Saturday 22 October 2016

Relegation-threatened teams most likely to act in final hours of January window

Published 31/01/2016 | 15:56

Saido Berahino's future will be resolved one way or another on Monday
Saido Berahino's future will be resolved one way or another on Monday

A subdued January transfer window will close on Monday with time running out for clubs to push through deals on deadline day.

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There have been few headline-grabbing signings during the month so far, but the looming deadline could spur several Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs into action.

Teams at the foot of the top flight have been the most active in the division and the likes of Newcastle, Sunderland and West Brom could be among those involved in late activity.

The future of striker Saido Berahino, largely out of favour with Tony Pulis' Baggies, could be resolved as Newcastle are reportedly set to test Albion chairman Jeremy Peace's resolve in wanting to keep him at the Hawthorns.

That may prompt Berahino's long-time admirers Tottenham to test the water once again too having been knocked back repeatedly by Peace over the summer.

Newcastle have already signed Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend this month as the Magpies bid to avoid the drop and claim a portion of next year's bumper television deal.

That factor could persuade teams such as Aston Villa, Swansea and Bournemouth to splash the cash in the closing hours too, but there has been a dearth of activity from those chasing top-four spots in one of the tightest title races in years.

Manchester United and Manchester City have been particularly quiet, with City loaning their only signing Anthony Caceres straight back to Australia, and there has been little indication that either Louis van Gaal or Manuel Pellegrini are ready to change that on Monday.

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny has been Arsenal's sole first-team recruit and Arsene Wenger has typically refrained from getting involved in deadline-day transfers while Leicester, who have brought in Demarai Gray and Daniel Amartey already, will surely see keeping Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the midlands as their biggest coups this month.

The lure of the Premier League riches could inspire high-flying Championship sides to dig into their own pockets too and it will be interesting to see where Middlesbrough turn after their move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes collapsed over personal terms on Sunday afternoon.

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