Transfer market already making noise

Posted by John Brewin

Luis Suarez shows his disappointment after a chance goes begging against West HamGettyImagesLuis Suarez has been linked with a move away from Anfield

A summer of fun has just begun. In the absence of much meaningful football being played at all, instead we can look to next season, and consider who might be going where, and who might be leaving who. Below, a potted guide to the incoming transfer window, which, even though it doesn't open until July 1, is already in full session. Most is speculation, of course, and some of the links look truly outlandish, but here's what we have gathered so far.


The spine of a new team could push Arsenal to honours: an experienced goalkeeper, a composed central defender, a ball-winning midfielder, a finisher up front all needed if the Gunners are to challenge beyond mere Champions League qualification.

Leaving? Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Andrei Arshavin, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukas Podolski

Incoming? Yaya Sanogo (confirmed), Nani, Clement Grenier, Rene Adler, Cesc Fabregas, Stevan Jovetic, Ashley Williams, Victor Wanyama, Luke Shaw, Simon Mignolet, Wayne Rooney

Aston Villa

After last season's late surge to safety, it is clear more experience might be required throughout the team, but especially in defence, and so is keeping hold of Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke. Randy Lerner is not one for spending big these days, however.

Leaving? Richard Dunne, Shay Given, Darren Bent

Incoming? Joleon Lescott, Loic Remy.

Cardiff City

Ambitious Malaysian owners have pledged to spend £25 million on a squad that was the Championship's strongest last season. As with any promoted team, striking power would appear to be the primary aim.

Leaving? Peter Whittingham

Incoming? Kenwyne Jones, Bafetimbi Gomis, Glenn Whelan, Jernade Meade, Adam Matthews, Tyler Harvey


Jose Mourinho will want to reconfigure the side as quickly as possible. He will have funds to do so. A defensive central midfielder is required to replace John Obi Mikel and free up Ramires. Better strikers than Demba Ba and Fernando Torres are wanted as is possibly a commanding central defender with David Luiz possibly getting sold.

Leaving? Paulo Ferreira (confirmed), Florent Malouda (confirmed) John Obi Mikel, Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Kevin De Bruyne

Incoming? Andre Schurrle, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Matic, Christian Benteke, Luka Modric, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku

Crystal Palace

They will be the division's poorest club, with money set aside to refurbish Selhurst Park, but reinforcements are needed in every department, save maybe for goalkeeper. The loss of their best player in Wilfried Zaha and then top scorer Glenn Murray until 2014 leaves this a squad in dire need of bulking up.

Leaving? Wilfried Zaha (confirmed), Kevin Phillips

Incoming? Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Ross McCormack, Jake Livermore, Jon Walters.


It's all dependent on a new manager, of course, but last season suggested that a good striker must be first on the shopping list for whomever comes in. An aging group may need overhauling soon. The new man gets to spend what comes in. That is the Bill Kenwright way.

Leaving? Phil Neville (confirmed), Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley, John Heitinga, Nikica Jelavic.

Incoming? James McCarthy, Scott Sinclair, Arouna Kone, Joleon Lescott, Shaun Maloney


Not a pretty picture as last season drew on, and there are gaping holes in a team that is not growing old particularly gracefully. A new goalkeeper has to be on the list, as does some quality in central midfield, which was a twilight. Dimitar Berbatov needs some help up there.

Leaving? David Stockdale, Mark Schwarzer, Simon Davies

Incoming? Derek Boateng (confirmed), Fernando Amorebieta (confirmed), Sascha Riether, Darren Bent, Asmir Begovic.

Hull City

Steve Bruce will need to display all the transfer acumen that he showed at Wigan Athletic rather than at Sunderland. A squad that was fancied only to barely survive in the Championship needs wholesale refreshment.

Leaving? Nick Proschwitz

Incoming? George Boyd (confirmed), Glenn Whelan, Lloyd Doyley, Gary Hooper, Shay Given, Charlie Austin, Ahmed Elmohamady


What had looked like a season of quiet rebuilding has turned into a storm with the news that Luis Suarez wants to leave. The club want to retain him, but they have already named their price. Away from that, a new set of central defenders is being chased and there are questions over Pepe Reina's goalkeeping future.

Leaving? Jamie Carragher (confirmed), Jay Spearing, Martin Skrtel, Sebastian Coates, Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, Luis Suarez

Incoming? Kolo Toure (confirmed), Iago Aspas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Lucas Digne, Christian Eriksen, Hatem Ben Arfa, Ashley Williams, Simon Mignolet, Christian Benteke, Alex McCarthy, Asmir Begovic

Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini will not be doing the buying, of course, but will be hoping the club's Catalan administrators help him overturn a squad that had gone stale. Clear-out followed by splash-out is the expectation.

Leaving? Kolo Toure (confirmed), Wayne Bridge, Costel Pantilimon, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz, Scott Sinclair, Edin Dzeko, Maicon

Incoming? Alex McCarthy, Isco, Jesus Navas, Edinson Cavani, Cesc Fabregas, Stevan Jovetic

Cesc Fabregas rues a missed chance in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao
GettyImagesCesc Fabregas has struggled for regular playing time at Barcelona

Manchester United

The new regime's intentions will be tested in David Moyes and Ed Woodward's first transfer window together. Midfield, as neglected by the ex-manager, will be the key area of refreshment. Wayne Rooney may hold the key to spending very big or otherwise.

Leaving? Paul Scholes (confirmed), Anders Lindegaard, Nani, Anderson, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra

Incoming? Wilfried Zaha (confirmed), Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Robert Lewandowski, Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Strootman, Victor Wanyama, Luke Shaw, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo

Newcastle United

The Francophone splurge of January hardly yielded an improvement, and they were lucky to escape relegation, in truth. Striking quality is needed to support Papiss Cisse and a replacement for Fabricio Colocinni may be needed, too. The amount of funding available remains a mystery, as ever under Mike Ashley.

Leaving? Steve Harper (confirmed), Danny Simpson (confirmed), Shola Ameobi, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa

Incoming? Andy Carroll, Will Hughes, Douglas, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ola Toivonen, Erik Pieters, Ashley Williams, Victor Wanyama

Norwich City

Greater Premier League quality is required from a group whose impressive establishment started to falter at the turn of 2012 and into 2013. The signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel was a decent signpost of ambition, though perhaps came at the cost of a high proportion of total budget.

Leaving? Grant Holt, Russell Martin

Incoming? Ricky van Wolfswinkel (confirmed), Harry Arter, Andreas Weimann


Players are needed to reinforce the Mauricio Pochettino plan and replace the Nigel Adkins set, and plenty of cash is there to be splashed, too, by Nicola Cortese. They will want to hold on to Luke Shaw and Gaston Ramirez.

Leaving? Billy Sharp, Luke Shaw, Gaston Ramirez, Rickie Lambert, Richard Chaplow

Incoming? Scott Sinclair, Esteban Granero, Victor Wanyama, Esteban Granero

Stoke City

There is deadwood to shift after the change of management, and a net spend to cut down. Mark Hughes will not be allowed to lavish the high fees he did at QPR, but he will want better performers in midfield and attack especially. Jack Butland is set to replace sellable goalkeeping asset Asmir Begovic.

Leaving? Michael Owen (confirmed), Asmir Begovic, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones

Incoming? Jack Butland (confirmed), Jonjo Shelvey, Junior Hoilett


The Paolo Di Canio effect is sure to be one of sweeping change, though on something of a budget. Ellis Short has splurged repeatedly for little more than the mere reward of repeated safety. Danny Rose, the standout player of last season, is bound to be offered a permanent move from Tottenham.

Leaving? Titus Bramble (confirmed), Matthew Kilgallon (confirmed), Phil Bardsley, Simon Mignolet, Ji-Dong Won

Incoming? Cabral, Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge, Aiden McGeady, Danny Rose

Swansea City

Michael Laudrup has plenty to live up from last season's dealings, with Michu leading a list of wise purchases. Europa League football may serve as a decent carrot for a few targets, but Ashley Williams' retention is looking likely to be tested.

Leaving? Ashley Williams, Michel Vorm

Incoming? Scott Sinclair, Harry Arter, Andros Townsend

Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale
EmpicsGareth Bale is thought to be in high demand

Bale, Bale, Gareth Bale is bound to be the centrepiece of Tottenham coverage in the summer. Real Madrid are stepping up their efforts, but Daniel Levy is bound to drive the hardest of bargains. Meanwhile, a squad that ran out of legs is in need of quality backup, particularly at striker. They have already been linked with a cast of thousands there.

Leaving? Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Gareth Bale, Danny Rose, Heurelho Gomes

Incoming? Leandro Damiao, David Villa, Loic Remy, Osvaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Rodrigo

West Bromwich Albion

Perhaps the best-run club in the Premier League in terms of their dealings, but they will want to follow on their hugely successful summer of 2012, in which Claudio Yacob was a fine signing. Business is kept close to the Albion chest, with very little speculation escaping. Romelu Lukaku will be missed if he returns to Chelsea. Peter Odemwingie will not be, wherever he goes.

Leaving? Jerome Thomas (confirmed), Gonzalo Jara (confirmed), Peter Odemwingie (condemned), Shane Long

Incoming? Franco Di Santo, Nathan Redmond, Sam Byram, Dieumerci Mbokani

West Ham United

Sam Allardyce's transfer business will likely centre around the purchase or otherwise of Andy Carroll, but that may blow the budget in one fell swoop. Mohamed Diame will be another player of interest to others, though that bird might have flown in August.

Leaving? Carlton Cole (confirmed), Ravel Morrison, Mohamed Diame

Incoming? Razvan Rat (confirmed), Andy Carroll, Romelu Lukaku, David Stockdale, Asmir Begovic, Peter Crouch, Wilfried Bony, Adrian, Allan McGregor, Shay Given

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