Premier League transfer wants and needs: The big buys for this week

Whether they are chasing the title, a place in Europe next season or simply survival in the top flight, Premier League clubs have a week in which to make their bids

What are the signings that the teams hope will put them on the right track for the rest of the season

Manchester United

Main goal: Champions’ League qualification

What they need to secure it:  A new midfield and replacement for Patrice Evra. Juan Mata will add creativity and David Moyes is also targeting Yohan Cabaye, Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Patrick Herrmann, with a longer-term eye on Ilkay Gündogan of Borussia Dortmund. Enquiries have been made for Luke Shaw of Southampton; Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis is another option.

How badly do they need to buy: 10/10

Cardiff City

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Premier League quality, given how conspicuously they’ve been sliding. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been busy but it feels as if he needs much more than three former Molde players in Mats Moller Daehli, Jo Inge Berget and Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Stoke’s Kenwyne Jones is heading their way, with Cardiff also set to get Wilfried Zaha and Fabio da Silva on loan from Manchester United.

How badly do they need to buy: 9/10

West Ham United

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: A forward to back up Andy Carroll – Roma’s Marco Borriello was yesterday signed on loan until the end of the season, along with Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino. They need more.

How badly do they need to buy: 9/10

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Wilfried Saha of Manchester United U21

Fulham

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Defensive durability and youthful zest, given an ageing side is leaking goals. Leicester defender Liam Moore, Burnley striker Danny Ings and Porto’s Steven Defour are targets. A £4m bid has gone in for West Ham’s Ravel Morrison.

How badly do they need to buy: 8/10

 

Arsenal

Main goal: The title

What they need to secure it: A striker. Olivier Giroud needs back-up. Juventus’s Marko Vucinic and Rodrigo of Benfica are possibles, with contact made for Schalke’s Julian Draxler.

How badly do they need to buy: 8/10

Liverpool

Main goal: Champions’ League qualification

What they need to secure it: Luis Suarez to stay fit, and defensive protection to mitigate against any blip. With Lucas Leiva injured, it’s no surprise Liverpool have looked at Milan’s Nigel de Jong and Rubin Kazan’s Yann M’Vila.

How badly do they need to buy: 7/10

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Nigel De Jong of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AS Livorno and AC Milan

Crystal Palace

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: At least one Premier League-level centre-back, a striker and a midfielder. Tony Pulis has initiated moves for Will Buckley of Brighton and Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

How badly do they need to buy: 7/10

Aston Villa

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Experience at centre-half and midfield, and more goals. Paul Lambert has been frustrated in his pursuit of Wes Hoolahan, but is trailing Porto’s Steven Defour and Kyle Naughton of Tottenham Hotspur.

How badly do they need to buy: 7/10

West Bromwich

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: A striker, after the sale of Shane Long and likely suspension of Nicolas Anelka. The club’s recruitment department are currently surveying options.

How badly do they need to buy: 6/10

Swansea City

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Greater depth, as they are still in the Europa League. Currently in talks for Bolton’s David Ngog.

How badly do they need to buy: 6/10

Norwich City

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Goals, although Norwich spent a lot on three forwards in the summer. As such, Chris Hughton has attempted to solve issues further back. He hopes to add Danny Guthrie to on-loan Jonas Gutierrez.

How badly do they need to buy: 6/10

Stoke City

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Mark Hughes has admitted he wants to make a big signing, but looks to have been frustrated with Lee Cattermole. Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere an option up front.

How badly do they need to buy: 5/10

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Norwich City's Wesley Hoolahan

Chelsea

Main goal: The title

What they need to secure it: Most would say a striker, but Jose Mourinho has insisted the club’s January business is finished with Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah.

How badly do they need to buy: 5/10

Newcastle United

Main goal: Top-half finish

What they need to secure it: It depends on the future of Yohan Cabaye. Marseille’s Remy Cabella is a potential replacement while Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk De Jong could yet bolster the forward line.

How badly do they need to buy: 4/10

Hull City

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Attacking impetus but Steve Bruce has rectified that with Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long. Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari may yet arrive.

How badly do they need to buy: 4/10

Everton

Main goal: Champions’ League

What they need to secure it: With Monaco’s Lacina Traore in on loan and Aiden McGeady joining from Spartak Moscow, Roberto Martinez seems to have sufficiently bolstered his squad.

How badly do they need to buy: 4/10

Tottenham Hotspur

Main goal: Champions’ League

What they need to secure it: Clear direction. Due to the managerial change, Spurs’ situation is hard to call, but it seems Tim Sherwood will make do with the squad he has, despite reports players will be sold.

How badly do they need to buy: 4/10

Sunderland

Main goal: Survival

What they need to secure it: Cohesion. Gus Poyet has done his main business by bringing in Marcos Alonso and Santiago Vergini on loan.

How badly do they need to buy: 4/10

Southampton

Main goal: Top half

What they need to secure it: Stability. Southampton have had to deal with the departure of Nicola Cortese, but they will temporarily keep both Mauricio Pochettino and the squad together.

How badly do they need to buy: 3/10

Manchester City

Main goal: The title

What they need to secure it: The only weakness in personnel at the Etihad Stadium seems to be at centre-half, but the manager Manuel Pellegrini seems otherwise content.

How badly do they need to buy: 2/10

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