Inflated squads and fierce competition for places means that Premier League players are rarely far from being linked with rival clubs, but a whole host of stars have come agonisingly close to securing high-profile moves before performing spectacular u-turns.

Nicklas Bendtner's return to the Arsenal starting XI this week made it clear that a player is never out of the door unless the contract has been signed, sealed and delivered, even if he says "I'm Yours".

The Danish dynamo is far from alone though in being forced to come back from the reserves, or relative obscurity, to remind fans of what he can do.

Let's take a look at a clutch of prominent international players who could very well be wearing different colours this season.

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