Transfer Deadline Day: Last-Minute Signings Each EPL Team Must Make

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIAugust 29, 2012

Transfer Deadline Day: Last-Minute Signings Each EPL Team Must Make

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    The end of the week signals the end of the transfer window and their are a couple signings each team in the EPL must make.

    Every side has strengthened in various areas during the summer and some may feel they are set up well for the season ahead.

    While some managers have said they have finished signing players, we are still looking at every team in the EPL and what positions they should fill.

    As the deadline day approaches there will certainly be some deals that could attract some interest and have managers making moves at the last-minute.

    Here are some last-minute signings each EPL must make.


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    Position Needed



    Despite the club having already made five signings already this summer, they could do with one more. With the recent addition of Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses the squad now has sufficient depth in every position, minus one.

    Fernando Torres is the key man up front but does not have major competition for the spot with Daniel Sturridge likely to be used on the wings more often than not.

    Torres has gotten off to a good start in the Premier League with two goals in three games, but even if he hits top form again, another quality forward is necessary to give Roberto Di Matteo options throughout the season.

    Chelsea has been linked to players like Hulk, Stevan Jovetic and Edinson Cavani during the summer, but there has been no solid contact with any of these players.

Swansea City

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    Position Needed



    With Scott Sinclair a target for Manchester City according to Sky Sports, Swansea will need a solid replacement on the wing. Sinclair has been a key member of the team for the past few seasons.

    The club have gone some way to replacing another former key player, Joe Allen, with the BBC reporting on the clubs recent capture of South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung.

    Wayne Routledge did well in the team's first two games but given his injury history Swansea would do well to find another player for that position.

    Valencia's Spanish winger Pablo Hernandez is one of the players linked to the club according to Wales Online.


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    Positions Needed

    Central midfielder


    The Metro reports Michael Owen is possibly set to join the club and his arrival, along with arrivals of Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith, would put Everton in a good position in terms of attacking depth. According to Sky Sports the club is looking at Dundee United's Johnny Russell.

    With Jack Rodwell gone, the Toffees could use some more depth in the center of midfield to really push for a European spot. The Daily Mirror has linked Liverpool's Charlie Adam to the club.

West Bromwich Albion

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    Position Needed



    West Bromwich Albion's squad is pretty well-rounded from front to back but if there's one area that could use strengthening, it's the defense.

    The squad could do with the help of a left-back to provide cover for Liam Ridgewell, or start in his place and enable the squad to have some great cover centrally.

Manchester City

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    Position Needed



    The BBC reports that Jack Rodwell has already joined the club and the Metro reports that Manchester City is interested in Swansea' Scott Sinclair. City would have a great variety of options in the midfield and attacking thirds of the pitch should they capture Sinclair.

    The defending Premier League champions could do with one more central defender to really sure up the squad, especially if Roberto Mancini continues to experiment with a three-man defense.

    The club has been linked to players like Daniel Agger, Javi Martinez and David Luiz during the summer. The Daily Mail reports that the club could be re-igniting its interest in the Spanish star before the window closes.


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    Position Needed

    Forward or Winger


    The future of Clint Dempsey has yet to be resolved, but Fulham has been doing fine without the American so far this season.

    Whether or not Clint Dempsey goes, Fulham could use the services of another versatile attacker. That player could be someone capable of playing out wide or in the forward positions.

    Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric have joined the club this summer, but along with Bryan Ruiz and discounting Dempsey, these three alone do not provide enough depth up top.

    Should Fulham get either a winger or a forward, or even someone versatile enough to fill both positions, they will be in a good position for the season.

Manchester United

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    Position Needed

    Central midfielder


    According to ESPN Soccernet, Sir Alex Ferguson has said there will be no more signings for the club this summer.

    With all the depth in the defensive, minus the injuries, and attacking departments, many believe Manchester United's weakest area is in central midfield. They have been linked wiith a move for Mexican Hector Herrera by ESPN Soccernet.

    The Red Devils currently have the likes of Anderson, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick for the two central positions with Ryan Giggs and Phil Jones able to fill in as well. The BBC reports that Ferguson could also use youngster Nick Powell in that role, if necessary.

    Staying injury-free is the key for that group, and if something similar to last season occurs on the injury-front, Ferguson will be annoyed that he decided against getting a central midfielder.

Wigan Athletic

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    Position Needed



    If Wigan continues to use five defenders like they did in their first two games then they will need more reinforcements in that third of the pitch. That situation may be unlikely however.

    Robert Martinez will want to find cover for recently departed attacker Victor Moses and according to the Daily Mail the club may go after Bolton winger, Lee Chung-Yong.

    That signing would give the club enough depth to cope with the departure of Victor Moses and give Wigan a variety of good options in the wide midfield and attacking thirds of the pitch.

Newcastle United

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    Position Needed



    Alan Pardew has missed out on a lot of his transfer targets this summer but the team is pretty well stocked in the midfield and forward positions.

    In central defense the club has Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor with James Perch able to fill into that position along with many others. A full-time defender, preferably one for the central position, is a necessity with the club participating in the Europa league.

    ESPN Soccernet reports that the club missed out on another signing in the form of FC Twente's Brazilian center-back, Douglas. Pardew's options may be limited with time winding down, but the transfer deadline could bring about a last-minute deal.

West Ham United

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    Position Needed

    Defender and Attacker


    West Ham could use a new face in defense and in attack but, according to Sky Sports, club manager Sam Allardyce  has said that new signings are unlikely.

    Sky Sports has also reported on the club's transfer bid for Charlton defender Chris Solly in a move to bolster the defense. According to, Joe Cole could return to his old club and Peter Odemwingie has also been linked with a move by the Daily Mail.

    Signing one of the two attackers, and maybe both if things work out greatly, as well as the defender would increase the club's depth where needed and help them in their bid to retain a spot in the Premier League.

Stoke City

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    Position Needed



    The side that scored the least amount of goals in the EPL last season has done little to change its attack. That needs to change before the window closes.

    With Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome, Jonathan Walters and Kenwyne Jones, Stoke still has players that can trouble opposition. Tony Pulis is putting a lot of faith in those players to help the club improve on its 36-goal haul. Not bringing in competition could be a mistake.

    Pulis has said, via ESPN Soccernet, that there will be last-minute deals. Michael Owen has been linked to the club by the BBC.


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    Position Needed

    Defensive midfielder


    Arsenal needs a defensive midfielder now that Alex Song has departed the club. Mikel Arteta has played in a deeper role since the Cameroonian has departed, but it would be much better for the club if he spent more of his time in a more advanced position.

    Arteta's discipline makes him possibly the best candidate for the club at the moment, but it would be better for the club to have a natural player for that position in the long run.

    MSN's Fox Soccer has reported on the club's interest in Lucas Biglia and the Daily Mail has linked  Yann M'Vila to the club during the summer. In good news, Sky Sports has reported that Arsene Wenger is looking to sign more players.


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    Positions Needed



    Sunderland has made a lot of changes when it comes to attacking players this summer, and now the focus needs to shift to defense.

    Signing a central defender and a left-back would give Sunderland some good depth in all areas of the pitch.

    ESPN Soccernet's report that Kieran Richardson has handed in a  transfer request means the club needs to start looking seriously for a left-back. A new addition wouldn't hurt even if Richardson stayed at the club.

    The Daily Mail has linked Michael Dawson with the club and his signing would strengthen the center of the defense.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Position Needed



    Andre Villas-Boas has money to spend now that Luka Modric has moved to Real Madrid as reported by the Telegraph. With only Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe as the club's recognized strikers, reinforcements are needed up top.

    Giovani Dos Santos could be helpful both up top and out wide if he stays but, according to, his future is up in the air.



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    Position Needed



    Reading has some pretty decent depth overall, but the club could use help in the forward position.

    Pavel Pobgrebnyak looks like a good signing for the club but, other than him and Jason Roberts, there isn't much Premier League experience up front.

    Roberts' age and lack of productivity means that the club's other forwards will have to step up to the plate. Reading scored the least goals of all the promoted teams last season, and while the three goals in two games so far is encouraging, they have a whole season ahead.


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    Position Needed



    Daniel Sturridge is a reported target according to the Daily Mirror. The club's long-running saga with Clint Dempsey is well-documented. The emergence of Raheem Sterling on the wing is a good thing for the attack, but more cover is needed.

    Sky Sports has reported on Newcastle's interest in Andy Carroll and, according to the Metro, Joe Cole could leave before the window closes.

Norwich City

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    Position Needed

    Central midfielder


    Norwich City has done a lot of work on their defense during the summer and are pretty well set in that area of the pitch.

    The club is OK in terms of depth out wide and in the forward areas but could use some help in the center of midfield. The Daily Mirror has linked both Lucas Biglia and Steven N'Zonzi to the club in recent times.

Queens Park Rangers

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    Position Needed

    Central defender


    Queens Park Rangers really need some help in defense if they want to stay up this season. The club has brought in experienced players like Park Ji-Sung and Bobby Zamora to help in the midfield and attacking areas respectively, but now defense is the focus.

    Depth in full-back positions is alright, but the squad could use some help in the center of defense. The BBC reports that Ricardo Carvalho could join the club and he would be a great help.


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    Positions Needed

    Central defender


    Southampton's Premier League campaign hasn't gotten off to a good start and a big part of that is the club's defensive deficiencies.

    According to the Daily Mirror,  Southampton is targeting Ajax youngster Nicolai Boilesen. Signing the talented defender would be great, but some more Premier League experience is needed.

Aston Villa

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    Positions Needed



    Aston Villa could use some help in the forward position to really improve this season. Villa has been linked to Wolves' Kevin Doyle by the Daily Mail.

    The Villans had the second-lowest goals scored total last season and a player like Doyle will add some much needed competition for a forward spot which should help the team.