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It may already seem like ages since the end of the season, but despite all the transfer chitter-chatter and hushed negotiations, it wasn’t until today that clubs could officially sign players.
Now they can, we got our man Darren Lewis to comb through each clubs wheelings and dealings so far, as well as taking a look at who they need, what they need and why they need it.
Aston Villa may have been the most active club so far, but do they have enough to kick on from this season’s close brush with relegation?
Arsenal have boasted about how much money they’ve got, but could their lack of early movement have repercussions come the business end of the season?
WHAT THEY NEED: With the club’s finances in rude health, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has already promised an “escalation in financial firepower” which is why the club are close to signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid. Wayne Rooney remains in their sights while £23million Everton midfielder Maraoune Fellaini is known to be another target.
Outs: Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest, free), Calum Barrett, Joshua Barton, Courtney Cameron, Daniel Devine, Richard Dunne, Andrew Marshall. (all released).
WHAT THEY NEED: The Villains are some way down the road with their Paul Lambert vision for the future: selling off the older players and bringing in younger, cheaper stars on more sensible wages. What they need most of all, however, is to get striker Christian Benteke to follow Andy Weimann in signing a new deal!! Will be easier said than done with the player one of Tottenham’s top targets.
Ins: Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen, undisclosed)
Outs: Heidar Helguson, Stephen McPhail, Elliott Parish, Nat Jarvis, Jesse Darko (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Cardiff need an injection of quality all over the pitch with an experienced keeper, another prolific striker and a commanding midfielder on their shopping list.
They have already agreed a fee with Celtic with powerful midfielder Victory Wanyama and are still in the hunt for freescoring Vitesse Arnhem marksman Wilfried Bony to play alongside their only signing so far, £7.5m forward Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen.
Ins: Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £17m)
Outs: Todd Kane (Blackburn, loan), Marko Marin (Sevilla, loan), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, loan), George Saville (Brentford, loan), Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Archange Nkumu, Ross Turnbull (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED? Firepower up front. They already have defensive steel and a mix of midfielder power and creativity. Now they need more firepower – which is why they will add Napoli’s Edinson Cavani to the signing of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen. There could yet be some movement in central defence too. Another defender is being targeted anyway and – despite Porto’s resistance – Eliaquim Mangala looks to be the one. But Chelsea could face a fight to hold on to David Luiz with PSG interested.
WHAT THEY NEED: Goals. Particularly with top scorer Glenn Murray set to miss the start of the new season with ligament damage. Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince is very much on the list and Palace are in advanced talks with Peterborough for highly-rated striker Dwight Gayle. But they will need more to stay up next season.
Kevin Phillips is stalling over a new deal while another target, Vitoria Guimaraes striker Amido Balde has gone to Celtic. But there remains interest in exiled West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie and the club are still waiting to discover whether there is a chance they could take Wilfried Zaha back on loan next season.
Outs: Jasper Johns (Sheffield United, free), Johan Hammar, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sam Kelly, Jan Mucha (all released), Phil Neville (retired)
WHAT THEY NEED: If the Toffees get as much as £38m for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, then new boss Roberto Martinez will need to spend it wisely. FC Twente winger Leroy Fer, 23, is in his sights. Keisuke Honda, who impressed in midfield for Japan at the Confederations Cup, could be an inspired signing.
Even before he left for Manchester United David Moyes made it clear that Everton need a new striker and Celtic marksman Gary Hooper could be a candidate along with Wigan frontman Arouna Kone.
Ins: Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, free) , Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma, undisclosed)
Outs: Alex Smith (Swindon, free), Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Mahamadou Diarra, Thomas Donegan, Corey Gameiro, Georgios Karagounis, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Csaba Somogyi (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Martin Jol has already been busy addressing the club’s needs but could yet move for another defender with West Brom centre-back Jonas Olsson on his radar. More goals are also needed and the club are tracking Aston Villa’s Darren Bent.
Outs: Jay Simpson, Paul McKenna, Seyi Olofinjana, Lewis Clarkson, Mark Cullen, Jamie Devitt, Kealan Dillon, Daniel Emerton, Francis McCaffrey (all released), Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United, free), Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, free), Danny East (Portsmouth, free).
Bruce also needs another midfielder and could link up again with Lee Cattermole who played for him at Sunderland. Up front the Tigers boss is actively seeking reinforcements and wants Celtic striker Gary Hooper. Burnley’s Charlie Austin is an alternative.
Outs: Tyrell Belford, Jamie Stephens, Danny Wilson (all released), Jamie Carragher (retired), Andy Carroll (West Ham, £16m)
WHAT THEY NEED: A new centre-back. The club are locked in negotiations for Kyriakos Papadopoulos of Schalke and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori.
They also need a new left back with Jose Enrique keen to move on. Lille star Lucas Digne, 19, is a possible.
It is goals, however, that they need more of – especially with Luis Suarez odds-on to move on. The Reds are optimistic of landing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan but are keeping all of their options open.
Ins: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m), Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £15m)
WHAT THEY NEED: A sub keeper. Manuel Pellegrini believes his former Malaga player Willy Caballero could be the man to replace Costel Pantilimon who wants out.
City are also waiting to make their move for the Real Madrid defender Pepe who would cost a lot but bring a massive amount of experience. They also need a new striker and are battling Chelsea and Real Madrid for Napoli star Edinson Cavani. Benfica marksman Oscar Cardozo is also linked.
Ins: Guillermo Varela (Penarol, undisclosed)
Outs: Sean McGinty (Sheffield United, free), Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Paul Scholes, Gyliano Van Velzen, Freddie Veseli (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: A statement of intent. Gareth Bale (Spurs) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) are the two big candidates but Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara would do very nicely thank you.
The Reds are also looking at Everton’s Marouane Fellaini and are likely and could yet be in the market for another defender with Nemanja Vidic’s injury record an issue.
Outs: Steve Harper, Yven Moyo, Danny Simpson (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: More firepower up front. The Magpies are light up front but will offer Demba Ba a return to St James’ Park on loan once Chelsea bring in another top-line striker. Other marksman on the radar include St Etienne’s forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while the look to have been beaten by Swansea in the race for Vitesse Arnhem forward Wilfried Bony . Newcastle also need another defender.
Ins: Javier Garrido (Lazio, undisclosed), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting, undisclosed)
Outs: Marc Tierney (Bolton, free), Chris Martin (Derby, free), Elliott Ward (Bournemouth, free), Declan Rudd (Preston, loan), Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham, free), George Francamb (Wimbledon, free), Lee Camp, Simeon Jackson, Korey Smith (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Chris Hughton has already pulled off a coup with the signings of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Ola Toivonen to enhance his striking options. He could also rival Everton for 23-year-old FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer while Hughton is also interested in loaning Spurs pair Jake Livermore and Kyle Naughton.
Ins: Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £8.5m)
Outs: Frazer Richardson, Danny Butterfield, Dan Seaborne, Ryan Dickson, Ben Reeves, Sam Hoskins, Tommy Forecast, Alberto Seidi (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Goals and Midfield power. And Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is thinking big. Southampton have already failed with moves for Celtic star Victor Wanyama and Cagliari kingpin Radja Nainggloan . But they are still keen on Valencia midfielder Ever Banega while Celtic’s Gary Hooper is being sought to ease the scoring burden on Rickie Lambert.
Ins: Jermaine Pennant (free), Erik Pieters (PSV)
Outs: Michael Clarkson, Rory Delap, Matthew Gledhill, Jadan Hall, Matthew Lund, Andrew Musungu, Carlo Nash, Michael Owen, Jermaine Pennant, George Rigg, Mamady Sidibe, Matthew Upson, Dean Whitehead (all released).
WHAT THEY NEED: The Potters may be looking to attract a different calibre of player with Mark Hughes at the helm. Spurs midfielder David Bentley, still only 28, could be tempting while Stoke need goals and West Brom defender Jonas Olsson is also a potential target.
Ins: Cabral (Basel, free), Modibo Diakite (Lazio, free), Valentin Roberge (Maritimo, free), David Moberg Karlsson (IFK Gothenburg, undisclosed)
Outs: Titus Bramble, Matthew Kilgallon, Ryan Noble, Adam Reed, Ben Wilson (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Paolo Di Canio is looking for more midfield options and has Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone on his on Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman. With more needed up front Udinese starlet Matej Vydra is also a possible.
Ins: Jose Canas (Real Betis, free)
Outs: Mark Gower (Charlton, free)
WHAT THEY NEED: Michael Laudrup has made no bones about the fact Swansea need a striker to take the pressure off Michu. The answer looks to be on its way in the shape of Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony while Romelu Lukaku could be an option from Chelsea. The Swans will also need another centre-half if Ashley Williams leaves. A deal for Espanyol’s Jordi Amat looks to be done while attacking midfielder Jonathan De Guzman should soon be sorted out.
Outs: Nathan Byrne (Swindon, free), Jack Barthram (Swindon, free), David Bentley, John Bostock, William Gallas, Jack Munns, Jake Nicholson (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Paulinho is the quality box-to-box midfielder they want – and is coming from Corinthians. Barcelona star David Villa is one of two top-line strikers the club have been after. He too looks to be on his way. Spurs are also keen on Atletico Mineiro playmaker Bernard and Aston Villa goal machine Christian Benteke. The club retain an interest in Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.
Outs: Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest, free), Marc-Antoine Fortune, Zoltan Gera, Romaine Sawyers, Jerome Thomas (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: A striker. Romelu Lukaku did the business for them last year but with the Belgian back at Chelsea they need a replacement. Lukaku’s team-mate Demba Ba is an option. So too is Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani of Anderlecht and Wigan’s Franco Di Santo.
Ins: Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, free), Adrian (Real Betis, free), Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £16m), Danny Whitehead (Stockport, undisclosed)
Outs: Jake Larkins (Leyton Orient, free), Carlton Cole, Gary O’Neil, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati, Eoin Wearen (all released)
WHAT THEY NEED: Another striker. They have their prime target in Andy Carroll. But the Hammers want a second marksman and are also in for Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku along with his team-mate Demba Ba.