Summer sales: What your club needs to look the part this season

After the lull of the World Cup, the Premier League transfer merry-go-round is beginning to reach top speed. Samuel Green on what to expect before the deadline on 31 August
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Key: f = free, r = released, und = undisclosed, l = loan


In Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, f), Laurent Koscielny (Lorient, £10m), Kyle Ebecilio (Feyenoord, f), Phil Roberts (Norwich City, f)

Out Luke Ayling (Yeovil, f), Sam Byles (r), Sol Campbell (r) Francis Coquelin (Lorient, l), James Dunn (r), Luke Freeman (Yeovil Town, l), William Gallas (r), Fran Merida (Atlético Madrid, f), Rhema Obed (r), Philippe Senderos (Fulham, f), Alie Sesay (Leicester City, f), Mikaël Silvestre (r).

Who's needed The capture of Koscielny cannot make up for losing four first-team defenders so expect Arsène Wenger to move for another big-money centre-half. Also a goalkeeper is needed – Mark Schwarzer's move has been delayed while Fulham appoint a new manager. Retaining Cesc Fabregas is vital.

Who's not Wenger has already cleared out most of the dead wood, and Eduardo is as good as gone.

Budget At least £30m, and a lot more if Fabregas does eventually leave.

Aston Villa

In None

Out David Bevan (Walsall, f), Wilfred Bouma (r), Marlon Harewood (r), Andy Marshall (r), Stephen O'Halloran (Coventry, f)

Who's needed A replacement for James Milner will be Martin O'Neill's main priority if the midfielder leaves for Manchester City – there is talk of Stephen Ireland and maybe Nedum Onuoha moving in the opposite direction in part-exchange. O'Neill also has his eye on Spurs' Robbie Keane.

Who's not Steve Sidwell could be on his way to Fulham, and Nigel Reo-Coker, Nicky Shorey and Curtis Davies gave the term "squad player" a bad name last season, but Villa's roster is not the largest.

Budget Randy Lerner is set to invest around £18m this summer, but expect more if Milner is sold.

Birmingham City

In Ben Foster (Man Utd, £6m), Enric Valles (NAC Breda, f), Nikola Zigic (Valencia, £6m)

Out Christian Benitez (Santos Laguna, end of l) Lee Carsley (r), Artur Krysiak (Exeter, f), Gary McSheffrey (Coventry, f), Franck Queudrue (r), Teemu Tainio (Sunderland, end of l) Grégory Vignal (r), Jared Wilson (r)

Who's needed Despite a resolute defence last season, the Blues struggled to score goals. The signing of 6ft 10in Croat Nikola Zigic may offer a solution. AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele is also a target.

Who's not The bloodshed appears complete with eight players leaving. With owner Carston Yeung lining the club's coffers there is no urgency to generate funds so Alex McLeish can keep largely who he wants.

Budget Hong Kong businessman Yeung released an initial £15m in funds but if the right players become available, McLeish could see more.

Blackburn Rovers

In Hugo Fernandez (Union Deportivo Cornella, nominal fee)

Out Jordan Bowen (r), Michael Hall (Accrington Stanley, f), Andrew Haworth (Bury, f), Marcus Marshall (Rotherham, f), Steven Reid (West Bromwich, f), Josh Swann (r)

Who's needed Sam Allardyce has tried his tested tactic of luring world-class players in the twilight of their careers, but will miss out on the Real Madrid veterans Raul and Guti. A goalscorer is top of his wish list after loan signing Franco Di Santo's return to Chelsea, while the Iran defender Andranik Teymourian is on trial.

Who's not Jason Roberts had a troublesome season last year and could be forced out of Ewood Park to make room for another forward.

Budget Allardyce is likely to use Blackburn's entire estimated £6m budget to solve the goalscoring problem so further signings will have to be as a result of wheeling and dealing.


In Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa, f)

Out Al Bangura (r), Hameur Bouazza (r), Ben Burgess (Notts County, f), Joe Martin (r), Stephen McPhee (retired), Danny Mitchley (r), Daniel Nardiello (r)

Who's needed Premier League experience could be the key so Ian Holloway will turn to older heads to strengthen his squad, though he has stressed his Championship play-off winners will be given the chance in the top flight. Rob Hulse and Francis Jeffers may bolster the forward line and D J Campbell should make his loan move from Leicester permanent.

Who's not Holloway released six players who he thinks would not cut it in the Premier League.

Budget Holloway only has a little over £5m to complete mission improbable and secure Premier League survival.

Bolton Wanderers

In Robbie Blake (Burnley, f), Martin Petrov (Man City, f)

Out Zoltan Harsanyin (r), Stuart McDonald (r), Chris Stokes (r), Ricardo Vaz Te (r)

Who's needed Jack Wilshire impressed on loan from Arsenal last season, and Owen Coyle will aim to secure him for another year. Coyle favours attractive football but may need to bring in some brute force to add presence to his team. Free agent Paul Scharner has been linked.

Who's not This is Coyle's first summer at the Reebok, so expect fringe players to be moved on as he looks to stamp his mark on the team. None of his key men are expected to be sold.

Budget Finances are tight and Coyle must rely on free transfers and cut-price bids. The club may just be able to stretch to £5m to cover fees for prospective loan signings.


In Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic, £2.7m), Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool, £5.5 m), Tomas Kalas (Sigma Olomouc, £5m)

Out Juliano Belletti (Fluminense, f), Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen, f), Joe Cole (Liverpool, f), Deco (Fluminense, f), Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Peterborough, f), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce, £4.9m), Rhys Taylor (Carlisle, l), Tomas Kalas (Sigma Olomouc, l)

Who's needed Carlo Ancelotti is blessed with one of the strongest starting XIs in the world but after losing a number of squad players, the Blues may see a few fresh faces in their midfield next season. Bremen's Mesut Ozil has been linked, as has Napoli's Marek Hamsik – but the latter may be overpriced at £25m.

Who's not Fernando Torres, according to Ancelotti. A replacement for Ashley Cole is unnecessary because the coach insists he won't be leaving.

Budget Roman Abramovich is investing a much more conservative budget than usual with this year's funds being an estimated £25m. However, if Ashley Cole is sold to Real Madrid some of the transfer fee could be reinvested in Portugal's Fabio Coentrao.


In Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United, f), Magaye Gueye (Strasbourg, £900,000), Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw, f), Joao Silva (Desportivo Aves, £500,000)

Out John Ruddy (Norwich City, und), Dan Gosling (Newcastle, f), Carlo Nash (r)

Who's needed Mikel Arteta is the player they need to keep. As usual, the purse strings are tight at Goodison and any signings will have to result in smart business by David Moyes. Another forward may be needed as Landon Donovan will not be joining and there are constant question marks over the long-term fitness of Yakubu and Louis Saha.

Who's not James Vaughan may have received his last chance after injury has blighted the 22-year-old's career, but a loan move away could give Moyes a reminder of his potential.

Budget Moyes has apparently managed to secure £10m to help attempt a return to Europe.


In Jonathan Greening (West Bromwich, f), Philippe Senderos (Arsenal, f)

Out Chris Buchtmann (FC Cologne, und), Wayne Brown (Bristol Rovers, f), Wesley Forderingham (r), Toni Kallio (r), Luca Moscatiello (r), Erik Nevland (Viking, f), Elliott Omozusi (Leyton Orient, f), King Osei-Gyan (r), Dan Owusu (r), Stefan Payne (Gillingham, f), Michael Uwezu (r), Chris Smalling (Manchester United, £10m), Andranik Teymourian (r)

Who's needed It very much depends on who they can hang on to. Key players like Mark Schwarzer, Paul Konchesky, Brede Hangeland and Clint Dempsey have been linked with moves and it will be tough to replace them with players of similar quality. Martin Jol or not, Roy Hodgson's replacement needs a European football contacts book.

Who's not The new Fulham manager will want to retain as many players as possible from the squad that played so creditably last season.

Budget Owner Mohamed al-Fayed has been forced to make £8m available to Hodgson's replacement in an attempt to match the club's arguable overperformance of last season.


In Joe Cole (Chelsea, f), Jonjo Shevley (Charlton, £1.7m), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liège, f), Danny Wilson (Rangers, £5m)

Out Fabio Aurelio (r), Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea, £5m), Francisco Duran (r), James Ellison (Burton Albion, f), David Martin (Milton Keynes Dons, f), Christopher Oldfield (r), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao, und), Robbie Threlfall (Bradford City, f)

Who's needed A left-back is essential after losing two this summer, a forward to lighten the goalscoring load on Fernando Torres' shoulders is important, and a replacement for Javier Mascherano looks increasingly necessary. Brede Hangeland could be the man to add much-needed aerial dominance to the back line.

Who's not Emiliano Insua is about to join Fiorentina for £5m, and other Rafa Benitez signings who failed to impress may also fear for their futures, including Damien Plessis, Nabil El Zhar and Philipp Degen.

Budget Liverpool's much-disliked American owners have made only a reported £15m available for players while they search for a new buyer. However, the potential sale of Mascherano could give Hodgson extra funds.

Manchester City

In Jerome Boateng (Hamburg, £11m), Alex Henshall (Swindon Town, £250,000), Albert Rusnak (MFK Kosice, und), David Silva (Valencia, £24m), Yaya Touré (Barcelona, £28m)

Out David Ball (Swindon Town, l), Valeri Bojinov (Parma, £4.25m), Tobias Johansen (Kongsvinger, f), Robert Mak (Nüremburg, und), Paul Marshall (Walsall, f), Filip Mentel (Dundee United, f), Andrew Mitchell (Rangers, f), Karl Moore (r), Benjani Mwaruwari (r), Martin Petrov (Bolton, f), Jack Redshaw (Rochdale, f), Sylvinho (r)

Who's needed Roberto Mancini will not rest until he has a squad capable of winning the league. The Italian desires another forward, and a deal could soon be struck for Internazionale's Mario Balotelli. James Milner is another long-term target who is likely to join after a fee is negotiated with Aston Villa.

Who's not Craig Bellamy, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Johnson, Nedum Onuoha, Javier Garrido, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz and Felipe Caicedo could all be shown the door.

Budget Manchester City are set to top the Premier League spending tables with a blank cheque made available to manager Mancini. More big names are likely to follow so expect them to spend in the region of £100 to £150m.

Manchester United

In Javier Hernandez (Chivas Guadalajara, £7m), Chris Smalling (Fulham, £10m)

Out Daniel Drinkwater (Cardiff City, l), Ben Foster (Birmingham, £6m), Tom Heaton (Cardiff, f), Matthew James (Preston, l), Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow, £8m)

Who's needed Speculation is rife that Nemanja Vidic is unsettled, and with doubts over Rio Ferdinand's fitness, the Serb's departure would leave a massive void in Sir Alex Ferguson's defence. A front-line goalscorer, reliable right-back and a fit defensive midfielder are required.

Who's not Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday revealed he is "comfortable" with his squad, which suggests nobody is set to leave. Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda could be sought-after loan signings.

Budget United's owners may be embroiled in financial turmoil but Ferguson has a rumoured £90m in reserve, giving him clout if the right player becomes available.

Newcastle United

In Dan Gosling (Everton, f), James Perch (Nottingham Forest, £1.5m)

Out Nicky Butt (r), Max Johnson (Inverness, f), Fabrice Pancrate (r)

Who's needed Manager Chris Hughton insists the club will not return to their old ways of extravagant signings but Newcastle may need more strength in depth. Dan Gosling will add energy to their midfield and Sol Campbell would add wisdom in defence, the former England defender's signing is expected.

Who's not Spanish flop Xisco looked set to leave but Hughton has insisted he may still have a future as he looks to keep the majority of his promotion-winning squad together.

Budget Newcastle could face financial difficulty this summer as owner Mike Ashley continues to fail in finding a buyer for the club. With only £8m available to Hughton, fans could be in for a tough season.

Stoke City

In Florent Cuvelier (Portsmouth, und)

Out Diego Arismendi (Barnsley, l), Amdy Faye (r), Andy Griffin (Reading, nominal fee), Steve Simonsen (Sheffield United, f), Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth, l), Nathaniel Wedderburn (Northampton, f)

Who's needed Tony Pulis is searching for a pacy striker with power, and has been linked with Nigerian World Cup star Victor Obinna and West Ham's Carlton Cole. Another steely midfielder wouldn't go a miss at the Britannia Stadium if they are to continue to punch above their weight in the Premier League.

Who's not James Beattie and Dave Kitson were both left at home while Stoke went away on a pre-season tour of Austria which is likely to signal the end of their stay at the club.

Budget Chairman Peter Coates has promised to stretch their budget to around £15m in order to attract the kind of signings which could move the club on to the next level.


In Simon Mignolet (Sint-Truidense, und), Christian Riveros (Cruz Azul, £10m), Ahmed al-Muhammadi (ENPPI, l)

Out Daryl Murphy (Celtic, £1.5m), Conor Hourihane (Ipswich, und), Jamuie Chandler (Darlington, f), Lorik Cana (Galatasaray, £5m), Roy O'Donovan (Coventry City, f)

Who's needed Central midfield cover for their captain Lorik Cana, who has departed for Galatasaray. John Mensah was an imposing figure at the back last season but the Ghana captain has returned to parent club Lyons, so a replacement centre-half will be a priority for Steve Bruce.

Who's not Striker David Healy has constantly struggled to force his way into the starting line-up and Marton Fulop has been forced down to third-choice goalkeeper.

Budget Bruce has gained a reputation for shopping well in South America and he will again be looking to make a mark on the transfer market with £15m available in total.

Tottenham Hotspur

In Sandro (Internacional, £6m)

Out Lee Butcher (Leyton Orient, f), Sam Cox (Barnet, f), Jimmy Walker (r)

Who's needed Harry Redknapp wants to assemble a squad deep enough to deal with the Champions League and Premier League. Redknapp has another striker in his sights and could move for Milan's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar or Manchester City's Craig Bellamy.

Who's not Jermaine Jenas was once in the England squad, but is now fortunate to make the Spurs bench. Jenas, along with Jamie O'Hara, Carlo Cudicini, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane could make way.

Budget Redknapp has been given a reported £40m to spend, a large chunk of which is likely to go on securing a world-class forward.

West Bromwich Albion

In Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid, f), Steven Reid (Blackburn, f), Gabriel Tamas (Auxerre, £800,000)

Out Luke Daniels (Bristol Rovers, l), Robert Koren (r), Filipe Teixeria (r), Andwele Slory (r), Joss Labadie (Tranmere, f), Jonathan Greening (Fulham, l made permanent), Borja Valero (Villarreal, l)

Who's needed Graham Dorrans. So manager Roberto Di Matteo will be delighted to hear their talismanic midfielder has signed a contract extension. James Beattie may be coming in to add firepower.

Who's not Reuben Reid made the step up to the first team last season but was used sparingly. Beattie's arrival could mean he will be loaned to a Championship club.

Budget Di Matteo has to survive on just £6m so they may have to battle to retain their Premier League status with a few budget buys.

West Ham United

In Frédéric Piquionne (Lyon, und), Pablo Barrera (Club Universidad, £4m), Tal Ben Haim (Portsmouth, f), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Lazio, f)

Out Guillermo Franco (r), Bondz N'Gala (Millwall, f), Ilan (r) Josh Payne (r), Mido (Middlesbrough, end of loan), Daniel Kearns (r).

Who's needed A striker is on the Avram Grant's radar and they have had a £12.5m bid accepted for Nice's Loïc Rémy. The club are also keen on Santos' Brazilian wonderkid Neymar.

Who's not Some of West Ham's players are reported to be on astronomical wages, and the likes of Danny Gabbidon and Julian Faubert may be allowed to leave.

Budget Grant has been entrusted with an estimated £25m to help him make his mark on the club.

Wigan Athletic

In Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes, £6.5m), Antolin Alcaraz (Club Brugge, und), Ali Al Habsi (Bolton, l)

Out Tomasz Cywka (Derby, f), Mario Melchiot (Umm Salal, f), Tomasz Kupisz (Jagiellonia Bialystok) Nick Meace (r), Paul Scharner (r)

Who's needed After they scored only 37 goals last season, finding the net will be the key to Wigan's survival. Chelsea's Franco Di Santo has been heavily linked with a loan move.

Who's not Olivier Kapo and Daniel De Ridder were signings of Steve Bruce's and their appearances have been restricted by Roberto Martinez.

Budget Owner Dave Whelan awarded Martinez a reported £12m kitty before the record signing of Boselli was confirmed.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In Steven Fletcher (Burnley, £6.5m), Stephen Hunt (Hull, £3m), Steven Mouyokolo (Hull, £2.5m)

Jelle Van Damme (Anderlecht, und), Adlene Guedioura (Charleroi, l), Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Charleroi loan)

Out George Friend (Doncaster, f), Chris Iwelumo (Burnley, und), Mark Little (Peterborough, f), Jason Shackell (Barnsley, Undisclosed), Andrew Surman (Norwich, £1.2m), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough, l), Daniel Jones (Sheffield Wed, f)

Who's needed Mick McCarthy seems intent on solving their inability to find the net after finishing as the lowest scorers in the division.

Who's not Striker Stefan Maierhofer has been told he can find a new club.

Budget After surviving their first Premier League season, Wolves had a reported £16m to spend but much of this has already gone on their three main signings.

Additional reporting by Oliver Duggan and Nick Howson