Hottest Transfer Rumour for Every Premier League Club for August 11-17
The Premier League is up and running and a whole host of players made their debuts for new clubs over the weekend, but that doesn't mean the spending is going to stop.
All 20 teams continue to be linked with further transfer activity before the window shuts on September 1, from those with title ambitions to those who know they need to strengthen to boost their chances of survival.
Here are the biggest rumours for each top-flight club from the past week.
Arsenal: Kostas Manolas
The Gunners sold Thomas Vermaelen earlier this month and look set to replace him with Greek defender Kostas Manolas.
Goal.com's William Joyce reported that the player recently underwent a medical with Arsenal ahead of a €10 million move from Olympiacos, who he played with in the Champions League last season against the likes of Manchester United.
Aston Villa: Serge Gnabry
Aston Villa have added a few new players to their squad this season but remain keen on further additions, according to John Cross of the Mirror.
Arsenal's Serge Gnabry is one of the players they are looking into signing on loan if given the chance, though it seems there will be plenty of competition for the winger, with a number of other Premier League clubs having the same idea.
Gnabry is battling a number of first-team faces for a place in the starting XI at the Emirates, including new signing Alexis Sanchez.
Burnley: James McArthur
Burnley still want to add more faces to their squad ahead of their Premier League campaign opening against Chelsea on Monday night.
Suzanne Geldard of the Lancashire Telegraph reports that the Clarets made a £4 million move for Wigan Athletic midfielder James McArthur, which was rejected by the Championship side.
McArthur played for Wigan in the Premier League, so his experience would be appreciated in a squad that is a little short on top-flight quality at this point.
Chelsea: Sami Khedira
Chelsea's biggest transfer talk right now surrounds Germany's World Cup-winning midfielder Sami Khedira.
Vaishali Bhardwaj of Metro reports (h/t the Sunday Mirror) that the agent of the Real Madrid man is heading to London to seal a move to either Chelsea or Arsenal.
The report states that Khedira wants to leave the Bernabeu and states £12 million as the transfer fee as he has just one year left on his contract.
Crystal Palace: Connor Wickham
Crystal Palace might not have a manager in place at the moment, but that's not deterring the club from trying to make further signings.
Sunday People reports (h/t the Mirror) that Palace owner Steve Parish is trying to secure an £8 million deal for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham.
There has been no real indication as to who the new Palace boss will be following Tony Pulis' departure shortly before the start of the season.
Everton: Alex Song
Barcelona midfielder Alex Song could be heading back to the Premier League, as he is not required by new boss Luis Enrique.
That's what's being reported by the Daily Star (h/t Liverpool Echo), with Everton one of the sides chasing his signature.
Other Premier League teams are in the mix, too. Song only played a peripheral role at Camp Nou under Tata Martino last season and does not look part of the new manager's plans.
Hull City: Danny Welbeck
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck was the surprising big-name target of Hull City recently, with the Tigers being linked with a move for him.
Jack de Menezes of the Independent reported that Steve Bruce was willing to offer £14 million for Welbeck, who is only seen as a squad player for Manchester United, despite impressing in pre-season.
However, Bruce gave the reports short shrift, with Sky Sports reporting he did not believe a move would materialise.
Leicester City: Troy Deeney
Leicester City are trying to seal a deal for Watford forward Troy Deeney, but the Championship club are resisting their overtures.
The Leicester Mercury are reporting that City have had a £10 million bid—rising to £12 million—for the Watford captain rejected.
The report states that the Premier League side now may move on as this is the third bid for the player they have had turned down.
Liverpool: Radamel Falcao
Liverpool are still intent on bringing in another striker, and Monaco's Radamel Falcao is one of the names still being linked with a move to Anfield.
Rob Draper of the Daily Mail reports that the Reds want to sign the Colombian, though the move could be a year-long loan, with Liverpool taking on his wages of around £200,000 per week.
Falcao reportedly wants to move to Real Madrid, though that move would not be able to happen permanently until next summer, making a one-year loan elsewhere a possibility.
Manchester City: Bruno Zuculini
Manchester City appear to have done most of their incoming business, so the major news for them is a potential outgoing deal.
Marca reports (h/t talkSPORT) that Bruno Zuculini, who only signed this summer, could be set for a loan move to La Liga to play for Deportivo La Coruna this coming campaign.
With Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard, Fernandinho and Fernando all vying for central-midfield berths at the Etihad, Zuculini will have his work cut out to get any first-team action in east Manchester.
Manchester United: Mehdi Benatia
Manchester United remain in severe need of a new central defender to bolster their 3-5-2 system under Louis van Gaal.
Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express believes Mehdi Benatia to be their prime target, with a £24 million bid made to try and convince the player's team, AS Roma, to sell to them instead of Chelsea.
The report indicates that Manchester City had a £30 million bid for the player turned down earlier in the summer.
Neil Moxley of the Sunday People (h/t the Mirror) reports that Newcastle United still want to bring in one more striker and that Wolfsburg's Bas Dost is their main target.
With the Bundesliga club having signed Nicklas Bendtner, Dost could be free to move to the north east of England, states the report.
Newcastle opened their season with a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City and failed to register a single shot on target, per Squawka.
Queens Park Rangers: Mevlut Erding
QPR might have retained the services of Loic Remy, but they are still searching for another forward according to this week's rumours.
Saint-Etienne striker Mevlut Erding is their new target, with the player's agent telling Sky Sports that Rangers were hopeful of doing a deal.
At £7 million, he would represent a fairly low-cost deal for most Premier League teams, given the money spent elsewhere on forwards this summer.
Southampton: Ron Vlaar
Southampton are still likely to spend further this summer after a number of high-value departures.
Ronald Koeman has stated that he would like to sign Aston Villa central defender Ron Vlaar, according to Alex Richards of the Mirror, having managed the player previously at Feyenoord.
Vlaar is Villa's captain and Paul Lambert won't be keen to let him go.
Stoke City: Nathan Redmond
Stoke City were expected to make last season's loan signing Oussama Assaidi a permanent one this summer, but with that deal having "gone cold," Nathan Redmond is their new target, according to The Guardian.
The Norwich City winger has started this campaign in the Championship after his side were relegated last season, but after he impressed during 2013-14, it seems Premier League clubs would be happy to bring him straight back up.
Sunderland: Fabio Borini
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini spent last season on loan at Sunderland, and the Black Cats remain keen to bring him back on a permanent deal this term.
The Shields Gazette reports that boss Gus Poyet hopes to know more about the prospect of a deal in the coming days and still believes Borini can complete a move to the Stadium of Light, in a deal reported to be worth around £14 million.
Poyet also stated that they were hoping to do "a few" more deals.
Swansea City: Benjamin Stambouli
Swansea City are reportedly chasing after Montpellier's Benjamin Stambouli—and the French side's boss, Rolland Courbis, is none too complimentary about that.
The Sunday People writes (h/t the Mirror) that manager Rolland Courbis laughed at the Swans' interest, said that they were not as big a club as Montpellier and couldn't offer Stambouli the chance to progress his career.
A valuation of €15 million is quoted by Courbis—who says he doesn't want to sell anyway.
Tottenham Hotspur: Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin might have started the season in a Southampton shirt, but that hasn't dampened Tottenham's appetite to sign him this summer.
Steve Stammers of the Mirror reports that Spurs will make a third bid for the French midfielder, with Saints having already rejected two approaches from the London club.
Arsenal also remain interested if Schneiderlin becomes available for a move.
West Brom: Cristian Rodriguez
Cristian Rodriguez might have just won La Liga with Atletico Madrid, but all reports indicate that he will be leaving Atleti this summer.
The Sunday People reports (h/t the Mirror) that West Bromwich Albion want to bring him to the Premier League this summer, with Alan Irvine keen to add two wide players to his squad before the transfer window shuts.
Rodriguez is 28 years old and played at the World Cup for Uruguay this summer.
West Ham: Antonio Rudiger
West Ham United started their league campaign with a defeat at home to Spurs and are now targeting 21-year-old Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger to help beef up their squad.
Darren Lewis of the Mirror reports that West Ham face competition from Monaco and Chelsea to land Rudiger's signature.
West Ham have had an £8 million bid turned down already, while Monaco have seen a £12 million bid rejected, states the report.
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