Premier League Transfer: Who are the possible targets from relegated clubs?

The Premier League’s transfer window is open to October 5, while additional domestic-only window for deals between Premier League and EFL clubs extends by a further 11 days to October 16.

So who are the best players, bargain buys from the relegated trio of Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City that are good enough to stay in the Premier League in the upcoming season?

Gbamm! profiles 10 players from the relegated clubs and indicates what clubs could potentially be the perfect fit for the shortlisted individuals.

1. Nathan Ake (Bournemouth): Highly-rated Holland international centre-back Nathan Ake is certain to depart Bournemouth in the coming days.

The 25-year-old, who is equally adept at playing left-back was one of the Cherries’ standout performers in a forgettable campaign and is said to be on his way to Manchester City for a fee in the region of £41m.

Ake’s arrival means there is further defensive cover for a backline that struggled and fumbled last campaign due to the long-term injury absence of Aymeric Laporte and he represents a direct replacement for four-time Premier League title-winning captain Vincent Kompany, who departed the Citizens at the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.

Possible Destination: Manchester City

2. Tim Krul (Norwich City): Experienced goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered relegation heartbreak for the third time in his Premier League career, twice previously at Newcastle United.

The 32-year-old Holland international regardless of finishing bottom of the table with the Canaries still managed to put up some decent numbers, making 132 saves, the second most saves in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign added to two penalty saves.

Krul knows the league perfectly well and he could be a potential target for Chelsea as a back-up goalkeeper (a low-profile experienced hand who is happy to be in the team and ready whenever summouned for playing time) for whoever the Blues sign as first-choice in this window, replicating a role veterans Rob Green and Willy Caballero have previously filled for the five-time league winners.

Possible Destination: Chelsea

3. Troy Deeney (Watford): Troy Deeney will definitely not be short on Premier League suitors ahead of the coming days.

While he might not be the most prolific goal scorer, 47 goals in five seasons and some concerns regarding his knee, Deeney developed a reputation as one of the most passionate, competitive and natural leaders in the division and this could be his major selling point.

After a decade playing for Watford, five of which were in the Premier League, the time appears right for the 32-year-old forward to depart the Hornets, who are definitely going to struggle to match his annual £3,380,000 income in the Championship.

Where could the player who has one of the best hold-up plays upfront and is equally reliable from the penalty spot end up?

Newcastle United struggled for goals from their strikers last season, with little or no confidence in record signing Joelinton and back-up options Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll struggling to make a positive impression at this level.

The Magpies should have no problems matching his wage demands, although he could be persuaded to take a pay cut and if Deeney does arrive at Saint James’ Park, his hustle and bustle, professionalism and goals should make him both a guaranteed starter and a fan’s favourite with the passionate Geordies.

Possible Destination: Newcastle United

 

4. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City): Young English midfielder Todd Cantwell, 22, was a delight to watch in the middle of the park for relegated Norwich City, scoring six times and providing two assists from 37 league appearances.

The player possesses excellent technical ability for his small frame and didn’t look out of place mixing it up with the league’s established stars to the admiration of all.

Cantwell is speculated to be on the radar of reigning Premier League champions Liverpool (a direct replacement for the now departed Adam Lallana), no surprises there as the Reds look to replicate previous deals for Georginio Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri all of whom were signed a couple of weeks after getting relegated with their clubs in successive seasons.

Possible Destination: Liverpool

5. Josh King (Bournemouth): It’s difficult to imagine the extremely talented Josh King, 28, playing in the English Championship next season without any serious bid being put in for his signature.

Here is a player who was linked with a late January transfer to Manchester United but somehow ended up on the wrong side of the divide, going down with Bournemouth six months later.

King is a versatile forward who can play every position in attack but more importantly, he knows his way to goal, never holds back when fielded and is already reported to interest both Newcastle United and Everton.

However, the £15m striker might be better suited at playing with a much bigger team, who offer him the opportunity to play in Europe and for his price tag, Tottenham Hotspur appear to be the perfect destination for King, who should serve as the ideal back-up to Harry Kane and further inject pace and goals into a forward line that was badly exposed in Kane’s absence last term.

Possible Destination: Tottenham Hotspur

6. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford): Exciting box-to-box midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has consistently being linked with a big money move away from Watford and their relegation might finally afford the gangling player an opportunity to move to greener pastures.

Doucoure is a low maintenance player, who impressively missed a combined total of five Premier League games in the last three seasons, scoring 16 goals in that period and possess no baggage of any sorts.

Everton have been known to be long-term admirers and the persistent injuries to Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin which left them short of numbers in the engine room last season could further reinforce the need to get their target at all cost.

Arsenal are another club that should be interested in the 27-year-old as they require some steel in midfield and with the expected departure of Mateo Guendouzi, there could be a void to be filled.

Possible Destination: Everton, Arsenal

 7. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth): Scotland midfielder Ryan Fraser was heavily linked with Arsenal two seasons ago, a major reason why he decided to run down his contract which expired on 30th June and now he leaves Bournemouth as a free agent.

 While Fraser might no longer be on the Gunners’ radar, he is believed to be closing in on a move to another London-based team, Crystal Palace who have offered to double his current weekly wages to the region of £50,000.

Fraser, 26, represents a bargain addition for the Eagles, who are keen on reducing the average squad age and the fact he arrives on a free transfer makes it a win-win situation for Palace.

Possible Destination: Crystal Palace

 8. Max Aarons (Norwich City): Norwich City’s young English right-back Max Aarons was one of the Premier League’s unsung youngster’s last campaign.

The 20-year-old, who made 36 league appearances for the Canaries, is reportedly the subject of an £18.3m transfer bid from European giants Bayern Munich.

However, while the prospect of joining such heavyweights will appeal to most players, Aarons should sit with his management team and access his possible situation in Munich where Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard are firmly established at right-back and it could mean he wouldn’t be more than a back-up option.

Rather than move abroad, a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur appears to make more sense. Spurs have a strong English tradition and presence within their squad and also factoring the struggles and inconsistency of Serge Aurier, who doesn’t have any direct competition in the team, a move to Spurs enables him continue his development in a familiar league and under a highly respectable manager.

Possible Destination: Tottenham Hotspur

9. Ismaila Sarr (Watford): Watford’s record-signing Ismaila Sarr was one of the standout players in a rather disappointing campaign for the Hornets.

The 22-year-old Senegal international winger only arrived last summer from Rennes and should be looking to be on the move 12 months later after showing flashes of brilliance, his breathtaking pace and brace against Liverpool at Vicarage Road the highlights of his season.

Champions Liverpool are said to be interested with a move for the highly-rated youngster who is good friends with current Reds star and compatriot Sadio Mane.

While Sarr represents an upgrade on current back-up options Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, Watford’s likely asking price of £30m might be met with some stiff resistance from Liverpool, who could suggest a loan deal with the option for a permanent transfer next summer.

Possible Destination: Liverpool

 10. Diego Rico (Bournemouth): Spanish left-back Diego Rico might have rarely grabbed the headlines during his two-year Premier League stint with Bournemouth, but a closer look at his displays indicate he was more solid than spectacular in the Cherries’ colours.

Rico doubled his Premier League appearances from the 2018/19 campaign last season, making a total of 27 appearances and late in the 2019/20 season had the most interceptions of any player in the division (66) as Bournemouth eventually went down relegated.

The 27-year-old is renowned for his dead-ball delivery and is stated to have real power in his left-foot within the Cherries’ locker room.

He could be a surprise transfer target for Chelsea, who are known to be in the market for a left-back and his case should be helped by the fact he knows the league and will arrive at a knockdown price in comparison to the Blues’ other left-back targets.

Possible Destination: Chelsea

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