With the September 2nd deadline rapidly approaching it’s time clubs put up or shut up.
With the September 2nd deadline rapidly approaching it’s time clubs put up or shut up. With a lot of clubs business probably finished, and several with a lot more to do, we take a look at potential signings for every club in the Premier League.
Yohan Cabaye (Midfielder, Newcastle)
The Gunners injury woes are only tightening the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger to bring in some serious talent. Player after player has been linked and then gone elsewhere, they need to show they are serious about Cabaye. The highly rated French midfielder has lit up St James’ Park during his time at the club, and Alan Pardew is reluctant to let him go. Arsenal have already had a £10 million bid rejected and will need to cough up more to secure his services.
Thomas Ince (Winger, Blackpool)
The England winger had a fantastic last season, with 18 league goals and 14 assists, and despite flirting with a transfer to Liverpool, has remained in the Championship. A move to a premier league club has been on the cards all summer and Aston Villa and Everton seem the latest frontrunners to nab his signature. A fee of between £8 – £10 million is expected to be enough and considering the amount of deadwood Villa have cleared they could afford it.
Isaac Cuenca (Forward, Barcelona)
Cardiff bought fast and early this transfer window and now find their business nearly finished. Boss Malky Mackay has even stated that no transfers are imminent although players could be sold on. However one of the players that Cardiff have been interested in is 22 year old Spanish forward Cuenca. He was loaned out last year to Ajax and has been told he can be again, something Cardiff will try and take advantage of.
Christian Atsu (Winger, Porto)
After a window long saga of Jose Mourinho trying to sign Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Chelsea have bought in big this past week. After £30 million for Brazilian star Willian and Samuel Eto’o coming in on a free, Chelsea are close to one more player. Sky sports reports they are in advanced talks with the player who could cost as little as £3.5 million.
Yossi Benayoun (Midfielder, Free Agent)
Although the club could wait until after the transfer window to complete this deal, it looks the most likely at the moment. With Joey Barton apparently rejecting a move to Selhurst Park a midfielder with Premier League experience would be a welcome addition. The Israeli international has a few clubs after his signature, though with his family settled in London he may opt for Crystal Palace.
Aleksander Kolarov (Defender, Manchester City)
With a resolution to the Leighton Baines saga imminent, Everton are playing it safe. They have took moves to get the ball rolling for Manchester City left back Kolarov. If Baines does depart Everton this move will have to be done fast. Though if it succeeds they have a strong, reliable left back who knows what it is like to perform for a top club.
Eyong Enoh (Midfielder, Ajax)
The Cameroon midfielder is already a familiar face at Craven Cottage, after spending the latter half of last season on loan at Fulham. Ajax are happy to let the defensive midfielder go and despite supposed interest from Crystal Palace, Enoh would prefer to return to Fulham. The 27 year old is valued at around £3 million.
Nicklas Bendtner (Striker, Arsenal)
After several unsettled seasons at Arsenal, usually loaned out, Steve Bruce is hoping to give Bendtner some first team football. The Danish player is said to be keen on a move away, as he looks to impress enough to secure his place at the 2014 world cup. The move depends on whether Hull can raise the funds by selling flop striker Nick Proschwitz.
Mamadou Sakho (Defender, Paris Saint Germain)
Injuries to Kolo Toure and Marten Skrtel have made Liverpool like stretched at the back, which will only increase their interest in the French defender. He is said to want a move away from PSG after a lack of game time. Talks have been on-going between the two clubs and striking a deal soon would suit Liverpool.
Martin Demichelis (Defender, Atletico Madrid)
Manuel Pellegrini seems keen to hook up with Demichelis whom he once managed. Again injuries have forced his hand slightly and a move for the defender looks close to completion. The defender could cost as little as £3.5 million and would offer further strength in depth.
Leighton Baines (Defender, Everton)
One of many long running transfer rumours, David Moyes seems intent on capturing one of his finest players at Everton. The dynamic left back is superb going both forward and back, with a powerful free kick on him too. Moyes will look to land him on a joint bid with Marouane Fellaini, though there have been disagreements in valuation thus far.
James McCarthy (Midfielder, Wigan Athletic)
With Yohan Cabaye potentially out, Alan Pardew must invest any funds raised fast. Wigan value James McCarthy highly and will look a lot higher than the £8 million Newcastle were willing to part with. The Scottish midfielder seems too good for the championship and could perform well at St James’ Park.
James Troisi (Midfielder, Atlanta)
Atlanta are seeking to loan the player after allowing the Australian international to head to England for meetings. Norwich are understood to be the Premier League club he has been meeting. The attacking midfielder could join on a season long loan and continue Norwich’s run of strong signings.
Abdoulaye Ba (Defender, Porto)
Senegalese international Ba seems to be Premier League bound with both Villa and Southampton interested in his services. Porto would prefer a loan move for the 22 year old defender and you could well see his giant frame plying his trade for Southampton this season.
Aaron Hunt (Striker, Werder Bremen)
The German striker is leaving staff at the Britannia sweating over his decision to join the club. A £2.5 million fee has been agreed after Werder Bremen made Hunt available for sale. Time is running out for Stoke to convince the striker.
Cheikh M’Bengue (Defender, Toulouse)
Paolo Di Canio has been a busy man in the transfer market this year, and he looks to still be working deep into deadline day. One of his targets is Toulouse left back M’Bengue. His contract would expire next year so Toulouse are keen to cash in whilst they can. Sunderland face competition from Rennes, though the Premier League could tempt him.
Peter Odemwingie (Striker, West Bromwich Albion)
After the debacle of the last transfer window Odemwingie will be hoping for Swansea to rescue him. Laudrup has already stated Odemwingie would suit Swansea’s style of play. The Swans are currently bottom of the league and could do with more attacking options.
Christian Eriksen (Midfielder, Ajax)
With Gareth Bale set for the exit door Tottenham have been splashing the cash this window. Though Eriksen’s rumoured transfer would be a steal. With a fee believed to be around £8 million, a bargain for a superb young prospect. Tottenham have been given permission to talk to the player, who would join a new look Tottenham side.
West Bromwich Albion
Jack Butland (Goalkeeper, Stoke City)
Steve Clarke was given a horrible problem when first team keeper Ben Foster was ruled out for three months. Clarke is hoping he can bring in the highly rated Butland, who has been hyped up as a future England number 1. Butland finds himself second string to Asmir Begovic and would cherish the first team football.
Oscar Cardozo (Striker, Benfica)
Although unlikely, West Ham have been sniffing around the highly rated Paraguayan forward. They need more strikers, especially with Ricardo Vaz Te forcing his way out of the club, and Cardozo would add major class to the side. They face strong competition for his signature and Cardozo could well even stay at Benfica.