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Manchester City and Liverpool are preparing £25 million offers for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in January, with both of the Premier League title hopefuls having had the Netherlands international watched on several occasions.
Chelsea are keeping tabs on AC Milan prospect Moris Sportelli, labelled the next Alessandro Nesta, though Stoke are also interested.
West Ham are considering a loan move for Marouane Fellaini when the transfer window reopens. Slaven Bilic's side are also keen on bringing in Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Manchester United and Everton are on alert after Jose Fonte turned down the offer of a new Southampton contract. Southampton are unwilling to extend the 33-year-old's deal past the end of next season.
Manchester City are willing to let Joe Hart leave the club for a price as low as £10 million as a gesture of goodwill, but will not accept bids below £20m from Premier League rivals.