Friday 19 December 2014

The possible comings and goings for the January transfer window - Part 1

Published 30/12/2013 | 13:11

Leighton Baines has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park in January
Leighton Baines has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park in January

The January transfer window is nearly upon us and we take a look at some potential movers and shakers in the Premier League.

In today’s preview, we take the first half of teams, starting with the table toppers at the Emirates.

Arsenal

Who is in?

Despite the outlay on Mesut Ozil at the start of the season, the Arsenal board have plenty in the coffers in an effort to boost their early season form.

A striker is an obvious priority to share the burden with Olivier Giroud, with Atletico Madrid hotshot Diego Costa and Javier Hernandez linked with moves, with murmurings also of Fernando Llorente of Juventus. Arsene Wenger has already indicated he will not pursue his interest in Yohan Cabaye.

Who is out?

Bacary Sagna has yet to sign a new deal which has increased speculation over interest in Everton’s Seamus Coleman, while Nicklas Bendtner and Lukas Fabianski look to have uncertain futures. A decent offer for Thomas Vermaelen may also be considered.

Aston Villa

Who is in?

With a serious lack of goals, Villa may look for some creative spark, though Randy Lerner will continue his outlay on cheaper, inexperienced players. They have been linked with few players, with Manchester City’s John Guidetti on the radar, possibly for a loan move.

Who is out?

It is no secret that Shay Given wants away from Villa Park. Currently on loan at Middlesbrough, his wages could prove to be a deterrent for suitors. Alan Hutton and Chris Herd may also be heading for the exit door.

Cardiff City

Who is in?

A manager will be more of a priority for owner Vincent Tan than new signings, but with a considerable budget at his disposal, the incumbent will have the finances to bolster the squad. In need of full-backs, with left back a priority, they have been heavily linked with midfielder Thomas Ince.

Who is out?

With Tan in charge, just about anybody could leave.

Chelsea

Who is in?

Any striker of note would be welcome by the Stamford Bridge supporters. Jose Mourinho appears to have little confidence in his current strike force, despite Samuel Eto’o grabbing the winner against Liverpool yesterday.

Diego Costa has again been suggested, while there appears to be more firm interest in Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin. Xabi Alonso has been linked with his old boss after contract talks at Madrid have stalled, though midfield isn’t exactly the weakest area of the pitch for the Blues.

Who is out?

Demba Ba could be on the move just 12 months after his arrival from Newcastle and Juan Mata is an obvious target given Mourinho’s preference for keeping the Spaniard on the bench. Ashley Cole may also look for pastures new after losing his place in the first team, while Michael Essien could possibly see his eight year stint at the Bridge come to an end.

Crystal Palace

Who is in?

Their new Sporting Director Ian Moody will be tasked with pushing through new deals as Tony Pulis attempts to keep Palace afloat and build on their recent form. Peter Crouch could be brought in to lead the line, while Celtic’s Joe Ledley is another target. Whether the two men would leave their respective clubs is another matter.

Who is out?

Kevin Phillips may be looking for yet another club while Dubliner Owen Garvan hasn’t been able to force his way in Pulis’ plans after being frozen out by former manager Ian Holloway.

Everton

Who is in?

Currently in a Champions League position, Roberto Martinez has quickly won over any sceptical fans with an exciting brand of football that has seen the Toffees become serious challengers for a top four spot. Martinez is a long-term admirer of Aiden McGeady and he could well get his first taste of Premier League football with his Spartak Moscow contract running down.

Who is out?

Leighton Baines was close to joining Man Utd in the last window and David Moyes could well revive his interest in the left back. Nikica Jelavic and John Heitinga may also be growing tired of finding themselves more familiar with the bench at Goodison Park than the playing field.

Fulham

Who is in?

Alan Curbishley may have been out of the game for a long period, but he could be in for a busy month at Craven Cottage. With a leaky defence, a midfield lacking creativity and a mis-firing attack, arrivals could come in all positions.

Who is out?

Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov appear to want out and they could be luxuries fort a team struggling in a relegation battle.

Hull City

Who is in?

After bringing in a raft of new faces in the summer, Steve Bruce may well have to sell before he can buy. The likes of Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone have been integral to their game plan so far, and a loan move for Nicklas Bendtner has been suggested to add competition in attack.

Who is out?

Matty Fryatt has been attracting suitors while Paul McShane could attract the attention from Championship clubs.

Liverpool

Who is in?

Luis Suarez signing a new contract will almost feel like a new signing, but Brendan Rodgers will know that failure to claim a Champions League spot could see the Uruguayan leave in the summer. A right-back is a priority, with Barcelona’s Martin Montoya on the Anfield radar. Barca winger Cristian Tello is still heavily rumoured to be set for a mid-season switch to Merseyside.

18 year-old Derby County midfielder Will Hughes has been drawing attention from the Reds, while a sidelined Daniel Sturridge means another striker is an option.

Who is out?

Iago Aspas has failed to live up to expectations in his short Liverpool career so far and he could be moved on to free up funds.

Manchester City

Who is in?

One of the few clubs where money is no object, a central defender must be high on the agenda. Vincent Kompany has missed a chunk of games through injury and Martin Demichelis has looked anything but assured at the heart of the rearguard, particularly away from home. Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia are possible solutions while goalkeeper Julio Cesar could increase the pressure on Joe Hart.

Who is out?

Joleon Lescott is again struggling to force his way into the team and considering how poor they have been at the back, that may spell the writing on the wall for his City future, though his wages may put off interested parties.

Manchester United

Who is in?

New executive chairman Ed Woodward didn’t cover himself in the summer transfer window, with the £27 million purchase of Marounae Fellaini looking increasingly like a panic buy following the failure to capture other targets.

David Moyes may again move for Ander Herrera after the embarrassing mix-up in negotiations in the summer, while his team-mate Koke – rumours of a £30 million-plus bid – is also mooted. Dortmund’s Marco Reus is another that could end up at Old Trafford. A return for Leighton Baines is also a distinct possibility.

Who is out?

Javier Hernandez has hinted that he may move in order for more first-team opportunities, though Robin Van Persie’s injury may make that an unlikely move. Anderson may be deemed surplus to requirements while Fabio da Silva could again look for a loan move similar to his short-term stint at QPR last season.

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