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Last Updated: Monday, 8 August 2005, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Premiership club-by-club guide

ARSENAL

Nickname: The Gunners
Ground: Highbury
Capacity: 38,500
Position last season: 2nd
Manager: Arsene Wenger (September 1996)

In: Alexander Hleb (Stuttgart, 10m), Alexandre Song (Bastia, loan)

Out: Patrick Vieira (Juventus, 13.7m), Edu (Valencia, free), Jermaine Pennant (Birmingham, 500,000), Stuart Taylor (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Sebastian Svard (Guimares, undisclosed), Frankie Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Olafur-Ingi Skulason (Brentford, free), Danny Karbassiyoon (Burnley, free), Graham Stack (Reading, loan), Jeremie Aliadiere (Celtic, loan), Adam Birchall, Jordan Fowler (both released).


ASTON VILLA

Nickname: The Villans
Ground: Villa Park
Capacity: 42,593
Last season: 10th
Manager: David O'Leary (May 2003)

In: Patrik Berger (Portsmouth, free), Aaron Hughes (Newcastle, undisclosed), Stuart Taylor (Arsenal, undisclosed), Kevin Phillips (Southampton, 1m)

Out: Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart, free), Stefan Moore (QPR, free), Stephen Cooke (Bournemouth, free), Darius Vassell (Manchester City, 2m), Wayne Henderson (Brighton, loan)


BIRMINGHAM CITY

Nickname: Blues
Ground: St Andrews
Capacity: 30,009
Last season: 12th
Manager: Steve Bruce (December 2001)

In: Mikael Forssell (Chelsea, 3m), Jermaine Pennant (Arsenal, 500,000), Medhi Nafti (Racing Santander, undisclosed), Nicky Butt (Newcastle, loan), Walter Pandiani (Deportivo la Coruna, 3m)

Out: Darren Carter (West Brom, 1.5m), Ian Bennett (Leeds, free), Robbie Blake (Leeds, undisclosed), James Dormand (Tamworth)


BLACKBURN ROVERS

Nickname: Rovers
Ground: Ewood Park
Capacity: 31,367
Last season: 15th
Manager: Mark Hughes (September 2004)

In: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, 5m), Shefki Kuqi (Ipswich, free)

Out: Jon Stead (Sunderland, 1.8m), Craig Short (Sheffield United, free), Nils Eric Johansson (Leicester, free)


BOLTON WANDERERS

Nickname: Trotters
Ground: Reebok Stadium
Capacity: 27,879
Last season: 6th
Manager: Sam Allardyce (October 1999)

In: El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool, undisclosed), Jared Borgetti (Pachuca, 1m), Ian Walker (Leicester, free), Abdoulaye Faye (Lens, loan)

Out: Vincent Candela (Udinese, free), Anthony Barness, Julio Cesar, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Florent Laville Bastia, free), Kevin Poole (Derby, free), Ricky Shakes (Swindon, free), Jason Talbot (all released), Fernando Hierro (retired)


CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Nickname: Addicks
Ground: The Valley
Capacity: 26,875
Last season: 11th
Manager: Alan Curbishley (July 1991)

In: Darren Bent (Ipswich, 2.5m), Kelly Youga (Lyon, free), Jonathan Spector (Manchester United, loan), Darren Ambrose (Newcastle, undisclosed), Chris Powell (West Ham, free), Alexei Smertin (Chelsea, loan), Gonzalo Sorondo (Inter Milan, loan), Thomas Myhre (Fredrikstad, free), Goncalo Brandao (Belenenses, loan)

Out: Paul Konchesky (West Ham, undisclosed), Simon Royce (QPR, free), Mark Fish (Ipswich, loan), Neil McCafferty (Rushden, free), Stacy Long (Notts County, free)


CHELSEA

Nickname: Blues
Ground: Stamford Bridge
Capacity: 42,449
Last season: Champions
Manager: Jose Mourinho (June 2004)

In: Asier del Horno (Athletic Bilbao, 8m), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City, 21m), Lassana Diarra (Le Havre, undisclosed)

Out: Mikael Forssell (Birmingham, 3m), Mateja Kezman (Atletico Madrid, 5.3m), Scott Parker (Newcastle, 6.5m), Juan Sebastian Veron (Inter Milan, loan), Alexei Smertin (Charlton, loan), Joe Keenan (Brentford, loan)


EVERTON

Nickname: Toffees
Ground: Goodison Park
Capacity: 40,170
Last season: 4th
Manager: David Moyes (March 2002)

In: Simon Davies (Tottenham, 3.5m), John Ruddy (Cambridge Utd, 250,000), Per Kroldup (Udinese, 5m), Phil Neville (Manchester United, 3.5m), Mikel Arteta (Real Sociedad, 2m)

Out: Steve Watson (West Brom, free), Alessandro Pistone, Alan Stubbs (Sunderland), Daniel Fox (Walsall, free), Anthony Gerrard (Walsall, free), Guillame Plessis, Eddie Bosnar (both released)


FULHAM

Nickname: Cottagers
Ground: Craven Cottage
Capacity: 22,000
Last season: 13th
Manager: Chris Coleman (April 2003)

In: Heidar Helguson (Watford, 1.3m), Jaroslav Drobny (Panionios, undisclosed), Ahmad Elrich (Busan Icons, undisclosed), Niclas Jensen (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed)

Out: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United, undisclosed), Andy Cole (Manchester City, free), Sean Doherty (ADO Den Haag), Lee Clark (Newcastle, free), Ross Flitney (Barnet), Jerome Bonnissel, Malik Buari, Stuart Noble, Abdeslam Ouaddu, Martin Herrera (all released)


LIVERPOOL

Nickname: Reds
Ground: Anfield
Capacity: 45,362
Last season: 5th
Manager: Rafael Benitez (June 2004)

In: Boudewijn Zenden (Middlesbrough, free), Jose Reina (Villarreal, undisclosed), Mark Gonzalez (Albacete, loan), Antonio Barrgan (Sevilla, free), Mohamed Sissoko (Valencia, 5.6m), Peter Crouch (Southampton, 7m)

Out: Alou Diarra (Lens, 1.98m), El Hadji Diouf (Bolton, undisclosed), Vladimir Smicer (Bordeaux, free), Bruno Cheyrou (Bordeaux, loan), Chris Kirkland (West Brom, loan), Gregory Vignal (Portsmouth, free), Mauricio Pellegrino (Alaves, free), Jon Otsemobor (Rotherham, free), Antonio Nunez (Celta Vigo, undisclosed), Anthony Le Tallec (Sunderland, loan) Patrice Luzi, Paul Harrison, Richie Partridge, Mark Smyth (all released)


MANCHESTER CITY

Nickname: Blues
Ground: City of Manchester Stadium
Capacity: 48,000
Last season: 8th
Manager: Stuart Pearce (March 2005)

In: Kiki Musampa (Atletico Madrid, loan), Andy Cole (Fulham, free), Darius Vassell (Aston Villa, 2m)

Out: Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea, 21m), Jon Macken (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Paul Bosvelt (Heerenveen, free), Steve McManaman (released), Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard (released), Christian Negouai (Standard Liege, undisclosed), Carlos Logan (Darlington, free)


MANCHESTER UNITED

Nickname: Red Devils
Ground: Old Trafford
Capacity: 68,210
Last season: 3rd
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson (November 1986)

In: Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, undisclosed), Park Ji-Sung (PSV Eindhoven), Ben Foster (Stoke, 1m)

Out: Roy Carroll (West Ham, free), Ricardo (Osasuna, free), Jonathan Spector (Charlton, loan), Daniel Nardiello (Barnsley, free), Ben Collett (NZ Knights, free), David Poole (Yeovil, free), Lee Lawrence (Livingston, free), Ramon Calliste, Paul Tierney (both released), Ben Foster (Watford, loan), David Jones (Preston, loan), Phil Neville (Everton, 3.5m), Paul McShane (Brighton, loan), Kleberson (Besiktas, 2.5m)


MIDDLESBROUGH

Nickname: Boro
Ground: Riverside Stadium
Capacity: 35,049
Last season: 7th
Manager: Steve McClaren (June 2001)

In: Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Portsmouth, 7.5m), Emanuel Pogatetz (Bayer Leverkusen, 1.8m)

Out: Boudewijn Zenden (Liverpool, free), Andrew Davies (Derby, loan), Andrew Taylor (Bradford, loan), Anthony Peacock (Darlington, free)


NEWCASTLE

Nickname: Magpies
Ground: St James' Park
Capacity: 52,193
Last season: 14th
Manager: Graeme Souness (September 2004)

In: Scott Parker (Chelsea, 6.5m), Belozoglu Emre (Inter Milan, 3.8m), Tim Krul (Den Haag, undisclosed), Lee Clark (Fulham, free)

Out: Craig Bellamy (Blackburn, 5m), Aaron Hughes (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Andy O'Brien (Portsmouth, 2m), Patrick Kluivert (Valencia, free), Laurent Robert (Portsmouth, undisclosed), Darren Ambrose (Charlton, undisclosed), Jamie McClen, Stephen Brennan (both released)


PORTSMOUTH

Nickname: Pompey
Ground: Fratton Park
Capacity: 19,179
Last season: 14th
Manager: Alain Perrin (April 2005)

In: Andy O'Brien (Newcastle, 2m), Laurent Robert (Newcastle, undisclosed), John Viafara (Once Caldas, undisclosed), Gregory Vignal (Liverpool, free), Azar Karadas (Benfica, loan), Sander Westerveld (Real Mallorca, free), Collins Mbesuma (Kaizer Chiefs, undisclosed)

Out: Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Middlesbrough, 7.5m), Ricardo Fuller (Southampton, 90,000), Patrik Berger (Aston Villa, free), Shaka Hislop (West Ham, free), Steve Stone (Leeds, free), Hayden Foxe (released), Shaun Cooper (Bournemouth, free), Valery Mezague (Montpellier, loan return), Richard Duffy (Coventry, loan), Arjan de Zeeuw (Wigan)


SUNDERLAND

Nickname: Black Cats
Ground: Stadium of Light
Capacity: 49,000
Last season: Championship winners
Manager: Mick McCarthy (March 2003)

In: Jon Stead (Blackburn, 1.8m), Nyron Nosworthy (Gillingham, free), Daryl Murphy (Waterford, 100,000), Tommy Miller (Ipswich, free), Kelvin Davis (Ipswich 1.25m), Martin Woods (Leeds, free), Alan Stubbs (Everton, free), Anthony Le Tallec (Liverpool, loan), Joe Murphy (West Brom, free), Andy Gray (Sheff Utd, 1.1m)

Out: Sean Thornton (Doncaster, 175,000), Michael Bridges (Bristol City, free), Jeff Whitley (released), Mark Lynch (Hull, free), Marcus Stewart (Bristol City, free), Michael Ingham (Wrexham, free)


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Nickname: Spurs
Ground: White Hart Lane
Capacity: 36,236
Last season: 9th
Manager: Martin Jol (November 2004)

In: Wayne Routledge (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Paul Stalteri (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Teemu Tainio (Auxerre, free), Tom Huddlestone (Derby, undisclosed), Aaron Lennon (Leeds, undisclosed), Edgar Davids (Inter Milan, free)

Out: Simon Davies (Everton, 3.5m), Rohan Ricketts (Wolves, free), Nicky Eyre (Grays, free), Paul O'Donoghue, Michael Malcolm, Owen Price (all released), David Limbersky (Vikria Plzen, loan return), Thimotee Atouba (Hamburg, undisclosed), Dean Marney (Norwich, loan), Mark Yeates (Colchester, loan)


WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Nickname: Baggies
Ground: The Hawthorns
Capacity: 28,000
Last season: 17th
Manager: Bryan Robson (November 2004)

In: Darren Carter (Birmingham, 1.5m), Diomansy Kamara (Modena, 1.5m), Steve Watson (Everton, free), Chris Kirkland (Liverpool, loan)

Out: Rob Hulse (Leeds, 1.1m), Artim Sakiri (released), Jason Koumas (Cardiff, loan)


WEST HAM UNITED

Nickname: Hammers
Ground: Upton Park
Capacity: 35,056
Last season: Championship play-off winners
Manager: Alan Pardew (October 2003)

In: Shaka Hislop (Portsmouth, free), Yossi Benayoun (Racing Santander, undisclosed), Roy Carroll (Manchester Utd, free), Paul Konchesky (Charlton, undisclosed), Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff, undisclosed), James Collins (Cardiff, undisclosed), Petr Mikolanda (Viktoria Zizkov, undisclosed), Clive Clarke (Stoke 275,000)

Out: Sergei Rebrov (Dynamo Kiev, free), Rufus Brevett (Plymouth, free), Chris Powell (Charlton, free), Don Hutchison (released), Stephen Bywater (Coventry, loan), Luke Chadwick (Stoke, loan), Darren Blewett (Hereford, season-long loan)


WIGAN ATHLETIC

Nickname: Latics
Ground: JJB Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
Last season: 2nd in Championship
Manager: Paul Jewell (June 2001)

In: Mike Pollitt (Rotherham, free), Pascal Chimbonda (Bastia, undisclosed), Ryan Taylor (Tranmere, undisclosed), Stephane Henchoz (Celtic, free), Damien Francis (Norwich City, 1.25m), Henri Camara (Wolves, 3m), Arjan de Zeeuw (Portsmouth)

Out: Jason Jarrett (Norwich, free), Nicky Eaden (Nottm Forest, free), Ian Breckin (Nottm Forest, 350,000), Gareth Whalley (Swindon, free)




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