With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now long odds-on to complete his move to Arsenal we look at other moves bookies expect to happe
Sturridge needs game time, Newcastle need goals. The move makes sense on so many levels. It looks like Mike Ashley might have found his wallet down the back of his sofa and is finally willing to let Rafa Benitez loose with some cash for some much need reinforcements. Put simply, you can’t rely on Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez and Joselu to keep you up. Sturridge of course comes with risks (he appears to be put together by string and sticky tape), but if he plays in all of Newcastle’s final 14 games, he will score enough to keep them up.
The Brazilian winger has struggled for game time at the French champions this season and his coach Unai Emery has suggested the 25-year-old should look elsewhere for regular football. With Spurs arguably having the weakest squad of those challenging for the top 4 (Moussa Sissoko has featured in all but one of their Premier League games!), the former Sao Paulo man could offer Mauricio Pochettino a much needed plan B for when Christian Eriksen is unavailable or god forbid rested!
They say never go back. Well Leonardo Ulloa and Brighton have ignored that advice so far this window and if the bookies are right then the Championship leaders look set to follow suit and sign a former striker who is now out of favour with the club who signed them. Afobe was a goal machine for Wolves in the second tier and earned himself a move to the Premier League with Bournemouth. He’s failed to live up to expectations on the South Coast however with limited game time and goals contributing to a very apparent lack of confidence for a striker who thrives on, unfortunately for team and player, just that.
Probably more known for being quite good on computer games, in real life he’s never really kicked on since moving from Italian side to French moneybags PSG back in 2011 for just under £40million. Now 28, he needs a club where he can again be centre stage away from the distractions of Neymar and co. Inter appear keen on taking him back to Serie A and it would be a move that would make sense for all parties.
Another Championship striker Bournemouth spaffed millions on (spaffed is the correct terminology). He’s one of those strikers that is probably too good for the Championship but falls short of Premier League standard (see Cameron Jerome in his peak). He started the season up top for a truly dismal Sunderland team yet still managed 12 goals in 19 starts. Now back at Bournemouth (again) he looks set to be sold to the highest bidder. Step forward Neil Warnock’s promotion hopefuls.
If there is a more unglamorous £25m+ transfer to have happened in recent times please let us know. Deeney made headlines earlier in the season after his side beat Arsenal 2-1 by claiming the Gunners lack ‘cojones’. A month later he was sent off for showing too many/much cojones and attempting to squeeze poor little Joe Allen’s head like a small lemon. Somehow, West Brom think he is the answer to their goal-scoring problems (25 goals in 90 PL appearances). The best thing we think would come out of this would be his former club Walsall will get a substantial sell-on fee which could allow them to buy back their stadium. Just lovely.