Hottest Transfer Rumour for Every Premier League Club for Week of August 18-24
Moving toward the last week of the summer transfer window, plenty of rumours continue to surround the biggest clubs in the Premier League as they put the final touches on their squads.
We've rounded up the biggest rumour for every top-flight club in England, featuring a number of deals that look set to go ahead in the coming days—including that of Mario Balotelli to Liverpool.
After two rounds of league matches, managers will now have an idea of where they might be lacking in certain areas and be hoping to do another deal that could make a difference as the season goes on.
Arsenal: Lukas Podolski
Arsenal's current big rumour is over a potential outgoing transfer—that of forward Lukas Podolski.
Joe Short of the Express reports that Juventus want the German international to sign on loan for the season, with a view to a permanent deal.
The report also mentions Italian outlet Tuttosport noting that new Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri wants Podolski to play on the left side of the front line in a 4-3-3.
Aston Villa: Wilson Palacios
The Stoke Sentinel cites Honduran media as noting that Stoke City are close to offloading Wilson Palacios to Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
Villa added midfielder Carlos Sanchez to their ranks last week but would likely add further experience and power there if possible. Palacios, however, is said to have failed a medical ahead of a move to Qatar earlier in the summer.
He has not been a regular performer for Stoke and struggled in the top flight since leaving Wigan for Spurs in 2009.
Burnley: Lewis McGugan
Burnley have found it tough going at the start of their Premier League campaign and need further recruits, but they are still looking in the Championship for new signings.
Watford's Lewis McGugan is the latest target, per Sky Sports, with the midfielder being targeted by a number of top-flight clubs.
McGugan has only been at Watford for one season and scored 11 times last year.
Chelsea: Petr Cech
It was always likely that whichever goalkeeper Chelsea opted to start the new season with, the other would be linked with a move away.
Thus it proves to be the case: Thibaut Courtois is the new No. 1 and Petr Cech is now marginalised, with a rumoured loan move to France on the cards.
The Express reports that PSG and Monaco are both options for Cech, as long as Chelsea can recall him at any moment should Courtois be unavailable.
Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace have no fixed manager in place, but caretaker Keith Millen has said the side need to strengthen, according to Gary Jones of the Daily Star—who suggests Wilfried Zaha is a target for Palace.
Zaha is, of course, a former Palace player and has not yet made an impact at United, spending the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City.
Everton: Samuel Eto'o
Paul Joyce of the Express states that Everton are in for another forward, with former Chelsea man Samuel Eto'o one of those at the top of their want list.
Eto'o is available on a free transfer having left the Stamford Bridge club this summer, and Martinez is quoted as saying he is looking at all available options.
Manchester United's Danny Welbeck is named as another target.
Hull City: Jordan Rhodes
Hull City have already been turned down twice for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes, but they are set to go back in with a £12 million bid to try and seal the deal for the forward this week.
Alan Nixon of Mirror Football also reports that Hull boss Steve Bruce is willing to offer one of his players in part exchange—none other than his own son, Alex Bruce.
Hull recently sold striker Shane Long to Southampton for a similar amount.
Leicester City: Esteban Cambiasso
Leicester City have been trying to add experience and quality to their squad in the shape of former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso.
However, Goal.com's William Joyce reports that the Argentine midfielder opted against joining the Premier League side after his terms were not met.
Other English top-flight clubs are now ready to offer him a deal, states the report.
Liverpool: Mario Balotelli
Liverpool look set to make a big addition to their front line with the signing of Mario Balotelli.
Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo reports that the AC Milan striker is ready to sign a £16 million deal, having completed a medical at the club on Friday evening.
As a result of the impending move, Liverpool will no longer move for Samuel Eto'o, states the report.
Manchester City: Angel Di Maria
City?! That's right—Manchester City are rumoured to be interested in beating their rivals to the signature of Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria.
Duncan Castles of The Times reports that City will offer competition to Manchester United for the £60 million-plus signing, though they have had to ask Di Maria's representatives to delay his decision on where to move.
Part of City's problem is financial, but they also have the consideration of having a reduced squad for the Champions League this season.
Manchester United: Angel Di Maria
Manchester City interest aside, Manchester United still look huge favourites to capture Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.
David McDonnell of the Mirror reports that almost £64 million will be spent on the midfielder and that he will be given a five-year deal worth £190,000 per week.
United still have further targets to attend to this summer, but Di Maria would be the marquee signing for the Red Devils in their rebuilding process.
Newcastle United: Cheick Tiote
Lee Ryder of the Chronicle reports that Newcastle United have sides interested in their combative central midfielder, Cheick Tiote.
Lokomotiv Moscow are reported to have had an opening bid of £4 million turned down, with the Magpies wanting at least double to tempt them to sell.
Manager Alan Pardew is quoted as still looking to make incoming signings, too.
Queens Park Rangers: Alex McCarthy
John Cross of the Mirror reports that QPR are ready to make a £6 million move for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
QPR are bottom of the table after two games, having conceded five goals and not scoring any, and manager Harry Redknapp looks set to make a new stopper a priority, perhaps in part due to these early games.
McCarthy is rated as one of the best goalkeepers outside the Premier League.
Southampton: Andros Townsend
Southampton still have money to spend after a summer of big sales and Andros Townsend might be the next to arrive on the south coast.
ESPNFC reports that Saints have made an official bid of around £12 million for the Spurs winger.
The England winger enjoyed a good start to last season but soon lost his place, his form and his fitness, and the return to the first team of Erik Lamela looks set to curtail regular game time for Townsend at Tottenham.
Stoke City: Brek Shea
Stoke City are looking for a Europe-based loan option for American winger Brek Shea, reports MLSSoccer.com.
Shea hasn't made a big impact at Stoke during his time in Stoke, but the Premier League club rejected a loan with permanent-buy option offer for the player this summer.
Sunderland: Salomon Kalou
Sunderland are in the market for a forward as their move for Liverpool's Fabio Borini continues to stall.
Sunderland Echo reports that the new target is Lille forward Salomon Kalou, with a £4 million move mooted.
The Black Cats face competition from Wolfsburg for Kalou's signature, though manager Gus Poyet's concern appeared to be a leak regarding transfer targets, according to the report.
Swansea City: Modou Barrow
Modou Barrow is Swansea City's likely signing of the week, reports Yahoo.com, via Ostersunds-Posten paper in Sweden.
The young Swedish striker is ready to sign after a medical and a trial at the club, in a deal costing around £1.75 million. He has been playing for Ostersunds in the second tier in Sweden.
Tottenham Hotspur: Michael Dawson
Tottenham's current move is a likely outgoing one, with centre-back Michael Dawson looking close to a transfer to Hull City.
He has been linked with a move away for most of the summer and now appears to be heading to Hull.
West Bromwich Albion: Amauri
TalkSPORT reports that West Bromwich Albion may be in the market for Parma forward Amauri.
Udinese were supposedly set to sign the 34-year-old, but Amauri's agent has stated that no offer has been received.
The report indicates that West Brom may therefore be interested in the player—despite the recent addition of Georgios Samaras to the squad.
West Ham United: Mohamed Diame
West Ham United could be set to lose midfielder Mohamed Diame to Everton for £3.5 million.
The versatile Senegalese international has seen his release clause met, reports Greg Stobart of Goal.com, leaving the midfielder free to discuss terms and seal a move to the Merseyside club this week.
Talks over personal terms have not been entirely smooth, but the move is still expected to go ahead.