EPL Transfer Rumours: Bendtner, Ceballos, Gabbidon, O'Hara and Tevez
A stunning end to a breathtaking season saw Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur finish with victories to clinch third and fifth places, respectively, while it was unlucky Birmingham City and Blackpool who joined West Ham United in the final relegation spots.
And it seems that no sooner has the regular season in England ended than clubs are reportedly signing players left, right and centre for next year.
For these are the days where a seven-week holiday means just that for some players, but for others and most chairmen and managers, there is often no respite as agents circle like vultures trying to promote their players as the best thing since sliced bread—the next Lionel Messi.
Today, there are reports of one departure and one arrival at White Hart Lane and three unhappy Premier League footballers looking to make a swift exit from their current circumstances.
As always, feel free to share any stories you have come across regarding your club or others.
There is much confusion surrounding Golden Boot winner Carlos Tevez's future.
If you ignore the colour of the scarf with which Manchester City talisman Carlos Tevez is clutching the F.A. Cup in the above photo, you could be forgiven for concurring with Roberto Mancini's positive reiterance of his Argentinian captain's commitment to the Eastlands team.
''I think he will stay next season. It's a five-year contract. Simple'', said the City manager after watching his team dispatch Bolton yesterday.
Nevertheless, The Sunday Telegraph stated that Tevez would fly to Buenos Aires today to see his family, despite his club's insistence that he join his team-mates to celebrate their F.A. Cup victory.
Erroneous. Tevez was there, holding the trophy aloft looking like the cat that got the cream and making the newspaper's sources look like clots.
The plot thickens.
Tottenham Hotspur's former England Under-21 midfielder Jamie O'Hara has laid bare his intentions to Wolves fans on the club's official website, stating that he wishes to remain at the club where he has impressed on loan.
Just as at Portsmouth last year, the left-footer seems to have revelled in the pressures of playing each week for a team staving off the threat of a potentially catastrophic relegation to the Championship.
At the weekend, O'Hara scored a vital first goal for Mick McCarthy's men at Blackburn and the team fought back to secure their top-flight status for another year despite a 3-2 reversal.
Now O'Hara has spoken of his desire to leave Spurs, where he has never had a chance of regular first-team football, stating: ''There's a deal on the table and Wolves need to say they want me. A fee has been agreed with Tottenham but the deal has got to be done within a week''.
West Ham United defender Danny Gabbidon will mull over the offer of a new contract during the next week, according to SKYSports.com.
The 31 year-old has made 27 league appearances this season but his contract expires this summer, meaning that he can leave on a free transfer if another Premier League can afford his wages and fancies taking the full-back away from the Hammers.
As a committed player with pace and some skill, he could be a target for some of the teams with a smaller transfer budget looking to add competitive bodies and different options to their squads.
But Gabbidon's no-frills football seems to have impressed West Ham's staff enough to open talks with the Welshman's representatives in the coming days as the clubs looks to mould a lower-budget squad which still has the ability to compete at a high level.
ESPN Soccer reports today that Spurs have made their first signing of the summer.
Rated as a highly skillful attacking midfield player, 26 year-old Cristian Ceballos had a trial earlier this year with Chelsea after falling out of favour with FC Barcelona, where he has been training for several years.
Despite reports that he impressed Stamford Bridge scouts during his two-week visit, which included sessions with the first-team, it seems that Spurs have outwitted the Blues to sign the Catalan team's U17s captain.
A source has suggested that Ceballos is good enough to make an impression on the first team before the end of 2012, saying he is ''a proper player, potentially one of the greats if he develops as people think he might''.
Although bringing such a young man to a different country, culture and style of football is a huge risk, the reward could be significant for the London club, especially in light of their difficulty keeping hold of prominent midfield duo Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
''Nicklas is 100 per cent open now to a change of clubs'', Thomas Bendtner told The Daily Mirror in an interview yesterday.
The father of the Arsenal forward has suggested that Bayern Munich has showed an interest in acquiring the services of the 23 year-old who has 22 goals in 98 matches for the Gunners since joining in 2005.
''He has made his decision and told it to Arsenal...there is real interest from both English and German clubs'', Bendtner Sr. continued.
Arsenal fans would welcome the departure of the tall goalscorer who has struggled to make progress in the past few months with the arrival of Maourane Chamakh and the surge of fit-again Robin Van Persie yet retains a significant transfer value which coach Arsene Wenger could use towards funding a move for a centre-back such as Blackburn's Christopher Samba.