Euro 2008/Premier League Matchmaker: 20 new players for the Premier League

Ollie Irish

2nd, July 2008

Finding the Lonely Hearts of Euro 2008 the perfect home in the Premier League
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Arsenal – Artur Boruc
Poland’s keeper was in top form during the competition and a move to a top four club could be enough to tempt him away from Celtic. The Gunners – with Jens Lehmann on his way out – could be interested.
Aston Villa – Denis Kolodin
The Russian centre-back impressed throughout the tournament and could fill the Olof Mellberg-shaped hole in Villa’s defence.
Blackburn – Martin Harnik
Looked talented and dangerous in attack (until asked to shoot) and could provide some invention and pace that would be lost if David Bentley leaves.
Bolton – Johan Elmander
This one is a done deal. Gary Megson signed the Swedish forward a few days ago.

Chelsea – Andrei Arshavin
If anyone is going to get Chelsea playing the sort of football Roman Abramovich wants to see, it will surely be his compatriot. Chelsea are one of the few clubs who could talk him out of a move to Barcelona.
Everton – Jeremy Toulalan
Was better than Makelele in the Makelele role during France’s brief stay in the competition. Would add some midfield protection to the Toffees defence to replace that previously offered by Lee Carsley.
Fulham – Mariusz Lewandowski
The Cottagers are rumoured to want the Polish international to bolster their midfielder.
Hull – Stelios Giannakopoulos
The Greek midfielder is available on a free transfer after parting company with Bolton. Phil Brown is a known admirer.
Liverpool – David Villa
The Reds have reportedly been chasing him for some time, there are the obvious Spanish connections, and Fernando Torres is waiting to partner him.
Man City – Joao Moutinho
Portugal’s little magician could run Premier League games once he had found his feet. Could be one of the final pieces in the nearly completed jigsaw Mark Hughes has inherited from Sven Goran Eriksson.
Man Utd – Eren Derdiyok
Sir Alex Ferguson is known to like the look of the young Swiss striker who would add some height to the champions’ attack.
Newcastle – Arda Turan
The tricky Turkish winger can take players on, whip a cross in and score a goal. All of which means Kevin Keegan heaven.
Portsmouth – Bafetimbi Gomis
The French striker didn’t get an opportunity to show his abilities at Euro 2008, but he is highly-rated and if anyone can get the best out of him it will be ‘Arry.
Stoke – Rene Aufhauser
The big boys were courting him a few years back, and while he might have missed that boat he still has talent and could help to shore up the Potters.
Sunderland – Roger Guerreiro
The Brazilian-born striker looks a cut above the Polish league and could liven up the Black Cats’ attack.
Tottenham – Daniel Guiza
La Liga’s top scorer could make a decent acquisition for Spurs’ Spanish boss Juande Ramos, especially given the constant stream of rumours linking his strikers with moves elsewhere.
West Brom – Andreas Isaksson
The Swedish stopper is unhappy at Manchester City but is a solid keeper who could help the Baggies in their bid to beat the drop.
West Ham – Colin Kazim Richards
The Turkish international seems to have come on in leaps and bounds and might fancy a move back to his native East End.
Wigan – Orlando Engelaar
A beast of a midfielder who could join international team-mate Mario Melchiot at the JJB.