Several Premier League clubs have already smashed their transfer record during the 2014 summer window, as the activity on the market has been fast and furious.
While some clubs, such as Southampton, have been clear sellers, most seem to have elected to get most of their transfer business done early.
There are still a handful of clubs yet to make their splash signings, however, and with less than one month remaining before the deadline, fans will be anxious to learn who will be joining their ranks.
Let's look at three clubs who look like they're saving the best for last.
Gus Poyet has been very patient during the 2014 summer transfer window, with several reported targets taking a very long time to commit to the club. The Uruguayan manager told the Sunderland Echo that could soon change, however:
There are plenty of things going on and I’m looking forward to things happening in the next few days, so it’s all positive. I think we have a great chance (of signing players), a great chance. People are going to be surprised, which is great. It’s all positive. We’ve had a few things that before we knew it they didn’t work. But I’m hoping there’s going to be some good news over the next two or three days.
Fabio Borini has been the main target for the Black Cats, per the Sunderland Echo, but according to The Times' George Caulkin, an even bigger fish could be on his way:
Jack Rodwell was regarded as one of England's biggest midfield talents before injuries derailed his development at Manchester City, and his signature would be a major coup for the Black Cats.
Coupled with the potential signing of Borini, Sunderland would be adding two young players with star potential and the ability to immediately improve the squad. The Black Cats' future would look even brighter with these two youngsters in the squad, so Poyet's excitement is understandable.
You can't sell half your starting XI and not sign at least one solid player with the proceedings. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw have already bolted for new surroundings, and clubs are still eyeing whoever's left in the team's dressing room.
With all those players gone, it's no wonder the Daily Express' Colin Mafham suggests Ronald Koeman will have a significant transfer budget heading into the second part of the transfer window.
The Saints have reportedly given him £50 million to spend, and so far, only Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle have followed the Dutchman to the Premier League. Both are excellent players, but per Mafham, Koeman is far from finished, with Fraser Forster and Eddy Onazi still on his wish list.
The most interesting name may be another Dutchman, however: Jordy Clasie, whose agent told Total Dutch Football's Will Burns his client is ready to leave Feyenoord:
“Of course Clasie does not have to leave Feyenoord. But he is ready for departure”
The Dutch international has long been regarded as one of Europe's top talents in the centre of the pitch, and Southampton are one of the clubs interested in his services, according to Burns. The Saints could offer him immediate consistent Premier League minutes, unlike most top clubs, making them a strong candidate to land his signature.
Yes, the Red Devils have already made two big-money signings in Shaw and Ander Herrera. But with a new manager at the helm and a new vision for the club, it's very likely United's transfer business is far from over.
Louis van Gaal suggested as much, as shared by Sky Sports News:
Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe isn't overly optimistic the rumours connecting the Red Devils with Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels will come to anything, but if those two stars won't come to Old Trafford, the club will surely find other players who will.
United may not be able to offer UEFA Champions League football in 2014-15, but they have a talented squad, a rich history and, most importantly, a ton of cash. While the team looks ready to contend for a top-four finish in the Premier League this year, it's almost a foregone conclusion more talent is still to arrive.
The Guardian's Nooruddean Choudry agrees this current squad isn't a finished product:
The Red Devils have both the financial ability and the lure to make several more big splashes in the summer transfer window, so don't expect them to play it safe as we head for transfer deadline day.
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