Hottest Transfer Rumour for Every Premier League Club
The Premier League 2014-15 season is still three weeks away, but teams are narrowing down their options in the transfer market and strengthening their sides wherever possible ahead of the new campaign.
While many sides have already spent vast sums to make their squads more capable of achieving their objectives over the coming 10 months, there remain plenty of rumours about players moving to new teams, both from within the Premier League and coming in from abroad.
Here are the biggest current rumours surrounding each top-flight side in England, featuring either inbound or outbound deals.
The United man did not feature heavily last season and the report suggests that new manager Louis van Gaal will not be giving him increased game time. Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer around £9 million for him.
It might not be enough to convince United to sell, however, with the Old Trafford side wanting a higher fee.
Aston Villa: Ron Vlaar
Aston Villa have made mainly free transfer signings this summer, but their biggest rumour surrounds the potential exit of central defender and captain Ron Vlaar.
The Dutchman's stock rose considerably at the World Cup after a series of imposing performances, and Tottenham Hotspur are one of the clubs reportedly in hot pursuit of him this summer, per the Mirror's Alan Nixon.
A swap with Lewis Holtby remains a potential deal-breaker, but other teams could look for Vlaar's signature too.
Burnley: Efe Ambrose
Newly promoted Burnley need to add plenty of top-flight quality if they are to stay in the Premier League.
Defensive solidity will be key for Burnley if they want to survive more than a single season in the Premier League. Ambrose, who was part of Nigeria's World Cup squad this summer, has experience playing and winning titles in the Champions League.
Chelsea: Diego Godin
With the strikers and midfield areas of Chelsea's squad already bolstered, Jose Mourinho now wants to make a big defensive addition in Diego Godin, according to Inside Futbol.
The aggressive and dominant centre-back won La Liga with Atletico Madrid last season and finished as runner-up in the Champions League, following on from Copa del Rey and Europa League successes in previous campaigns.
At 28 years of age, he would be another prime signing for the Blues if they lure him away from the Spanish to the English capital.
Crystal Palace: Lewis Holtby
It has been relatively quiet on the transfer front for Crystal Palace since they signed Fraizer Campbell, but Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby remains a primary target for the Eagles, according to rumours.
Holtby was on loan at Fulham last term.
Everton: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku is once more a wanted man by almost everybody except his own club, it seems.
The Belgian spent last term on loan at Everton, and now the Merseyside club want to make the move permanent, as Everton's head of recruitment, Ian Atkins, revealed in an interview with talkSPORT.
Hopefully things can be sorted out, I think he’s quite settled in his mind that he wants to come to Everton, and hopefully he’ll be pulling on our blue shirt again next term. Our loan signings all did brilliant for us last season. Gareth Barry has signed permanently now which is fantastic, and hopefully Lukaku will as well.
It would certainly represent a good piece of business for the Toffees if they manage to pull off the deal. There is no particular reason given for any hold-up, with the player's World Cup duties at an end and Everton not yet having spent any money.
Hull City: Carl Jenkinson
Steve Bruce and Hull City want Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson on loan for next season, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail.
The right-sided defender seems to be down the order of merit at the Emirates after the signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, meaning a season away from the club could be the key to more first-team action.
Hull finished 16th last season, four points above the relegation zone.
Leicester City: Troy Deeney
Leicester City want Watford forward Troy Deeney and have already had a bid turned down for the player, reports talkSPORT's Warren Houghton.
The Championship side want £10 million for Deeney, who scored 24 goals in the second tier last season.
Leicester are not the only newly promoted side looking at him, though, with QPR also in the running.
Liverpool: Divock Origi
With the news that Liverpool's move for Loic Remy has fallen through, the Reds' other move for a striker seems a little closer.
Divock Origi has turned down London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham, according to Simon Mullock of the Mirror, instead preferring to join the Reds, who are expected to loan him back to current team Lille for next season.
The £12.5 million move for the teenage forward will be the sixth successful deal of the summer for Liverpool when it goes through.
Manchester City: Isco
Manchester City haven't yet made a huge splash with attacking signings this transfer window, so the story linking Isco to the club will cause plenty of waves if it goes through.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini worked with the attacking midfielder at Malaga before they went their separate ways, and the Daily Star's Steve Millar reports that City are ready to reunite the pair.
The player, who signed with Real Madrid last summer, will reportedly cost £31 million.
Manchester United: Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria has decided he wants to play with Manchester United next season, report Harry Pratt and Steve Millar of the Daily Star.
Signings of key attacking midfielders at Real Madrid leave Di Maria unlikely to feature as a first-choice starter next term, despite being one of their best players during 2013-14.
With Real not an option and Paris Saint-Germain not being quick enough to complete a deal, Di Maria seemingly wants to be Louis van Gaal's big signing of the summer for United instead.
B/R columnist Paul Wilkes argued that Real Madrid would be "crazy" to let Di Maria leave. Praising the Argentine's "versatility" for Carlo Ancelotti's last season, Wilkes wrote:
As a collective (Real) were superb, whilst Di Maria's adaptability meant that he was the tactical lynchpin for the team.
Just by altering the deployment of the former Benfica winger, Ancelotti is able to change his system within matches without the need to consult his bench.
The likelihood is that Di Maria will be leaving Real Madrid this summer, but his versatility means they are crazy to let him move.
Newcastle United: Loic Remy
Liverpool's move for Loic Remy is off, so Newcastle United are naturally one of the clubs reported to be interested in taking advantage of his sudden availability, per ChronicleLive.co.uk's Neil Cameron.
Remy spent last term at the Magpies on loan from QPR, top-scoring for the club in the process.
He has an £8.5 million release clause, which shouldn't be prohibitive, though Newcastle have already added attackers Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere to their front line this summer.
Queens Park Rangers: Rafael van der Vaart
Harry Redknapp loves a player who he has previously managed, doesn't he?
The latest QPR rumour is of the boss wanting to sign Rafael van der Vaart, who he previously managed at Tottenham Hotspur.
West London Sport (h/t Goal.com) reports Redknapp saying he wants an attacking midfielder, and Van der Vaart would be perfect for the role.
“He’s a great footballer, great professional and a goalscorer. He’d get you 10 to 12 goals a year in that position,” Redknapp said. “I like Rafa. He’s an interesting player and has got class.”
Southampton: Jay Rodriguez
Southampton completed the sale of Calum Chambers to Arsenal on Monday, per BBC Sport, and the top stories surrounding the Saints involve their collection of the finest gold reserves in Premier League football, rather than accumulating a new squad for their manager.
The latest talk surrounds yet another potential exit to Liverpool, with injured forward Jay Rodriguez linked with the Reds by talkSPORT, while Manchester City are also reportedly interested.
An anterior cruciate knee ligament injury will keep Rodriguez sidelined until close to Christmas.
Stoke City: Oussama Assaidi
Stoke City enjoyed a good year last term in the Premier League, with loan signing Oussama Assaidi one of their top performers during periods of the campaign.
The Liverpool winger is the subject of an agreed bid for a permanent deal this summer, but The Stoke Sentinel reports that the move has not been completed due to Assaidi wanting higher wages than Mark Hughes' team is willing to offer.
Assaidi will get no game time at Anfield and was largely a success for Stoke, making the move seem a good one for all parties.
Sunderland: Cristian Rodriguez
Sunderland are still looking to bring in main signings ahead of the new season, with one particular ongoing link looking the most relevant in terms of improving the side.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph reports that Gus Poyet wants to bring in Cristian Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid. The league title winner typically featured off the bench for the Spanish side last season and is being offered first-team football at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have so far struggled to bring in most of their first-choice targets this summer, having struck out on Ashley Williams and remaining in limbo with Fabio Borini.
Swansea City: Kyle Naughton
Swansea City have made an official bid for Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton, according to the Daily Mail's Simon Jones.
The versatile player can operate on either side of the defence, but is well down the pecking order at Spurs after the arrival of Ben Davies for the left side, with England rival Kyle Walker the first-choice on the right.
Swansea, of course, is the club Davies has just left, leaving an opening at left-back, while Naughton could also battle Angel Rangel for game time on the opposite flank.
Tottenham Hotspur: Jan Vertonghen
Spurs' biggest news right now is that key defender Jan Vertonghen acknowledges there could have been some interest in him from Barcelona, but that he wants to stay at Spurs and sign a new deal regardless.
That will be a huge bonus for Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to put a side in place which can challenge for the top four.
The Belgian was superb in his debut season at Spurs, though he suffered a few injuries last term. He played for his country at the World Cup, and has told Belgian broadcaster Radio 1 (h/t talkSPORT) that he has been offered a new five-year contract.
West Bromwich Albion: Victor Moses
West Bromwich Albion have sought to give new manager Alan Irvine new attacking options ahead of the 2014-15 season, with Chelsea's Victor Moses one such target.
Bruce Archer of the Daily Star reports that the Baggies want Moses on a year-long loan deal, similar to that which he had at Liverpool last year, and indicates that he is now the "priority" for West Brom over the next few weeks.
Moses has only amassed around 1,700 minutes of game time in the Premier League over the past two seasons.
West Ham United: Samuel Eto'o
Finally, West Ham United's big story at present is a rumour linking them to former Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o.
The veteran Cameroon forward is available on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea, and West Ham will offer him a chance to stay in London, report Steve Sammers and Dave Kidd of the Mirror.
With Andy Carroll once again sidelined through injury, the Hammers need an attacking alternative and seem to have identified Eto'o as the man for the job.