Transfer News: Player to Watch for Every English Premier League Team
The summer transfer window—whether you like the plethora of speculation that it brings or not—has the ability to transform an entire season before it even begins.
Every team has the ability to become genuine contenders with one or two signings; every team can also go from contender to pretender with the loss of one or two players—it's what the transfer window can do.
And whilst the big names of this year's transfer window such as Eden Hazard, Shinji Kagawa and Luka Modric all receive their fair share of speculation and rumor, every English Premier League team will have their eyes set on certain players that they'd lose to bring in for next season.
From Arsenal to Wigan Athletic, every team has that one player they'd desperately love to secure in the summer transfer window in order to strengthen their league position next season.
Here's that player to watch for every Premier League team.
Arsenal: Yann M'Vila
The Gunners' long-standing interest in Yann M'Vila has seen them lead the chase in the Ligue 1 defender—although his future will not be decided until after Euro 2012.
French teammate Laurent Koscienly has already urged M'Vila to consider Arsenal above all his other choices, stating that "he can triumph in an important competition like the Premier League" and would be a great fit at the Emirates.
Aston Villa: Robbie Keane
On loan from LA Galaxy, Robbie Keane was a star for Aston Villa this year with boss Alex McLeish declaring that he would happily have Keane back in a flash and would pursue him throughout the summer transfer window.
No new information has come to hand since McLeish's comments earlier in the year, but with three goals in five matches for the club, Keane is no doubt one of Aston Villa's top targets this summer.
Brazilian striker Hulk has already indicated that the time might be right for him to leave the Portuguese champions, and with international teammate and current Chelsea player Ramires throwing his support behind the potential transfer, the Blues are in a great position to wrap up the deal shortly.
They have already agreed on a fee of £38million for Hulk with the deal subject to a medical, so expect the Champions League victors to announce their new signing in the next few days.
Everton: Steven Pienaar
Currently under contract by Tottenham, Steven Pienaar is hoping for a permanent move to the Toffees after spending much of the summer at Goodison Park.
Everton have already stated that they will make signing Pienaar a priority for the transfer window, but with Spurs boss Daniel Levy determined to make a profit, the £6million asking price could be a touch too high for a cash-strapped Everton—leaving the deal hanging in the balance for now.
Fulham: Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes was an instrumental element to Huddersfield's League One success last season and as a result, has come under the watchful eye of Fulham and several other clubs.
Eight million is the price being tossed around as the amount required to secure Rhodes, which could result in several clubs withdrawing their interest in the striker, but with the Cottagers leading the chase for several weeks now, they could well be the team that ends up landing the goal-scoring machine.
Liverpool: Gylfi Sigurdsson
New Liverpool manager and former Swansea manager has stated his intentions to make midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson his first signing after his £6.8million move to the Swans stalled.
And after Sigurdsson himself indirectly implied that he would rather play for the Reds at Anfield than at Swansea, this could be another deal that we see finalized in the immediate future.
Manchester City: Robin Van Persie
Were you really expecting to see another name here?
Every passing day that Arsenal don't come to terms with their star striker Robin van Persie brings Manchester City closing to signing the Dutchman next season—especially with Juventus looking to take Edinson Cavani instead of van Persie.
The Citizens will do whatever it takes to pick up the 2012 Premier League Golden Boot winner should he leave the Emirates. However, with van Persie not making a decision until the conclusion of Euro 2012, it seems that this saga is set to continue for several more weeks to come.
Manchester United: Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne would be a huge signing for Manchester United should they win the race to sign the Crystal Palace defender. United have a rich history of signing the best English talent available and Clyne could continue that trend—with the prospect rejecting a recent offer from Palace to consider his options on the transfer market.
He would offer great stability and depth in the Red Devils' defense and would be an excellent signing to Sir Alex Ferguson's squad. As a result, we could see a new deal in the near future.
Newcastle United: Papiss Cisse
Isn't Cisse already at Newcastle?
Exactly. And that's why they must do everything they can to retain his services for next season.
He has stated his desire to remain at St. James' Park—despite reports suggesting otherwise—and is without doubt one of the most underrated strikers in the Premier League.
Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 appearances for the Magpies, and given the mass exodus that could occur over the summer transfer window for Newcastle, is a must-sign for the club if they hope to achieve Champions League qualification next season.
Norwich City: Chris Gunter
Fresh off an impressive year in the Premier League, Norwich City are looking to tighten their defense with the services of Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest. The Welsh international is the Canaries' top target this summer—aiming to beat Swansea and Fulham to the defender.
Norwich boss Paul Lambert has been discussing Gunter for several months now and could well be heading to Norwich sometime over the summer transfer window.
Definitely a move to watch out for.
Queens Park Rangers: Alessandro Del Piero
After strongly indicating his desire to play next season in the English Premier League, Alessandro Del Piero has fallen under the eye of the Queens Park Rangers, who desperately need a new go-to forward.
At age 37, the Italian legend could fall well past the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, who were also rumored to be interested, but not prepared to offer the playing time and impact that he would have with the Rangers. It would be a huge pull for the club and perhaps a transfer bolter that we didn't see coming.
Yakubu has been a shining light throughout Blackburn Rovers' disastrous season. He is more than good enough to compete in the Premier League, and as a result, has attracted the interest of newly promoted Reading.
Obviously, the Nigerian has no desire to play in the championship and at just £1 million, could be a bargain for Reading—especially considering the 17 goals he scored for Blackburn in just 29 appearances.
Southampton: Scott Dann
Another Blackburn star looking to remain in the top class is defender Scott Dann, who is wanted by newly promoted Southampton to consolidate their defense against the top attacking sides of the Premier League.
Some thought he may go to West Ham, but with the Hammers appearing to be put off by Dunn's contract, Southampton may be able to win the race to secure his services for next season.
Stoke City: Aruna Dindane
After trying to sign the Ivory Coast striker back in 2009, it appears that Stoke are once again trying to secure the services of Aruna Dindane in the summer transfer window.
Stoke are in desperate need of a striker to partner Peter Crouch, with few players showing sign of becoming the dominant attacking presence needed to contend in the top class. Dindane would hopefully provide that presence should they sign him over the next few weeks.
Sunderland: Steven Fletcher
The Daily Mail reported earlier last month that Steven Fletcher would snub Southampton's offer to play in the Premier League next season, but that appears to be a little off now, with multiple reports emerging that he is indeed in talks with the club.
Southampton are believed to have offered the £10 million asking price for the striker, who is keen for a move to the Stadium of Light this summer. Martin O'Neill transformed the Black Cats from a relegation certainty to a tough team to beat on the road, and the inclusion of Fletcher would strengthen their squad further into next season.
Swansea: Scott Sinclair
Swansea must keep Brendan Rodgers from taking Scott Sinclair to Anfield over the transfer window—especially if Gylfi Sigurdsson follows his former manager.
Sinclair finished second in both goals and assists for the club last season and must be given the right price for his services; otherwise, he could be off to the Reds to join Rodgers.
Tottenham Hotspur: Luka Modric
Luka Modric is another player that must not be allowed to leave his respective club—especially considering the deals that have already taken place between Eden Hazard and Shinji Kagawa.
Modric is arguably the best midfielder available on the transfer market and with a plethora of clubs after his signature, must not be sold by the Spurs in the summer transfer window.
He was their best player last season, and if Tottenham are to pick up a Champions League berth next season, they must do all they can to keep Modric on their squad.
West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster
After a stellar season on loan for West Bromwich Albion, Ben Foster is being pursued as a permanent option at the back for next season.
They might have to fight off other clubs for his services—namely the club he's currently under contract at in Birmingham—and may win out by being able to offer time in the Premier League.
West Brom have been trying to sign Foster for a few weeks now, which could either mean that they're really close or still nowhere near to completing a deal. Personally, I think the latter, but we'll have to wait and see about that one.
West Ham: Grant Holt
After lucking out in their quest to sign former Hammer Joe Cole next season, West Ham will also need to move fast if they hope to sign Norwich star Grant Holt, who sensationally dropped a transfer request on the club last week.
The Irons have been told they'll need to pay £6 million to secure Holt's services for next season, who might be snapped up by new Villa boss and former Norwich boss Paul Lambert if they don't move fast in signing the 31-year-old.
Wigan Athletic: Victor Moses
Victor Moses looked to have fallen through Wigan's clutches when he refused to enter contract negotiations and was linked to a move to Liverpool last month along with his manager. But now that Brendan Rodgers has taken the post at Anfield, all has gone quiet on the potential Moses move.
That means that Wigan must finalize his contract for the next few seasons and continue to keep the promising striker at the club, who is already valued at around £10 million. His current commitment to the club is unquestionable and as a result, must be re-signed by Wigan as soon as possible. Via All Africa:
"At the moment I'm still a Wigan player. There's this speculation of my coach going to Liverpool with me. I have not been so approached. If my manager decides to leave Wigan for Liverpool and wants me along, I'll decide as I'm looking up to him.
For now, no big club has approached me with an offer. I have a wonderful relationship with my manager. I respect his opinion a lot. I'm still young and ready to learn at Wigan..."
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