Transfer Speculation Fans Would Love to See Come True
Fourteen rounds into the Premier League season, it's fairly clear to fans where their teams need to improve.
Luckily, the January transfer window is just round the corner, offering hope of quick fixes and dream signings.
World football transfer speculation never really stops, but now it grinds into gear in earnest.
Here are a few tasty possible transfers fans would love to see come to fruition.
Darren Bent to QPR
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is coming under increasing scrutiny over his puzzling refusal to play club-record signing Darren Bent.
The striker has a history of agitating for moves once the honeymoon is over at clubs including Tottenham—target of his infamous Twitter rant—and it's impossible to imagine he is happy with the bit-part role Lambert is offering him at Villa Park.
Meanwhile, since transfer-happy Harry Redknapp has taken over the reins at troubled Queens Park Rangers, fans will be hoping a player of Bent's proven goal-scoring quality could bail them out of a relegation battle.
Mats Hummels to Manchester United
There are always plenty of transfer rumours surrounding Man United, even in these Glazer-straitened times.
Victor Wanyama, James Rodriguez and Lars Bender are some of the names linked to an Old Trafford move (according to the Daily Mail here, here and here). But fans are probably more interested in a more pragmatic approach this January.
Concern over Man United's aging and injury-plagued defence has led to much fan speculation over long-term replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Either—if not both—of Borussia Dortmund's formidable central pairing of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic would be welcome additions at Old Trafford.
Christian Eriksen to Tottenham
After an unconvincing start to the season, Spurs have finally started showing signs of the kind of ambition and potential demanded by White Hart Lane faithful.
Still, they have tended to lack incisiveness and creativity—areas that summer signings Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey have so far failed to ignite.
The ideal solution could be Danish starlet Christian Eriksen, a prospect many find more intriguing than another high-profile Spurs target, Joao Moutinho.
Craig Gordon to Everton
Strange but true.
Ex-Hearts keeper Craig Gordon has had a bit of a nightmare spell in the Premier League since joining Sunderland in 2007.
A series of injuries largely sidelined him until he was released from his contract after the 2011/12 season.
But despite flopping at Sunderland, there are those who believe the 29-year-old still has much to offer. One of those appears to be Everton manager David Moyes, who confirmed in a post-match press conference that he is seeking someone not just to cover for Tim Howard, but compete for his starting place.
Howard has been the object of some disenchantment at Goodison, and the Liverpool Echo suggests Gordon could be the right man to challenge for the job.
A motivated and grateful keeper with undeniable skill and a great deal to prove could, under the right medical care and the mentorship of David Moyes, be a brilliant move.
Leandro Damiao to Liverpool
The Brendan Rodgers era at Liverpool has been fraught with the frustration of seeing incremental improvement without necessarily getting the results.
The biggest obstacle has been quite clear—Liverpool struggle to put the ball in the net. And for a side boasting one of Europe's best forwards in Luis Suarez, that is a serious problem.
The issue is not just cover for Suarez, nor just a lack of options. Suarez, renowned for his tremendously fruitful partnership with Diego Forlan for Uruguay, should be able to maximise his returns with an appropriate strike partner.
Brazil's Leandro Damiao could be the answer.
Isco to Manchester City
Emboldened by their owners' deep pockets, Manchester City fans have quickly grown accustomed to having a prodigious wish list.
But amid the stellar names routinely bandied about, one stands out this season—Malaga's Isco.
The dynamic midfielder could alleviate some of City's risky over-reliance on David Silva, whose absence or fatigue at times last season and early in this campaign have had visible, damaging effect on the side's creativity.
Javi Fuego to Swansea
Michu and Chico have already made enormous impact at Swansea, and their former Rayo Vallecano colleague Javi Fuego could be next.
The multi-talented holding midfielder has largely flown under the transfer radar, but Swans boss Michael Laudrup would be remiss not to try to reunite Fuego with his compatriots at the Liberty come January.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Arsenal
Arsenal fans have warmed to Olivier Giroud, but there is still a certain anxiety about the team's firepower in front of goal, particularly in light of performances like the goalless draw against a scrappy but determined Aston Villa.
Athletic Bilbao's much sought-after forward Fernando Llorente is one promising solution, as is Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Huntelaar, though, has the added bonus appeal of a contentious history with Holland teammate Robin van Persie, sure to endear him to betrayed Gunners.
Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle United
Just as Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson is becoming better known for his tabloid exploits than his football, the club look set to redouble their summer efforts to sign French international Mathieu Debuchy in his position.
The Lille right back impressed as one of the standout performers at Euro 2012.
Simpson has been linked by The Sun with a move to Serie A, and many NUFC fans will be happy to see the back of him, particularly if it means welcoming Debuchy.
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea
Radamel Falcao has owned the season in La Liga, no small feat with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the offing.
The Colombian striker has inevitably been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester City (h/t Daily Mail).
Although there are hopes that new Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez can rehabilitate the foundering career of Fernando Torres, most Blues fans long ago lost faith in the ex-Atlético forward and would be ecstatic to see a new and improved one at Stamford Bridge.