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SPL: 5 Players Who Could Be Moving to the Premier League Before the Window Shuts

Colin StoneContributor IIIJanuary 17, 2012

SPL: 5 Players Who Could Be Moving to the Premier League Before the Window Shuts

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    It's all been relatively quiet on the transfer front so far.

    However, that could all change in a matter of days as the end of the window approaches.

    With just a fortnight to go before the deadline, Premier League clubs may be making some enviable glances to players north of the border as they look to strengthen their burgeoning squads.

    Let's have a look at five SPL players who could definitely be on the move before the January window closes.

Nikica Jelavic

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    It seems like the whole world and his dog is after Nikica Jelavic.

    In the past month alone, the 26-year-old Croatian hitman has been linked with moves to Liverpool, Everton, QPR and West Brom.

    Jelavic, who was bought in the summer of 2010 for around £4m, would probably go for no less than £7.5m in today's market.

    However, if Ally McCoist and the Rangers board stand firm, that figure could become £10m as potential buyers become more desperate.

Rudi Skacel

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    Rudi Skacel was once the darling of the Hearts' support.

    During his initial spell with the club in the 2005/06 season, the 32-year-old set the SPL alight, scoring goal after goal and leading the Gorgie side's charge to second place in the league.

    However, against the wishes of players and fans, Skacel moved to Southampton for £1.6m in a transfer which set off a chain of disappointing spells at the likes of Hertha Berlin, Slavia Prague and Larissa.

    However, in 2010, the Czech playmaker finally returned to Tynecastle for a second spell, and although this one has been largely successful, Skacel's contract expires at the end of the month and he hasn't ruled out another move away.

    If Rudi fancies one more shot at the big time, his chance is now.

Jon Daly

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    Dundee United captain Jon Daly has put in a number of good performances this season, and has attracted the likes of Wigan and West Brom as a result.

    The 28-year-old hitman has spent four years at Tannadice, playing 115 times and scoring 40 goals, but it was last season's imperious form that really highlighted Daly's talents.

    However, with the Irishman playing such a key role in Peter Houston's side, it's unlikely that he'll be let go cheaply.

Andrew Driver

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    Heart of Midlothian are in the midst of a financial crisis, and manager Paolo Sergio fears that his players could be sold on the cheap.

    Andrew Driver may well be one of these players.

    The gifted 24-year-old winger has forever been linked with a big-money move away, and the former England U21 international could get his way after he handed in a transfer request last month.

    If any Premier League clubs are looking for a player with bags of creativity, Driver is your man.

Victor Wanyama

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    Wanyama has made a massive impact this season, just months after his £900,000 move from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot.

    The 20-year-old, who has arguably been Celtic's best player this season, is already a fans' favourite at Parkhead and has earned a reputation for being a tenacious, robust and consistent midfielder.

    Interestingly, Wanyama's brother is none other than Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga, but while his elder sibling struggles to make an impression in Europe, it might not be long before Celtic's tenacious midfielder is making waves on a bigger stage.

    And with Newcastle apparently on the list of admirers, could he be on the move before January ends?

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