The Transfer Window: Who Needs What? - Part Four

We have reached the final part of our transfer window guide. So what do Sunderland, Swansea Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham need this summer?

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SUNDERLAND

What they need
To learn the lessons of last summer, principally. Gus Poyet is (thankfully) no Paolo Di Canio, but the Uruguayan must avoid falling into the 'quantity over quality' trap. Sunderland brought in ten outfield players on permanent deals last summer - they shared a total of 56 Premier League starts last season, with Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini accounting for 63% of those. Something has to give.

What they will probably get
Initial signs are promising, with the signings of Jordi Gomez, Costel Pantilimon and Billy Jones all arriving with recent Premier League experience. If Sunderland could add Fabio Borini (and probably another forward too) to that list, a relegation battle should be avoided. The only danger is that Poyet has demanded control at a club for which Director of Football Lee Congerton is the man in charge of transfers.

What's been said
"Everyone has a responsibility and then the player has to be the right one for me. If not, I'm not going to accept it. My situation is clear. They [the club's scouts] need to give me the options and I need to pick the ones I like" - Gustavo Poyet, Nov 21, 2013.


SWANSEA

What they need
That largely depends on which of their top players Swansea lose. At the time of writing, captain Ashley Williams has at least signed a new contract but the future of Ben Davies, Michu, Wilfried Bony and even Jonjo Shelvey is far less secure. Take out those elements, and Garry Monk will be left with a difficult rebuilding job. Unlike Michael Laudrup last summer, this is not a manager that can rely on his reputation attracting players.

What they will probably get
If the club's worst case scenario is confirmed, then replacing Bony's 26 goals in all competitions is going to be mightily tough, however high a fee they command, and the pressure will be piled on Bafetimbi Gomis to step up to the plate. Burnley's Danny Ings would seem a speculative shout, whilst there has been talk of a return to the club for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Unfortunately, all the rumours concerns players leaving South Wales, rather than arriving - alongside Gomis, a back-up goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski is the only notable arrival.

What's been said
"I am excited about what we might be able to do this summer of course. I know how I want to do it. I know what players I want and I know what to say to people. We are not going to get every deal done, but that's part of the process - that's the way it works" - Garry Monk, June 8.


TOTTENHAM

What they need
Spurs are the only Premier League club yet to make a signing this summer and, despite the desire to avoid the upheaval of last year, that is a status quo that Mauricio Pochettino will look to quickly rectify. A striker remains the principal requirement, with a club chasing Champions League football foolish to rely on Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane, should Roberto Soldado return to Spain with tail between legs. There is talk of £50million to spend.

What they will probably get
Romelu Lukaku is the ideal, either on a permanent basis or on loan, should Chelsea continue his enforced climb up the Premier League ladder. That aside, moves for the injured Christian Benteke and expensive Wilfried Bony may be unrealistic, and Pochettino may instead choose to raid his old club for Jay Rodriguez, also nursing serious injury. Getting more from under-performing and expensive stars, will be Daniel Levy's (and supporters') biggest wish.

What's been said
"I have seen many players are gone - on which I have nothing to say. But now we have a lot of money to spend and it is up to the leadership to spend it well" - Hugo Lloris, July 6. The goalkeeper has since signed a new five-year contract.


WEST BROM

What they need
Premier League experience combined with one of the Premier League's most stringent budgets, not an easy task after the criminally underwhelming appointment of Alan Irvine. However, the signings of Craig Gardner and Joleon Lescott have raised both eyebrows and belief amongst supporters. Goals remain the alarming concern, however, with Albion's top league goalscorer scoring just five times last season. The entire current first-team squad scored 27 Premier League goals last time around. That stinks.

What they will probably get
Reported interest in Victor Moses would make sense to both club and player, whilst Alan Hutton's possible arrival is an altogether less satisfactory move. Jack Rodwell and Fabio Quagliarella rumours are a great deal more exciting despite being definite gambles. As for the 20-goal-a-season man? Well it can't go much worse than Nicolas Anelka.

What's been said
"It was a case of who the best candidate was and we chose Alan. People might not like it in the short term, but hopefully they will still see the wisdom in the long term. It is a cathartic moment. If people want to show the way they feel, that is fine. But hopefully we can start to build bridges with the fans again" - Chairman Jeremy Peace, June 20.


WEST HAM

What they need
After the owners' insistence that West Ham become more than simply the next step down the ladder for faield or failing England internationals, the horizon begins to look slight brighter in East London, with much of the clubs business done in surprisingly efficient manner. Highly-rated prospects Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diego Poyet have all arrived for around £18million, whilst Argentinean Mauro Zarate adds a touch of the loose cannon to proceedings. More of the same, please.

What they will probably get
Ecuador's World Cup success story Enner Valencia seems to be the next to roll into the Boleyn Ground, with a reported fee of £12million seeming slightly ballsy. Erstwhile Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka is another potential addition, with Jefferson Montero a slightly cheaper alternative. Blow us down with a feather if we haven't just got excited about West Ham for the first time in half a decade.

What's been said
"I think there are three or four positions - it depends on the budget. You would say there is still room for a young central defender, particularly a left-footed one because we do run with three and not four. Ideally, you would have four. You would also say we need another left-back to go along with Aaron and I think a front-line player and the possibility of a midfield player as well" - Same Allardyce, July 9.

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ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

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