10 Premier League players who are desperate for a move

Joey Barton Interview

Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, and Aston Villa players feature in our 10 to watch ahead of transfer deadline day.

Where will these 10 players move? We're not sure they will be too fussed so long as it is away from their current clubs.

Dimitar Berbatov

Is there a more frustrated figure at Manchester United right now than Dimitar Berbatov? He is the £30 million striker which Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have forgotten about, four years on from his deadline day move to Old Trafford. He has been linked with a move to a club in nearly every country in Europe, but without progress despite his knockdown price. Now reports have emerged suggesting he could be kept as a benchwarmer/back-up option with Rooney injured. Surely not? Fiorentina appear at present the most likely suitors.

Nicklas Bendtner

Last season Bendtner wanted a move to one of Europe's giants, and ended up at Sunderland on loan. A year on surely history is not about to repeat itself is it? He is reportedly wanted by AC Milan, and will have done himself no disservice by impressing at Euro 2012. He is not wanted at Arsenal and as time ticks down he will want to secure his dream move to avoid a repeat of last year.

Federico Macheda

With all the talk of how Javier Hernandez would be affected by Robin van Persie's arrival at Old Trafford, Federico Macheda really has become the forgotten man. Previous loan moves have been unsuccessful, but expect a deal to be struck soon, even if there is no current indication as to where. It could be the striker's last chance to impress.

Gio dos Santos

Despite another summer of impressing with Mexico, and this time a Gold medal to show for his efforts, Gio dos Santos' route to the Spurs first team appears as cluttered and unlikely as ever. Spurs have previously priced him out of exits in the past, and it is possible they will do again. The player will be determined not to let this happen, and is thought to be keen on a return to play in La Liga.

Joey Barton

Any takers? No thought not. Like an acrimonious divorce both Barton and QPR have tried everything to separate, searching for a solution everywhere from Fleetwood Town to Marseille. You would imagine there might be a taker somewhere, but with a lengthy ban hanging over him the solution is not so simple. Expect the unexpected in the unpredictable saga of Joey Barton.

Alan Hutton

Alan Hutton was the first choice right-back at Aston Villa for much of last year, but was told early this summer by Paul Lambert he would not be required. Despite interest from Stoke City, he remains at Villa Park, but after failing to make the bench in either of Villa's opening two defeats, the Scot will be keen to force a move away where he has a chance of playing regularly.

Roque Santa Cruz

Remember him? The Paraguayan striker is still on Manchester City's books as his contract does not expire until next summer. Don't expect anybody to sign him permanently, as they'd have to offer close to his high wages, but a loan move could materialise. Santa Cruz surely wants to get playing again and will likely consider any offer which comes his way. One discussed possibility is joining former boss Mark Hughes at QPR.

Jay Bothroyd

The problem with QPR at the moment is they have too many strikers on their books as it is. At one stage they had nine. One who looks like he doesn't have a future at the club is Jay Bothroyd, and he will be keen for a fresh start. Not so long ago he was performing well enough at Cardiff to earn an England cap, but that couldn't be further away right now, failing to even make the bench on Saturday against Norwich, and he needs to find a new club.

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey is in a spot of bother of his own making, desperate for a move away from Fulham, he has become a pariah at the club after making himself unavailable for their opening matches. A move to Liverpool could yet happen, while Sunderland have ruled themselves out. If no move arrives he will have to make a grovelling apology to manager, teammates and supporters.

Andrey Arshavin

Once described as Arsenal's missing piece of their jigsaw puzzle, Arshavin is a player who no longer fits into Arsene Wenger's philosophy. The manager has appeared to have lost faith with him despite giving him plenty of chances early last season, and supporters have almost given up too. All that is needed to draw a line under the Russian's disappointing Arsenal career, despite a couple of notable highlights, is his inevitable departure.

Which of these 10 will get their moves?

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