The lowdown on the transfer targets

Help, we’re in the midst of an all-out transfer frenzy. With two England internationals already on the move and things bound to get busier, this looks like being a credit crunch (and common sense)-defying window packed with big-money moves and muchos, muchos speculation.Fortunately our sister site FootballTalentspotter.com is on hand to give you the skinny on all the players linked with your club – be they lower-league journeymen being brought in on the cheap or multi-million foreign types your manager is pinning your club’s hopes and financial well being on.Here as a taster are a few unknowns who could be on Match of the Day before the month’s out (find more in Talentspotter's Ones To Watch section):St Etienne’s Blaise Matuidi is the man Portsmouth are said to be looking to bring in to replace Bernabau-bound Lassana Diarra, and that looks a pretty good shout given that, like his compatriot, Matuidi is an industrious and fearless little chap who’d run his jaffers off and allow Richard Hughes the time and space to work his magic...or maybe not.The sticking point for Pompey is, unsurprisingly, the dollar. St Etienne won’t be letting Matuidi go on the cheap (Director of Football Damien Comolli is insistent he won’t be sold at all – but we know he’s all chat) and a price tag of upwards of £10 million is likely to mean Pompey will need to set their sights a little lower.Perhaps, then, they should make a move for Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah, who is a free agent having negotiated the termination of his contract with former club Fenerbahce in the summer. They’ll need to steal a march on former boss Harry Redknapp, however, as Appiah is this week training with Spurs and could be set to help bring a bit more balance to Arry’s squad.Speaking of Tottenham, having already paid way over the odds for Darren Bent and David Bentley in the last 18 months, Daniel Levy is looking to make it a hat-trick of terrible deals for young(ish) English players, with up to £14.5 million on the table for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. The pursuit of Downing is a flashback to the Martin Jol era – during Juande Ramos’s tenure, Sevillaw’s Diego Capel was the man linked with the left-wing vacancy.That ship has most likely sailed now, not least because Ramos, Capel’s old boss at Sevilla has bitten the bullet at Levy Towers, but also because Spurs are now pony, and Barca and Real Madrid (yes, Senor Ramos again) are said to be sniffing around the flaxen-haired flyer.One possible alternative for Redknapp could be Celtic’s Aiden McGeady, who is said to be unsettled at Parkhead having been fined and suspended by the club for ‘breaching club discipline’ last month.BLOGS: Ibrox hero Johnston hopes McGeady stays at Celtic

Across North London, Arsenal are strongly considering a move for Russian maverick Andrei Arshavin, ignoring the fact that a second striker is probably the one thing they don’t need, given their lack of a top goalkeeper, holding midfielder and defensive cover, but still – it’ll be nice to see how he does in the Premier League, won’t it?Another forward heavily linked with old London town is Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi, who is arousing interest from Chelsea. The Argentine is the latest player to be labelled ‘the next Maradona’, so unsurprisingly his club are keen to hold on to him. We’ve compiled a little dossier on Lavezzi for your delectation.Meanwhile Manchester City are on the lookout for a ‘number 9’, and they could do a lot worse than having a long hard look at Zenit St Petersburg’s Pavel Pogrebnyak, the Russian forward Spurs should have signed in the summer. Also worth a gander is Robert Lewandowski of Lech Poznan, who is sure to be efficient and cracking value – what with being Polish and all, – and Kris Boyd, although the Rangers forward and all-round ‘character’ looks set to become the latest Scottish player to scale Hadrian’s Wall and join Alex McLeish at Birmingham.Find out more about these and many more players, plus give your ratings on every player in England and Scotland at FootballTalentspotter.com

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