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Needed: A goalkeeper, a centre-half, a right-back if Lauren leaves.

Rumour has it: Robert Green (gk), Jussi Jaaskelainen (gk), Carlo Cudicini (gk), Shay Given (gk), Mark Schwarzer (gk), Edwin van der Sar (gk), Javier Mascherano (m, River Plate), Shaun Wright-Phillips (m).

Rumoured out: Edu and Lauren.

Any cash?: Can usually find it if necessary, although new stadium is a drain.

Prediction: Edu to leave and Wenger to replace in midfield.

Aston Villa

Needed: A creative central midfielder, a striker, a centre-half.

Rumour has it: Dean Ashton (f, Crewe), Robbie Keane (f), Steed Malbranque (m), Jermaine Pennant (m), Amdy Faye (m), Zat Knight (d), Stuart Nelson (gk, Brentford), Michael Dawson (d, Nottm Forest), Gary Kelly (d, Leeds), Scott Carson (gk, Leeds).

Any cash?: £5m.

Prediction: Faye to join from Portsmouth.

Birmingham City:

Needed: A striker, a midfielder if Robbie Savage leaves.

Rumour has it: Robbie Blake (f, Burnley, pending completion), Paul Dickov (f), Dean Ashton (f), Robbie Keane (f), Mohammed Kallon (f, Monaco).

Rumoured out: Robbie Savage.

Any cash?: £6m.

Prediction: Attempt to prise Dickov from Blackburn as part of an exchange for Savage.

Blackburn Rovers

Needed: A striker, a midfielder, defenders.

Rumour has it: Robbie Savage (m), Ryan Nelsen (d, DC United), Aaron Mokoena (d, Racing Genk, agreed), Thomas Linke (d, Bayern Munich), Abel Xavier (d, out of contract).

Rumoured out: Brad Friedel.

Any cash?: £3m maximum.

Prediction: A striker from the Championship, or Savage.

Bolton Wanderers

Needed: A striker, goalkeeping cover (or replacement) for Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Rumour has it: Dimitri Bulykin (f, Dynamo Moscow), Thomas Richter (gk, SV Elversberg), Ryan Giggs (m), Yossi Benayoun (m, Racing Santander).

Rumoured out: Jaaskelainen.

Any cash?: Limited for fees, available for wages.

Prediction: Bulykin to move from Russia.

Charlton Athletic

Needed: Alan Curbishley wants at least two players, a striker and a midfielder.

Rumour has it: Lisandro Lopez (f, Racing Club), Maxi Lopez (f, River Plate), Mark Iuliano (d, Juventus), Jason Koumas (m, West Brom).

Rumoured out: Jason Euell.

Any cash?: £3m, plus any sales receipts.

Prediction: A South American striker arrives at The Valley.


Needed: A striker to replace Adrian Mutu.

Rumour has it: Joaquin (m, Real Betis), Jermain Defoe (f), Shaun Wright-Phillips (m), Steven Gerrard (m), Scott Carson (gk, Leeds).

Rumoured out: Joe Cole.

Any cash?: Are you having a laugh?

Prediction: A bid for Defoe.

Crystal Palace

Needed: A striker, midfield cover, and possibly a left-back.

Rumour has it: Bobby Zamora (f, West Ham), Dimitri Bulykin (f), Dean Ashton (f), Heidar Helguson (f, Watford), Emmanuel Petit (m, free agent), Jason Euell (f), Eyal Berkovic (m).

Rumoured out: Sandor Torghelle, Wayne Routledge, Andy Johnson.

Any cash?: None unless they sell.

Prediction: Petit considers a third London club.


Needed: A striker, which they now have in the form of James Beattie. Maybe a midfielder.

Rumour has it: James Beattie (f, confirmed), Dean Ashton (f), Jermaine Pennant (m), Andy Johnson (f), Robbie Keane (f), Owen Hargreaves (m), Dimitri Bulykin (f), Robbie Savage (m).

Any cash?: £6m spent on Beattie, but probably have £4m or £5m more.

Prediction: Will bid for Savage.


Needed: A striker, a replacement goalkeeper if Van der Sar leaves.

Rumour has it: Diego Milito (f, Genoa), Demitrios Konstantopoulos (gk, Hartlepool), Kasey Keller (gk), Jason Koumas (m), Joseph-Desire Job (f), Yossi Benayoun (m, Racing Santander), Ricardo Baptista (gk, Vitoria Setubal).

Any cash?: £3m, plus any sales receipts.

Prediction: Baptista arrives to replace departing Van der Sar.


Needed :A striker or two, a centre-half, possibly a goalkeeper.

Rumour has it: Fernando Morientes (f, Real Madrid), Nicolas Anelka (f), Andy Johnson (f), Dimitar Berbatov (f, Bayer Leverkusen), Miguel Mista (f, Valencia), Yossi Benayoun (m, Racing Santander).

Any cash?: £5.5m.

Prediction: Morientes arrives, after some wrangling.

Manchester City

Needed: A striker (or two if Anelka leaves), centre-half.

Rumour has it: Dean Ashton (f), Lars Ricken (m, Borussia Dortmund).

Rumoured out: Anelka, Wright-Phillips.

Any cash?: None, unless they sell.

Prediction: Anelka to go, Keegan to follow (via moral high ground).

Manchester United

Needed: Goalkeeper, a midfielder.

Rumour has it: Shay Given (gk), Jussi Jaaskelainen (gk), Carlos Kameni (gk, Espanyol), Edwin van der Sar (gk), Owen Hargreaves (m), Emre (m, Internazionale).

Any cash?: Apparently none unless they sell, maybe John O'Shea.

Prediction: Roy Carroll signs new deal, averting need for new keeper.


Needed: Left-back.

Rumour has it: Kevin McNaughton (d, Aberdeen), Giuseppe Pancaro (d, Milan), Olivier Bernard (d), Thomas Linke (d, Bayern Munich), Sammy Kuffour (d, Bayern Munich).

Any cash?: As necessary if Steve McClaren convinces chairman Steve Gibson of the necessity.

Prediction: A European defender.

Newcastle United:

Needed: Babayaro and Boumsong address glaring defensive needs. May look for a midfielder, a striker - and a goalkeeper if Given leaves.

Rumour has it: Fernando Morientes (f), John O'Shea (d), Richard Dunne (d), Robert Huth (d), Matthew Upson (d), Michael Dawson (d), Cicero (f, Sporting Braga), Barry Ferguson (m).

Rumoured out :Given, Kieron Dyer, Laurent Robert, Bramble.

Any cash?: £13m, plus sales receipts.

Prediction: Bids for Barry Ferguson and assorted foreign strikers.

Norwich City

Needed: A defender, a striker.

Rumour has it: Pal Dardai (m, Hertha Berlin), Titus Bramble (d), Marlon Harewood (f, West Ham).

Any cash?: £1.5m.

Prediction: A gamble on a Championship striker.


Needed: A defender, replacements for any departing midfielders.

Rumour has it: Velimir Zajec has said he might buy a defender. Paraguay's Angel Martinez could be signed now but may arrive in the summer.

Rumoured out: Eyal Berkovic, Amdy Faye, Harald Wapenaar.

Any cash?: Very little.

Prediction: A low-profile defender.


Needed: A striker to replace Beattie, defenders plus a midfield enforcer.

Rumour has it: Abel Xavier (d, free agent), Alex Nyarko (m, free agent), Stephane Henchoz (d), Igor Biscan (m), Mido (f, Roma), Shola Ameobi (f), Joe Cole (m, loan), Eyal Berkovic (m), Nathan Ellington (f, Wigan), Les Ferdinand (f, free agent).

Any cash?: Up to £6m.

Prediction: Central defender and midfielders to arrive.

Tottenham Hotspur

Needed: Wide players.

Rumour has it: Joe Cole (m), Wayne Routledge (m), Marek Jankulovski (m, Udinese), Thomas Buffel (f, Feyenoord), Steed Malbranque (m), Christian Wilhelmsson (m, Anderlecht).

Any cash?: Around £10m.

Prediction: A midfielder from a London club.

West Bromwich Albion

Needed: Every position is weak.

Rumour has it: Matias Almeyda (d, confirmed), Igor Tudor (d, Juventus), Julio Cruz (f, Internazionale), Martin Djetou (d/m, free agent), Juninho (m, Celtic), Scott Carson (gk, Leeds)

Any cash?: £3m maximum unless they sell, perhaps Jason Koumas.

Prediction: A handful of players in, including Almeyda, most on frees.