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1 - Who does rumoured Arsenal target Yann M'Vila currently play for?
2 - Name the Feynoord defender thought to be on his way to Aston Villa.
3 - Where is Cesar Azpilicueta, the Marseille right-back Chelsea have made a bid for, from?
4 - Name Steven Pienaar's first European club.
5 - Fulham target Vincenzo Iaquinta currently plays for Juventus, but which smaller Italian club did he spend a spell on loan at last season?
6 - Against which team did Clint Dempsey, apparently wanted by Liverpool, score the winner for Fulham in the 2010 Europa League last 16?
7 - Who did Liverpool sign Martin Skrtel from, who are now reportedly duking it out with Manchester City for his signature?
Zenit St Petersburg
8 - Where is Victor Wanyama, a Manchester City target, from?
9 - Who does Lucas Moura, wanted by Manchester United, currently play for?
10 - Which reported Norwich target once said this about his debut for a new club: "Just awful; I didn't contribute anything. I've been bigging myself up, saying I'm ready and obviously I'm not. I'm not good enough to get in the team yet. I'm honest with myself in every performance and that was rubbish - I looked like a pub team player."
11 - David Bentley, apparently wanted by QPR, has played for four different clubs on loan in his career - name them.
Norwich, Blackburn, Birmingham and West Ham
12 - Reading were reportedly interested in Jermain Defoe - who did Defoe score against in the 2010 World Cup for England?
13 - Southampton are reportedly keen on Blackburn's Scott Dann, who signed him from Birmingham. But where did Birmingham buy him from?
14 - Stoke are apparently interested in Blackburn and Sweden's Martin Olsson - who is Olsson's agent, a former Sweden player himself?
15 - Who was Sunderland target Louis Saha's first club in England?
16 - Swansea have been linked with Giovani Dos Santos - can you name the three clubs he has played for on loan since signing for Spurs?
Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander
17 - Who did Arsenal sign Emmanuel Adebayor, interminable Tottenham target, from?
18 - Can you name the three clubs that Obafemi Martins, thought to be wanted by West Brom, has played for since leaving Newcastle?
Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan and Birmingham
19 - Which current League One club did apple of West Ham's eye Andy Carroll play for on loan in the 2007/8 season?
20 - Who does Ivan Ramis, who Wigan have made bids for, play for currently?