Premier League transfer window: Who your team needs

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The summer transfer drama has already begun with the managerial merry-go-round. 

With Manchester City seemingly signalling their early intent with the signing of Jesus Navas there appears to be no limits to the number of players set to move to various clubs. 

We look at the weaknesses of each Premier League team and what players could plug those gaps.


The Gunners are coming under increasing fire from Tottenham and Everton in the race for fourth place and, if they choose not to spend big this summer, they may find that they will lose out to one of their rivals for that all-important Champions League spot. 

What do they need? 

Arsenal have a decent core but this needs to be supported. Signing a world-class striker is a desperate requirement, one who can be supported from the wings by Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski and through the centre by Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta. The Gunners are also in dire need for a goalkeeper and centre-back.

Who they should sign 

David Villa, Wayne Rooney, Asmir Begovic, Ashley Williams

Aston Villa

They scraped their way out of the relegation zone and will need to sell a few players such as Bent in order to make a few key transfers and (ideally) keep their superstar Christian Benteke

What do they need? 

The Villains are crying out for a rock at the back so this needs to be sorted early on. With the likely departure of Stephen Ireland, they will also be looking for a creative spark. If Benteke does leave then a striker will be a massive priority.

Who they should sign 

Joleon Lescott, Aaron Cresswell, Gary Mackay-Stephens, Jack Rodwell, Arouna Kone

Cardiff City 

It is never easy for Championship teams to establish themselves firmly in their first season but this will be the goal for the Bluebirds in 2013/14.

What do they need? 

They have a strong spine with which to build around so gaining players with Premiership experience will be pivotal. A couple of full backs and a winger to compliment Craig Bellamy will also be key. 

Who they should sign

Dirk Kuyt, Benoit Assou-Ekotto


A massive summer for the Stamford Bridge club is expected, with the re-installation of Jose Mourinho as manager. He is likely to have a huge war chest, every penny of which is probably going to be spent.

What do they need? 

The biggest necessity for the new boss is to find a steal a real world-class striker, as Torres and Ba just aren't good enough on their own. Aside from that it is a case of getting rid of the weak links that are merely taking up space on the wage bill and replace them with real battlers who really want to be at the club

Who they should sign 

Edison Cavani, Andre Schurrle, Marouane Fellaini

Crystal Palace 

Only just made it into the Premiership by the skin of their teeth so development is pivotal.

What do they need 

As with Cardiff and Hull, Premier League experience could be the answer. It is vital that they keep top goal scorer Glenn Murray as the next best sharpshooter only gained 6 goals last season. Someone to compliment Murray would also be necessary in order to stave off relegation. 

Who they should sign 

Charlie Adam, Peter Odemwingie, Carlton Cole, Wilfried Zaha (loan)


A strong season for Everton but the loss of Moyes could prove to be disastrous. If the Toffees can avoid an exodus of players such as Fellaini and Baines to Manchester United then this will stand them in good stead.

What do they need? 

A replacement for Jelavic who simply hasn't cut it this year, while another winger to oppose Mirallas.

Who they should sign 

Scott Sinclair, Loic Remy, Arouna Kone, Callum McManaman


Not the best of performances from the majority of Martin Jol's team this year and the wheeler-dealer manager will have to take this into account when he makes his transfers, should they wish to advance higher up the league table next year.

What do they need? 

They need a striker to play alongside the obvious talent of Dimitar Berbatov. Mark Schwarzer is past his best and may well be put out to pasture, meaning a replacement would be required. Finally, a midfielder who can break up the play with some creative prowess is also necessary.

Who they should sign 

Darren Bent, Asmir Begovic, Martin Stekelenberg, Tom Huddlestone

Hull City 

The Tigers did very well to secure their place in the Premier League but they need to add some more quality if they have a desire to stay there.

What do they need? 

Someone who can score goals is absolutely vital. Their top scorer last season only managed nine, so this is their most important target to fulfil. They should also seek to establish a full-time goalkeeper, rather than loanees. As mentioned, quality and experience are the key factors.

Who they should sign 

David Stockdale, Joze Altidore, Richard Dunne, Kaspar Schmeichel


Another poor season suffered by the Anfield faithful but there are signs of development, which are cause for optimism under Brendan Rodgers, such as the improved performances of Jordan Henderson

What do they need? 

Someone to fill the boots of the waning Stephen Gerrard. Liverpool should also sell Suarez while they can still get someone to pay such a large fee, currently mooted around £40m. Sturridge cannot do the job on his own so needs back up of some kind. With Reina potentially on his way out, a new replacement for him may also be needed.

Who they should sign 

Christian Benteke, Christian Eriksen, Asmir Begovic, Hatem Ben Arfa

Manchester City 

The Etihad faithful have much to look forward to this summer with the expected plethora of ins/outs. They face a real challenge from Chelsea and current Champions and arch-rivals United, to regain their title. This has already begun with the signing of Jesus Navas.

What do they need? 

With the introduction of width on one side of their midfield they will need another to balance themselves on the other side. A striker to partner Sergio Aguero will also be on Pellegrini's wish list.

Who they should sign 

Edison Cavani, Isco, Stefan Jovetic, Pepe

Manchester United 

For the Premier League winners it will be a case of consolidation, with few introductions. They Rooney saga will have to be dealt with quickly so as not to disrupt the rest of the season

What do they need? 

Ferdinand and Vidic (though still on their day are world-class) are sadly waning so it may not be the worst idea to gain another quality centre-back as back up. Jones, Evans and Smalling are good and may even be great in the future but they are not at that level just yet. A marquee signing of some kind would be useful in disturbing the Chelsea and City camps still further. Perhaps a midfield enforcer could also be brought in

Who they should sign 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Ezequiel Garay, Marouane Fellaini 

Newcastle United 

In the 2013/14 season United will have to improve drastically to avoid the relegation battle which they were somehow drawn into last season. Much of this can be blamed upon a long injury list but it could be argued that Pardew should have been prepared for such issues.

What do they need? 

A striker is a must for this summer, as Cisse has failed to replicate the form he showed in 2011/12 and is not quite on Demba Ba's level anyway. They may also need some financial investment in a defender with the likelihood that certain members are on their way out.

Who they should sign 

Loic Remy, Pierre Aubameyang, Joleon Lescott

Norwich City 

A fairly standard season for Norwich, although that is not said to discount the achievement that they are still in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship, as they often play very attractive, attacking football. 

What do they need? 

In order to break into the top 10 they need more goals and the transfer of Van Wolfswinkel should allow him to take some of this burden. An additional striker would also be needed to alleviate any worries on this score. They could do with a winger as well.

Who they should sign 

Gary Hooper, Andreas Weimann, Steven Defour


They have had an excellent first season in coming 14th. They played with real flair, attacking prowess and were a joy to watch on their day. Pochettino will be aware that he must not rest on his laurels, however, and incoming transfers are vital.

What do they need? 

Keep Gaston Ramirez and Luke Shaw. These guys are real stars in the making and I expect them to go a long way. In terms of additional signings, it is a key for the Saints that they add only a couple of players of quality, as there is no need for a total overhaul of the squad. A striker to support Lambert is vital as his drought coincided with Southampton's late poor form. They also need a defender as Jose Fonte does not appear to have the presence required for the Premier League.

Who they should sign 

Anton Ferdinand, Stephen Caulker, Loic Remy

Stoke City  

Not the best of seasons so a few incoming transfers are sorely needed. 13th place just isn't good enough for these now-veterans of the EPL.

What do they need? 

A midfielder is definitely required with the probable exit of N’Zonzi and it will probably be an enforcer to go along with the Potters usual style of play. Furthermore, as Stoke have the lowest shot accuracy in the whole league at a dismal 38%, a new striker may be of some use but, again, he would most likely be physically intimidating. Finally, the latter stages of the season were simply dismal and a new full-back should also be a priority.

Who they should sign

Jonjo Shelvey, Grant Holt, Charlie Adam, Benoit Assou-Ekotto


This will an appalling season, which should bring about much needed changes over the cause of this summer. It is hoped that Paolo Di Canio has a few tricks up his sleeve as he will have to invest wisely in the market.

What do they need? 

They will need to fill the void left by Danny Rose who has finished his loan and is returning to Tottenham, unless the Black Cats can sign him on a permanent basis. Essentially they need to develop their core throughout the team.

Who they should sign 

Danny Rose, Arouna Kone, Salif Sane, Shaun Maloney

Swansea City 

Swansea had an incredible season. Finishing ninth and winning the League Cup after only two seasons in the Premier League is a massive achievement, although some signings will need to be made if improvement is to be ensured.

What do they need? 

Michu has been one of several Swans stars this season so they must try to keep him at all costs and perhaps bring in a partner to take some of the goal-scoring burden off his shoulders. There is also room for a player who can break up the play, whilst maintaining the passing style which Laudrup has advocated so vigorously.

Who they should sign 

Scott Sinclair, Bradley Johnson, Gareth Barry

Tottenham Hotspur 

Tottenham were extremely unlucky not to finish in the Top 4 but this should drive Daniel Levy to give permission to Villas-Boas to make for at least one marquee signing.

What do they need? 

A striker. Adebayor just isn’t worth it and Defoe is too inconsistent. They also need to keep Gareth Bale as he will allow for big names to be attracted to come to Spurs. A playmaker is also of key importance, someone who can fill the gap left by Modric and orchestrate the midfield with vision and flair.

Who they should sign 

Christian Eriksen, Leandro Damiao, Christian Benteke, Mare Hamsik

West Bromwich Albion 

After an electric start, the Baggies began to fall away during the middle of the season and this will be worrying for Steve Clark, who will definitely make several additions to his team over the next few months.

What do they need? 

A replacement for Lukaku who has been superb all season but is unlikely to leave Chelsea on loan again. They will also be on the lookout for a new centre-back to support the again Gareth McCauley.

Who they should sign 

Dieumerci Mbokani, Sam Byram, Anton Ferdinand

West Ham United 

A fairly standard season at 10th place, but Big Sam Allardyce will not be satisfied with this and he will be aware that in order to achieve Europa League football, he must invest this summer.

What do they need 

A striker is top of the wish-list of course and it must be someone who can make use of Jarvis’s excellent crossing, with a winger on the opposite wing also required. They may also use the time to purchase a strong centre-back.

Who they should sign 

Andy Carroll, Jonjo Shelvey, Wilfried Bony, Scott Sinclair

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