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With another hectic season on the horizon, Premier League clubs will be looking to strengthen their squads and add much needed quality both before and after the highly anticipated World Cup in Brazil.

The summer transfer window is when players look to sort out their futures early and with many futures still to be decided, clubs will look to capitalise on potential availabilities throughout the summer window.

So what have Premier League clubs done so far? What do they need? Who have they been linked with?

Arsenal

They need - A replacement for Bacary Sagna at right-back, a strong holding midfielder and a reliable striker.

As a result of qualifying for the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season and, most significantly, a first trophy triumph for nine years, the Emirates Stadium is a happy place to be at the moment. With Sagna and keeper Lukasz Fabianski already leaving, the Gunners will look to replace them and build on what turned out to be a successful campaign last time out.

So far - Nothing

Possible targets: David Marshall (Cardiff), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Loic Remy (QPR).

Aston Villa

They need - A centre-back to partner Ron Vlaar, creative midfielder and a winger.

Recently, Aston Villa have been massive underachievers. A five years ago, they were challenging for a challenging for a Champions League spot, now they are a club continuing to fight relegation. Their young team and relatively young manager in Paul Lambert need time but some extra quality will need to be added if they are to have a significant improvement on the last two seasons.

So far - Philippe Senderos (Free), Joe Cole (Free)

Possible targets: Brede Hangeland (Free Agent), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Adel Taraabt (QPR), Alessio Cerci (Torino).

Burnley

They need - Premier League experience in all departments.

Under the superb management of Sean Dyche, Burnley surprised many by gaining promotion with a squad far less superior than that of clubs like QPR, Leicester and Wigan. However, thanks to the tremendous team spirit at the club, along with the crucial 21 goals of prolific marksman Danny Ings, the Lancashire club have been promoted to the Premier League again and will look to have a more successful season this time round.

So far - Nothing

Possible targets: Brede Hangeland (Free Agent), Richard Keogh (Derby), Matty Fryatt (Hull).

Chelsea

They need - A world-class striker, centre midfielder, left back.

Chelsea's failure to win either a fourth Premier League title or a second Champions League triumph was mainly down to the all to frequent failures of striking trio Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba. With Diego Costa close to joining for £32 million, the Blues seem to have solved that problem but may to add another forward for depth, while unloading some of their own. With long servants Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard announcing that they will be moving on this summer, Jose Mourinho will look to add replacements sooner rather than later.

So far - Kurt Zouma (Signed in January), Diego Costa (Not confirmed but imminent)

Possible Targets: Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich).

Crystal Palace

They need - A solid centre back, a proven goalscorer.

Palace's revival under Tony Pulis last season was nothing short of extraordinary. With the help of astute January signings of Joe Ledley and Tom Ince, along with the former Stoke manger's philosophy of making his teams hard to beat, Palace surged to a mid table finish. It was an astonishing feat considering by the end of week 17, they were struggling in the bottom tree with just four wins from 16 games. In order to build on this resurgence, Pulis has to make more clever signings this summer.

So far - nothing 

Possible Targets: Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Brede Hangeland (Free Agent), Danny Ings (Burnley), Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco).

Everton

They need - A solid centre back, a centre midfielder, a proven striker.

The performance of Everton last season represented a major step forward under the management of Roberto Martinez. They played very attractive football and were the front runners for a Champions League spot for a while before they tailed off in the last number of games. With Sylvain Distin coming towards the end of his career and Gareth Barry finishing his loan from Manchester City, Martinez will look to add further reinforcements to strengthen Everton's claim for a place in the Champions League in the future.

So far - Nothing

Possible Targets: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Josuha Guilavogui (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) - loan.

Hull City

They need - A goalkeeper, a winger, a centre midfielder.

Hull surprised many last season. With a squad relatively short on quality and experience, the Tigers achieved a credible 16th place finish in the league, while also reaching their first ever FA Cup final and narrowing losing to Arsenal 3-2. Steve Bruce's shrewd knowledge of how to survive in the Premier League turned out to be crucial and the signings of Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long improved the squad massively. Bruce will hope to make similar signings who will have a positive effect throughout next season and beyond. 

So far - Nothing 

Possible Targets: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Nathan Redmond (Norwich), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Leon Britton (Swansea).

Leicester City

They need - A reliable full back, a striker.

Leicester made short work of many of their Championship opponents last season, racking up 102 points and 83 goals in the process. Strikers David Nugent and Jamie Vardy scored a combined 36 goals last season but the Foxes may look to strengthen that area with some Premier League or European experience. Manager Nigel Pearson, who has done a superb job since taking over at the club in 2011, may also look to add depth in the full-back position to support the likes of Richie De Laet and Paul Konchesky.

So far - Matthew Upson (Brighton, free), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa, free), Ben Hamer (Charlton, free), Jack Barmby (Manchester United, free).

Possible Targets: Joel Ward (Crystal Palace), Frazier Campbell (Cardiff City), Oscar Cardozo (Benfica), Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

Liverpool

They need - A solid centre back, a left back.

The expectation on a club like Liverpool is always massive, but nobody would have expected the season they had last campaign. They were leading for almost all of the second half of the season but slip ups against Chelsea and Crystal Palace cost them dearly. Despite scoring an astonishing 101 goals, they also conceded 50, which was the highest by anyone in the top five by nine goals. Manager Brendan Rodgers will look to add defensive reinforcements to further strengthen Liverpool's claim for a first league triumph since 1990.

So far - Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4m), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £10m - still to be completed)

Possible Targets: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla).

Manchester City

They need - A centre back, a centre midfielder.

City's overwhelming squad brought them huge rewards last season, with the club firing in 102 goals on their way to a second league title in three years. The clever early signings of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, helped the club win the Premier League marathon after only spending only 15 days at the top of the league. Manager Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to add further reinforcements, with him likely to look for a solid centre back partner for captain Vincent Kompany and another centre midfielder with Yaya Toure's future in doubt. 

So far - Nothing 

Possible Targets: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao), Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Fernando (FC Porto).

Manchester United

They need - A centre back, a left back, two centre midfielders.

Off the back of United's worst Premier League season in over two and half decades, new manager will be looking to both bring in and shift out players this summer. With players both ageing and under performing last season, Van Gaal will need to bring in top quality to get where many of their fans want them to be; winning titles. Centre midfield is likely to be the Dutchman's priority this summer, with £27 million signing Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverly all giving several lacklustre performances throughout the campaign. 

So far - Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, undisclosed)

Possible Targets: Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto), Luke Shaw (Southampton), James McCarthy (Everton), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Adrian Rabiot (PSG). 

Newcastle United

They need - A centre back, a creative midfielder, a striker.

Pressure on Newcastle has not been as high since the club got relegated in 2009. Despite a superb first half of the season, they suffered a dramatic drop in form towards the end of the last campaign and there have several calls for manager Alan Pardew to be sacked. However, he is expected to stay and once again he is likely to dip into the French market with a centre half and, due to the end of Loic Remy's loan, a proven striker needed to improve on last season.

So far: Ayoze Perez (Tenerife, £1.5m), Jack Colback (Free)

Possible Targets: Stefan Radu (Lazio), Aurelien Chedjou (Lille), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Loic Remy (QPR), Andre Lacazette (Lyon).

Queens Park Rangers

They need - A centre back, a winger, a striker.

After successfully getting promoted at the first time of asking, QPR manager Harry Redknapp will be looking to offload players, while at the same time bringing in some much needed quality. The Loftus Road club have a large and widely documented wage bill, which is still larger than La Liga champions and Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid's wage bill. Redknapp will be looking to add both experience and youth this summer to make sure that, under the investment of Tony Fernandes, QPR are a consistent Premier League club.

So far - Nothing 

Possible Targets: Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Joleon Lescott (Free Agent), Brede Hangeland (Free Agent), Nathan Redmond (Norwich), Tom Ince (Balckpool),  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax), Gary Hooper (Norwich).

Southampton

They need - A centre back, a winger, a striker.

Southampton's highly successful season was largely down to the superb amount of homegrown player, the shrewdness of former manager Mauricio Pochettino and the clever summer signings of Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren. However, with Pochettino now off to Spurs and a high level of interest in Soton's top starts like Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Lovren, the incomings at St. Mary's will much depend on the potential outgoings this summer.

So far - Nothing 

Possible Targets: Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Sebastien Bassong (Norwich), Nathan Redmond (Norwich), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Leandro Damiao (Santos), Javier Hernandez (Man United). 

Stoke City

They need - A right back, a centre midfielder, a striker.

Stoke finished a highly credible 9th place last season, with manager Mark Hughes carrying on the work from Tony Pulis in making the team hard to beat, especially at home, while at the same time scoring crucial goals in tight games. Home wins against Arsenal and Chelsea show that Hughes may have taken them onto another level and he will look to further strengthen their position this summer with several signings. 

So far - Phil Bardsley (Sunderland, free), Steve Sidwell (Fulham, free)

Possible Targets: Callum Chambers (Southampton), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04), Leroy Fer (Norwich), Steve Sidwell (Free Agent), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover 96), Gary Hooper (Norwich). 

Sunderland

They need - A goalkeeper, a centre back, a striker.

Last season, the Black Cats were on the brink of relegation and facing a daunting fixture period until the end of the season. However, manager Gus Poyet performed a minor miracle in defeating Chelsea and Manchester away and drawing away to Manchester City. many were left wondering why Sunderland did not show this heart and spirit throughout the rest of the campaign. Poyet will be looking to add some astute additions in order to carry on the momentum from the end of last season.

So far - Billy Jones (West Brom, free), Jordi Gomez (Wigan, free)

Possible Targets: Alex McCarthy (Reading), John Ruddy (Norwich), Sean Morrison (Reading), Ashley Williams (Swansea), Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce), Antonio Pelle (Feyenoord).

Swansea City

They need - A right back, a centre back, a creative midfielder.

Compared to the previous season, Swansea slightly underachieved least season. Despite Wilfried Bony's outstanding 22 goals in all competitions, the Welsh club also conceded 54 goals and at times did not discover the attractive, flowing football that was played under former manager Michael Laudrup. With the futures of Bony, Michel Vorm and captain Ashley Williams in doubt, much of manager Gary Monk's business will be decided on these factors this summer. 

So far - Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal, free)

Possible Targets: Joel Ward (Crystal Palace), Callum Chambers (Southampton), Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Sebastien Bassong (Norwich), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), Clement Grenier (Lyon).

Tottenham Hotspur

They need - A left back, a centre back, a proven striker.

After the departure of star player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last season, former Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas spent over £100 million on the likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen. Out of all of the stars that Spurs brought in, only Eriksen performed to his full potential. After another season of failure to qualify for the Champions League, new manager Mauricio Pochettino will have to buy smart if Spurs are going to push for that all important fourth spot.

So far - Nothing

Possible Targets: Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ricardo Rodríguez (Wolfsburg), Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Jackson Martinez (FC Porto), Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich).

West Brom

They need - A right back, a creative midfielder, a winger.

After reaching the highs of the 2012/13 season, West Brom suffered an underwhelming season last time around. The sacking of Steve Clarke surprised many after they initial success he had with the baggies. Replacement Pepe Mel did not fare much better, needing seven games to register his first win as West Brom manager. The team looks like it needs creativity and more pace to add a spark and with the search for a new manager entering a fifth week, it could be a difficult summer window for the Baggies.

So far - Craig Gardner (Sunderland, free)

Possible Targets: Callum Chambers (Southampton), Sam Byram (Leeds), Will Hughes (Derby), Adel Taraabt (QPR), Junior Hoilett (QPR), Royston Drenthe (Reading).

West Ham

They need - A left back, a winger, a creative midfielder.

Despite a poor start to last season, West Ham still managed to finish a credible 13th place. Manager Sam Allardyce, suffered criticism for the way his team played due to evidence of long ball tactics up to star striker Andy Carroll. In order to solve this problem, Allardyce must buy a winger and a creative midfielder so that the brand of football at Upton Park will be much more free flowing. The left back situation also needs to be addressed. If the Hammers buy smart this summer, then they will improve their chances of earning a higher placed finish next time out. 

So far - Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield, undisclosed)

Possible Targets: Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich), Timothee Kolodziejczak (Nice), Nathan Redmond (Norwich), Michael Kightly (Burnley), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland), Marko Arnautović (Stoke).

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