With the summer's transfer window closing a few weeks ago, the rumors and speculation have shifted towards January and already the mills are spinning.
The midseason window can bring about season-changing acquisitions that could make or break the campaigns for several clubs and the scouts are undoubtedly scouring the depths of Europe's best leagues for potential targets.
In the English Premier League, widely seen as one of the most physical leagues in the world, standout defenders are a commodity. Players like Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidic and John Terry are talents that rise above the rest when it comes to defensive presence.
Over the next three months, waves of players will seed the rumor mills. In this early edition, we look at 10 players who have reportedly garnered interest and could see a move to England's top flight.