As we enter the final few days of the summer transfer window, here are some of the names that I expect will be on the move across the top two divisions and others who I think would be good signings.
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Gareth Bale and Spurs have dominated this transfer window, although the Madrid saga seems to be drawing to a close. Tottenham seemed to have tied up a replacement in the form of Anzhi midfielder Willian, but he seems to be finalising a move to Chelsea. Expect to see Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches, and possibly a few others enter the doors of White Hart Lane over the next week or so.
Manchester United and Arsenal have both failed in securing a ‘marquee’ signing. For Manchester United, this is less of an issue, as they are not short of top class cover in any position. The possible acquisitions of Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and possibly Juan Mata as a makeweight for a Wayne Rooney transfer to Chelsea may well reposition them as favourites for the title.
Arsenal however, are struggling. They have a squad ravaged with injury and although funds are available, the don’t have a David Dean figure to secure signings. Personally, I cannot see either Karim Benzema or Angel Di Maria joining the fold, and with veteran former Gunners midfielder Mathieu Flamini likely to sign, Arsenal fans should rightly be angry at the lack of ambition shown.
Expect one or two more signings at Anfield as well. Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen his midfield, and is one of the many managers who missed out on Willian. After Sebastian Coates has also been confirmed as a long term injury absentee, his back four options are looking light. With a few quality signings from Rodgers, I expect them to challenge for the top 5.
Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Hull and Newcastle will all want to strengthen their attacking options before the end of the window. They all looked light in the opening games of the season and will want to add something else going forward. Bafetimbi Gomis seems to have fallen out of Joe Kinnear’s clumsy grasp, while Jason Puncheon has joined Palace on a season long loan. Expect a journeyman striker at a promoted club near you.
Christian Eriksen, Mathieu Valbuena, Tom Ince, and Yoann Gourcuff would all be great signings for teams in the top half. The most exciting signing of the summer for me is Dani Osvaldo to Southampton. He has amazing potential and if Pochettino can tone down his fiery character, he could be a positive influence on the Premier League.
My wildcard signing of the window would be Kaka. After a frosty reception at the Santiago Bernabeu at Raul’s farewell game, he could be set for a move away. A statement of intent from Arsenal or United perhaps?
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QPR look set to take their Transfer dealings right down to the wire. Still in the hunt for Jermaine Defoe, they look to strengthen across the park. The signing of Matty Phillips from Blackpool shows their draw to players in the Championship. Expect young striker Tom Hitchcock to be loaned out. Anyway, how could a transfer window be complete without a car window interview with Harry Redknapp.
Reading look to add two new names to their squad. It looks as if one of them will be Mladen Petric, who I mentioned in my previous article. Joseph Akpala has also been training with the Royals, although Nigel Adkins remains tight-lipped on whether or not they will be signing him.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has Stated that he wants to strengthen his attacking options. After failed bids for Danny Ings, Tokelo Rantie (who has also attracted interest from Middlesborough) and Terrence Boyd, Howe may have turned his attention to Nouha Dicko.
I would expect Billy Sharp to sign for a Championship club at some point, as well as Man United starlet Nick Powell on loan. Wolves players Kevin Doyle and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake are also expected to make the step up. Norwich defender Daniel Ayala may well drop down to find first team football.
My wildcard for this division is Carlton Cole. Still without a club after being released by West Ham, his experience and goalscoring ability good help out an ambitious Championship side. He could also benefit from a step down a division.