Robin van Persie
Heavily linked with Liverpool’s Benteke, Palace have been alerted to Van Persie’s availability by his present club, Fenerbahce, for whom he scored 14 goals last season.
At around £8m, he’d be a budget option compared to Benteke, allowing them to splurge elsewhere.
7/2. Paddy says: “It sounds like Van Persie is set for a Premier League return, and would prefer a London club. Which sounds good for Palace, though they aren’t the only side interested.”
Ever since Jose Mourinho was confirmed as United boss, Mata’s days at Old Trafford have been numbered.
The Special One didn’t fancy him at Chelsea, and isn’t likely to have changed his mind since. Newly-rich Everton need a statement signing, Mata could be exactly that.
1/2. Paddy says: “Mata is the Juan for Everton. It makes sense for all parties involved, so we make it odds-on to happen.”
Hull need Premier League quality following their promotion, Mason needs regular football as Tottenham continue to improve. It’s that simple really.
The 25-year-old is at an age where he can no longer be considered a youngster, so taking a step back makes perfect sense.
10/11. Paddy says: “Steve Bruce loves a Spurs cast-off in midfield – just ask Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore. In fairness, they’ve worked out well, so this deal should, too.”
The Foxes have already been prolific in the transfer market, sealing deals for Ron-Robert Zieler, Luis Hernandez, Raul Uche, and Nampalys Mendy – plus a deal for Ahmed Musa is imminent.
So, having seen off Arsenal’s interest in Jamie Vardy, Claudio Ranieri’s number one priority must be retaining the guile of Algerian wide-man Mahrez, who is also wanted by the Gunners.
1/5. Paddy says: “It might have seemed improbable a few months ago, but there seems little chance of Mahrez Fox-ing off. We make him odds-on to start the season at Leicester.”