What to expect in the Premier League on transfer deadline day
The transfer deadline day is just under 24 hours away for Premier League clubs, and as always, many of them have left their business late. Manchester United and Arsenal still have plenty of money left to spend and holes to fill and are likely to be the biggest movers on Monday. There will be less news around other teams, but everyone will likely make some sort of move, even if they're just sales and loans.
Here's our best guess at what you might see from each Premier League club on the final day of the window and what you should watch out for, in alphabetical order.
Aston Villa: Paul Lambert seems quite pleased with his squad, but there could be a few players in and out. Libor Kozak and Demba Ba have been linked, so expect some sort of move for a striker. Barry Bannan should go out on loan, while no one wants to take Stephen Ireland or Alan Hutton off their books.
Cardiff City: If they wanted Etienne Capoue and Tom Ince but didn't get either of them, they might have some money to burn. They've just recently signed Kevin Theophile-Catherine and are linked to Ecuadorian wide man Jefferson Montero.
Chelsea: Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea are done buying players, but does anyone take the words of managers at face value anymore? Expect Demba Ba to leave in some capacity, whether that be on loan or on a permanent deal. Their loan of Victor Moses to Liverpool will probably be finalized as well.
Crystal Palace: They're not exactly loaded with cash and Ian Holloway can make a lot out of nothing, but they'll look to add a couple of players. Either Barry Bannan or Tom Carroll should join on loan to add some creativity to the midfield, while defender Gabriel Tamas, winger Callum McManaman and striker Leonardo Ulloa could come in as well. Expect to hear about all kinds of loan links for good youngsters and permanent deals for Championship players.
Everton: They've already had a bid rejected for James McCarthy, but will probably up it if Marouane Fellaini leaves. Leighton Baines looks set to stay, but another bid from Manchester United (or a cheeky bid from Spurs?) isn't out of the question. They've also been linked to Gareth Barry, Bruno Martins and a loan for Ryan Bertrand if Baines leaves.
Fulham: The Cottagers got a lot of business done early, but could do with some improvement to their squad after a poor start to the season. Michael Mancienne and Jack Cork could come in to bolster the midfield and defense, while Phillipe Senderos could leave, along with...
Hull City: Hugo Rodallega, who could bolster the Tigers' attacking ranks. Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore were great signings for Steve Bruce in midfield, but he needs help in other areas, most notably up top. If Rodallega doesn't come in, someone has to. Danny Graham isn't enough.
Liverpool: Defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho should sign on the dotted line on Monday, while Chelsea's Victor Moses is expected to join on loan. The arrival of two central defenders means that the Merseyside club might cash in on Martin Skrtel, who Rafa Benitez is apparently willing to pay a lot of money to reunite with. Luis Suarez isn't expected to leave and John Henry has made it clear he won't be sold to a direct rival, but who knows what will happen if Real Madrid come in late? It's not out of the question if they can get good money for Özil and Angel Di Maria.
Manchester United: Following two lackluster performances against big rivals, fans are clamoring for David Moyes to spend, and they might just get what they want. Expect at least one midfielder to arrive at Old Trafford, if not two. There are currently links to Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera and who knows what other links will pop up overnight. The Leighton Baines rumor isn't dead either. Also, don't be stunned if one of Javier Hernandez or Wayne Rooney goes, though there aren't hard links to either anywhere at the moment.
Newcastle United: Surely something has to be done on Tyneside. A striker will probably come in, though it's anyone's guess who that will be. Bafetimbi Gomis, Moussa Sow, Jermain Defoe and Demba Ba have all been linked. Wingers Tom Ince and Andre Ayew have been rumored Newcastle targets as well, but they'll need to find a midfielder if they're unable to hold on to Yohan Cabaye. Perhaps James McCarthy?
Norwich City: Norwich are another team that have gotten their business done early, but they've been frugal since entering the league and have the money to make moves if they feel it's necessary. Chris Hughton has said they're looking at making more moves, though no one seems to know who Norwich is targeting.
Southampton: With Pablo Osvaldo, Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren already at St. Mary's, don't expect any dramatic purchases. Some fringe players could leave, but that's about it for Southampton.
Stoke City: The Potters need an attacker, and Marko Arnautovic seems likely to join. Peter Odemwingie has been linked as well, but he was probably a backup plan in case the Arnautovic deal didn't go through. They're also one of many teams loosely linked to Jermain Defoe.
Swansea City: The Swans also got a lot of business done early, but could add a forward. They're linked to Peter Odemwingie and David Ngog. Ki Sung-Yueng could potentially make a move to Sunderland, with the Swans having plenty of bodies in midfield.
Tottenham Hotspur: You'd think Spurs would be done for the window with seven players already in, but they have a couple of squad places remaining and their net spend at the moment is precisely zero. Also, their chairman is still Daniel Levy. Expect everything and be surprised by nothing.
West Bromwich Albion: The Baggies are hoping they can find someone to pay them decent money for Peter Odemwingie and Gabriel Tamas. They're also reportedly after Jermain Defoe, Victor Anichebe, Stephane Sessegnon and Morgan Amalfitano. The Baggies need attackers of all kinds.
West Ham United: West Ham need a striker and could be targeting Fabio Quagliarella. They could also use a bit of cover in wide areas after Stewart Downing and Joe Cole both picked up injuries. They could also enter the Jermain Defoe and Peter Odemwingie races, while Matt Taylor seems to be headed for the exit door.
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