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EPL transfer window hustle – Part 3

28 Mar 2012, 00:12 IST

The Premier League transfer window will contain all the dramas as always. With just two months to go before the season ends, most premier league teams will look to end on a high. Here’s a look at what you can expect from the Premier league teams in the summer transfer window.

1.Stoke City:

Stoke City have been their typical self this season.  Preventing themselves from winning against relegation threatened sides and preventing the biggies from winning against them. Tony Pulis needs to revive his side and rejuvenate them if they have to compete in Europe again.

Transfer Targets

1.Steve N’Zonzi (Blackburn Rovers):

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The 23 year old could be plying his trade in the Brittania

The defensive midfielder has been linked to the Gunners and Chelsea but might seem inclined to join a team where he would be guaranteed enough starting time. Even if we assume Blackburn would avoid relegation, we can surely predict some stars leaving for better clubs. Stoke City might also suit him better since he’s more of a powerhouse like the rest of the Stoke team.

2. Aymen Abdennour (Toulouse):

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Exciting Defender Aymen Abdennour

The highly rated Tunisian and Toulouse star could make a move to the Brittania. His ambitions were dealt a cruel blow when no team approached him in January and he was forced to sign a new contract. But with Stoke City admittedly interested, he could well become another exciting Premier league signing.

Other Targets:

Claude Dielna(Istres FC), Hugo Rodallega( Wigan Athletic), DJ Campbell(QPR)

2.Sunderland :

If the Premier League had started on January 1st, Sunderland would sit comfortably in the Champions league spots. Martin O’Neill has completely turned the club around and continues to show why he is probably one of the best Premier League managers right now. It will be highly exciting to note whether the Black Cats will emerge as top contenders for Europe next year.

Transfer Targets:

1. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham):

Pavel Pogrebnyak- London to Sunderland trip?

The in-form Russian has already flourished in his six month stint at Craven Cottage.  The Black Cats will try to sign The Russian goal machine and add him to a visibly poor strike force. With Sessegnon supplying the goods and Pavel banging in the goals, Sunderland’s dream of Europe could come alive next season. 

2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace):


Will the Black Cats steal Zaha away from the big clubs just like Connor Wickham?

Wilfried Zaha is an exciting prospect in English football. The Ivorian born Englishman made full use of the big stage to showcase his talents when he tormented Manchester United‘s defence in the Carling Cup. Since then Manchester United have kept track of him but will they be too late? Sunderland have reportedly made a tempting offer and with a manager who made Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and Marc Albrighton full fledged Premier League wingers, Zaha could be tempted to move to Sunderland.

Other Targets

Moussa Kone ( Atalanta), Nicky Maynard (Bristol City) ,Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham Hotspur)

3. Swansea City :

Entertaining, intimidating, scintillating. The football world has run out of expletives for this side from Wales. Their quick passing, possession football has made them a favorite among football pundits. with Joe Alland and Britton having passing accuracy comparing to the likes of Xavi and Pirlo, the Swans are expected to do even better next season.

Transfer Targets :

1. Ryan Bennett (Peterborough):

A lot is expected from Ryan if he makes a move to Swansea

The Under 21 defender has already seen many Premier League clubs like Norwich City and Newcastle United keeping tabs on him. With Manchester United reportedly interested, the Swans will have to fight for this young defenders signature. Brendan Rodgers will be looking to improve his defense and make them an even more formidable unit.

2. Giles Barnes(Doncaster Rovers):

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In demand Giles Barnes

The former England under-21 international winger already has enough experience in the top division with Derby County and West Bromwich Albion. Only 23 years old, the winger will leave in the summer after his contract expires. His crossing capabilities could make Premier league defenders sweat and Brendan Rodgers knows that he could buy a player of potent fire-power for free. With Sampdoria and Lorient also interested, Swansea should make a quick move before they lose a proven performer.

Other targets:

Adrian Mariappa( Watford), Matthew Bates ( Middlesbrough),  Liam Bridcutt( Brighton & Hove albion)

4. Tottenham Hotspur:

Tottenham’s recent performances have undone all their good work in the starting of  the season. The once title contenders are now 4th and will have to fight to the core to finish in the Champions league. With Harry Redknapp urging his owners to loosen their purse strings, Tottenham could make big money moves in the summer.

Transfer Targets :

1. Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille)

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White Hart Lane for the Belgian sensation?

Harry Redknapp has been all praise for the Belgian wizard and has urged his owners to loosen their strings on Hazard. Will Harry be able to convince Hazard to reject the two Manchester clubs  and join his side? It remains very doubtful that he will accomplish this signing if the two Manchester clubs get involved.

2. Oliver Giroud (Montpellier HSC) :

He just cant stop scoring in the French League

Giroud is the top scorer in the French League and continues to take the world by storm after he scored against the Germans. Harry Redknapp has already spoken in praise of the striker’s ability to score goals. Could we see another French league export dominate the Premier League?

Other Targets:

Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Yann M’vila (Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax Amsterdam)

5. West Bromwich Albion:

West Brom were expected to be in the relegation zone by many pundits. But Roy Hodgson had other plans. He continues to be the saviour for West Brom. He pulled together a similar effort with Fulham three years ago and led them to a European Final later. Will he make West Brom rise in a similar manner?

Transfer Targets :

1.Szabolcs Huszti(Zenit St. Petersburg)

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Huszti looking to rise again with the Baggies?

After failing to make a conclusive deal in the January Transfer window, the winger could become Roy’s first signing in the summer transfer window. Huszti is Hungarian and has European experience at the top level with Zenit. He is reportedly frustrated with lack of first team opportunities and he would grab the chance to play in the Premier League with both hands.

2.Craig Gardner (Sunderland Fc):

Will Gardner be back to the Midlands?

After failing in the January transfer window, West Brom will renew their negotiations with the Black Cats midfielder in the summer.  Gardner is a good passer, has good defensive attributes and scores goals as well. But he would be taking a very risky decision should he part with the stronger Sunderland side.

Other Targets:

Jamie Vardy (Fleetwood Town), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic)

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