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The one player every Premier League club needs to target this summer

Who do you want to see your club sign?

French international Paul Pogba has been linked to all of Europe's top clubs.
French international Paul Pogba has been linked to all of Europe's top clubs.
Image: EMPICS Sport

Arsenal 

THE GUNNERS FAILED to sign a single outfield player last season, although the addition of Petr Čech was welcomed.

The failure of Arsene Wenger to add more firepower in attack has led to more questions on the Frenchman’s future at the club.

First-choice striker Oliver Giroud has never hit the golden 20-goal mark in the Premier League since joining from Montpellier in 2012, and a new star striker could finally see Wenger’s men maintain a title challenge into May.

Recommendation: Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

France Soccer League One Alexandre Lacazette plays for Lyon in France. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Aston Villa (relegated)

Defeat to Manchester United in April confirmed Villa’s relegation to the Championship, although their fate had been known for several months before hand, after several listless performances.

Goals are key to getting out of the Championship and although Rudy Gestede has experience of playing in the second tier of English football, it is essential that Villa add more goals to their attack.

Recommendation: Patrick Bamford (Chelsea)

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Play Off - Final - Middlesbrough v Norwich City - Wembley Stadium Patrick Bamford was prolific for Middlesbrough in the Championship. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe’s men fought against the odds to secure another season in the Premier League after an impressive maiden campaign in England’s top flight. Next year promises to be even tougher now that the opposition are familiar with their style of play and the Cherries will need to show even more resilience to avoid a relegation battle next term.

Recommendation: Robbie Brady (Norwich)

West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns Robbie Brady joined Norwich from Hull last season. Source: Martin Rickett

Chelsea 

Antonio Conte has arguably the toughest job of any new Chelsea manager in recent seasons. With no European football, Chelsea will need to concentrate their efforts in building from the back, an aspect of their game which has made them so successful over the last decade.

Recommendation: Marquinhos (PSG)

Chelsea v Paris Saint Germain - UEFA Champions League - Round of Sixteen - Second Leg - Stamford Bridge The promising Brazilian can play at both right-back and in central defence. Source: EMPICS Sport

Crystal Palace

Alan Padrew’s men tumbled down the table in 2016, after being as high as fifth in December. No Crystal Palace player managed to reach double figures for the season, despite the creative ability Yohan Cabaye in midfield and the dribbling skill of their wingers  Yannick Bolaise and Wilfred Zaha — a new striker could see them secure a top 10 finish next season.

Recommendation: Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)

Wilfried Bony File Photo Wilfried Bony has failed to replicate his Swansea form at Manchester City. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Everton

The Toffees offer plenty of attacking threat but that has too often been counteracted by a leaky Toffees defence. With Tim Howard joining Colorado Rapids in MLS, Joel Robles will be the only senior goalkeeper at the club and question marks remain if the Spaniard can be considered Everton’s long-term no 1.

Recommendation: Asmir Begović (Chelsea)

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group G - Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev - Stamford Bridge Asmir Begovic has struggled for first-team football since joining Chelsea last season. Source: EMPICS Sport

Leicester City 

Claudio Ranieri has already stated that the aim for the Foxes next season will be a top 10 finish, but with the challenge of Champions League football to come, Leicester will not be able to rest on their laurels. The first player on Ranieri’s wishlist should be a winger to play on the left side to compliment Riyad Mahrez.

Recommendation: Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla)

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group D - Manchester City v Sevilla - Etihad Stadium Yevhen Konoplyanka is an Ukrainian international. Source: EMPICS Sport

Liverpool

Although Simon Mignolet signed a long-term contract with Liverpool until 2021, the Belgian has been less convincing in goal, making several high-profile errors throughout the season. A new goalkeeper could rejuvenate Liverpool’s defence for next season.

Recommendation: Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League - Quarter Final - Second Leg - Vicente Calderon Marc-Andre ter Stegen's role at Barcelona has been limited to cup games and the Champions League. Source: EMPICS Sport

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola faces the biggest challenge of his career when he takes over the reins at Manchester City. The former Barcelona manager inherits a squad that has never really delivered on it’s potential, leaving Guardiola a huge task to make his mark at the Etihad Stadium. Several new signings are needed if City are to challenge next season.

Recommendation: Paul Pogba (Juventus)

Bayern Munich v Juventus - UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 - Second Leg - Allianz Arena Paul Pogba was once on the books at Old Trafford. Source: EMPICS Sport

Manchester United 

United need to start taking games to the opposition, after failing on numerous occasions to score in the first- of games. Manchester United fans have had to endure rather than enjoy watching their team over the last couple of seasons and the board need to deliver a star signing to bring a sense of renewed  optimism around Old Trafford.

Recommendation: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Germany Soccer Cup Manchester United will have to beat a host of clubs to sign Marco Reus. Source: Michael Sohn

Newcastle United

A lack of a goalscoring centre forward has cost the Magpies dearly this season, and perhaps a return of a former striker could be the answer to Newcastle’s problems in front of goal.

Recommendation: Andy Carroll (West Ham)

West Ham United v Swansea City - Barclays Premier League - Upton Park Andy Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool in 2011. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Norwich City

The Canaries return to the Premier League was hampered by a lethal cocktail of an error-prone defence and strikers who failed to score enough goals. The threat of relegation was always going to be on the cards for Alex Neil’s men.

Recommendation: Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City)

Cardiff City v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship - Cardiff City Stadium The Gabonese international has put in a string of impressive performances in the Championship this season. Source: David Davies

Southampton 

The Saints have a strong tradition of developing young players whether that be players from their acclaimed academy or players transferred from other clubs. An attack-minded right full-back could add a new dimension to Ronald Koeman’s side for next season.

Recommendation: Cyrus Christie (Derby County)

Fulham v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship - Craven Cottage The Derby right-back was voted as the clubs Young Player of the Year. Source: John Walton

Stoke City

Mark Hughes has proved that he can attract some of Europe’s most high-profile players to the Potters and will be looking for a new striker to improve on a season that faded at the end.

Recommendation: Christian Benteke (Liverpool)

Liverpool v Watford - Barclays Premier League - Anfield Christian Benteke has endured an injury-plagued season at Liverpool. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sunderland

Sam Allardyce certainly achieved all that could have possibly been asked of him at the Stadium of Light, and some astute signings in the January transfer window, most notably the additions of Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff made the Black Cats difficult to beat. The former West Ham manager will be looking for more creativity in midfield to build on his solid foundations at the back.

Recommendation: Sofiane Feghouli (Valenica)

Belgium Soccer Europa League Sofiane Feghouli is available on a free transfer at the end of the season. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Swansea

After a season of flirting with relegation for the first time since their promotion in 2011, Swansea need to ensure they recruit the right type of players to avoid a repeat performance.

Recommendation: Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

Everton v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup - Semi-Final - Wembley Stadium Michael Carrick's Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season. Source: John Walton

Tottenham Hotspur

After an outstanding season, Tottenham fans will be demanding more of the same next year and with Mauricio Pochettino in charge, there is a genuine belief that this could be just the start of a successful period. With a bit more pace in the side Spurs could be an even bigger threat next season.

Recommendation: Sadio Mane (Southampton)

Southampton v Manchester City - Barclays Premier League - St Marys Sadio Mane has scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Watford

A new manager and an influx of new players from all around the world seemed a recipe for disaster for newly-promoted Watford but Quique Sánchez Flores’ side have defied all predictions this season. Watford were not as convincing in the second part of the season as they were the first, and as a result the Hornets may need to strengthen in attack to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle next season.

Recommendation: Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Arsenal - Barclays Premier League - Old Trafford Adnan Januzaj has failed to live up to expectations. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Brom

Baggies fans are seeing both sides of life under the management of Tony Pulis – likely to keep you safe from relegation, unlikely to keep you entertained while doing so. The former Crystal Palace manager will need to attract some stardust to the Hawthorns if he wants to avoid a winter of discontent.

Recommendation: Jordan Ibe (Liverpool)

Liverpool v Watford - Barclays Premier League - Anfield Jordan Ibe has shown flashes of his ability for Liverpool this season. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Ham

West Ham has a feel of a club on an upward trajectory, after a successful first season under new manager Slaven Bilić, the Hammers can look forward to their move to the Olympic Stadium with a genuine sense of hope. The vocal home support will be demanding a new star signing to grace their new stadium.

Recommendation: Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

Italy Soccer Serie A A host of European clubs are chasing the Argentine's signature. Source: AP/Press Association Images

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