Angola, Cape Verde, Morocco and hosts South Africa are in Group A of the African Cup of Nations and their involvement has either directly or indirectly affected teams such as Everton, Crystal Palace, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, QPR, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Wrexham.
All the latest news surrounding Villa Park.
Aston Villa and Spurs have already capitalised and now Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with some of the Dutch league's best talents.
Aston Villa have clinched the signing of El Ahmadi on a three-year-deal.
Pep Guardiola has reportedly beaten his former No.2 Mikel Arteta with Manchester City set to sign Coritiba starlet Yan Couto ahead of Arsenal.
Romania international Ianis Hagi is reportedly set to join Steven Gerrard's Scottish Premiership challengers Rangers from Belgian champions Genk.
Callum Robinson has joined West Bromwich Albion from Leeds United's Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.
Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City reportedly want Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard and this impacts Derby County and Middlesbrough's Filip Benkovic hopes.
Kun Temenuzhkov's Leeds United career appears to be coming to an end.
League One Sunderland want a new left-back and Swansea City's Championship outcast Declan John could be the answer for the Black Cats.
Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
Championship rivals Leeds United and West Brom both reportedly wanted Dinamo Zagreb's Mislav Orsic but Bilic and Bielsa have other ideas now.
Premier League strugglers Aston Villa could reportedly let captain James Chester leave with Championship outfit Stoke City keen on the Tony Pulis favourite.
Carlo Ancelotti's Everton have reportedly failed to convince Serie A surprise packages Hellas Verona to sell Destiny Udogie to the Premier League outfit.