Warnock seeks loan arrivals

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is pleased with the work he has been able to do this summer after persuading Neil Etheridge to sign a new deal with the club.

The goalkeeper has committed his future to the Bluebirds until the summer of 2021.

Etheridge played 45 Championship matches for Cardiff last season and kept 19 clean sheets.

"The club has been great to me since I started," he said. "We had a fantastic year last year and it's been great to continue that and extend my deal.

"Every game is going to be a great experience – all of them. Of course, you've got Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge… I could go on and on about all of them.

"But I'm looking forward to the first game of the season, then coming back here for a full house against Newcastle. I can't wait."

Cardiff are 8/11 to be relegated in the 2018/19 season and 13/5 to beat Bournemouth in their opening match of the season on 11th August.

Meanwhile, Warnock has confirmed that he is in talks to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on loan. He has already snapped up Preston left-back Greg Cunningham, Norwich City winger Josh Murphy, QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies and Bristol City forward Bobby Reid.

"We'd like a couple of loan players in. We've spoken to Marko and then I'd want to get a striker as well – that's the missing piece," Warnock said.

"I just feel you need four at the top level so we'll be looking at one, but we won't rush into that.

"We'll have a look but we've got until 9th August to do that and we'll try and bring somebody in, hopefully on loan.”

Cardiff have also agreed a new deal with winger Junior Hoilett and are still in discussions with out-of-contract Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.

Hughes happy to land Elyounoussi

Southampton manager Mark Hughes believes that there is plenty of improvement still to come from new signing Mohamed Elyounoussi.

The 23-year-old Norway international has signed a five-year contract with the Saints, having spent the last two seasons in Swiss football with FC Basel, for whom has scored 22 goals in 66 league appearances.

Elyounoussi has also won 16 caps for Norway to date, scoring four goals, including a hat-trick in a 7-0 win over San Marino in a World Cup 2018 qualifier in October of last year.

And Hughes, who has also snapped up Stuart Armstrong from Celtic and seen Dusan Tadic depart for Ajax, is more than happy with his latest deal.

He told his club's official website: "Mohamed is clearly another very exciting addition to our attacking options.

"He has got an outstanding record of goals and assists in two different countries and we have been extremely impressed by the intelligence he has shown in his play from a tactical point of view.

"He is still at a young age as well, so we are confident he can continue to improve and fulfil even more of his potential with us."

Saints enjoyed an upturn in form during the second half of last season to secure their place in the Premier League for next season, with the South Coast outfit taking seven points from three games before they lost 1-0 to Manchester City on the final day of the season.

They can be backed at 7/1 to be relegated next season, while they are 4/7 to finish in the bottom half of the table and 11/8 to finish in the top ten in the Premier League.

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Tadic content with Ajax switch

Serbian forward Dusan Tadic is confident that he has made the right decision to leave Southampton and head back to the Netherlands to join Ajax.

The 29-year-old played for both Groningen and FC Twente before heading to England in the summer of 2014 and has now decided to return to the Eredivisie and sign a four-year deal with the Amsterdammers.

He told reporters after completing his move: "I'm very happy because Ajax is one of the biggest clubs in Holland and in the world. It was always my dream to be at Ajax.

"It was an easy decision because I had a lot of opportunities in the Premier League and other countries, but I think Ajax is best for my future."

Tadic scored 20 goals in 134 Premier League appearances for the Saints, who needed a late-season upturn in form to avoid being relegated last season.

Southampton have already completed the signing of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic as one potential replacement for the departing Tadic, while they are also reported to be close to agreeing a deal for Basel's Norway international Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has pledged his future to Saints, having put pen to paper on a new four-year contract.

Saints are available at 7/1 to be relegated next season, with Brighton & Hove Albion priced at 2/1 and Crystal Palace 11/2.

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Deulofeu signs for Hornets

Gerard Deulofeu has signed a permanent deal with Watford after spending part of last season at Vicarage Road.

The 24-year-old Spanish international was on loan with the Premier League club during the latter half of the 2017-18 season, making seven appearances.

Now the club have acted to bring him back to the club and he has signed permanently from Barcelona.

Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said: "We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal.

"Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever."

The forward graduated from Barcelona's La Masia Academy and made his debut for the senior team at the age of just 17.

He made over 20 appearances for the Spanish club but has had several loans spells away, with Sevilla, AC Milan and two spells at Everton.

He has four caps for Spain, his most recent appearance for his country coming in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.

He will join a club who finished 14th in the Premier League last term. They had an excellent start to the season, losing just one of their first eight matches.

However, they then endured a poor run which cost Marco Silva his job. Javi Gracia took over and he remains and hopes to add other new faces in the coming days and weeks with reports that the club have agreed a fee with Bologna to sign left-back Adam Masina.

The Hornets plans for pre-season include matches against Stevenage and Brentford before the new Premier League season begins on 11th August.

Watford are 5/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League while they are 2/1 to be relegated with Huddersfield at 6/5 to go down.

Everton are 6/1 to finish in the top six.

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Hodgson snaps up new keeper

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has made the Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita his first capture of the summer.

The 31-year-old, whose contract with the Spanish side expires in just over three weeks' time, has agreed a three-year deal with the Eagles.

In 2017/18 Wayne Hennessey made 27 Premier League starts in goal for Palace and Julian Speroni 11, while in 2016/17 Steve Mandanda was also on the club's books although his time at Selhurst Park was ruined by injuries.

Guaita made more than 100 appearances for Valencia before moving to Getafe four years ago.

Last season Getafe finished eighth in La Liga thanks largely to their fine defensive record. They only let in 33 goals in their 38 matches with only Barcelona and Real Madrid conceding fewer.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said: "We are delighted to sign one of La Liga's best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature.

"We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League."

Crystal Palace finished 11th in the Premier League last season despite losing their first seven matches, failing to score a goal in any of them.

They are 9/4 to secure a top-half finish in the 2018/19 campaign and 11/2 to be relegated.

Gross extends Seagulls stay

Pascal Gross hopes he can enjoy another successful season with Brighton in 2018/19 after penning a new deal with Chris Hughton's side.

The German has agreed terms which will keep him with the Seagulls until the summer of 2022.

Hughton signed Gross from Ingolstadt last summer for £3.5million and he proved to be an inspired capture, doing much to keep Brighton out of the relegation zone.

He scored seven goals in 38 Premier League appearances for Albion, 2/1 to be relegated next season.

However, Gross thinks it will be harder for the team to prosper next term, saying: "It quite often happens that the second season is harder. I hope not for us, I hope we do well.

"But in the second season the emotions from the promotion goes away. People expect what you showed the year before. The other teams don't under-rate you, they know everything about you. That is normal.

"That's why you have to work even harder and be well prepared. I think a lot of promoted teams do well in the first year and struggle in the second.

"You have to know this and have to work harder."

Brighton can be backed at 5/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season.

Pellegrini welcomes Fredericks deal

Manuel Pellegrini believes that he has made a good addition to his West Ham squad by snapping up full-back Ryan Fredericks on a four-year contract from Fulham.

The 25-year-old helped the Cottagers secure a return to the Premier League via the play-offs, but has chosen to move on immediately, with his current deal running out this summer.

And new Hammers head coach Pellegrini is pleased to have made his first signing since taking charge at the London Stadium a few weeks ago.

The Chilean told his club's official website: "I am very pleased to welcome Ryan as our first signing this summer. He joins having had a successful season with Fulham and is a player who will bring great qualities to our squad.

"He has good experience, with more than 150 senior appearances already but at 25 he is still a young player with his best years ahead of him.

"Ryan has good character, is hungry to succeed and has shown me that he has great desire to be a West Ham player. I look forward to working with him."

Former Manchester City boss Pellegrini has been charged with trying to improve on a 13th-placed finish last season, when the Irons eventually finished nine points clear of the relegation zone.

They can be backed at 9/4 to finish in the top half of the table next season, while they are 4/11 to finish in the bottom half and 6/1 to be relegated.

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Gracia vows to keep learning

Watford head coach Javi Gracia believes he has improved as a manager in the four months he has been at Vicarage Road.

The Spaniard replaced Marco Silva as Hornets boss midway through the campaign and helped the club finish in 14th spot in the Premier League table.

He has already coached in Russia, Greece and Spain but is relishing the chance to hone his skills in the Premier League.

"I think my mentality is always open to learn every day and that is the best way to improve. It is important not only to improve, but also to enjoy," Gracia said.

"I have more experience now and in this moment I am a better coach than I was.

"I have learned from many situations that I have never lived before and I try to improve. With this approach I can do well."

The 48-year-old added: "I have been in Spain, Russia and Greece and the best league I know is the Spanish League. I can tell you, in Spain there is a lot of quality."

Watford, who start their pre-season schedule with a game against Brentford on 28th July, are 2/1 to be relegated in 2018/19.

Fraser keen to keep improving

Ryan Fraser hopes he can build on his excellent second half to the season when Bournemouth's new campaign gets underway in August.

The 24-year-old struggled during the first half of the 2017/18 season but was one of the Cherries' best players after Christmas.

He has admitted that he played with a hamstring problem at times and was forced to pull out of the Scotland squad for their recent friendlies against Peru and Mexico because of the injury.

The former Aberdeen star said: "I am glad the season is done. I just want to rest and come back fresh to try to achieve new goals. I always want to better my previous season.

"I will look at my performances and stats and see where it went wrong in the first half of the season. I felt in the second half I was a new player and I am third top scorer, which is weird.

"It's been difficult but that's football for you. People say it's a long season physically but mentally i'’s so hard – the media and the spotlight is always on you. Personally, for the first five months I wasn't good enough, so I need to sort that out."

Fraser scored five goals 26 Premier League appearances for Eddie Howe's side this season as Bournemouth finished 12th in the top-flight.

Bournemouth are 5/1 to be relegated next term while Southampton are 7/1 to go down.

Jokanovic hints at Sessegnon stay

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is confident that Ryan Sessegnon will still be at Craven Cottage next season.

The talented teenager has been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain but looks set to remain with the Cottagers after they clinched promotion by beating Aston Villa in Saturday's Championship play-off final.

Sessegnon produced the pass that split the Villa defence open and allowed Tom Cairney to score the only goal at Wembley and Jokanovic is aware that he is a special talent.

"What I know about him is he's really happy where he is now," Jokanovic said. "I'm satisfied and happy with him.

"I cannot give you a complete guarantee. What I prefer to say is I know he wants to stay with us."

Fulham suffered a play-off semi-final defeat to Reading last season and were 17th in the Championship table just six months ago.

However, a 23-match unbeaten run, helped by 12 goals in 19 games by Newcastle United loanee Aleksandar Mitrovic, lifted Fulham up to third and ultimately promotion to the top-flight.

Jokanovic added: "Can we do more than just fight against relegation? It depends on what kind of ambition we show.

"This is simple. Next year in the Premier League we need to be brave, to make investment and spend money to survive or to make more important steps. It's not complicated.

"It's a different level and we must push ourselves. These players deserve credit, they've done a fantastic job. Many of these players will be Premier League players next season because they deserve it."

Fulham are 8/15 not to be relegated next season while Cardiff City are 8/11 to go down and Huddersfield Town 6/5.