Arsenal: Jonny Evans

The Gunners need to strengthen a few areas of their squad, but the centre of defence – as seems to be the case every year – is the most pressing concern.

Their supporters might turn their nose up, but Evans is one of the Premier League’s best and as solid an option as Arsenal can hope to attract.

Bournemouth: Jack Wilshere

It worked last year, so why not go again?

Bournemouth have only scored once this season, and Wilshere – who still has little chance of playing regularly for Arsenal – can bring much-needed creativity to their midfield.

Brighton: Shane Long

Glenn Murray’s injury has hastened the still-goalless Seagulls’ need for a striker.

Long is currently third choice at Southampton and shouldn’t be too difficult to prise away.

Burnley: Ryan Shawcross

Kevin Wimmer’s arrival means there’s no room for Shawcross in the Stoke back line.

He’d fit in nicely with Burnley, who have a vacancy after selling Michael Keane to Everton.

Chelsea: Ross Barkley -


Chelsea have been pursuing Danny Drinkwater, but Barkley’s potential makes him a much more exciting signing for the champions.

Getting a talented England international relatively cheaply at the age of just 23 is an opportunity they should not pass up.


Crystal Palace: Mamadou Sakho

Crystal Palace won five of their first six games with Sakho signed on last season, conceding just two goals to secure their Premier League status.

Having lost three from three this time around, they are crying out for Liverpool’s spare part to fix their defensive deficiencies once again.

Everton: Olivier Giroud

Despite bringing in both Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez this transfer window, Everton are still light up front.

Giroud would give them the focal point they have missed since Romelu Lukaku’s departure.

Huddersfield: Baba Rahman

After a summer of protracted – and ultimately fruitless – negotiations with Barnsley’s Andy Yiadom, Huddersfield could do with another full-back.

The out-of-favour Rahman, who has spent most of his career in the Bundesliga, could be a perfect match given David Wagner’s connections with German football.

Leicester: Andros Townsend


With the future of both Riyad Mahrez looking anything but certain, Leicester could be left short of wingers come September.

Townsend would go some way to replacing the creativity left behind by the Algerian and could also add some pace to the Foxes’ flanks.

Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk -

Liverpool need a strong, tall and commanding presence in defence who is also adept at playing the ball out from the back.

Van Dijk, who they have been chasing all summer, is exactly that and they should do everything they can to tie a deal up before the 11pm deadline.


Manchester City: Eric Dier

Playing Kevin de Bruyne in a deeper role is all well and good when you have the ball, but he’s hardly the type to offer much protection to City’s shaky defence when they don’t.

Dier, though, could be the anchor that allows all of Pep Guardiola’s attacking midfielders to roam free – and would bolster City’s home-grown quota in the process.

Manchester United: Danny Rose


Luke Shaw has a fair bit of making up to do with Jose Mourinho, while neither Daley Blind or Matteo Darmian offer much impetus down the left.

So, after his recent indiscretion, why not offer Rose the chance to return north and play with teammates he’d never have to Google? You know it makes sense.

Newcastle: David Ospina

If truth be told, Newcastle look pretty average all over the pitch, but it is in goal where their lack of Premier League experience is most glaring.

Ospina is good enough to merit more than the occasional cup run, and would presumably fit right in with Rafa Benitez and the other Spanish-speakers in his squad.

Southampton: Theo Walcott

While Alex Oxlade Chamberlain still has hopes of establishing himself at a big club, time for his predecessor at Arsenal is rapidly running out.

Southampton need another source of goals, while Walcott could finally achieve his dream of playing through the middle. It wouldn’t be the first romantic return we’ve seen this summer.

Stoke: Leonardo Ulloa

There’s no point trying to change your image by signing a load of Champions League winners if you still have to rely on Peter Crouch to put away the chances.

Ulloa remains some way down the pecking order at Leicester despite signing a new contract, and has the skills to be the perfect focal point for Stoke’s continuing transition.

Swansea: Nacer Chadli

Paul Clement’s side have already been rumoured to be interested in Chadli, who is as good a replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson as they are likely to find.

If they are to stay safe this season, Clement may need to pick the phone up and try Tony Pulis once again.

Tottenham: Riyad Mahrez


A Premier League winner, Champions League-ready, and would jump at the chance to join Tottenham.

Mahrez’s price tag may be hefty, but the question really is whether Spurs can afford the chance to turn down such an opportunity.

Watford: Ashley Young

Nostalgia may, admittedly, be one of the factors behind a return to Vicarage Road for Young.

Yet the move would not just be sentimental. The Hornets need a left-back, and the 32-year-old can play there as well as in several other positions.

West Brom: Chris Smalling

Tempting a Manchester United centre-back struggling for game time to move to the Hawthorns in order to reinvigorate his club career.

Having seen Jonny Evans exploit the route so well, West Brom should target his former team-mate Smalling to plug the gap.

West Ham: Fabian Delph

Having reportedly been after Willian Carvalho and Didier Ndong, it is clear West Ham are chasing a central midfielder.

Delph, an England international who just needs a new home, could be the perfect fit.