As the transfer window begins to draw to a close, a number of sides are still chasing reinforcements as the 2015/16 Premier League campaign starts to heat up. Here are some of the latest and greatest Premier League transfer rumours to emerge this week:
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal could still be in with a chance of landing a title-winning striker in Karim Benzema after former Gunner Rodney Marsh told TalkSPORT that Real Madrid had accepted an offer in the region of £48 million for the goalscorer.
Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa are reportedly on the verge of tabling another bid for West Brom centre-back Joleon Lescott after an initial bid of £1 million was turned down last month, as reported by The Mirror.
Newly-promoted Bournemouth are considering making a move for Stoke City outcast Steve Sidwell, according to The Daily Express, after Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe put rumours of a move to Eddie Howe’s side to rest.
Reigning champions Chelsea may end the transfer window with a bang, with the Daily Star reporting that Jose Mourinho is tabling a £60 million bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba as the Blues look to strengthen after a lacklustre start to their title defence.
Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for another goalkeeper as, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Alan Pardew has taken a liking to PSV Eindhoven shotstopper Jeroen Zoet.
Sky Sports sources have confirmed that Everton are lining up a bid for Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia as they begin preparing for life without John Stones, who is on the verge of becoming a Chelsea player.
According to The Leicester Mercury, Leicester City could add another midfielder to their ranks with a move for Liverpool and Newcastle target Daniel Armartey of FC Copenhagen, following the capture of Gokhan Inler from Napoli.
Brendan Rodgers’ may bolster his Liverpool squad with the £10 million signing of Real Madrid flop Asier Illarramendi, after Spanish newspaper Marca reported that the La Liga club were looking to offload the midfielder for as much, or as little, as possible.
Manchester City are edging closer to finalising a deal for Kevin De Bruyne, according to Sky Sports, after the Premier League club met Wolfsburg’s mammoth £50 million valuation, which will take their summer spending beyond the £150 million mark.
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller by lodging a £60 million bid with the Bundesliga club, as reported by German newspaper BILD, after they failed to finalise a deal for Barcelona man Pedro prior to his Chelsea switch.
West Ham have been handed a massive boost in the race for Queens Park Rangers’ goalscorer Charlie Austin, with West Ham pulling out of the race for the £15 million man, as reported by The Daily Star.
According to The Daily Mail, Alex Neil is considering bolstering his Norwich City squad with the signing of Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic, after the club missed out on their top target Mattia Destro.
After a poor start, Southampton may look to add to their defensive options with the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, as Sky Sports claim that Ronald Koeman’s side are ‘keeping tabs’ on the 24-year-old.
Stoke City may land another coup in the transfer window by snapping up Everton and Southampton target Virgil van Dijk, as reported by The Daily Express. The Celtic defender would join the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay at the Britannia Stadium.
Bottom-dwellers Sunderland may look to shore up their leaky defence with the signing of Nantes Papy Djilobodji, with The Mirror claiming that the centre-back is keen to try his luck in England after a decent spell in Ligue 1.
Despite claims that they are finished in the transfer window, Swansea City may still complete the signing of Benfica’s Filip Djuricic before the window shuts, as Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claim that the club have slashed their asking price to just £4 million.
According to The Express, Tottenham could snap up Chelsea winger Victor Moses in a cut-price £6 million deal, as the Nigerian international has been pushed further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order by the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona.
Despite Quique Flores’ claims, Watford could offer flop striker Mario Balotelli a route out of Liverpool according to reports from Sky Sports Italia. Balotelli’s Anfield career appears to be over, and Watford are one of a handful of clubs willing to meet their £10 million valuation.
West Bromwich Albion are on the verge of completing a deal for Tottenham centre-back Federico Fazio, as reported by The Guardian. Spurs are interested in Baggies goalscorer Saido Berahino, but it is unclear whether Fazio’s move is part of that deal.
Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are hopeful that the signing of Barcelona’s Alex Song can be finalised within the next few days, according to The Daily Mail, following his impressive loan spell with the club last season.