>Now the World Cup is complete, our attention switches back to club football and here’s all the latest from England’s Premier League with off-season transfers, moves and rumours.
Arsenal The big news from the Emirates is Cesc Fabregas’ future and it appears likely he’ll stay in London for at least another season despite interest from FC Barcelona. The departure of several defenders has seen Arsene Wenger move for Frenchman Laurent Koscielny. The Gunners are also in the market for a goalkeeper with Australian Mark Schwarzer in the mix. Ins’‘Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux), Laurent Koscielny (Lorient)'’Outs’‘Philippe Senderos (Fulham), William Gallas (released), Mikael Silvestre (released)’’
Aston Villa Manchester City are keen to luring Villa’s young star James Milner to Eastlands, which would leave a big hole for Martin O’Neill to fill. It is understood the Villains are keen on Tottenham’s Robbie Keane and Celtic’s Aiden McGeady. Ins’’-'’Outs’‘Wilfried Bouma (released), Marlon Harewood (released)’’
Birmingham City Brum boss Alex McLeish is keen to avoid a deadline day scramble and wants to sort out his off-season recruitment soon. The loan return of ‘keeper Joe Hart to Manchester City has seen the Blues sign Ben Foster, while big striker Nikola Zigic is a handy addition. Ins’‘Ben Foster (Manchester United), Nikola Zigic (Valencia), Enric Valles (NAC Breda)'’Outs’‘Joe Hart (Manchester City (Loan Return)), Gary McSheffrey (Coventry), Christian Benitez (Santos Laguna), Franck Queudrue (released), Teemu Tainio (released), Gregory Vignal (released)’’
Blackburn There hasn’t been much action from Ewood Park, as Rovers try to generate some funds for their recruitment crusade. Vince Grella and Jason Roberts have been flaunted about but there’s been no takers. Ins’’-'’Outs’‘Steven Reid (West Bromwich)’’
Blackpool Paraguayan defender Claudio Morel is being targetting by Blackpool, while re-signing last season’s impressive loanees is an aim. Amongst those players includes Villa’s Barry Bannan and Everton’s Seamus Coleman, while Ian Holloway is keen on Newcastle’s Fraser Forster and Nicky Butt. Ins’‘Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa)'’Outs’‘Ben Burgess (Notts County), Stephen McPhee (retired)’’
Bolton Jack Wilshere could be returning to the Reebok if Arsenal decide to let him go out on loan again after last season’s stint at Bolton. Owen Coyle’s move for Aaron Mokoena has failed, while the addition of Bulgarian midfielder Martin Petrov could be useful. Ins’‘Robbie Blake (Burnley), Martin Petrov (Manchester City)'’Outs’‘Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan (Loan))’’
Chelsea Following the capture of Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool, Chelsea are lining up a move for Reds forward Fernando Torres. The Blues’ chase for Belgian youngster Romelu Lukaku has fallen through, while they’ve had to fend off offers for left-back Ashley Cole. Ins’‘Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool), Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic)'’Outs’‘Joe Cole (released), Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce), Juliano Belletti (Fluminense)’’
Everton Toffees boss David Moyes appears to have settled on his squad already, declaring no more signings will be made. That includes USA’s Landon Donovan who had a successful loan stint at Goodison last term. Ins’‘Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United), João Silva (Deportivo Aves), Ján Mucha (Legia Warsaw)'’Outs’’-‘’
Fulham Martin Jol looks set to take over at the helm following Roy Hodgson’s departure and the Cottagers could also land Steven Sidwell and Nicky Shorey this week. Ins’‘Philippe Senderos (Arsenal), Jonathon Greening (West Brom (Permanent))'’Outs’‘Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Erik Nevland (Viking)’’
Liverpool Roy Hodgson’s Reds are set to launch a big money move for Nice striker Loic Remy and if Fernando Torres departs for Chelsea, a new frontman will be essential. Serbian Milan Jovanovic may effectively replace the creative Yossi Benayoun, while Albert Riera and Emiliano Insua could be sold. Free agent Joe Cole is a target too. Ins’‘Jonjo Shelvey (Charlton), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege)'’Outs’‘Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea), Aurelio (released)’’
Manchester City Roberto Mancini’s City have landed some big names this off-season already, while they’re reportedly also chasing Villa’s James Milner. Lazio left-back Aleksandar Kolarov could be set to move to Eastlands too, while Craig Bellamy might be on the way out to Spurs. Ins’‘Jerome Boateng (Hamburg SV), Yaya Toure (FC Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), Joe Hart (Birmingham (Loan Return))'’Outs’‘Martin Petrov (Bolton), Valeri Bojinov (Parma (Permanent)), Sylvinho (released), Benjani Mwaruwari (released), Stuart Taylor (released)’’
Manchester United Nemanja Vidic could be on his way out from United with Real Madrid making a move for the Serbian giant. FC Porto’s Bruno Alves may be his replacement should Vidic’s deal go through. Mexican Javier Hernandez is a handy addition following a bright World Cup. Ins’‘Javier Hernandez (CD Guadalajara), Chris Smalling (Fulham)'’Outs’‘Ben Foster (Birmingham), Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow)’’
Newcastle It’s been a quiet off-season up at St James’ Park but Chris Hughton wants to add to his squad. They have been linked with Sol Campbell, Mahamadou Diarra and Dan Gosling but nothing has gone through. Goalkeeper Steve Harper looks set to stay despite interest from Celtic. Ins’‘James Perch (Nottingham Forest)'’Outs’‘Nicky Butt (released), Fabrice Pancrate (released)’’
Stoke City The Potters could be set to make a move for Middlesbrough skipper Gary O’Neil as they try to strength their squad. Tony Pulis, though, appears quite content with his squad. Ins’’-'’Outs’‘Andy Griffin (Reading), Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth (Loan)), Steve Simonsen (Sheffield United), Amdy Faye (released)’’
Sunderland Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is keen on luring Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck to the Stadium of Light on a year-long loan, while they’re also keen on Stephen Ireland and Chris Eagles.
Ins’‘Cristian Riveros (Cruz Azul), Simon Mignolet (Sint Truiden), Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (ENPPI)'’Outs’‘Lorik Cana (Galatasaray), Daryl Murphy (Celtic)’’
Tottenham Harry Redknapp is keen on Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy and he could try to offload Robbie Keane to fund the purchase of the Welshman. Spurs have also been linked with Brazilian Luis Fabiano along with Yannick Djalo, while Giovani dos Santos may go out on loan to Sporting Lisbon. Reportedly keen on Joe Cole too. Ins’‘Sandro (Internacional)'’Outs’’-‘’
West Bromwich The Baggies’ link with Blackburn’s Jason Roberts looks solid with Roberto Di Matteo confirming his interest in the striker. West Brom have already added Irish midfielder Steven Reid from Rovers, along with Romanian defender Gabriel Tamas and Spanish defender Pablo Ibanez. Ins’‘Gabriel Tamas (AJ Auxerre), Steven Reid (Blackburn), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid)'’Outs’‘Jonathon Greening (Fulham (Permanent)), Robert Koren (released), Andwele Slory (released)’’
West Ham United New Hammers boss Avram Grant is on the verge of completing a deal for Israel defender Tal Ben Haim, while he’s already confirmed the signings of Mexican Pablo Barrera and French frontman Frederici Piquionne. Have shown interest in Joe Cole as well.
Ins’‘Thomas Hitzlsperger (Lazio), Pablo Barrera (UNAM), Frederic Piquionne (Lyon)'’Outs’‘Guillermo Franco (released), Ilan (released)’’
Wigan Athletic Argentina striker Mauro Boselli has joined Roberto Martinez’s Wigan and he’s shown some good pre-season form already. Oman ‘keeper Ali Al-Habsi joins on a season-long loan and he’ll push Chris Kirkland for the number one shirt. Ins’‘Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes La Plata), Antolin Alcaraz (Club Brugge), Ali Al-Habsi (Bolton (Loan))'’Outs’‘Mario Melchiot (Umm Salal)’’
Wolverhampton Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has been linked with a move away from Molineux, but Mick McCarthy seems determined to keep him. Austrian frontman Stefan Maierhofer is for sale, while Wolves have landed tricky midfielder Stephen Hunt and Scottish striker Steven Fletcher. Ins’‘Stephen Hunt (Hull City), Jelle Van Damme (Anderlecht), Steven Fletcher (Burnley), Steven Mouyokolo (Hull City)'’Outs’‘Chris Iwelumo (Burnley), Andrew Surman (Norwich City), Jason Shackell (Barnsley)’’