Premier League news of July 4, 2012

Posted by John Culea

Bryn Lennon/Getty ImagesOne year ago Thursday Andre Villas-Boas became Tottenham's manager.

As those of us in the colonies celebrate America's 237th birthday and count the days until the launch of ESPNFC's Premier League fantasy game, we wait to see what will come through the summer transfer window. Some changes have been made and expected rumors and speculations abound, so I wondered how things were exactly one year ago and found the following stories that were circulating in the English media for July 4, 2012:

Andre Villas-Boas finally put pen to paper on a three-year deal to become the new Tottenham head coach determined to show that things will be different from Chelsea.

Andre Villas-Boas has made the acquisition of Porto's Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho a priority for Tottenham as he plans an expansive overhaul of the squad at White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas-Boas will be given a £100million war chest as he begins his Tottenham revolution.

Andre Villas-Boas will change the face of Spurs with a £50million revolution to help restore his reputation.

Glenn Hoddle has slammed Tottenham's appointment of Villas-Boas as a high-risk strategy, which could backfire.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is undergoing emergency treatment for suspected viral meningitis.

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to break the bank to keep Robin van Persie.

Malaga want Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner, while Galatasaray are also interested.

Sir Alex Ferguson has handed Dimitar Berbatov a Manchester United lifeline.

Dimitar Berbatov is prepared to see out the last year of his Manchester United contract -- rather than take a pay cut at another club.

Nani wants his Manchester United future sorted out in the next fortnight.

Paul Pogba has snubbed a new Manchester United deal to sign for Italian champions Juventus.

Brendan Rodgers is ready to fight off interest in Luis Suarez by offering him a new deal to stay at Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers wants to agree a new deal with Liverpool's Luis Suarez to end Juventus' interest.

Luis Suarez has given new boss Brendan Rodgers a personal assurance that he is staying at Liverpool.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is wanted by AC Milan's transfer guru.

Napoli is eyeing Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel after banking £24million from Ezequiel Lavezzi's move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Everton manager David Moyes is considering making a move for out-of-contract former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.

Norwich striker Grant Holt reckons he never really wanted to leave after signing a new three-year contract.

Stoke are preparing a £4million bid for Blackburn's Martin Olsson.

Paul Lambert is planning to bring £2.5million-rated Rennes schemer Yacine Brahimi to Aston Villa.

Asamoah Gyan will finally quit Sunderland for the United Arab Emirates in a £7million switch.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has warned Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill to cough up £10million for former Scotland international Steven Fletcher.

Sunderland has been told to cough up £10million to land Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

Sunderland will fight rivals Newcastle for Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita.

Comment: Interesting reading, huh? Arsenal did not break the bank to keep RvP, Berbatov and Rodallega went to Fulham, Step-Over, Jr.'s future was never "sorted out," Sturridge eventually ended up in Liverpool, Carroll went on loan to West Ham and now is there permanently, Skrtel stayed put, and Anita turned out to be not-so-great-a-prize for Newcastle.

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