January Transfer Rumours: 15 Best Goal-Scorers Looking for a New Home
Now is the winter of our discontent and it would be folly to think those feelings of dissatisfaction don’t extend to the world of the professional football.
Far and wide, there are players who are perhaps regretting their summer moves or perhaps wishing they had completed a sum transfer away from their current surroundings.
When the game is deconstructed to its very core, goals win games and the scorers of those goals can be a fickle bunch at times.
While January may still be more than three months away, signs emerge in the period leading up to the transfer window telling us that some names might just be happier elsewhere.
With that in mind, here are 15 of the biggest goal threats who could find themselves in the colours of another club come season’s end.
Having already announced his intentions to not sign a new deal with the club, Athletic Bilbao’s main man could very well be on his way out of San Mamés in January.
Sky Sports have reported Fernando Llorente as saying that he’ll be considering his options in the winter transfer window and will surely court a raft of European interest.
Rather than lose their talismanic giant for nothing in the summer, Marcelo Bielsa’s side may choose to receive a fee for Llorente in January.
Last season, the striker managed to net 29 goals in 43 starts and is a tried and tested talent at the elite level.
Fiorentina remain adamant that they have not agreed to the pre-arranged sale of striker Stevan Jovetic, who was being linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer.
The Montenegrin recently told of how he rejected the advances of the Premier League champions in order to remain with the Viola (via Metro).
However, that doesn’t mean that Jovetic won’t take advantage of a mid-season switch if interest in his signature resurfaces.
The forward has scored four goals in three appearances for the Serie A side this campaign already and is sure to attract a decent amount of attention.
Goal.com have reported Fiorentina as saying Jovetic can leave the club in 2013 but whether or not that’s in the winter or summer is another matter entirely.
Despite the fact that the move failed to materialise, André Schürrle told of how he found the opportunity to join Chelsea over the summer “very interesting” (via Guardian).
In the end, Bayer Leverkusen blocked the transfer due to the fact that they would have been unable to find a sufficient replacement.
That said, with six more months to research, Schürrle could once again become subject of January interest and Bayer may be more open to his departure.
From the above quotes, it’s obvious that the attacker may be tempted by a switch to a superior club and could make such a move in the new year.
Yet to pen an extension at the Veltins Arena, it seems Schalke 04 could lose two superstar strikers in the space of a year after Raúl left their ranks earlier in 2012.
Huntelaar has been one of Europe's most prolific talents in recent times after netting 48 goals in 48 appearances in the last campaign.
Huntelaar is reported to have a release clause in his contract standing at around £17 million and, if nobody chooses to activate the stipulation, Schalke may yet agree to offload the Dutchman for a cut-price fee.
Were it not for a certain wealth of striking talent at the Etihad Stadium, Edin Dzeko may well find himself as one of Europe's best strikers.
However, the Bosnian international hasn't been allowed to shine at Manchester City after falling down the pecking order behind Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
Like every player, Dzeko strives to play as much football as possible and the forward may only find that if he leaves his current surroundings.
Juventus and AC Milan were both linked with the striker over the summer (via Daily Mail) and Dzeko could complete his departure in January.
Another Premier League misfit to be linked with an exit from his current cub, it's very possible that Theo Walcott leaves Arsenal in the January window.
The Englishman's contract expires in the summer and Arsenal would lose him for nothing unless Walcott puts pen to paper over an extension.
What's more, the likes of Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appear to have beaten Walcott out of the Gunners' starting 11, making his predicament all the worse.
The Guardian recently reported that Arsene Wenger could hand the winger less game time depending on his contract status, something that would only worsen the player's situation.
With the Daily Mail reporting that the attacker is reluctant to sign a contract extension with Atletico Madrid, it seems Adrián Lopez may become subject to a lot of January interest.
Sky Sports say that the Spanish outfit are unwilling to sell their asset in the near future but sometimes, the desires of individual players can win out.
Should Lopez be stern enough in his stance, Atleti could be willing to listen to offers in January for a player that would seem to want out.
Having proven his ability as a striker during stints at Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers, Daniel Sturridge's scoring has suffered since moving to the wide positions at Chelsea.
The Englishman may find first-team chances slightly limited with the likes of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Victor Moses now at the club.
With his contract set to expire next summer, the Blues may opt to cash in on their forward in January, with clubs sure to register their attention.
Having fallen seriously out of favour at the Emirates Stadium in the last year or so, it would appear that Andrey Arshavin is very likely to find himself playing elsewhere in February.
The Russian international spent the second half of last season on loan at former club, Zenit St. Petersburg, and a similar deal could arise in 2013.
On his day, Arshavin is a useful talent capable of playing on the wing or further upfield but things just don'e seem to be clicking in north London.
While he only moved to the club over the summer, Didier Drogba may find that his tenure with Shanghai Shenhua will come to a premature close in January.
The Ivorian international is currently at the centre of a boardroom dispute and could be forced out of the club as owners continue to feud with one another.
Drogba earns a reported £250,000 per week (via Daily Mail) and could be back on English shores sooner rather than later.
And Drogba's Shanghai teammate, Nicolas Anelka, is in an identical position with the Chinese outfit.
The Frenchman moved to the club six months earlier than his former Chelsea teammate but could also leave if the ownership argument isn't resolved soon.
According to Sky Sports, Kevin Gameiro could be one of a number of names to leave the Parc des Princes in the near future, with January the next possible window of opportunity.
The Frenchman was already seeing a decrease in playing time and PSG's capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only worsened the striker's chances for playing time.
While his contract doesn't run out for more than 18 months, Carlo Ancelotti's side may choose to cash in Gameiro's signature in 2013 and the player would surely oblige.
While he may stick around at Loftus Road for a while yet, Djibril Cissé certainly isn't the most loyal player Mark Hughes has at his disposal.
The veteran striker recently announced that he will return to France when his contract with the Rs comes to an end, putting to bed any hopes the west Londoners may have had of an extension (via Sky Sports).
Rather than prolong the inevitable, QPR may instead opt to sell the volatile forward while they still get a chance and it seems the Frenchman could be happy to leave.
Earlier this year, Sky Sports reported that as many as 15 clubs were looking to agree a deal to sign Anderlecht forward Matias Suarez.
The Argentine opted to see out the season with the Belgian club but has now satiated his desire to be loyal and can move on guilt-free.
While interest in his services would need to pick up again, Suarez might now be ready to take the next step in his career and is a proven goal threat in the Jupiler League.
The Portuguese superstar recently claimed that he was "sad" at Real Madrid and, although Jose Mourinho says he's confident of keeping his asset, it hasn't stopped transfer rumours flaring up.
It's no secret that Ronaldo is perhaps the best goalscorer in the world and, while a January departure from the Santiago Bernabeú may seem unlikely, a mid-season exit could just be in the cards.
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