Six Premier League players who could earn big moves: Wilson, Ake & more
West Ham, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace men are among the Premier League players who could earn big moves to a top-six club.
With the likes of Bournemouth and Watford enjoying encouraging starts to the campaign, there is plenty of attention on players at some of the division’s more unheralded clubs.
We’ve taken a look at six players who could be set for transfers to big clubs in the not-too-distant future.
After being successfully converted into a centre-forward at West Ham under David Moyes, Arnautovic was linked with a summer move to Manchester United, and the player himself has helped fuel further speculation about a potential transfer.
“I’m 29, so that’s the best age,” the forward told Kurier when asked about the possibility of leaving east London. “It’s clear that I want to compete with the best players. But in this affair I totally trust my brother.”
So then, what does Arnautovic’s brother and agent Danijel have to say?
“He’s a big part of West Ham’s team, but I think it’s possible to tease out more of him. For that to happen, he has to play for a top team,” he said.
“Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation. He should play for the international spots.
“Marko is really enjoying playing for West Ham. He loves that club and the fans. But there is still that feeling, that this cannot be the end. And everybody should understand that.”
When asked whether the forward could leave the Hammers in the near future, he replied: “That’s possible. It was already very, very close this last summer.”
Finally earning a call-up to England’s senior squad has been the first step for Wilson, and the striker’s form has led to reports of a potential move to Chelsea.
Wilson has scored six goals and provided four assists in the Premier League for Bournemouth this term, catching the eye of the Blues while Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have struggled in front of goal.
Eddie Howe has unsurprisingly insisted the 26-year-old will not be sold, but that might not be so easy if he continues to shine for club and country.
Crystal Palace may be enduring a tough season, but Wan-Bissaka’s emergence at right-back has been one of the big positives, and not just because of his popularity on Fantasy Football.
Manchester City and Everton are both reportedly monitoring the 20-year-old, which is quite a turnaround from almost being released by Palace.
“Around 14, 15 I was turning up late, was lazy, wasn’t trying in training, looking tired,” he recently told the Daily Mirror.
“I was just drifting away with the wrong friends and it was diet stuff too, after school, chicken and chips, fizzy drinks.
“Apparently Palace were looking to release me at 14. They didn’t tell me, but my dad did and he sat me down and told me I have to fix up.
“The way he told me, he was serious. It hit me. I felt his pain so the next season I fixed up and from then I’ve just been shooting up.”
Considered one of the best players outside of the top six last season, Doucoure continues to be a key figure at Vicarage Road as Watford fly high in the Premier League.
In February the midfielder told Telefoot that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham had expressed an interest in signing him, and he went on to say in March it was a “dream” to play for the Anfield outfit.
The 25-year-old went on to sign a new contract in August, but reports in France have once again linked him with Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as PSG.
Plenty of speculation has surrounded Sessegnon’s future since he broke into Fulham’s first team at the age of 16.
Had the Cottagers failed to win the play-off final last term, it appeared like the highly-rated prospect would leave the London outfit.
And if Fulham continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table, there will be no shortage of takers for the left-sided flier.
Another Bournemouth player linked with a potential exit, Ake’s stock has risen considerably since joining the south coast on a permanent deal last year.
After emerging at Chelsea as a left-back, the 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best central defenders in the Premier League and has broken into the Netherlands squad.
Manchester United and Tottenham have both been linked with bids. And with recent reports suggesting Jose Mourinho is willing to allow to centre-backs to leave in order to sign one of his preferred targets – Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld is on his list – a merry-go-round could be on the cards in the not-too-distant future.