Transfer deadline day: Which clubs are happy and which are panicking?

With transfer deadline day fast approaching, almost every Premier League club is still active in trying to secure a last minute deal or prevent a star player from departing.

With just a couple of days remaining, Sportsmail looks at all the potential comings and goings, what each side needs and whether your team is set for the season or ready to hit the panic button.



In: Santi Cazorla (Malaga, £16.5m), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier, £13m), Lukas Podoloski (Cologne, £11m)

What they need: Despite two games and no goals, the signings of Giroud and Podolski should be enought to replace Robin van Persie and they will be allowed time to settle. The Gunners will be focusing on finding strength in the centre of midfield to replace Alex Song and cover for the crocked Jack Wilshere.

Who they’re watching: Fitting the central piece of the jigsaw could be Yohan Cabaye, but the Frenchman looks settled at a flourishing Newcastle side. Arrivals on the wing could also be a possibility with Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay set to be sent out on loan.

Who could go: The summer arrivals have bumped Andrei Arshavin down the pecking order, while strikers Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner will also be allowed to depart.

Panic rating: 3/5

On his way? Walcott is interesting Man City and Liverpool

On his way? Walcott is interesting Man City and Liverpool

Aston Villa

In: Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United, £3m), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord, undisclosed), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, undisclosed) Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar, free), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough, £2.5m)

What they need: A kick up the rear end. Consecutive defeats have left Villa bottom of the table and while that’s no cause for panic yet there is a lack of goal scorers outside Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Even then injury and form have hampered both recently.

Who they’re watching: The new Emile Heskey... albeit one with a more prolific strike rate. Christian Benteke has emerged as a primary target for boss Paul Lambert, with the powerful Genk striker valued at around £6m. Left-back Joe Bennett is a target from Middlesbrough.

Who could go: Bennett’s arrival would pave the way for Stephen Warnock’s exit but it’s a thin squad at Villa Park so any other departures may be reduced to loan deals. Andreas Weimann was young player of the year last season but the striker is still very rough around the edges and would benefit from a temporary departure.

Panic rating: 4/5


In: Eden Hazard (Lille, £32m), Oscar (Internacional, £25m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, £7m), Thorgan Hazard (Lens, free), Victor Moses (Wigan, £9m), Cesar Azpilicueta (Marseille, £7m)

What they need: A bigger team bus. The European champions have had a productive summer in the transfer market, spending over £80m buying first team talent as well as back-up. It’s like 2003 all over again under Roman Abramovich.

Who they’re watching: It’s not unlike Chelsea to snatch a player from under their rivals’ noses, as Arsenal and Juan Mata will know, and the Blues may still have eyes on Spurs target, Willian. The Shakhtar Donetsk forward was denied a move to Stamford Bridge last month and the Blues only have three recognised attackers.

Who could go: And that could be two if Daniel Sturridge gets his wish of first-team football. The forward has emerged as a target for Liverpool and will be keen to move on to strengthen his chances of becoming an England regular after missing out on the Euro 2012 squad. Michael Essien and Raul Meireles are on Fenerbahce’s wanted list.

Marquee signing: Eden Hazard

Marquee signing: Eden Hazard

Panic rating: 1/5


In: Steven Pienaar (Tottenham, £4.5m), Steven Naismith (Rangers, free), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiakos, £5.2m)

What they need: For once it’s been a less than rocky start for Everton after two very encouraging wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa. A well balanced squad isn’t screaming for improvements but boss David Moyes still has an eye on finding replacements for Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell.

Who they’re watching: A victim of another summer restructuring at Liverpool, Charlie Adam appears to be on his way out of Anfield and their Merseyside rivals have shown an interest in taking the attacking midfielder across Stanley Park. Kilmarnock winger, Matthew Kennedy is also of interest.

Who could go: Strikers, Apostolos Vellios and Victor Anichebe look to be victims of the influx of attackers arriving at Goodison Park this summer. Hot prospect Ross Barkley may also find first-team opportunities limited and Moyes will be open to a loan switch to prevent the 18-year-old stagnating.

Panic rating: 1/5


In: Hugo Rodallega (Wigan, free), Mladen Petric (Hamburg, free), George Williams (MK Dons, free), Sascha Riether (Cologne, loan)

What they need: In theory the squad looks well equipped to at least survive another season in the Premier League. But with pending departures in key attacking positions, Martin Jol will be tracking at least one experienced playmaker with Alex Kacaniklic and Kerim Frei promising but still unproven at the club.

Who they’re watching: Out-of-favour Charlie Adam would be a competent fit at Craven Cottage behind the strikers while a move for Sunderland winger, Kieran Richardson is at an advanced stage.

Who could go: Adam and Richardson could be direct replacements for Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele.

Panic rating: 3/5

Switching allegiance: Dembele is set to join Tottenham

Switching allegiance: Dembele is set to join Tottenham


In: Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid, loan), Joe Allen (Swansea, £15m), Fabio Borini (Roma, £10m) Oussama Assaidi (Heerenveen, £3m)

What they need: Some stability after four years of different managers has resulted in a large turnover of players. Brendan Rodgers is still aiming to strengthen his side with attack remaining a primary concern despite shipping five goals in the first two Premier League games.

Who they’re watching: A move for Clint Dempsey, which seemed highly likely last month, is in jeopardy due to interest from other clubs but Rodgers will still be keen to grab the American forward. Theo Walcott is of interest as is Wolves keeper Dorus De Vries as back-up to Pepe Reina.

Who could go: A Daniel Sturridge arrival could spell the end for Andy Carroll who is already behind Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini in the Liverpool strike force and could be set for at least a loan departure. A big squad needs cutting, especially in midfield, with Joe Cole, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing all facing uncertain futures.

Panic rating: 3/5

Manchester City

In: Jack Rodwell (Everton £12m)

What they need: If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Manchester City have been the least busy club in the transfer window this summer which suggests Roberto Mancini is more than happy with his title winning squad. Eight goals conceded in the last four games seems to represent defensive issues but City let in the fewest amount of goals last season.

Who they’re watching: Outside of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott, City do have a weakness in centre-backs and have eyes on 19-year-old Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina. In the blockbuster category, Javi Martinez, who can play in defence and midfield, has been linked with a £31.7 move from Athletic Bilbao while Benfica midfielder Javier Garcia is also a target at £25m. Scott Sinclair may also join from Swansea.

Who could go: After some shaky displays last season, Stefan Savic could be used in a swap deal with Nastasic, while striker Edin Dzeko is still open to a switch back to Germany. Incredibly, Roque Santa Cruz is also still on City’s books despite not playing for the club in nearly two years, while Michael Johnson is also surplus to requirements.

Panic rating: 2/5

Highly-rated: Nastasic (left)

Highly-rated: Nastasic (left)

Manchester United

In: Angelo Henriquez (Universidad de Chile, undisclosed), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, £24m), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, £17m), Nick Powell (Crewe, £4m), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnhem, £4m)

What they need: Some fresh legs at the back. Nemanja Vidic has been victim to injuries in the past season while Rio Ferdinand is well into the autumn of his career. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are still lacking experience, while question remarks remain over Jonny Evans as a long term replacement.

Who they’re after: None of the above seems to concern manager Sir Alex Ferguson though who has stated his deals are done as far as the transfer window is concerned. It is still silly season though and the Red Devils have been linked with St Etienne’s 17-year-old centre-back Kurt Zouma in a £9m switch.

Who could go: Some big names could still leave Old Trafford though, with contract rebel Nani in talks regarding a £25m switch to Russian side, Zenit. Dimitar Berbatov is set to depart, while midfielders Anderson and Bebe will also be allowed to leave.

Panic rating: 1/5


In: Vurnon Anita (Ajax, £6.7m), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart, £400,000), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry, undisclosed), Romain Amalfitano (Reims, free)

What they need: As good as they are going forward, Newcastle’s weakness still lies in the art of defending. Only West Brom conceded more in the top 10 last season and Alan Pardew’s focus should be on strengthening the back four or at least provide ample cover.

Who they’re after: Lille have become a feeder club for Premier League sides and right-back Mathieu Debuchy has already been the subject of two rejected bids from the Toon. Pardew’s team of scouts have been the toast of the division in the last couple of years and have been watching 23-year-old Montpellier centre-back, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Who could go: Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote have interested Arsenal while Dan Gosling may struggle to find a place in the Newcastle side this term following the midfield arrivals of Anita, Birgirimana and Amalfitano. Shane Ferguson, who can play anywhere on the left, is also on the outside looking in.

Panic rating: 2/5

French fancy: Arsenal have shown an interest in Yohan Cabaye (left)

French fancy: Arsenal have shown an interest in Yohan Cabaye (left)


In: Sebastian Bassong (Tottenham, undisclosed), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds, £3m), Michael Turner (Sunderland, undisclosed), Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley, undisclosed), Steven Whittaker (Rangers, free), Javier Garrido (Lazio, loan), Alexander Tettey (Rennes, undisclosed), Mark Bunn (Blackburn, undisclosed)

What they need: A busy summer has seen Norwich bolster their squad in a variety of positions, including a whole new back four after conceding the most goals outside of the relegation zone last term. Chris Hughton remains happy with a strike force though that scored the most outside the top six, so if the Canaries are not ready now then they never will be.

Who they’re after: Hughton’s sole focus as the transfer window nears closure is finding a new goalkeeper, with Blackburn’s Mark Bunn poised to move to Carrow Road. The 27-year-old would be set to play as back-up to recent England debutant, John Ruddy.

Who could go: Not Grant Holt, and that is great news for Norwich who will need his goals to stay up again this season. It’s a thin squad at Carrow Road so major departures look highly unlikely.

Panic rating: 2/5


In: Junior Hoilett (Blackburn, tribunal), Park Ji-sung (Manchester United, undisclosed), Samba Diakite (Nancy, undisclosed), Robert Green (West Ham, free), Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham, free), Andrew Johnson (Fulham, free), Fabio (Manchester United, loan), Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea, free), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan, undisclosed)

What they need: An ice breaker session after a summer which has seen plenty of players leave the club as well as join. Bizarrely, Robert Green’s place is already under threat following a horror show on his debut and Mark Hughes has already replaced him with Julio Cesar. As far as on-field positions are concerned, it may as well be open season at Loftus Road.

Who they’re after: To shore up the defence, Hughes has targeted Rubin Kazan full-back Cristian Ansaldi but a move for Spurs defender Michael Dawson looks dead in the water.

Who could go: The Hoops are desperate to offload Joey Barton, with Marseille interested in taking the controversial midfielder on a free. The west London club love a signing though and Stephen M’Bia has been targeted as a replacement from the French side.

Panic rating: 2/5

Keeping up appearances: Julio cesar is ready to sign for QPR

Keeping up appearances: Julio Cesar is ready to sign for QPR


In: Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest, £2.5m), Adrian Mariappa (Watford, £2.5m), Pierce Sweeney (Bray Wanderers, undisclosed), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham, free), Danny Guthrie (Newcastle, free), Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest, free), Nicky Shorey (West Brom, free), Stuart Taylor (Manchester City, free)

What they need: Having only spent little over £5m, it’s been a very conservative summer for Reading whose deals have mostly involved Championship stars or players with very little Premier League experience. It’s a gamble that could pay off but supporters may feel more at ease if they had a proven Premier League hitman.

Who they’re targeting: And that’s where Carlton Cole comes into the equation. Brian McDermott would have to break the club’s transfer record and pay £5m to grab the West Ham striker though. Notts County winger, Alan Judge is also on the radar.

Who could go: Veteran striker Jason Roberts will find opportunities hard to come by on his return to the top flight as will Simon Church following the signing of Pogrebnyak.

Panic rating 3/5


In: Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys Berne, undisclosed), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £6m), Paulo Gazzaniga (Gillingham, undisclosed), Steven Davis (Rangers, free), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace, tribunal)

What they need: Plenty of focus has gone into the strikers but Nigel Adkins may want to add some steel to a defence that looks like it could leak goals this season. Some more wide players would also be useful, especially on the right.

Who they’re targeting: Gaston Ramirez's move from Bologna has stalled but the attacking midfielder could still join if the clubs can agree on a fee. Left-back is also an area where Southampton want to strengthen and Ajax’s Nicolai Boilesen is a £5m target. However Arsenal and Inter Milan are also keen.

Who could go: Star striker and fan favourite Rickie Lambert is a target for Aston Villa and Blackburn. Should he depart then Adkins may swoop for Swansea striker Luke Moore in a loan deal but either way it would be a huge loss for the Saints.

Panic rating 4/5

Stalling: Gaston Ramirez (left) is in talks with Southampton

Stalling: Gaston Ramirez (left) is in talks with Southampton


In: Michael Kightly (Wolves, £2m), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo, undisclosed), Jamie Ness (Rangers, free), Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

What they need: In terms of just surviving another season in the Premier League the ingredients are already there for Stoke who have a well balanced team and once again will be hard to defeat. But it’s about time the Potters kicked on and targeted a top ten finish by signing a creative attacking midfielder.

Who they’re targeting: It’s creativity that Tony Pulis is looking to strengthen too with Liverpool’s Charlie Adam a target. A loan swoop for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone is still an option while the Potters are still linked with free agent, Michael Owen.

Who could go: Diego Arismendi has failed to make an impact in his three years at the Britannia Stadium while Michael Tonge may also opt to move on to secure first team football.

Panic rating: 3/5


In: Louis Saha (Tottenham, free), Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa, free), Steven Fletcher (Wolves, £15m), Adam Johnson (Manchester City £10m)

What they need: A summer spent mostly rebuilding the attack has left a few holes at the back for Sunderland. Wes Brown and John O’Shea are impressive enough but injuries hampered the former last season, while the arrival of Cuellar is just a replacement for Michael Turner.

Who they’re targeting: Michael Dawson would be a huge coup for the Black Cats but interest is starting to fade in the central defender who would stretch the financial purse strings at the Stadium of Light. The same also applies to Fulham playmaker, Clint Dempsey.

Who could go: Kieran Richardson has just 12 months left on his contract and any reasonable offer would be accepted, with Fulham likely to confirm a deal. Winger Ahmed Elmohamady is poised to join Hull on a season-long loan.

Panic rating: 2/5

Southbound: Kieran Richardson (right) looks set to join Fulham

Southbound: Kieran Richardson (right) looks set to join Fulham


In: Michu (Rayo Vallecano, £2m), Jose Manuel Flores (Genoa, £2m), Jonathan de Guzman (Villarreal, loan), Kyle Bartley (Arsenal, £1m), Jamie Proctor (Preston, undisclosed), Ki Sung-yeung (Celtic, £5.5m)

What they need: A round of applause so far. Shrewd transfers have seen Swansea make an excellent start to the season but Michael Laudrup will still be targeting a replacement for Joe Allen who was the heartbeat to the midfield last season.

Who they’re targeting: The Crewe academy has been a respectable one over the years and the latest star to come through the ranks is Ashley Westwood. The Swans are considering a £2m swoop for the midfielder but Everton and Blackpool are also keen.

Who could go: Scott Sinclair looked all but set to sign for Manchester City for £6.2m but the Swans have upped their asking price at the last minute to put the deal in serious doubt.

Panic rating 3/5


In: Mousa Dembele (Fulham, £15m), Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, £5m), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax, £10m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim, £8m)

What they need: Another transfer window circus at Tottenham has seen them trying to close out deals in the last minute once again. A replacement for Luka Modric is of primary concern and cover for strikers Jermain Defoe and Adebayor would also be welcomed by the White Hart Lane faithful.

Who they’re targeting: Russia’s Euro 2012 star striker Alan Dzagoev is linked while moves for Yann M’Vila, Willian and Joao Moutinho have hit stumbling blocks surrounding asking prices.

Who could go: Just about anyone! Not even the most established first-team player is safe from Andre Villas-Boas’ axe with Aaron Lennon, Rafael van der Vaart and Michael Dawson all linked with moves away from the Lane.

Panic rating: 3/5

In the market: Spurs are interested in Euro 2012 star Alan Dzagoev

In the market: Spurs are interested in Euro 2012 star Alan Dzagoev

West Brom

In: Ben Foster (Birmingham, undisclosed), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen, free), Claudio Yacob (Racing Club de Avellaneda, free) Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, loan), Yassine El Ghanassy (AA Gent, loan)

What they need: Concerns remain over West Brom’s defence – even more so should Liam Ridgewell or Jonas Olsson pick up an injury. A rampaging full-back would also add more quality to the Baggies attack.

Who they’re targeting: Rubin Kazan’s Cristian Ansaldi is an option but Steve Clarke’s business (with not a penny spent on an outfield player) looks done with Yacob, Ghanassy and Lukaku making solid starts to the season.

Who could go: The Baggies first team look secure but a big squad now needs trimming with Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas likely to find it difficult to break into the first team.

Panic rating: 2/5

West Ham

In: Matt Jarvis (Wolves, £10.75m), Modibo Maiga (Sochaux, £5m), Alou Diarra (Marseille, £2m), James Collins (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth, undisclosed), George McCartney (Sunderland, undisclosed), Raphael Spiegel (Grasshoppers, undisclosed) Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton, free), Mohamed Diame (Wigan, free)

What they need: Having signed nearly a whole first team worth of players, Sam Allardyce should probably focus on handing out name tags around the club dressing room having raided the transfer market in every position.

Who they’re targeting: It should be a quiet last few days as far as arrivals are concerned but Joe Cole has been constantly linked with a return to Upton Park from Liverpool. It’s starting to become a congested midfield at the east London side though.

Who could go: Much to the fans’ disappointment, local boy Mark Noble is on Fulham’s wish list and with the midfielder in the last year of his contract he could be subject to a move away from the club.

Panic rating 3/5

Leaving home? Fulham have shown an interest in Mark Noble (right)

Leaving home? Fulham have shown an interest in Mark Noble (right)


In: Arouna Kone (Levante, undisclosed), Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal, loan), Ivan Ramis (Real Mallorca, undisclosed), Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen, undisclosed)

What they need: For the first time in many years, Wigan look like a solid Premier League side. But the opening game defeat to Chelsea highlighted a familiar problem in that they do not have a lethal marksman, even more so after the departure of Hugo Rodallega and key creator Victor Moses.

Who they’re targeting: Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong is an option and was sorely missed by the Trotters through injury as they suffered relegation last season. A striker doesn’t look in sight but Arouna Kone may just surprise a few this season.

Who could go: Youngster, Callum McManaman has been on the verge of breaking into the first team for a couple of seasons now, but chances still look limited and he may be allowed to leave on loan to get a full campaign under his belt in a lower division.

Panic rating 3/5