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Wilfried Zaha: The Ivory Coast forward rejoined Crystal Palace from Man United in 2015
Wilfried Zaha: The Ivory Coast forward rejoined Crystal Palace from Man United in 2015

The transfer window is rapidly coming to a conclusion with less than a month to go until the deadline.

Clubs have been eager to make plenty of moves before the start of pre-season, and Real Madrid's capture of Eden Hazard from Chelsea is the biggest deal of the summer so far.

Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix has opted to sign with Atletico Madrid, while Ajax star Frenkie de Jong has completed a switch to Barcelona.

English clubs have also played their part, as Manchester City broke their transfer record to bring in Rodri - while Spurs got the chequebook out to complete the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.

There's still a lot more work to be done though, and every team is scrambling to try and find a goalscoring forward to help fire them towards the top of the league.

Here, we take a look at some of those forwards who have been backed in the markets with Sky Bet to switch teams in the next few weeks, alongside delivering our opinion on how beneficial the deal would be for all parties.


Romelu Lukaku to Inter

Sky Bet odds: 2/7

Romelu Lukaku: The Belgian celebrates his second-half strike for Manchester United against Southampton
Romelu Lukaku is backed to leave Old Trafford this summer

A move to Inter Milan looked to be most likely for the Belgian, but the Italians face competition from rivals Juventus who have seemingly joined the race.

Sky Sports Italia claim Juve are ready to meet United's demands to push through a move for around £75million, with Lukaku apparently willing to take a wage cut in order to get a fresh start away from Old Trafford.

Inter initially offered to take him on loan before making the move permanent in 2021 for £62million, but it was rejected by United. The fact Lukaku headed to Australia with United for pre-season made it tough for a deal to happen imminently for either side.

But Inter chief Antonio Conte has supposedly told Inter Milan he wants the club to land Romelu Lukaku, Edin Dzeko and Nicolo Barella this summer.

Verdict: 9/10 - Lukaku could do with a move away from Old Trafford and Serie A seems the likely destination. Juventus and Inter Milan are keen and both have the finances to afford a move. United will benefit from bringing in a different striker too so this is a deal that makes sense for all parties.


Neymar to Barcelona

Sky Bet odds: 2/7

Neymar is hoping for a return move to Barcelona
Neymar is hoping for a return move to Barcelona

The Brazilian is a player that can be seen as difficult to control, and after two successful seasons at PSG, Neymar has been backed to make a return to Barcelona.

The 27-year-old made the switch to France for a measly €222 million fee in 2017 but apparently wants out, with the cash-rich club unable to make an impact in the Champions League.

Ousmane Dembele was brought into replace him, but Philippe Coutinho has struggled to establish his best position at Barca, which could spark them into making a move to bring back the talented forward.

Verdict: 7/10 - Neymar wants out, and Barcelona is rumoured to be the place where he is going. The forward failed to report to PSG training earlier this week, although the French champions won't be forced into a move unless the price is right. His high price means only a select few clubs will be able to secure his signature, although Barcelona fall into that category.


Charlie Austin to Sheffield United

Sky Bet odds: 4/7

Charlie Austin celebrates scoring a goal for Southampton
Charlie Austin celebrates scoring a goal for Southampton

The Blades are said to be on the hunt for a striker this window and while Oli McBurnie and Neal Maupay have been previously mentioned as the priority, another fancied name is Charlie Austin.

The 30-year-old didn't exactly light up the Premier League last season, with just two goals in 25 appearances, although he did strike in their Carabao Cup victory over Brighton.

A move could be on the cards for Austin after he was left out of Southampton's travelling squad for their pre-season tour of Austria.

Verdict: 6/10 - Sheffield United do need to be a striker in this window and one ideally with Premier League experience. Maupay and McBurnie look like they are the preferred options, but Austin is seemingly available given his exclusion from Southampton's tour. While his goalscoring record wasn't the best last season, Chris Wilder is always able to get the best out of the forwards he brings in.


Kemar Roofe to Rangers

Sky Bet odds: 7/4

The Leeds forward enjoyed a great season under Marcelo Bielsa, scoring 15 goals despite injuries at various points.

He struggled to establish his position following a move from Oxford in 2016 but it's become clear that he is better playing in the striker position and has held the position at Leeds' preferred striker over the past two seasons.

Rangers are reported to be the club most keen on his signature, but you imagine others will be monitoring his situation carefully as he enters the final year of his contract.

Verdict: 5/10 - Roofe is a top striker in the Championship with good movement and an eye for goal. Rangers would seem a bit of an odd move for him, although they could have money incoming if they do sell Alfredo Morelos. Leeds have already sold Jack Clarke and Pontus Jansson, with Aston Villa also interested in star man Kalvin Phillips. If the West Yorkshire side are adamant on pulling apart a side that narrowly missed out on promotion last season, then Roofe could be joining those on the way out.


Jarrod Bowen to Southampton

Sky Bet odds: 11/8

The talented Hull winger was on the radar of numerous Premier League teams in January and the Tigers could be willing to cash in on Jarrod Bowen this summer if the price is right.

The 22-year-old scored 22 goals last season in a Hull side which finished mid-table in the Sky Bet Championship, 18 of those goals coming from December onwards.

Bowen was included in the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season and won Hull's Player of the Year, Supporter's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards at the conclusion of the campaign.

Verdict: 4/10 - There's no doubting that Bowen is a talented player, and his record last season in the Championship proves that. However, Hull have slapped a big price tag on him and that may put off potential Premier League suitors. Norwich have also been linked with a move so they are a team to keep an eye on here, but again, the price may be a problem.


Diego Costa to Wolves

Sky Bet odds: 8/11

Diego Costa
Diego Costa

The fiery forward has been backed for a return to the Premier League, this time with Europa League outfit Wolves.

Costa is a well known character given his spell at Chelsea but struggled with Atletico Madrid last season, registering five goals in 21 appearances.

The 30-year-old is currently six matches in to an eight-game ban for insulting a referee during their defeat to Barcelona.

Verdict: 4/10 - This makes a lot of sense, especially given the fact that Costa's agent is Jorge Mendes who of course has extensive links to Wolves. However, there is yet to be a credible story linking the two parties. That said, Wolves continue to surprise us with the signings they bring in, and who knows, we could be seeing Costa in a gold and black shirt in the near future. For now though, we're not convinced...


Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal

Sky Bet odds: 8/11

Wilfried Zaha: The Ivory Coast forward scored in Crystal Palace's defeat at Watford
Wilfried Zaha

Zaha has long been linked with a move away from Crystal Palace, such is the impact he has made in his second stint at Selhurst Park, but it looks like this summer will see a deal done.

The Ivory Coast winger had a direct involvement in 20 Premier League goals during the 2018/19 season, fluctuating between the forward areas on the pitch.

He's been backed to make the switch to Arsenal, with reports saying that they have already seen a £40m bid rejected.

The Gunners will need to up their offer significantly if they are to land their man, but the North London outfit have been backed into odds-on to secure the switch in this window.

Verdict: 3/10 - Zaha has been heavily backed for leave Crystal Palace this summer and Arsenal seems the best destination for him. However, the Gunners' limited funds compared to their top-six rivals consistently holds them back in the transfer market and the same could be said here. The Ivory Coast winger fits the bill for Arsenal but they need to pay the big price that will come with him.


Odds correct at 1530 BST (10/07/19)

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