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Transfer deadline day: Which clubs need to spend?

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Transfer deadline day is a time when supporters of all clubs spend their hours parked in front of the television, or at their laptops maniacally thrashing at the refresh button in the hope that their manager will pull off the coup of the summer or bring in a multitude of superstars.

The reality is actually something a lot less interesting, despite what Sky Sports News and the screaming Jim White would have you believe. Most supporters will probably be left disappointed as their manager comes out of the training ground and shakes his head while the reporter on the scene throws every name in world football at them.

However, there are some clubs who simply must make transfers before the deadline and here we look at who is most likely to burn the midnight oil on Monday evening, keeping the Premier League transfer fans happy in the absence of 'Arry and his car window.

Arsenal

As obvious of a choice as there ever was. Quite simply, Arsenal have to get some players through the door before the deadline or else risk being left behind by their greatest and most-hated rivals Spurs.

The beginning of the summer was full of optimism for Gunners fans as chief executive Ivan Gazidis came out and declared to the world exactly how much Arsenal had to spend and that the club could buy anyone they liked, essentially.

That bold move hasn't quite paid off as Arsene Wenger has missed out on the chance to sign reported targets such as Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Gustavo and Luis Suarez as the club's fans optimism progressively waned.

Free transfer Yaya Sanogo is the club's only signing of the summer and with several injury concerns now cropping up, Wenger is not only short of the quality to challenge on all fronts but also finds himself very light on numbers. 2011 saw a deadline day scramble at the Emirates and there could very well be one again come Monday night.

Newcastle United 

At this moment in time, Alan Pardew is not a happy manager. Arsenal's pursuit of Yohan Cabaye, coupled with the manager's inability to get more than just loan signing Loic Remy through the door has left a bad taste in Newcastle mouths.

The January transfer window saw Newcastle steady a team that looked to be on a downward spiral and Pardew will need to shop around more before the deadline in order to strengthen a side that desperately lack another goalscorer to aid Papiss Cisse.

Recently, the French market has proven to be an absolute goldmine for Pardew and this could prove useful again with Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis heavily linked with the Magpies.

Whether or not Gomis joins, more signings will need to be made in order for Newcastle to avoid being drawn into a relegation battle and consolidate themselves safely for another season.

Liverpool

As recently as a few days ago, things all looked rosy for Liverpool after two wins from two in the Premier League and no goals conceded. However, this all changed in a nervy Capital One Cup win against Notts County on Tuesday night.

The injuries to Aly Cissokho, Joe Allen and star man of the first two matches Kolo Toure have highlighted the slightly thin squad that Brendan Rodgers is working with and the Northern Irishman's hand will now have been forced as he ventures back out into the market to try and sign some cover.

PSG centre-back Mamadou Sakho is a rumoured target as cover across the backline and Rodgers is certain to be working until the late hours of the deadline to bolster his squad and help the Reds to continue their fine start to the season, as they bid to gatecrash the annual top four party.

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