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Last Updated: 18/07/12 2:32pm
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
What they need: The Rs have acted quickly to secure several experienced signings as they seek to consolidate their position in the top division. Mark Hughes will still be looking to add more quality in defence, though, while Joey Barton's 12-match suspension could see a new creative midfielder arrive. The arrival of Park Ji-Sung, who will presumably replace Shaun Derry in the centre, adds extra quality to the spine of the team. Fabio's loan capture could prove to be inspired, while if he stays fit Andrew Johnson will be a useful foil for Bobby Zamora.
What they're likely to get: The approach thus far has mainly been to snap up out-of-contract players on high wages and Blackburn's Junior Hoilett and former Everton midfielder Manuel Fernandes would both fit the bill. Hughes likes familiar faces, so loan moves for Stephen Ireland and David Bentley wouldn't be a surprise. QPR should have a sizeable, settled squad in time for the first match on August 18.
Heading for the exit: Given QPR have upped the ante in their recruitment policy, it comes as no surprise that there have been casualties amongst their existing squad. First choice goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been reunited with Neil Warnock at Leeds United to make way for Robert Green, while Hungarian playmaker Akos Buzsaky has also left the club after failing to agree terms on a new contract. Joining them through the exit door are Peter Ramage, Fitz Hall, Danny Gabbidon, Rowan Vine, Patrick Agyemang and Lee Cook.
Sky Bet tips - Junior Hoilett: The recent signing of Ji-Sung Park was a statement of intent from QPR owner Tony Fernandes and Hoilett would add pace and trickery to the Hoops' midfield which struggled last season with Adel Taarabt often failing to perform in the top flight. Latest odds - 4/6
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What they need: After grafting their way back into the Premier League, Reading require more attacking flair if they are to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle. Defensive reinforcements have been sought as Brian McDermott looks to expand the Royals' squad ahead of his biggest managerial challenge.
What they're likely to get:
Pavel Pogrebnyak is an excellent signing for a newly promoted club and indicates the wages new majority shareholder Anton Zingarevich is willing to offer. Danny Guthrie impressed in spells for Newcastle last season and adds Premier League nous in midfield. McDermott will probably sign another striker and has dipped back into the Championship for the best the Football League has to offer. Adrian Mariappa has been outstanding for Watford over the last few seasons and should be a solid addition, while fellow new boy Chris Gunter has a point to prove after a disappointing previous top-flight spell at Tottenham. Returning club legend Nicky Shorey will be warmly welcomed.
Heading for the exit: So far at the Madejski it's been more about arrivals than exits as McDermott bids to piece together a squad capable of competing in the top flight. Much will depend on arrivals but for the moment Brian Howard, Tomasz Cywka and Andy Griffin are the only noticeable departures.
Sky Bet tips - Nicklas Bendtner: While his availability may depend on Arsenal's striker situation, the Denmark international has seen his stock rise after an impressive Euro 2012 campaign. Whether the Royals will invest in another striker after bagging Pavel Pogrebnyak remains to be seen though. Latest odds - 12/1
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What they need: Similar to Reading, Southampton require more Premier League quality if they are to avoid a struggle this season. Jay Rodriguez was impressive in the Championship for Burnley last year, but whether he and his new team-mates can make the step up remains to be seen. Nigel Adkins appears to have made a new centre-back and goalkeeper priorities, while the midfield also needs strengthening. At the moment the squad is much of a muchness in terms of ability and fresh faces will aid the task ahead.
What they're likely to get: Reported interest in Scott Dann seems to make sense, while a £6million bid for Jack Butland has been rejected. Craig Gordon could be worth a one-year contract, and a loan deal for Emmanuel Frimpong, Oriol Romeu or another young midfielder at a top-six club would be a good, affordable move for the Saints. Alexander Buttner, who was part of Bert van Marwijk's preliminary Holland squad before the Euros, could join Adkins' side, but rumoured interest in Leandro Damiao has to be the most bizarre speculation of the summer. Steven Davis will add poise at the heart of Saints' midfield. Crystal Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne remains high on their wish-list.
Heading for the exit: No high-profile departures to speak of at St Mary's, with David Connolly the most senior of those to quit the South Coast over the summer. Radhi Jaidi has hung up his boots, while goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has also left the building. Adkins has shed his squad of a group of youngsters unlikely to worry his first team, but otherwise seems content enough not to over tinker with his squad. Frazer Richardson and Danny Butterfield are two of the more senior players to have been linked with a move elsewhere.
Sky Bet tips - Wilfried Zaha: Newly-promoted Saints have been tracking the Crystal Palace youngster even though he was recently offered a new deal. Would add pace and trickery and could chip with goals to lighten the load on star man Rickie Lambert. Latest odds - 2/1For up-to-the-minute Southampton transfer news click here
What they need: A new philosophy. Stoke's style under Tony Pulis may have established the club in the Premier League but after spending north of £20million last summer the team dropped a place in the final standings. Change is needed - and desired by some fans - with a ball-playing midfielder at the top of the wanted list.
What they're likely to get: Very little. It's unlikely Peter Coates will open the purse strings again after last year's investment resulted in a backwards step in the Premier League and the signing of Jamie Ness on a free transfer from Rangers indicates the area of the market Pulis will be shopping. A £4million move for Blackburn's Martin Olsson has been mooted, but Stoke would be better off targeting a creative partner for Wilson Palacios in central midfield. Olsson's Rovers team-mate Steven N'Zonzi has also been linked, while the club are pursuing a deal for Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron. Talk of Michael Owen appears to be ambitious.
Heading for the exit: Pulis has been told by chairman Coates he will need to generate his own transfer funds this summer. Salif Diao, Ricardo Fuller, Tom Soares, Danny Collins and Jonathan Woodgate (who has since returned to Middlesbrough) have all been informed they won't be having their contracts renewed and there could be further exits from the Britannia. Jermaine Pennant could leave having fallen out of favour in the second half of last season and question marks remain over the future of high-earners Matthew Upson and Kenwyne Jones. Michael Tonge and Danny Higginbotham could also both leave.
Sky Bet tips - Michael Owen After enduring a torrid time through injury in his last two seasons at Manchester United, Owen will be keen to prove his worth. The former England international could add an incisive edge to the Potters' strikeforce and is available on a free. Latest odds - 1/4
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What they need: Now Asamoah Gyan has left, a new forward is Sunderland's biggest concern. The squad needs padding out, with a lack of numbers resulting in a disappointing run towards the end of last season.
What they're likely to get: Martin O'Neill will no doubt seek to get the best out of the players already at his disposal and this bodes well for Connor Wickham, who endured a troubled start to his Sunderland career. With Nicklas Bendtner returning to Arsenal and Gyan saying his goodbyes, a £10m move for Steven Fletcher could materialise, with Gaby Agbonlahor another option. Adam Johnson could benefit from a loan spell back in the North East and would inject more creativity into the team while Carlos Cuellar may not be the only defensive reinforcement. Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Vurnon Anita (Ajax) and John Guidetti (Manchester City) are a further three names to throw into the pot.
Heading for the exit: Gyan's permanent switch to Al-Ain comes as little surprise and should hand O'Neill a healthy budget to replace the Ghanaian. Star man Stephane Sessegnon is not short of suitors but his manager insists his aim is to improve rather than decimate his squad. Craig Gordon has left the club upon the completion of his contract, while George McCartney has joined West Ham for a third time. Winger Ahmed Elmohamady could join him at Upton Park on loan next term, having fallen behind last season's sensation James McClean in the pecking order. The exit door at the Stadium of Light is also being kept ajar for Argentine misfit Marcos Angeleri - set to return to his homeland - having made just three appearances in two years. Cristian Riveros has joined Turkish club Kayserispor having also failed to make an impression in the North East. Kieran Richardson is thought to be a long-standing target of Everton, with Reading also waiting in the wings should O'Neill intimate a deal could be in the offing.
Sky Bet tips - Nicklas Bendtner: Despite struggling at times last season, Bendtner bagged eight goals for Sunderland on loan and the Black Cats are in the frame to sign him. Attention from affluent Primera Liga side Malaga could tempt Bendtner and the Spanish club are favourites to seal his signature. Latest odds - 7/2
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What they need: Danes. Lots of them, apparently. Like Peter Schmeichel's sizzling bacon, the lure of Danish meat has whetted Swansea's appetite for the transfer market this summer. Michael Krohn-Dehli and Nicklas Bendtner are two tempting attacking options and Thomas Kahlenberg would be a cheap addition with plenty of top-flight experience across Europe. Gylfi Sigurdsson's goals carried Swansea through to the end of the season and they will need to find a replacement.
What they're likely to get: Krohn-Dehli offers experience and shouldn't cost a great deal from Brondby, while Bendtner will be a gamble at whatever price Arsenal demand. Michael Laudrup has already used his knowledge of La Liga to snap up one or two new recruits. Jonathan de Guzman has joined the club on a season-long loan from Villarreal, following on from the capture of Genoa's Jose Manuel Flores. An even more astute deal would be the mooted £1.5million signing of Rayo Vallecano's Michu, who scored 15 times in the Spanish top flight last season. That said, the most important aspect of Swansea's pre-season is for the new manager to impress his ideas and work through the transitional period following Brendan Rodgers' exit.
Heading for the exit: Brendan Rodgers' decision to answer a call from Anfield has inevitably led to speculation he could take with him a smattering of Swansea stars. Any gentlemen's agreement would likely be negated at the right price but to date the Swans have been able to keep their squad largely intact. Sigurdsson has moved onto Tottenham, but otherwise (for the minute at least) Laudrup has a full pack to play with. Ferrie Bodde and Jose Moreira remain the only senior departures.
Sky Bet tips: With Sigurdsson swapping Swansea for Spurs, new boss Laudrup is aiming to strengthen his forward line and Zaha would be a good option. Recruits from the Primera Liga are expected, but the Crystal Palace man would fit into the Swans' fluent midfield. Latest odds - 14/1
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What they need: Perhaps Harry Redknapp hadn't realised, but Jermain Defoe (who has also been linked with a move) is the only striker left on Spurs' books after Emmanuel Adebayor's loan came to an end and Louis Saha's short-term deal expired. At least two new forwards will be Andre Villas-Boas' priority, closely followed by sorting out who stays and who goes in midfield. It's probably time for Tottenham to cut the cord with Luka Modric, continuing the theme of a fresh start at White Hart Lane this summer. A move to Real Madrid is edging ever closer.
What they're likely to get: Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen represent a solid start to Spurs' rebuilding plans and if newspaper reports are anything to go by, Villas-Boas could have up to £100million to spend on restructuring the squad. A move for Joao Moutinho, who performed brilliantly for Portugal at the Euros, looks possible, but unless two strikers are added it could be a frustrating season. Adebayor is keen to stay and a deal does appear to be close to being struck with both Manchester City and the player. Hulk may be the top-end target, while the club have a long-standing interest in Loic Remy. It looks as though they have lost out to capital rivals Chelsea for the signature of Brazilian talent Oscar.
Heading for the exit: A summer transfer saga involving Modric is as inevitable as Wimbledon rain and it is one Villas-Boas will not want hanging over him throughout pre-season. Giovani Dos Santos looks set to end a desperately disappointing spell in North London anytime soon in what has been a handy summer for Spurs in terms of getting rid of those on the periphery. Short-term solutions Saha and Ryan Nelsen have not had their contracts renewed, while Croatian duo Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar are similarly heading for pastures new. Heurelho Gomes was set to join them but may now stick around given the change in manager, while Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas could leave should Fulham cement their purported interest as the Cottagers look to replace Danny Murphy. Rafael van der Vaart has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga but denies he wants to quit the capital.
Sky Bet tips - Alan Dzagoev: After stunning performances at Euro 2012, which saw him bag three goals in as many games for Russia, the CSKA Moscow man has attracted the attentions of a number of clubs, with Spurs looking to strengthen attacking midfield. Latest odds - 2/1
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What they need: It could be a difficult season for West Brom after a summer of upheaval at The Hawthorns. Given that this is Steve Clarke's first management role, he may look to sign players he's worked with before. A loan for Jonjo Shelvey would replace the hole left in the squad by Keith Andrews' departure, while a new striker is needed to offer competition to Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie. Marc-Antoine Fortune does a job, but there is better quality available. A move for Michael Owen has been mooted. Clarke would also be wise to target a new winger and a left-back.
What they're likely to get: Clarke will be provided with the funds to make two or three new additions and Obafemi Martins is an option in attack. Free agent Markus Rosenberg wouldn't improve on the strikers already at the club, but the names linked with the Baggies suggest Clarke will look abroad to find players who offer value. Gent winger Yassine El Ghanassy has already joined the Baggies in a loan deal. Securing a permanent deal for Ben Foster was a considerable boost.
Heading for the exit: Nicky Shorey has returned to former club Reading, while Simon Cox is believed to be in talks with Blackburn. Odemwingie, who has intimated he could be ready for a move away from the Midlands, has admirers in the Middle East. Convincing influential centre-half Jonas Olsson to stay would represent a major coup. Somen Tchoyi, Marton Fulop and Paul Scharner have all left the club.
Sky Bet tips - Michael Owen: Steve Clarke faces a battle to hold onto in-demand strike duo Odemwingie and Shane Long so Owen could provide cover for either player. Although there are question marks over his fitness, the free transfer could free up funds to offer new deals elsewhere. Latest odds - 22/1
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WEST HAM UNITED
What they need: West Ham need to avoid planning entirely in the short term, but considering the names they have been linked with it looks as though they're prepared to pay high wages to familiar faces in their quest for survival. Planning for the mid-term would be a better approach, with three or four acquisitions that can offer something to Sam Allardyce's team for the next few seasons, instead of one huge payday. Nathaniel Clyne and Matt Jarvis are the sort of players to help the Hammers build on last season's success, whereas Louis Saha would offer little for significant wages. A more leftfield possible signing is Andy Carroll. Allardyce could retire a happy man were he to land a player born to play under the Hammers chief.
What they're likely to get: Allardyce will sign a mixed bag of players, with a quality partner for Carlton Cole a key focus. The four free signings so far pad out the squad, with Jussi Jaaskelainen a proven replacement for Robert Green. A bit of quality on the wing, such as Juventus' Milos Krasic, would help Allardyce inject some much-needed flair into his side's style of play. A raft of names have been linked, and it's important the Hammers find players who can gel quickly. Carroll would be the biggest coup but his capture appears increasingly unlikely, as Newcastle up the ante for a North East homecoming for the Liverpool misfit.
Heading for the exit: Allardyce has wasted no time in trimming his squad of any excess having released a number of decent earners - with Julien Faubert, John Carew, Papa Bouba Diop, Abdoulaye Faye, Freddie Sears and Frank Nouble all ushered out of the back door. Sam Baldock has been linked with Crystal Palace, while play-off final hero Ricardo Vas Te has intimated he would be interested to hear of purported interest from his homeland Portugal.
Sky Bet tips- Milos Krasic: Milos Krasic: After rejecting a loan move to Tottenham in January, the Juventus misfit is an ambitious target for the Hammers. The creative midfielder is in demand, but the lure of Premier League football and a regular starting place could entice the Serbian to East London. Latest odds - 5/1
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What they need: Wigan's biggest coup of the summer was holding onto Roberto Martinez despite reported interest from Liverpool and Spurs. The manager will now set about improving his squad so as to avoid the need for another great escape at the end of the season. The departure of five first-team squad members requires Martinez to act relatively swiftly, with Hugo Rodallega and Momo Diame the most important players who need replacing. Wigan are desperate for a proven goalscorer and solid, dependable reinforcements in defence
What they're likely to get: There's a good chance Victor Moses will leave the DW Stadium before the season kicks off on August 18. Wigan have been linked with Chicago Fire's Marco Pappa as a possible alternative and that indicates the area of the market in which they'll be shopping. In truth, the club struggle to appear an attractive option to top targets and have to compete with Championship clubs on the middle rungs of the transfer window ladder. Thomas Hitzlsperger would be an excellent signing, provided he stays fit, while there may be players at Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves who are looking for a quick return to the top flight. Martinez has reaped rich dividends from the SPL in the past and has again returned north to secure the capture of highly-rated Aberdeen starlet Fraser Fyvie.
Heading for the exit: Wigan didn't have the biggest squad in the Premier League to start with so the exit of five senior players leaves them more than a little threadbare. Colombian hit-man Rodallega is the most high-profile departure and while he disappointed in an injury plagued last campaign, should be a decent recruit for Fulham. Diame has moved south to join West Ham, with Chris Kirkland having pitched up at Sheffield Wednesday. Joining Rodallega at the exit door on free transfers are Hendry Thomas and Steve Gohouri.
Sky Bet tips - Jordan Rhodes: The Huddersfield man is in demand and the Latics' interest could depend on whether manager Roberto Martinez can persuade star man Victor Moses to avoid the advances of the Premier League's big clubs. Latest odds - 25/1
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