Sunderland- Sam Allardyce has already been very busy in this transfer window with the acquisitions of Lamine Kone from Lorient (£6m), Steve Harper (Free) and Jann Kirchhoff (Undisclosed fee) from Bayern Munich. Not only this but they have expressed a large amount of interest in Swansea City Striker Andre Ayew. Bids have already been rejected for the Ghanaian international and Sunderland may have to up the price in order to get their man. A swap deal has also been suggested with Swansea for Sunderland winger Fabio Borini. However Swansea are not interested in the player and may be looking for a larger fee instead. With Sunderland in 19th and 4 points from being out of the relegation zone they have to look investing now before it is too late. One of their huge needs is a striker to go along side the in-form Jermaine Defoe who has scored 5 goals in his last 4 games. If a deal for Ayew can not be struck then Jordan Rhodes would be a perfect candidate for the role as he has the power and strength to play in the Premier League as well as having a great scoring record in the Championship. With Rhodes to support him I feel as though Sunderland will be able to score the goals needed to stay up.
Watford- The past transfer window for Watford was a busy one with 15 players coming in the door at Vicarage Road. I expect this one to be less busy but still some business to be done. The first thing that needs to be addressed is to keep hold of the free scoring Odion Ighalo who has scored at a sensational rate this year for the hornets. If this happens Watford should stay well away from the drop zone. They have already purchased 2 new player which are Costel Pantillimon (Undisclosed fee) from Sunderland and Nordin Amrabat (£6m) off Malaga. I expect Watford to busy as their manager Quique Sánchez Flores loves a good bargain. One area they could look to strengthen is their defence as they have a lot of young blood at the back which could lead to mistakes due to inexperience. They should look to what Leicester did with Robert Huth and bring in some wisdom at the back. A suitable recruitment could be Michael Dawson from Hull City who has a large amount of experience in the Premier League. He wouldn’t break the bank and would bring great stability to their team.
Bournemouth-The newbies of the Premier League have so far done okay and have done so without their top goalscorer last season Callum Wilson. Different players from all over the pitch has chipped in to score their goals such as Glenn Murray, Matt Ritchie and often defensive pair Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith. They have also recently purchased the very talented Wolves Striker Benik Afobe (£10m) who looks a top prospect as well as the tricky Argentine winger Juan Iturbe (Loan). However I feel they are missing some experience amongst their team as a large percentage of their side had never played in the Premier League before this season and relegation rivals such as Sunderland and Aston Villa may have an advantage over them in this department. By bringing in 1 or two more Premier League qualified players may give them greater chance of staying up. A few examples of these could be Everton’s Steven Pienaar who has nearly played 200 games in the top division.As well as Lee Cattermole who could also be a target for Bournemouth if they are too look into strengthening this area.
West Ham- Whilst West Ham may not be the busiest of clubs in this window, it is well known that they are in for a striker to push them into the European places at the end of the season. Two names have been largely linked with the club. The first being Burak Yilmaz who is a Turkish international who is currently playing his football for Galatasaray in the Turkish League. The other being the speed demon, Emmanuel Emenike who also plays in the Turkish League for Fenerbahce. However he has recently been out on loan at UAE league team Al Ain. Both these options look sensible for the Hammers who move to the Olympic Stadium at the end of the season. Emenike’s arrival would be on a season long loan with a view to a permanent deal with Yilmaz’s reaching to around the £5m mark. These players would be in addition to the already purchased right back Sam Byram (Undisclosed Fee) from Leeds. If West Ham were to bring in a striker that can score the goals consistently then I feel as though European football would be achieved.
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