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Dream, realistic, wildcard: What fans of every Premier League club want in the transfer window

2017-07-17 10:11:21 | Author:Greg Johnson | Source:squawka
Abstract:With the Premier League summer transfer window in full swing, Squawka wanted to know how supporters of the division’s 20 clubs for the 2017/18 season were feeling about the business their teams have done so far and the signings they hope to see before the deadline day have come and gone.

To find out, we sent out questions to fans across country to hear what they had to say and ask them who they would pick as dream, realistic and wildcard transfers to ensure their side have all the players they need for a successful campaign.


Dave Seager is a columnist for Gunners Town and football.london and author of ‘Supporting Arsenal Is A Funny Old Game‘ – out now!

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How would you rate your business so far?

Hard not to be impressed with the new dynamic Arsenal so far. We have signed the best left back in Germany from last season for zip and the new Ian Wright for a record fee. Happy Days.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

As I understand it we have a third crazy bid on the table for Kylian Mbappe and he would be a wonderful addition. The kid has magic in his boots and the world at his feet. If that would mean selling Alexis Sanchez to the highest bidder to fund his signing, I’m cool with that.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Realistically we may have him already in Alexandre Lacazette but until it is confirmed that Mbappe is staying in Monaco or heading to Paris or Madrid I will hold out some hope. It perhaps more likely that we’ll sign his team mate Thomas Lemar or our fall back option, Riyad Mahrez.

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Who would be your wildcard signing?

Despite the rumours about Emiliano  Martinez being promoted to share the goalkeeping duties with Petr Cech in the first team I don’t buy it and Wojciech Szczeny does not want to return to N5. I know he was out for a year but I would love to see Arsenal bring in Jack Butland. We need home grown talent in the squad and he is the best English ‘keeper in my view.


Amit Katwala is the author of ‘The Athletic Brain – How Neuroscience Is Revolutionising Sport‘ – out now!

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How would you rate your business so far?

Outstanding. The one thing we needed more than anything was a solid goalkeeper, and we’ve found that in Asmir Begovic – nice piece of business done pleasingly early. The return of Nathan Ake should help strengthen the defence, and the return of Jermain Defoe is a cherry on top. All three have played for Bournemouth before – very much an Eddie Howe trope.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Lionel Messi? At this point it’s hard to think of anything more than what’s already happened. It would be nice to see Jack Wilshere in a Cherries shirt again, but not at the expense of Lewis Cook – who helped England win the U20 World Cup in the summer and has looked sharp. The only thing we can ask at this point is to hang on to Josh King.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

I would be surprised if we do any more significant business this summer – there have been links to a few players from the Championship but no one you could describe as a big signing.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

I think it was probably Jermain Defoe. Let’s hope it goes as well as it did the first time around!

Brighton & Hove Albion

David Hartrick is an author and grand master of Ockley Books whose voice can be heard on The Football Fives podcast.

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How would you rate your business so far?

Slow but I’m not panicking yet. Mat Ryan is a great coup and while I know a lot of Albion fans are nervous, he is an upgrade on David Stockdale. We needed a Pascal Gross-type player and we got Pascal Gross so no complaints there either, but we’ve still got some business to do and our first game of the season against Manchester City is coming up fast.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Apart from a 21-year old Bobby Zamora? If we could take anyone and slot them straight in I’d pinch Luke Shaw and stick him straight in at left-back as, unlike his manager, I think he’s absolutely terrific, plus if we’re dreaming here I’d give Luka Modric a piggy back all the way from Madrid to Brighton if that’s what it took to get him there.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

I think getting Mat Ryan might be it to be honest, we may pay a bit more for Thomas Delaney but that looks such a ridiculously complicated deal to get done I’m not convinced it’s going to happen, and I think if Izzy Brown comes that’s going to be a loan too. Chris Hughton keeps reminding us the window doesn’t close till the end of August. We’ll see.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Because of how we play Jack Wilshere would be perfect for us. I know his legs are made of glass and sweet wrappers, but I’d take him in a heartbeat. Our real wildcard isn’t a signing to be honest. Keep your eyes on Solly March. He missed a massive chunk of last season with injury but he is something a bit special.


Bryan Morrissey is a Burnley fan.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between Burnley and Stoke City at Turf Moor on April 4, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

How would you rate your business so far?

The club is financially secure and should be a bit more ambitious. Michael Keane sale was good business. Jonathan Walters is a bit weird but quite an exciting signing. I’m not sure about Charlie Taylor from Leeds. We should have gone for John Terry and Jay Rodriguez too.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

My ideal dream signing would be Wilfried Bony from City.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

A more realistic big signing could be Shane Long from Southampton or Robert Snodgrass in swap deal involving Andre Gray going the other way to West Ham.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

For a wild card, that would be Charlie Austin or the return of Danny Ings. Both ex-Burnley.


Joe Tweeds is the owner of Chelsea fansite PlainsOfAlmeria.co.uk and a contributor to We Ain’t Got No History.

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How would you rate your business so far?

At the time of writing we have signed three 16-year-olds and a 35-year-old backup goalkeeper. I am unsure whether our youth teams need improving, but I am glad to see we have our priorities in order!

Slightly less tongue-in-cheek, we seem to have conducted the longest medical known to man on Tiemoue Bakayoko – someone wants to tell the club we need players to pass a medical, not the Special Air Service training programme. Equally, the Alex Sandro stuff continues to drag further into the abyss. It is a bit of a non-starter at the moment.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Given Diego Costa’s impending departure, a centre-forward capable of 20 goals a season is a must. I would have taken Romelu Lukaku over Alvaro Morata, but part of me likes the potential and traits that Andrea Belotti has. He’s not a €100 million striker, but I think if you can get him for around £60-70 million, I’d take him.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Alex Sandro. Despite it dragging on for approaching six weeks, I still feel like this is a deal the club can make. People may question the fee for “just a left back”, but when you realise he is in a very small class of players who can shut down an entire side of the pitch you take him. Combining him with Eden Hazard? Go home right backs.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

I have been keeping an eye on Jeremy Toljan for a while and think he is someone that could become a top calibre right wing back at Chelsea. Essentially you have someone capable of playing both sides, as a conventional full-back, in midfield or even further ahead. Tall, athletic, powerful and very smart, his contract is running down at Hoffenheim and I imagine they want to sell this summer to recoup something.

I think he is the type of player who ends up at Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund and people wonder where he’s come from. I would like Chelsea to pinch him this summer and let him develop into a potentially class operator on the right hand side.

Crystal Palace

Chris Waters is a Crystal Palace Trust Board member and contributor to the club’s matchday programme.

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How would you rate your business so far?

The most important pieces of business have already been concluded: firstly, getting Wilfried Zaha on an improved long-term contract; and secondly appointing Frank de Boer as manager after a month of searching. We have since been linked with a host of players, including some in the Dutch league, but at the moment it seems we are no closer to signing anyone.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Mamadou Sakho would be the dream signing for most Palace fans: he was a rock and talisman in our escape from relegation ,and the club seemed to get the best out of him. It is clear that our defence needs a radical upgrade, and he would be a key, if expensive, part of that solution.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

I suspect a realistic signing would be a defender out of the French or Dutch league, not a Liverpool defender with a £30 million price tag. [Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald has been heavily linked – Ed]

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Nathaniel Clyne seems to have fallen out of favour a little at Anfield; it would be amazing to see him come back to where it started for him, in a position in which we probably need to improve upon.


Colin Berry is a game designer for Lucid Games.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 12: General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

How would you rate your business so far?

Its been exciting and I’m pretty happy with it so far. We’ve signed some good young players in Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, a decent young European player in Davy Klaassen, some kids for the under 23s and a couple of potentially exciting bargains in Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru, who I don’t think many have seen play to be honest, but that adds to the excitement.

And of course, we’ve signed Wayne Rooney, which feels like it was always on the cards. I’m hopeful it will work out well. We’ve lost Romelu Lukaku, which is a shame. I enjoyed him playing for us. Always felt we had a goal in us with him playing. He has critics, but bar five or six players you can find flaws in every player out there. Yes his first touch is questionable, sometimes its great, sometimes its poor, its erratic rather than awful.

Overall so far, so great, and I’m confident we’ll have another four or five in by the end of the window – we need a striker, a centre-back and a left-back for cover at least, also some pace either up front or out wide too. For us its unprecedented doing so much business so early.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Thomas Muller, two players I adore. Muller is so gifted, even without having the best season last year. I don’t think he’s always fully appreciated, but he’s quality. Aubameyang seems to be available. It’s an odd that no one from the Premier League has gone for him, because his game seems suited to our league. So either of those would be a dream signing.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

That’s tricky, I think financially we can now compete with most other clubs in terms of fee and we are certainly raising the amount we spend in wages too, but we don’t have the pull a Champions League side has. We need a forward, I think Olivier Giroud, who we’ve been linked with, is not an unrealistic shout.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

That’s a tricky one. Maybe Kasper Dolberg. He is young and probably won’t move yet but he’s the kind of player who could explode next year and suddenly the top Champions League clubs want him. Then you’ve missed the opportunity. Nabil Fekir from Lyon too, I like him, or Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht. Buy him and loan him back for one season.

Huddersfield Town

James McDermott is a Huddersfield fan.

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How would you rate your business so far?

Business so far has been class. We’ve spent around £40 million, got back Aaron Mooy from Man City, Kasey Palmer has returned on loan and we’ve spent money on the Championship’s better players, like Scott Malone from Fulham and Danny Williams from Reading, signed on a free transfer.

Our best signing of those has got to be Steve Mounie from Montpellier. He cost around £13 million and scored 14 goals in Ligue 1, just one fewer than the likes of Mario Balotelli and Kylian Mbappe. The signing of Tom Ince could be a bargain too.

He’s had a bit of an attitude and dedication problem up to this point but looked committed in his interview to proving himself and it looks as though David Wagner has had a word with him about working hard.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Dream would be to get back Izzy Brown but, it, unfortunately, looks very unlikely to happen. The lad’s class and could be off to Brighton.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

We’ve been linked pretty heavily with Baba Rahman. It’s a bit out there and we’ve obviously just signed Scott Malone but in the Premier League you need as much competition as possible and even though it’s £22 million, he’s an experienced, exciting young player.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Wildcard signing would probably be Jack Wilshere, he’s a top midfielder on his day and surprisingly we’ve been linked with him but he obviously has high wage demands, Arsene Wenger seemingly wants to keep him around, as well as the fact he is injury prone.

Leicester City

Simon Armitage is a Leicester fan.

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How would you rate your business so far?

Happy with our business so far. Harry Maguire strengthens our central defence, which was desperately needed, and signing Sevilla’s captain for a touch over £10 million is a great bit of business. To be honest though, our best business will be keeping some of our key players – Kasper Schmeichel, Wilfred Ndid and Demarai Gray, who is more important to keep than Riyad Mahrez. We’ll have to pull out some very good transfers to replace any of them.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

It’s not exciting, but we really need another centre-back. Opinion is divided but I believe we need to replace both Robert Huth and Wes Morgan, so we need to buy another to go alongside Maguire. Ben Gibson would be good – another young English defender with experience of the Premier League. Jonny Evans would be decent too, bringing more experience, but no-one’s ever got excited about Jonny Evans have they?

A more dreamlike signing further up the pitch would be the likes of Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon – who we very nearly signed in January – or Gylfi Sigurdsson. A creative midfielder is what we’ve really lacked recently, especially with Danny Drinkwater out of form.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Kelechi Iheanacho has been strongly linked, and would be a sensible signing: an out-and-out forward to give us someone in the middle when Jamie Vardy runs the channels.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

It’ll be someone no one has ever heard of from a minor French team. We’ve learned to trust our scouting team unreservedly in terms of spotting bargains and potential stars. Just look at N’Golo Kante, Mahrez and Ndidi.


Nina Kauser is a writer, editor and podcast host for Anfield Index.

during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on May 7, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

How would you rate your business so far?

I’m very happy with the Mohamed Salah deal. His pace alongside Sadio Mane will be a frightening prospect for most teams to compete with. It also makes Liverpool less reliant on one player and allows Jurgen Klopp to play different formations come next season. Dominic Solanke also looks very impressive for such a young age but I feel he is very much for the future as opposed to making a impact straight away.

However, with players such as Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk being constantly linked with Liverpool without the transfer being completed, it’s been a frustrating summer and I think the fans want big signings to be completed. Unfortunately I feel the drama will continue until the very end of the window.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Naby Keita would be an excellent signing; he would add so much quality to the midfield and would afford Klopp the luxury of rotating his midfield and tinker with the formation. Of course the player has expressed that he wants to leave RB Leipzig but the German club are playing hardball and don’t need to sell the player. If by some miracle Liverpool get this deal done, it would show a great sign of intent and demonstrate the pulling power of a quality manager such as Klopp.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Despite the reports suggesting that Liverpool have ended their interest in Van Dijk I still feel this will be resolved before the window is over as the Dutchman has snubbed the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for a move to Liverpool.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Despite the club using James Milner as a left-back for the majority of the season, and Alberto Moreno still on the payroll, the club have been linked to Hull City left-back Robertson, who wouldn’t get the fans too excited. I feel that he has some qualities that could prove that he is a good fit at Liverpool which will largely depend on who the starting centre-back pairing is next season.

Manchester City

Daniel Morehead writes for Teletraan.co.uk.

How would you rate your business so far?

Very happy with Ederson as Claudio Bravo obviously hasn’t worked out as well as hoped. The other incomings so far have been Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva who was fantastic against us in the Champions League last season. It looks like he’ll be primarily on the right wing, with Raheem Sterling competing for the place.

Whilst Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery from wide is unrivaled, he isn’t a natural winger. David Silva and De Bruyne drifting and switching positions depending on the passage of play should be very difficult to defend against.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

The Alexis Sanchez rumours won’t go away but it feels different to when he was leaving Udinese and Roberto Mancini was chasing him. He’s obviously one of the best attackers in the Premier League but this is an area of the pitch we are well stocked in.

Left wing should be Leroy Sane’s position for the future and with Sterling, the Silvas and De Bruyne supporting Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. It seems like one player too many even accounting for squad rotation.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Benjamin Mendy is ideal for Pep Guardiola’s system. Full-backs are critical in supplying the high tempo and width he demands, something our fullbacks last season struggled with. With Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna all being released at the end of the season, we currently only have Aleksandr Kolarov as our only senior fullback – so this is obviously a priority area!

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Not a new signing, but I’d still like Joe Hart to get a chance to compete with Ederson. It’s unlikely he’d want to do that in a world cup year though. Similarly, Patrick Roberts looks a great talent who I hope gets an opportunity on the pre-season tour.

Manchester United

Paul Ansorge is co-host of leading Manchester United podcast United Rant and a writer for Bleacher Report.

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on February 1, 2017 in Manchester, England.

How would you rate your business so far?

Victor Lindelof is a United player and everyone who is in a position to know tells me this is a very good thing. The last centre-back Jose Mourinho bought was Eric Bailly, so he’s definitely got a line of credit with United fans here.

Ed Woodward has also pulled off something of a fancy transfer window maneuver using Alvaro Morata to mask his true intentions to sign Romelu Lukaku, who I am inclined to believe was actually their first choice.

It seems churlish to complain about getting a striker who has consistently scored in the Premier League for West Brom and Everton, and who is coming off the back of his best ever season, but as a true believer in Marcus Rashford, and a big fan of Anthony Martial, I’m truthfully a little sad that United are investing so heavily in a young centre-forward.

People say “it’s a long season, lots of games,” but they said the same about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival and he played basically every game until he got injured. How many games will Rashford or Martial get in the next three seasons now – 20 or 30? With all that said, if Lukaku does the job he is being brought in to do, it will, I guess, be worth it.

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Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Thomas Muller. Not just because he is really good at football but because he seems like absolutely great fun and I bet him and Paul Pogba would get up to good hijinks together.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

I guess I wouldn’t be totally shocked if Gareth Bale came to United? A slightly less big and more realistic signing would be Fabinho from Monaco who seems like he could be the man to replace Michael Carrick in the long run. We certainly need a midfielder, and obviously everyone will be a bit fed up if it’s Nemanja Matic, which presumably it won’t be given the Lukaku deal and how likely it is to have upset Chelsea.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Patrice Evra. I love this game.

Newcastle United

Kevin Blundell is Squawka’s social media manager.

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How would you rate your business so far?

It seems to be mirroring the story of a few clubs looking to spend: we’re involved in the hijack summer. Missing out on Tammy Abraham wasn’t the end of the world but he would have been another option up top to take the pressure off Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, if he’s still here. Have faith though. I believe Rafa will be given the funds to strengthen so it will be down to him and his team to bring in the players we need.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Gylfi Sigurdsson – I miss the days of having a goalscoring midfielder. Obviously he looks like he’s going to Everton now, so we could maybe take advantage of that transfer and bid for Ross Barkley. Newcastle fans would love him, he’d love them. It’s the perfect match – if he’s available.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Given how many times we’ve been hijacked this summer then it could end up being Florian Lejeune, someone we’ve already signed. It wouldn’t surprise me given how the transfer market is going and with Rafa’s reputation in the game if we come up with something big in the last few weeks of the window.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

We’ve been linked with Kieran Gibbs and we’ve been in need of a left-back for a while – he’d be a strong signing.


Alex Stewart is a freelance football writer and owner and editor of Put Niels In Goal.

during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Southampton, England.

How would you rate your business so far?

What business? We have signed Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan, and while the one person I know who watches Polish football rates him as a prospect, he’s not first team ready yet. Harrison Reed, who I like, has left on loan to Norwich. A good move for all parties I think.

Jay Rodriguez has gone to West Brom for £12 million. That’s a shame – I rated him but injuries have hampered his performance significantly and he’s flitted in and out of the team as neither one thing nor the other, not quite a striker to lead the line, not quite a wide player to create and score.

Does a new manager count? If so, I’m looking forward to seeing what he does.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

If retaining Virgil van Dijk counts as a signing, then retaining Virgil van Dijk. There’s nothing not to love about the Dutch defender, but he is obviously being courted, even if the mooted Liverpool move is off, or is it? While Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens were fairly solid, Van Dijk is one of the league’s leading defenders and keeping him, as we failed to do with Toby Alderweireld, would be huge.

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In terms of a new player, I always think this is rather a futile exercise, but a striker who can convert even a fraction of our chances would be nice, especially one who is young and used to playing within a possession-based, fluid side. Kasper Dolberg would be lovely.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Ah, realism. The thing with Southampton is that we recruit, generally, pretty well but from a varied pool. So, while there have been some good picks from the Eredivisie, we’ve also visited Ligue 1, the Championship, and the Bundesliga with generally decent returns. That makes it hard to identify what’s realistic, because we could realistically sign someone from most places. Yes, I’m equivocating. Apparently, we might sign Munir El Haddadi or Izzy Brown. I have no idea.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Marcos Llorente, the Real Madrid defensive midfielder who was so impressive on loan at Alaves last season. He knows the new Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino from their time at the Estadio Mendizorrotza, is a Spain U21 international, and could add a mix of bite and skill to central midfield.

Whether Zidane, who liked him enough to give him reserves football at Real, will let him go is another thing but should Romeu depart, as might happen, he would be a very canny replacement, even on loan.

Stoke City

Tim Ward is a blogger on Stoke City.

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How would you rate your business so far?

Quiet. We’ve not been strongly linked with anyone, bar Fabian Delph, and so far have signed just Darren Fletcher and Josh Tymon, both on frees.

Any Bruno Martins Indi deal looks dead with West Ham apparently now in for him. Super Jon Walters has gone – it’s sad to see him leave, given everything he’s done for the club, but £3 million for a 33-year-old is decent business and it should spur the club on to get more players in.

The other positive is seeing Bojan back after his loan at Mainz. I think most supporters are desperate to see him back in the Stoke side this season and given a chance to show what he can do.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

It’s completely unrealistic, but Daniel Sturridge – if he is fit and a decent price. A front line of Sturridge, Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri could be special.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Fabian Delph might be an interesting signing – is he “big”?! Although how he would fit in with Bojan, Arnie, Shaqiri, Fletcher and Ramadan Sobhi in midfield is anyone’s guess.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Jeison Murillo of Inter Milan. A rumour that came from nowhere and has seemingly immediately disappeared!

Swansea City

Declan Terry is a Swansea fan.

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How would you rate your business so far?

Our transfer business so far has filled me with a fair bit of optimism. Roque Mesa is the stand-out signing so far and I can’t wait for him to strut his stuff at the Liberty Stadium this season. The acquisition of Mesa is not only a great signing in its own right, but it’s also a signal of intent that we’re not going to have a repeat of the farce that was last season.

What also is a signal of intent is the huge £50 million price-tag put on star man Gylfi Sigurdsson, so hopefully we’ll manage to keep hold of him. We’ve also brought in Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea – which I’m pleased about – as well as Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

My dream signing was Roque Mesa as soon as I realised we were linked with him, however after strengthening the midfield, our focus has to be in improving the defence.

We conceded 70 goals last term which signals that we must improve in this area, specifically one quality centre-back to partner Alfie Mawson and a new right-back. As for a dream signing – and without going with someone like Sergio Ramos or Mats Hummels – I think someone like Ben Gibson would be a great shout for Swansea; he’s a fantastic defender, a real leader, he’d also get regular game-time and could form a solid partnership with fellow Englishman Mawson at the back.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

As mentioned before, the Swans need to strengthen the defence. Paul Clement expressed his interest in former Bayern Munich centre-back Holger Badstuber in January and could use his Bayern links to try and lure the German to the Premier League this summer.

Another player we’ve been linked with a lot is PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias, so if we’re actually interested in the Colombian international I don’t think it would be overly surprising if Swansea were to seal the deal – I’d be pretty happy with that one too.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

It may be a bit of a risk and perhaps it’d be a bit much to say he’d be a regular starter but I’d love Chico Flores back at Swansea. The centre-back was brilliant for us during his two seasons as a Swan, however he left in 2014 to join Lekhwiya in Qatar.

After a few years in Qatar, Chico is now a free agent and I’d just love to see him in a Swansea shirt again. He’d be a great character to have around the squad and I’m sure he’d love to play at the Liberty Stadium again in front of the Jack Army, who haven’t stopped loving him since his departure.

Tottenham Hotspur

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How would you rate your business so far?

Less said about that the better.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

There’s absolutely no chance we get him but that’s what a dream is – and mine is Anthony Martial. We lack depth in our attacking options and he could fill in on both flanks as well as up front, when Harry Kane is in needed of a break, as he often can be with the pressure he’s under.

Manchester United won’t entertain an offer from Spurs without something – Eric Dier – in return so it’s virtually impossible. We’d also struggle to match his wages but hey, a man can dream can’t he?

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Ross Barkley. He’s been laughed at but I actually think he’s got better recently, not worse. I didn’t buy the hype from 2014 to 2016; I felt he’d passed the point of being a talent and wasn’t hitting the heights he should have but I think he turned a leaf halfway through last season, perhaps due to Ronald Koeman’s tactical change, and really flourished.

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No signing this summer walks into our XI but he’d add great competition to a midfield trio of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son – as well as having the credentials to become a No. 8 and fill Dembele’s old, injury-prone shoes.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

As things stand, it’d have to be Mateo Kovacic. We’ve been linked, sort of, for a couple of months and I don’t see it happening but he’d be a brilliant heir to Mousa Dembele. He may leave Real Madrid if they stockpile midfielders but him coming to Tottenham would be a huge ask. He’s a brilliant player and he’s not really going to get a fair go at Madrid with such immense talent around.


Mike Parkin is co-presenter of the Watford FC podcast From the Rookery End.

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How would you rate your business so far?

While there is a definite sense that there is more activity on the horizon, the summer capture of Will Hughes from Derby City feels like an excellent piece of business. The reported fee seems on the low side, especially on the back of an impressive summer campaign with England Under 21’s.

His progress has been hampered by injury, which is presumably why he hadn’t secured a big move sooner, but the fact that he is home-grown, young, experienced and incredibly talented means that his arrival has met with virtually universal delight among the Hornets’ faithful.

Check out Nathanial Chalobah’s goal away at Leicester while on loan at Watford and you’ll quickly understand why his return is causing excitement. It’s a terrific coup for the Hornets with another young, home-grown talent adding to an already talented midfield pool.

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The other signing so far saw right back Kiko Femenia join from Alaves, and while defensive reinforcements are welcome, it remains to be seen if the former Spain U20 International will be a Premier League success.

While not a transfer in the normal sense of the word, it is also worth including the capture as Marco Silva as Head Coach in the discussion. After a dour and soul destroying slog under Walter Mazzarri the club feels revitalised under his stewardship and his arrival will arguably remain Watford’s capture of the summer.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Watford supporters learned a long time ago not to try and second guess the club’s transfer targets, with the majority of arrivals taking most by surprise. A new centre-back would be welcome but the real issue lies up front. Watford simply don’t carry enough of an attacking threat, and a new partner for Troy Deeney will surely be top of the summer wish-list.

There can be no denying the success that the Pozzo regime has delivered at Vicarage Road, but their transfer record isn’t without a number of blemishes and delivering an accomplished front man will be a big test for their scouting team and negotiating skills. Over to you Mr. Pozzo.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

He’s already signed: Nathaniel Chalobah. Southampton showed an interest too but he has become another young, home-grown talent to add to an already talented midfield pool at Watford.

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Who would be your wildcard signing?

I’m increasingly curious to see where Joe Hart ends up this summer and do wonder if Vicarage Road is a possible destination. Watford have forged something of a reputation for resurrecting the careers of high profile goalkeepers, with both Manuel Almunia and Heurelho Gomes enjoying an upturn in form after signing for the Hornets.

Joe Hart’s problems have been well publicised, but his experience and desire to reinstall his reputation as one of England’s best should make him a valuable (if relatively unlikely) acquisition.

West Bromwich Albion

Greg Evans is a freelance writer on sport and film for Little White Lies and other publications and is also co-host of the Wrestling Pictures podcast.

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How would you rate your business so far?

Not good. We’ve only signed Jay Rodriguez from Southampton. As a player he’s obviously got a lot to offer and is kind of the striker we need, I remain concerned about his injury record over the past few seasons and whether the investment is worth it if he fails to stay for for half of the campaign.

Then there is the fact that Darren Fletcher who has left for Stoke on a free. Although I think his best days are behind him, what does it say when your club captain and a supposed favourite of the manager is willing to leave so easily?

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

Would it be ridiculous to say Toni Kroos? Perhaps not a player of his status but we are crying out for a ball-playing central midfielder with a physical presence. There is virtually no link up between the defence and the attack in this West Brom side unless it goes out to the wings. A good and composed midfielder with an eye for a pass would do a world of good at the Hawthorns right now.

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Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Andrea Ranocchia. I think everyone was impressed with how well he adapted to the Premier League last season with Hull. Even though the Tigers were relegated he was definitely one of, if not their most impressive players and is only likely to improve. West Brom have been linked with him and it would be a sensible move as we are desperately short of numbers in defence and an old war horse like Gareth McAuley cannot realistically last much longer.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Fabian Delph. We’ve been linked with the Man City player, whose become a bit of a forgotten man at the Etihad. However, whenever Guardiola gave him a chance last season he showed real determination and eagerness. He would be an ideal player for Pulis and could possibly fill the void left by Fletcher.

West Ham

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How would you rate your business so far?

Pretty poor – Zabaleta is fairly low risk being a free transfer – but apart from that there’s been no signings. Most West Ham fans would have been hoping the lessons from last summer’s disaster would have been learned but so far at least it doesn’t look like anything has changed.

Who would be your dream signing this summer?

A central defender with some decent pace and positional sense. Actually any central defender would be nice, I’m not fussy.

Who would you like to see come in as a realistic big signing?

Chicharito would be a fantastic signing, especially if his release clause is only £13 million. For a bit more money Kelechi Iheanacho would provide sole much needed excitement but I genuinely don’t think the money is there.

Who would be your wildcard signing?

Joe Hart. With the “free” stadium the club is basically trying to do a Man City on a budget, so why not sign all their reserves.