10 Most Exciting Potential Premier League Deals for January
It's almost Christmas but that's not why we're excited here at Bleacher Report. No, it's the prospect of the Premier League January transfer window that has us frothing at the mouth.
The January window is the chance for every Premier League club to right what has clearly been wrong with their team all season. There are some mammoth deals in the offing. Here are the 10 most exciting potential Premier League deals for January.
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea
Wouldn’t it be nice to solve your problems so easily? Your £50 million striker is misfiring so you simply go out and buy the new hottest striker on the block.
According to Sami Mokbel of The Daily Mail, that’s just what Chelsea are planning to do and will make a £200,000 a week offer to tempt Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid. Falcao, who has scored 20 goals from 16 starts this season, has a buyout clause in the region of £48m.
Falcao has been in sensational form this season and one can only imagine how many goals he’d score in the Chelsea blue, when fed by the likes of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard.
Klass-Jan Huntelaar to Arsenal
Klass-Jan Huntelaar might not be such a hot property as Radamel Falcao these days, but with the Dutchman available at a bargain price, he could still prove to be the best signing of the January transfer window.
James Olley of The Independent has reported that Arsenal are confident that they can sign Huntelaar in January for as little as £5 million. The Schalke striker’s contract will expire in the summer and the Germans could be tempted to cash in.
Having watched the likes of Gervinho miss chance after chance, the Arsenal faithful would surely relish the prospect of such a deadly poacher being added to their attack.
Fernando Llorente to Manchester City
Another striker whose contract expires in the summer and could be set for a January move is Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente.
The Spanish international has spoken to The Telegraph of his desire to make a move to the Premier League and with Mario Balotelli’s future at Manchester City uncertain, the reigning Premier League champions are said to be looking to make their move.
Available at a reduced price of just £7 million, the signing of Llorente could allow City to get Balotelli off their wage bill relatively cheaply.
Mario Balotelli to Fulham
If Balotelli is allowed to move on the cheap or on loan, then Craven Cottage could be a surprise destination for the renegade striker. Last week The Express quoted Martin Jol, who stated his desire to sign Balotelli for Fulham if the price was right.
It’s perhaps the least likely of these mooted deals to come off, but still worthy of inclusion on this list for the fact that it evokes the wonderful notion of Mario Balotelli playing alongside Dimitar Berbatov. That’s football porn right there.
Joao Moutinho to Spurs
Tottenham just missed out on the signing of Joao Moutinho last summer, as the window closed before they could conclude the deal.
John Cross of The Mirror thinks that Spurs are now ready to bid for Moutinho again in January. The move could be complicated by the fact that Porto have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League, but with Spurs willing to bid £20 million, the Portuguese outfit could be tempted.
Spurs have had a Luka Modric-shaped hole in their midfield since the start of the season and if Moutinho could be the man to fill it, then Tottenham could be pushing for a top four spot again this season.
David Beckham to West Ham
Having left LA Galaxy, David Beckham looks set to make a move in January, but where to?
It could be West Ham, with The Sun reporting that Sam Allardyce would be open to signing the player. It’s a move that seems to make a lot of sense. Beckham could return to his East End roots for one goodbye to English football, while his ability from set pieces would be perfectly suited to Allardyce’s powerful team.
Beckham might not be up to playing 90 minutes in the Premier League these days but could still be a more than useful "super-sub."
Darren Bent to QPR
The biggest challenge for any side fighting relegation is very often scoring enough goals to stay up. It’s certainly been a problem for QPR, who have scored just 15 goals in 17 games this season, so it would be no surprise if a striker wasn’t top of their January shopping list.
Harry Redknapp told The Guardian that he would have no qualms over signing Aston Villa’s Darren Bent. Redknapp and Bent had previously fallen out at Tottenham, after the manager criticized Bent for missing an easy chance.
Having already made peace with Adel Taarabt since arriving at QPR, Redknapp now looks set to do likewise with Bent, who is currently frozen out at Villa. A proven Premier League goalscorer, Bent could be the man to help Harry Houdini to another great escape.
Demba Ba to Liverpool
Another club struggling for goals this season has been Liverpool. With Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini the only recognised strikers at the club, Brendan Rodgers was recently forced to field midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as a makeshift forward.
So it’s clear that signing a striker will be Liverpool’s top priority come the January transfer window. The Daily Mail’s John Edwards has claimed that their top target will be Newcastle’s Demba Ba, who has long been rumoured to have had a bargain £7 million buyout clause.
Ba had been in deadly form for Newcastle this season and the prospect of seeing him play alongside the live-wire Suarez is certainly an enticing one for the second half of the season.
Loic Remy to Newcastle
If Ba does move on, then Newcastle themselves will be in the market for another forward. The Telegraph's Jason Burt expects them to make a £10 million move for Marseille’s Loic Remy.
Remy has long been linked with a move to England, with Tottenham a rumoured destination. With his ability to play wide in a front three he could be a perfect addition for Newcastle.
Last season Newcastle played Papiss Cisse centrally, with Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa either side of him. Ba’s insistence at playing through the middle has seen him get back amongst the goals, but Cisse’s dry up. Remy’s arrival could signal the beginning of another exciting Newcastle forward line, for a side that looked much more comfortable playing a 4-3-3 last season.
Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United
Finally we come to the league leaders Manchester United. Who will they be looking to recruit come January.
The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson thinks that they will make a move for Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder. United have long been linked with a move for the Dutch schemer and with reports that he is available for as little as a knockdown 15-million Euros, now could be the time for the deal to be done.
Some would question where Sneijder would fit in at United, preferring as he does to play an advanced midfield role rather than operate in deeper areas. There’s no substitute for a world class player though and the prospect of Sneijder lining up alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could have the rest of the Premier League quaking with fear.