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WHAT THEY NEED

    

To learn the lessons of last summer, principally. Gus Poyet is no Paolo Di Canio, but the Uruguayan must avoid falling into the 'quantity over quality' trap. Sunderland brought in 10 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 per cent of those. Something has to give.

WHAT THEY’LL 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 am 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" - Gus Poyet, 2st November, 2013.

SWANSEA CITY

WHAT THEY NEED

  

That largely depends on which of their top players Swansea City lose. Captain Ashley Williams has at least signed a new contract but Michu has joined Napoli on loan and the future of Ben Davies,, Wilfried Bony and even Jonjo Shelvey are not 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 who can rely on his reputation attracting players.

WHAT THEY’LL 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, while there has been talk of a return to the club for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Unfortunately, all the rumours concern 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 is part of the process – that is the way it works" - Garry Monk, 8th June.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

WHAT THEY NEED

  

Tottenham Hotspur 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 main 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’LL 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 and understood to have been offered a new contract. 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, 6th July. The goalkeeper has since signed a new five-year contract.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

WHAT THEY NEED

     

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

WHAT THEY’LL PROBABLY GET

     

Reported interest in Victor Moses would make sense to both club and player, while Alan Hutton's possible arrival is an altogether less satisfactory move. Jack Rodwell rumours are a great deal more exciting despite being perhaps a gamble. As for the 20-goal-a-season man? Well it cannot 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, 20th June.

WEST HAM UNITED

WHAT THEY NEED

     

After the owners' insistence that West Ham United become more than simply the next step down the ladder for failed or failing England internationals, the horizon begins to look slightly brighter in East London, with much of the club’s business done in surprisingly efficient manner. Highly-rated prospects Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diego Poyet have all arrived for around £18million, while Argentinean Mauro Zarate adds a touch of the loose cannon to proceedings.

WHAT THEY’LL PROBABLY GET

     

Ecuador's World Cup success story, Enner Valencia, has already been signed to bring some excitement. Erstwhile Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka is another potential addition, with Jefferson Montero, who is reportedly wanted by Swansea, a slightly cheaper alternative.

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" - Sam Allardyce, 9th July.

A version of this article first appeared on Football365.com

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