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Friday 30 September 2016

Transfer window talking points

Published 29/08/2016 | 14:26

Joe Hart looks set to depart Manchester City.
Joe Hart looks set to depart Manchester City.

With the summer transfer window closing at 11pm on Wednesday, there are only a few more hours left for Premier League clubs to make adjustments to their squads.

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Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the key talking points on the transfer front as the deadline approaches.

What next for Joe Hart?

With there appearing to be little prospect of him getting much playing time at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, it seems a move is the best thing for Hart as he aims to retain his England place. In a frequently-changing picture, Sunderland and Torino are the two clubs to have now emerged as the most viable-looking options for the 29-year-old goalkeeper.

What next for Saido Berahino?

Berahino has looked destined to depart West Brom for the last few transfer windows - and the striker certainly did not appear to be enjoying life with the club on Sunday, having only been introduced from the bench against Middlesbrough when 17-year-old forward Jonathan Leko, who had been brought on before him, sustained an injury. Stoke are interested but the likelihood of a move going through this time around remains unclear.

More late dealings by Tony Pulis?

Baggies boss Pulis has often done a considerable amount of business late in a transfer window and that looks set to be the case again, with him having stressed after the Middlesbrough game his desire to bring in a host of players. It is understood Albion have agreed fees for Tottenham's Nacer Chadli and Malaga's Ignacio Camacho.

How many for Hull?

Another club hoping to be very busy in the remainder of the window are Hull, who have made a fine start to the season under caretaker boss Mike Phelan despite having a very threadbare squad. Cardiff have accepted an offer for goalkeeper David Marshall from the Tigers, who are understood to have also met Tottenham's valuation of midfielder Ryan Mason.

How high will the record spend go?

Premier League clubs have already broken the transfer spending record in this window, and it simply remains a question of what the final figure will be. Deloitte last week predicted it will have topped £1billion when the deadline passes - according to the financial services firm, at 4pm on Thursday, shortly after Manchester City's signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was confirmed, the gross spending stood at £880million, beating the £870m of last summer.

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