With the transfer window set to open, Goal.com takes a look at the players each Premier League club will be chasing over the next few months
By Joe Doyle and Jay Jaffa
It is that time again. With the 2011-12 season now consigned to the history books, Premier League clubs are already compiling their shopping lists ahead of the summer sales as they bid to strengthen their squads for the new campaign.
As always, the majority of attention will centre on which players will be snapped up by the big guns, with several transfer sagas set to play out over the next few months. Goal.com takes a club-by-club look at the movers and shakers throughout England's top flight.
What they need
A goalkeeper. With Ben Foster only on loan from Birmingham this season at the Hawthorns, the club must decide whether to make a bid for the keeper who has impressed, or prepare to lose out on him to another club.
Their defence has been fairly settled over the past year, but it remains to be seen whether a new manager believes it needs boosting. With first choice midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu apparently attracting the gaze of many a team, the Baggies may need to look into alternative options if they feel an offer is on its way.
Up front, they aren't short of options, with Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie forming a decent partnership.
The club should be looking to get Foster in permanently, but after a good year he could attract a bigger club and they will need to look at other alternatives such as recent England call-up Jack Butland or other talents such as Fraser Forster. Jamie O'Hara has been linked with a move away from Wolves after their relegation, and West Brom would be an option for the left-footed midfielder. They have also been linked with a move for Fulham striker Andy Johnson.
Striker Simon Cox looks set to leave the club due to a lack of playing time, although he may hang on and try to impress a new manager, but an exit looks more likely with the strikers they already boast.
Odemwingie has been linked with a move, but the club are unlikely to want to sell, and his status as the top striker is unlikely to change even when considering a new manager.
A few clubs are also supposedly interested in centre-back Jonas Olsson after some impressive displays, but again, the player is considered one of their most important and the club are not likely to sell.
What they need
Wigan just about avoided relegation this year, which is quite an achievement considering the positions they found themselves in regularly throughout the season.
A late push based on some fantastic football bought them plenty of admirers, but with Roberto Martinez looking set to leave it remains to be seen if his style of play will be jettisoned as well.
Franco Di Santo seems to have found his scoring boots, but a back-up striker would be a good addition, with Hugo Rodallega only grabbing two goals last year.
Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller is a rumoured target, and is available on a free transfer this summer. They'll be facing some competition from Championship teams, as well as newly-promoted Southampton and Reading.
Of course, new signings will depend on who is in charge of the club though, and with that still up in the air it remains to be seen who will stay at the club before they can think of new signings.
Victor Moses is a player that has been attracting interest from many teams following his impressive displays towards the end of the season, and has expressed his desire to leave as he enters the final year of his contract. Rodallega is also expected to be on his way out after his current deal expires.
Midfielder Mohamed Diame is another to have been linked with an exit from the DW Stadium, and could be on his way regardless of whether Martinez stays or goes.
What they need
Reading are a team perhaps a little short up front. Veteran Jason Roberts led the line well after joining from Blackburn last season, but it remains to be seen whether he could replicate that form in the Premier League.
Their defence was famously water-tight last season, with Alex Pearce and Kaspars Gorkss forming a great partnership in the centre, and Ian Harte has just penned a new one-year deal to stay on the left side of defence.
But new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich is likely to back Brian McDermott with enough money to sufficiently spruce up his side if he so chooses.
The Royals have been linked with a few high-profile names such as Joe Cole and even Jermain Defoe, but those signings look a little far-fetched.
They are likely to be one of many clubs sniffing around Junior Hoilett as he leaves Blackburn on a free transfer, while Blackpool's loss in the play-off final could mean a move for highly-rated Matt Phillips.
Other names linked include Crystal Palace duo Nathaniel Clyne and Wilfried Zaha, though the former is also rumoured to be attracting interest from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
They could be tempted into a sentimental signing of former striker Kevin Doyle after Wolves' relegation, but he is likely to command a large fee from the Molineux club
Like all of the promoted teams, you won't find a lot of players willing to leave just as their team joins the Premier League. A few fringe players may be told that they are no longer needed, but McDermott may be wary of upsetting the squad dynamic that sent them on such a phenomenal run in the second half of the season.
What they need
They have a good squad, but it is somewhat lacking in real Premier League experience. That is not necessarily a bad thing though, as Norwich and Swansea have proven this year, but a general strengthening all-round would help them out.
A first choice striker partnership of Billy Sharp and Rickie Lambert is all-but guaranteed, but a striker or two would be good for rotation or a precaution in case of injuries. A defender with experience would also be a positive move.
The Saints have been linked with a host of players in all areas of the field. Starting in defence, Scott Dann is a name popping up, and one that Blackburn are likely to want off the wage bill after their relegation to the Championship.
In midfield, Matt Jarvis is a player that will interest a host of clubs if he is to leave Wolves, and Southampton are likely to be interested.
Up front, they have been linked with Simon Cox of West Brom, Kenwyne Jones from Stoke, Jay Rodriguez of Burnley, Conor McAleny of Everton and Kevin Doyle from Wolves. Of those, Cox would be the most realistic target, but Rodriguez would be a good addition to the squad as they challenge in the Premier League.
Realistically, no players will be looking to leave Southampton this summer, as they enter the Premier League for the first time in seven years. The tough decisions will come if Adkins believes some of his squad aren't up to the challenge, but again, don't expect too many outgoing players.
What they need
The Hammers did what was required to gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
However, critics will point to the example of QPR ahead of this year's top-flight campaign when judging just how much work is required this summer. Sam Allardyce has proved over the years that he is capable of building tough, resilient teams, perfectly honed for surviving a gruelling 46-game campaign and that familiar strategy worked in this season's Championship as West Ham won the play-offs.
But just how many of the current squad will be deemed good enough to keep the east London club in the Premier League? There is certainly a strong spine, but it is the support cast that may worry Hammers fans. Both full-back positions will need to be reinforced, while in attack, Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te will need further support.
Allardyce reportedly has a 25-man list of players he has passed to David Gold and David Sullivan in anticipation of a busy transfer window.
At left-back, the club will need at least one new face. George McCartney spent the season on loan at Upton Park and his absence will be felt, particularly if Matt Taylor is moved further forward for the new season. Kieran Richardson has been mooted as a left-sided solution.
In midfield, the Hammers have suffered from a lack of wide options. The club have been linked with Wolves pair Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis, and both would add a welcome injection of pace on the flanks. There is also the romantic option of bringing the prodigal son back to Upton Park in Joe Cole, but the owners have stated they would find it difficult to make such a move.
Up front, Allardyce may look for a further option to play the target man role as well as finding a forward capable of rotating with the quicker Vaz Te. Jordan Rhodes looks set to leave Huddersfield this summer, so expect a bid.
The club have moved swiftly announcing the departures of John Carew, Abdoulaye Faye, Papa Bouba Diop, Frank Nouble and Julian Faubert. Loanee McCartney will also return to Sunderland until a full-time deal can be arranged.
Green's future is also in doubt as his contract is nearing expiration. It is vital the club hold onto England's number two and save a summer of searching for an adept replacement.
Frederic Piquionne is likely to leave the club following a loan spell at Doncaster and the future of Freddie Sears seems uncertain. Recent signings Sam Baldock and Nicky Maynard are yet to hit their top form and it remains to be seen if they'll be given next season to improve.