshot of the headlines surrounding Palace’s top flight rivals this summer. 

CHELSEA

Chelsea target Paul Pogba will not be leaving Juventus this summer, according to the player’s agent. 

Jose Mourinho’s Blues are reportedly among a clutch of club’s chasing the former Manchester United midfielder, with Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid also understood to be interested in the Frenchman.

However, Pogba's agent Mino Raiola told Italian TV station Rai Sport: “We have decided not to speak of the transfer market with regards to Paul until after the World Cup. But I can calmly say that his future will still be at Juventus, where he feels very happy.”

Pogba, 21, currently has two years left on his contract at Juve, where he scored seven goals in 36 Serie A games last season.

HULL CITY

Free agent Thomas Ince looks set to sign for Hull City this week, according to The Mirror.

Ince, who spent the back end of last season on loan at Crystal Palace, has spoken to a number of clubs this summer including Italian giants Inter Milan.

But it seems Steve Bruce’s Tigers have won the race for his signature – which will come as a big relief to Ince’s former club Blackpool. 

The Tangerines will now receive an offer from Hull to avoid a tribunal over a compensation fee, but the Championship club would have received next to nothing had the winger opted to move abroad. 

The England under-21 international scored one goal for Palace during his loan stint in SE25, where he struggled for regular first team football due to the blistering form of Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon. 
 
LIVERPOOL

Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana early this week, according to a host of sources.

The England midfielder has reportedly undergone a medical in Merseyside ahead of a £25m switch to Anfield.

The move will see Lallana, 26, re-united with his former Southampton teammate Ricky Lambert, who joined his boyhood club in a £4m deal just before the World Cup.

Lallana, who featured in all three of England’s World Cup matches in Brazil, will become the third member of Roy Hodgson’s squad to depart St Mary’s this summer, following Luke Shaw’s £30m transfer to Manchester United at the weekend.   

MANCHESTER UNITED

Alexander Buttner has left Manchester United for Dinamo Moscow for a fee that could rise to £5.6m.

The Dutchman made just 15 appearances last season as he struggled to dislodge Patrice Evra from the left-back berth – and last week’s arrival of Luke Shaw saw Buttner shunted further down the Old Trafford pecking order.

A statement on United's website read: “Manchester United has finalised the sale of Alex Buttner to Dynamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

“Everybody at Old Trafford would like to thank Alex for his service and wish him well for his new career in Russia.”

Buttner becomes the third defender to leave the club this summer following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic on free transfers.
  
SOUTHAMPTON

Former Liverpool assistant manager Sammy Lee is set to join the coaching team at Southampton – after reversing his decision to join Palace’s rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

Lee had agreed to join the Seagulls last week as Sami Hyypia’s number two, but has now pulled out of the deal in favour of joining the Premier League outfit. 

The ex-England coach will now become a part of Ronald Koeman’s new-look backroom staff at St Mary’s, which also includes the Dutchman’s brother Erwin.

Goalkeeping coach Dave Watson could also join the staff on the south coast later this week. 

SWANSEA CITY

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has denied that a deal has been struck to sell striker Michu.

The Spaniard has been linked with a host of clubs already this summer, including Crystal Palace, but reports emanating at the weekend suggested that Michu was undergoing a medical at Napoli ahead of a move to the Serie A outfit. 

But despite signing fellow striker Bafetimbi Gomis last week, Jenkins insisted that Michu was still very much a Swansea player. 

“If the reports are right, there seems to be a lot of interest in Michu,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.

“From the club's point of view, I can tell you that we have not received any enquiries about Michu.”


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