We all love the transfer window, the rumours, the speculation. We love it even more when our own team is heavily involved, the excitement of the ins and outs and the idea of picking up that gem that will lead your team to glory.

Here, we investigate the vital area to strengthen for the first ten Premier League teams, and who, in compliance with their budget, would be the most suitable target to recruit.

Arsenal

What is required?

Goals!They struggled in this area big time last year, with Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud only managing 22 Premier League goals between them in their maiden season. Not enough for a club who feels they should be challenging for the title. The club have been making noises about spending big, well here is where they lack the real quality required for a title challenge.

Who is needed?

Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid). 

Although this may be dead in the water, Arsene Wenger needs to swallow his pride and pay whatever is needed to capture the prolific Argentinian. He is just the type of natural goalscorer which would thrive under the creativity of Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott, and would be a cheaper and more clinical option, with much less baggage than Luis Suarez.

Estimated cost: £25m.

Aston Villa

What is required?

It may seem like deja vu for Paul Lambert, as for the second consecutive summer, he must look for a prolific centre forward capable of leading the line for the Villains, with the departure of Christian Benteke likely to be imminent, a contingency plan must be in place. Neither Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor or new signing Niklas Helenius are capable of leading the line the way which Lambert desires, meaning a dip in the transfer market is essential to replace Benteke, who scored 19 times in the Premier League last season.

Who is needed?

Demba Ba (Chelsea).

Demba Ba may only be seven months into his Chelsea career, but he is likely to be frozen out with Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres ahead of him, whilst Jose Mourinho is keen to recruit a new world class front man. Ba is unlikely to be content at playing fourth choice striker in a team that plays only one up, meaning he could be tempted by the offer of game time which Villa could offer. Style of play replicates Benteke, can come short or stretch a back four, whilst also possessing the strength to hold the ball up efficiently.

Estimated cost: Loan, or £10m.

Cardiff City

What is required?

A pacey centre back. Although they possess experience in there with the likes of captain Mark Hudson and Ben Turner, they may be a touch static and one-paced to survive against the likes of Fernando Torres, Javier Hernandez, Luis Suarez etc. A more mobile alternative may be required in there, allowing the back four to push higher up the pitch and squeeze the play without worrying about balls knocked over the top causing major problems.

Who is needed?

Joesph Yobo (Fenerbache).

Although now 32, not only does the Nigerian international have buckets of Premier League experience with Everton, he also possesses the pace and vital reading of the game which would compliment Hudson and Turner. He could be revitalised by a fresh start with last season's Championship winners, with little doubt about the quality he would bring to Cardiff's back four.

Estimated Cost. £5m.

Chelsea

What is required?

A centre forward. Strength in numbers in defence and midfield, a truly world class striker is required if Jose Mourinho wants to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League in his returning season. Neither Fernando Torres nor Demba Ba did enough last season to earn this mantle, whilst Romelu Lukaku with undoubted potential, may not be ready just yet to fill that void.

Who is needed?

Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund).

Having missed out on Edinson Cavani, the Poland international is a more than capable alternative. Borussia Dortmund have claimed he is unavailable for sale, however, with one year left on his contract, a bumper offer could tempt them to sell. Proved his class with a four-goal haul against Real Madrid in the Champions League, would provide that ruthlessness that evaded Chelsea last season.

Estimated cost. £35m.

Crystal Palace

What is required? 

A proven goalscorer. With last season's top scorer Glenn Murray likely to be out until Christmas, Ian Holloway realises that he is lacking in the striking department. What can often be the difference between relegation and survival is a 20 goal a season frontman, with Christian Benteke's and Rickie Lambert's goals vital for their respective clubs last season.

Who is needed?

Peter Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion).

Frozen out at West Brom since his infamous January 31 debacle, a move away from the Hawthorns looks imminent. Has proven in his time in his Premier League that there is goals and class in there when he is happy playing his football. A move to London and regular game time, his goals could fire Palace away from a relegation dog-fight.

Estimated cost. £3m.

Everton

What is required?

More bodies in midfield. New manager Roberto Martinez has wasted no time in bolstering his squad at Goodison Park, with no less than three ex-Wigan players. However, he may be lacking in the centre of midfield, with Phil Neville retiring and Leon Osman, although flourishing, not getting any younger. Marouane Fellaini is likely to play higher up the pitch, leaving Darron Gibson crying out for more numbers in the middle in an attempt to challenge for the top four.

Who is needed?

James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic).

Young, hungry, fearless, technically sound. Thrived under Martinez at Wigan, and has proved his ability to take games by the scruff of the neck, whether it be by scoring goals, making tackles or keeping the ball and making his team tick. Has been linked with big names, would fit in perfect in Merseyside, and possesses the attitude and work rate which could him a fans favourite almost immediately.

Estimated cost. £8m - £10m. 

Fulham

What is required?

More pace in the final third. Tailed off at the end of last season, worryingly for Martin Jol. More pace and fluidity is required in attack, which would greatly compliment the classy Dimitar Berbatov, forcing back fours to defend deeper, in turn allowing him more space to perform his artistry.

Who is needed?

Evgen Konoployanka (Dnipro).

The 23-year old Ukrainian winger can play on either flank, or off a front man. He has pace to burn, whilst he is also direct, committing defenders to make a decision. Would provide much needed ammunition for Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz, whilst also forcing defenders deeper with his sheer speed and dribbling abilities.

Estimated cost. £12m.

Hull City

What is required?

A clinical frontman. Like fellow promoted club Crystal Palace, Steve Bruce's main area of concern is up top. Rebuffed in his attempts to lure Gary Hooper to the club, he also failed in his pursuit of Charlie Adam due to a failed medical. Bruce realises that if his team have a realistic chance of survival, at least one proven goalscorer is required.

Who is needed?

Darren Bent (Aston Villa).

May be a strain on the wage budget of one the smallest budgets in the league, but would most certainly be worth it. Desperate to leave the Villa Park nightmare he is living in, Hull could provide him with a platform to revitalise his career. Guaranteed goals, would thrive off the creativity of George Boyd and Robert Koren. Potentially a 20-goal a season striker.

Estimated cost. £5m.

Liverpool

What is required?

An old-fashioned winger. Have been busy in the transfer market, an out and out pacey winger still evades them. Luis Alberto, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are all similar players, with a fondness to cut inside, another winger would provide a healthy alternative and give Brendan Rodgers more options and fluidity in the final third.

Who is needed?

Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen).

The diminutive Dutch winger is a classic old-school player in his position, with a huge desire to run at and stretch defenders. Not only would he create for his team-mates, he would also create more pace for the creative Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho to flourish. Strong off either foot, the Dutch international's ability to play on either flank would also give Liverpool more options in attack.

Estimated cost. £12m - £15m.

Manchester City

What is required?

Plain and simple, a striker. After the departures of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, Manuel Pellegrini has inherited a squad which is quite light in attack. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are the only senior strikers at the club, and further ammunition is imperative should City look to wrestle back the Premier League title from near neighbours Manchester United.

Who is needed?

Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina).

The 6ft 1in Montenegro international would provide much needed competition and goals as Pellegrini looks to reinvent City's style of football. Technically exquisite, the rangy striker likes to do the majority of his damage cutting in from the left flank, with an ability to score, assist and link attack and midfield. Would fit in beautifully with the clever David Silva and the fleet-footed Aguero.

Estimated cost. £30m.

 

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