EPL Transfer News: 5 Last-Minute Transfers That Could Happen Before the Deadline

Mick SmithContributor IIIAugust 31, 2011

EPL Transfer News: 5 Last-Minute Transfers That Could Happen Before the Deadline

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    It's transfer deadline day at last and clubs will stop at nothing to grab themselves a bargain or a quick fix to any team woes they may have suffered early in the season. The beautiful thing about the English Premier League is the hype and drama that seems to follow players from every team in the league.

    The Gary Cahill saga is nowhere near an end, Chelsea are trying to swoop in any potential deal for a midfielder and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp simply wants anyone as long as they're a bargain.

    With the transfer window open until 11 pm tonight, there's a few precious hours to get fees negotiated, contracts sorted and medicals past. Otherwise, it could be a very long four months until the transfer window pops back open again in January and players all have their prices booted up.

    So here are five deals in the making that could happen before the deadline tonight.

1. Marek Hamsik

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    The 24-year-old Slovakian-attacking midfielder from Serie A contenders Napoli was lethal for the his club last season, with 11 goals and six assists that helped fire his team to third in the league.

    With both Arsenal and Chelsea trying to cut a deal with the Italians, competition to pry Hamsik away from Napoli will be fierce and will be accompanied by an inflated price upwards of £20 million, but with Chelsea's aging midfield and Arsenal struggling to put out an experienced and competitive squad, both should look to open their wallets and snap up this asset to the team.

    With Marek Hamsik able to play on the wings or in his preferred role behind the striker, he could fit into either Arsenal or Chelsea's tactical set ups, and the chance to link up with players such as Didier Drogba or Robin van Persie should excite the player.

    But any deal for the young Slovak will be an expensive one, and with Arsene Wenger's stance on Arsenal finances it could leave Chelsea as forerunners to nap the skilled midfielder.

2. David N'Gog

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    Liverpool's rejected striker and one of the last few players that Kenny Dalglish is looking to shift out of his new look Liverpool. Priced at a cool £4 million he's become a big blip on the radar of Premier League mid-tabler's Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers.

    Both teams are looking for a youthful back-up for the squads and N'Gog is seen as the ideal and presumably cheapest option for both club's manager's.

    Whilst David N'Gog has struggled to win fans over at Liverpool, joining a smaller team compared to the Reds may relieve some of the pressure the young Frenchman faced and allow him the time to grow and reach his potential without the pressure of the fans and the spotlight of a big fee.

    With Liverpool wanting to sell, and Stoke and Bolton desperately seeking to bolster their squads for the remainder of the season, N'Gog could surely be making some round trips around the Northwest of England.

3. Raul Meireles

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    One of Liverpool's best players of last season and hailed as Roy Hodgson's only good buy, Raul Meireles however, could soon be on his way out as Kenny Dalglish looks adamant to get rid of every last trace of Hodgson at the Club.

    The main interested parties for Meireles's services are Chelsea and Arsenal yet again, with the Portuguese midfielder allowed to leave for around £17 million.

    With attacking instincts, creativity and flair, Meireles could be a cheaper option than Marek Hamsik to both the London clubs, but Liverpool's reluctance to sell the player to two rival clubs may compromise any potential deal.

    However, Chelsea are thought to be at the forefront of any deal for Meireles, with a cash-plus player deal being touted as a possibility, with Daniel Sturridge moving the other way to Liverpool.

4. Scott Dann

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    With Birmingham's relegation last season it was always inevitable that they'd lose key players from the squad. With Roger Johnson moving to Wolves Birmingham only have Scott Dann at the heart of their defence, but with several Premier League clubs still interested it might not be long before Birmingham lose one of their last stars.

    With Arsenal, Liverpool, Blackburn, QPR and Stoke all fighting for the signature of the 24-year-old central defender, Birmingham are asking for as little as £5 million for their scouse starlet which is an absolute bargain for a quality defender like Dann.

    With Arsenal's defensive woes and Blackburn fretting over the Chris Samba situation, either club could look to snatch up a quality defender on the cheap.

5. Niklas Bendtner

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    The Danish striker has been at Arsenal since he was 16 years old, but has never done enough to nail down a place in Arsenal's starting XI, as such the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has decided to allow the 23-year-old to leave.

    It's no secret that the young striker rates highly of himself and he reckons he's worth £12 million at least. Arsenal, it seems, are willing to settle and accept any offers that come in for the Dane.

    With only Stoke and QPR expressing any real interest in the striker, and Bendtner laughing both clubs off, it could be a long four months until January arrives for Niklas, unless he drastically lowers his opinion of himself.

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