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5 Players Who Could Join Bigger Premier League Clubs in the Summer

The 2016/17 Premier League season has just one round of matches left to go and with the title and relegation positions decided, it is only the race for Champions League football that will go down to the last minute. 


Teams are already in the process of assessing their performance this season and will look to take measures to improve their standing in the league next season. 


Many players have impressed this season, playing in different situations and conditions, and would have caught the eye of the league's bigger teams. 


With teams always looking to strengthen in the off-season, here's a look at five players who could be making moves to bigger clubs in the summer: 

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5. Ben Gibson

Middlesbrough v Burnley - Premier League

One of the biggest factors behind Middlesbrough's promotion to the Premier League last season was the leadership and defensive qualities of Ben Gibson. However, one very good defensive player was never going to be enough to keep them up in the league. 


The 23-year-old has been linked with clubs of the size of Liverpool and Arsenal, while West Bromwich Albion are also reported to be exploring the possibility of signing him. 


A Teeside lad through and through, Gibson would be loathe to leaving his hometown club, but he knows that to advance his career, he will have to make the move. 


Clubs with proper Premier League pedigree seem interested in him, and it would be good for the defender if he decides to accept a move. 

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4. Michael Keane

Middlesbrough v Burnley - Premier League

​Michael Keane has been one of the best central defenders in the Premier League this season, as his top-notch performances for Burnley helped the Clarets avoid relegation. 


He has been a solid rock at the back for Sean Dyche's side, with his ability to pass the ball in addition to his good positioning and tackling helping them keep nine clean sheets during the season.


His displays have impressed England manager Gareth Southgate as well, who gave him his debut for the country.


At 24, he is at the perfect age to move to a club with much bigger aspirations, and has been linked with a return to former club Manchester United, apart from a possible move to Liverpool.

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3. Wilfried Zaha

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Wilfried Zaha has previously had a taste of the big stage with Manchester United, but that did not go too well. He played for the Red Devils during a time that was one of their worst periods in history, and couldn't really adjust. 


However, that won't deter the 24-year-old from taking another shot. The tricky winger who can dazzle defenders with his pace is reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur, who are intrigued by the pace, power and penetration he offers playing on the wings. 


The Ivorian's performances this season have been incredible and his individual ability has been one of the reasons the Eagles have been able to avoid relegation this season. 


With seven goals and nine assists, he has proved himself as a creative force, and could be looking for bigger challenges come summer.

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2. Jermain Defoe

Sunderland v Swansea City - Premier League

Jermain Defoe is hands down the most experienced striker in the Premier League at the moment having had good spells in the past at Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth under his belt. 


A real all-round striker who can fire them in as comfortably from 25 yards as he can tap them in from four yards, the Englishman still has a couple of seasons left in him and every team in the Premier League would love to have him in their squad. 


West Ham are said to be plotting a return for him while Bournemouth are also said to be interested in landing him and it will be interesting to see where he chooses to go eventually.

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1. Romelu Lukaku

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​The striker has been very good for Everton this season as he has scored 24 goals in the league, and has used his pace and power to great effect. 


Having rejected a new contract with the Toffees, Romelu Lukaku is expected to be on the move this summer, with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea both said to be interested in signing him. 


The Belgian will cost big money as the Goodison Park outfit are looking at a minimum fee in the region of £50 million. 


Though he is now second in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, he was leading the table for most of the season, and would look to progress further and play for trophies next season.