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1 Player from Every EPL Team That Will Be Sold in January

Joe KrishnanContributor ISeptember 6, 2013

1 Player from Every EPL Team That Will Be Sold in January

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    The summer transfer window is finally closed after months of uncertainty and desperation. For some, it comes as a relief, with endless transfer speculation causing all sorts of drama for their club towards the end of the window.

    It was certainly a memorable deadline day for North London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham, but with contrasting results. The Gunners smashed their transfer record to sign Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil for £42.5 million, just hours after the Spanish giants broke the world record with an £85 million deal for Spurs forward Gareth Bale.

    Even despite the £640 million spent by English clubs this summer, a small minority endured a frustrating summer. Last year's champions Manchester United spent a paltry £29 million, and that was only due to Marouane Fellaini's last-gasp £27.5 million deal to join youngster Guillermo Varela, with several targets such as Ander Herrera slipping through their grasp.

    However, with so many arrivals coming in, it's worth mentioning the clubs who failed to offload their unwanted stars.

    Today, we have identified the players who avoided the axe on Monday, but could eventually leave their respective clubs once the window reopens in January.

    Be sure to let us know your thoughts and opinions at the bottom of the page.

Arsenal: Nicklas Bendtner

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    From being hailed as Arsenal's next star in the making to getting fined €100,000 for breaching advertising rules during Euro 2012, Nicklas Bendtner has endured an up and down past few years.

    For a player who rates himself among the best in the world, his record of scoring just 29 goals in his last four seasons raises question marks about his ability to perform for the North London club.

    It's easy to forget Bendtner is still only 25, but after eight years at Arsenal, during which he has been loaned out three times, it could be time for the Danish international to move on.

    Malaga and Freiburg were credited with an interest earlier this summer, per The Independent, before Crystal Palace made their move on deadline day, only to see the move fall through due to Arsenal's failure to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea.

    Despite Bendtner's vow to commit himself fully to Arsenal, it's difficult to see the Dane staying beyond January after coming so close to an exit this summer.

Aston Villa: Marc Albrighton

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    "Where did Marc Albrighton go?" That was the question raised by B/R's very own Aston Villa expert Sam Tighe, and in all honesty, it's a mystery.

    Only a couple of years ago, Albrighton hailed as one of the game's rising talents. An England Under-21 international, getting regular playing time and looking on the verge of a senior call-up, the winger wrote his name in the history books by scoring the 20,000th goal in the Premier League era.

    But his career has stagnated under Paul Lambert, with the 23-year-old making just 11 appearances in all competitions in the 2012-13 season.

    It's fair to say that the midfielder has experienced some misfortune, especially with injuries, but in a plea for regular first-team football, may have to leave in January.

     

Cardiff City: Etien Velikonja

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    Those who will admit their Premier League knowledge does not expand as far as South Wales may acknowledge never hearing of Etien Velikonja. 

    The Slovenia international, who was signed from NK Maribor for £2 million last summer, has barely been given the opportunity to show his credentials for the Bluebirds, taking part in just four games since his transfer.

    It's a stark contrast to his time at Maribor, where he featured regularly and consequently scored an impressive total of 21 goals in the 2011-12 campaign. But the 24-year-old has endured a turbulent time at the Cardiff City stadium and ,according to The MetroMalky Mackay is looking to offload the attacking midfielder, with Reading reportedly interested.

    It seems somewhat unjust that Velikonja has not been given the opportunity to present himself as a useful figure, but with Cardiff signing no fewer than eight players this summer, it's almost certain that his departure will be sealed in January.

Chelsea: Demba Ba

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    If it wasn't for Jose Mourinho, Demba Ba might be on the other side of London by now, pulling on a red shirt as opposed to blue.

    But realistically speaking, the Senegalese striker may only pull on the royal blue jersey of Chelsea a few more times this season after a busy transfer window for the Blues.

    With the arrivals of attacking players Willian, Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle, the pressure has been firmly placed on Ba's shoulders, with the 28-year-old seemingly struggling to find his feet at the club eight months after switching to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle.

    Ba was all set for a loan switch to Chelsea's capital rivals Arsenal, but Mourinho changed his mind after the Gunners signed Mesut Ozil, claiming he couldn't allow Arsene Wenger's side to become "title contenders", per ESPN

    Even with Romelu Lukaku's loan move to Everton on deadline day, the former Hoffenheim forward is way down the pecking order behind Fernando Torres and Eto'o, and his short-term future in West London looks bleak to say the least.

Crystal Palace: Owen Garvan

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    Any hope Owen Garvan had of saving his Crystal Palace career has quickly diminished this season, despite playing a key part in their promotion success during the 2012-13 campaign.

    The 25-year-old midfielder was clearly frustrated after he, along with summer signings Florian Marange and Stephen Dobbie, was left out of Ian Holloway's 25-man squad, which was announced on Wednesday.

    He vented his frustration on Twitter, suggesting that Holloway would be sacked before he left: "I'll be here longer than he will, trust me".

    Nevertheless, it would appear that the Ireland international is resigned to leaving Selhurst Park, and unless Holloway is given the boot before Christmas, you can expect Garvan to be one of the first departures when the transfer window reopens.

     

Everton: Bryan Oviedo

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    Bryan Oviedo must be relieved with David Moyes' inevitable departure to Manchester United.

    With the arrival of new manager Roberto Martinez, who has been known to have a soft spot for players originating from Latin American countries previously, Oviedo may see his fortunes improve.

    The 23-year-old Costa Rican arrived from FC Copenhagen in a deal reported to be around £5 million last summer, and despite making 15 appearances in the Premier League, only one came when he started under Moyes.

    However, with the signing of Gerard Deulofeu, who is likely to be featuring on the wing, Oviedo could see himself limited to a bit-part role at Goodison Park. And seeking a loan move at the very least in January may be a viable option for the full-back.

Fulham: Steve Sidwell

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    Tough-tackling, determined and passionate are three of Steve Sidwell's traits which have landed him moves to clubs such as Chelsea, Aston Villa and now Fulham, but the former Reading man could face a fight for his future at Craven Cottage.

    Signed from the Villains two-and-a-half years ago after falling out of favour, Sidwell has enjoyed his best spell in the Premier League with Martin Jol's side, scoring nine goals in 62 games.

    However, he was sent off twice last season for rash challenges, and it has led to some criticism over his lack of discipline which has seen him in and out of the team.

    His contract expires next summer and, while there is a possibility it could be extended, the 30-year-old will need to ensure his performance is at the highest level or risk being moved out in the next window.

Hull City: Nick Proschwitz

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    Nick Proschwitz isn't exactly a household name in English football, but he played a vital part in helping The Tigers gain promotion to the Premier League, although it could have gone completely wrong.

    Hull needed a point away to already-promoted Cardiff to stand a chance of automatic qualification. It was the German who scored the equaliser to make it possible.

    However, the 26-year-old missed a penalty near the end, and with Watford only needing a goal to usurp the Yorkshire-based side, he could have easily been the villain.

    Signed from German second tier side SC Paderborn last season, Proschwitz failed to reproduce his impressive form, scoring just three times in 27 appearances.

    Steve Bruce recently admitted the forward had struggled to settle in England, per Sky Sports and, despite failing to offload him during the window, a January departure is certainly a possibility. 

     

Liverpool: Martin Skrtel

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    Though he has been one of Liverpool's most consistent players, under Brendan Rodgers, Slovakia international Martin Skrtel finds himself no longer indispensable.

    The 28-year-old, who signed from, Zenit St. Petersburg five years ago, has developed into an important figure for both club and country, consistently displaying the kind of leadership and solidarity that many defenders desire to have.

    However, with a recent string of periods out due to injury and a lack of form, Rodgers has opted to bring in two new centre halves after both Kolo Toure and Sebastian Coates were ruled out with long-term injuries.

    Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Llori both arrived on transfer deadline day, and it has led to people suggesting Skrtel could be tempted into leaving Anfield.

    Interest from Napoli, managed by former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez who brought Skrtel to the Premier League, was said to have flattered the defender per BBC Sport, and a January reunion with teammate Pepe Reina may be on the cards if a suitable offer is made.

     

Manchester City: Aleksandar Kolarov

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    For his talents in going forward, be it crossing the ball in, or taking a marvelous free-kick, Aleksandar Kolarov is never quite up to scratch when it comes down to actually defending.

    For that reason, the Serb has had to wait patiently while Gael Clichy regularly fills the full-back spot, under both Roberto Mancini and now Manuel Pellegrini.

    Having only made 57 appearances in the Premier League, Kolarov may seek regular first-team football elsewhere in January if an opportunity presents itself, and most likely it would be sanctioned if Pellegrini could find a back-up left-back. 

    Since his 2010 arrival from Lazio, Kolarov found himself constantly linked with a move back to Serie A, with Juventus known to be admirers of the 27-year-old, per Sky Sports.

    A potential stumbling block could be that the Citizens would want at least half of the £19 million they paid Lazio three years ago, and on top of his wage demands, it could be a difficult deal to complete for any potential employer.

Manchester United: Anderson

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    Manchester United's pursuit of a marquee signing could spell bad news for forgotten man Anderson.

    Signed from Porto for £17 million six years ago, there were high hopes that the Brazilian international could eventually become a star at Old Trafford.

    However, the 25-year-old has been blighted by injuries and a lack of opportunities when fit with just over 100 Premier League appearances to his name. You get the feeling his full potential will never be reached.

    Marouane Fellaini's deadline day arrival from Everton means the Belgian is likely to take up the spot in midfield, while attacking prodigy Adnan Januzaj is likely to be given some playing time in Anderson's position.

    He hasn't featured for his national team in five years. With his contract running out in June 2015, January may be the right time for David Moyes to cut him loose.

     

Newcastle United: Yohan Cabaye

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    Alan Pardew must hate the January transfer window. His team is never left alone by clubs trying to sign his players.

    In previous windows, the likes of Andy Carroll and Demba Ba have both departed for Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, and even with the Magpies struggling to make an impression so far this season, another of their stars has been linked with a move away.

    Arsenal's bid for Yohan Cabaye, believed to be in the region of £10 million was described as "derisory" by the Newcastle boss, per The Telegraph, and even with their record signing of Mesut Ozil on deadline day, the Gunners could come back in for the 26-year-old in January.

    It could take an offer as high as £20 million to lure the former Lille midfielder from St. James' Park, but with Cabaye currently out of favour in the North East, Pardew could be forced to sell the France international.

Norwich City: Luciano Becchio

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    For a long time, Norwich had been crying out for a top quality striker. Now they have three, and Luciano Becchio may be falling down the pecking order as a result.

    That's not to say the Argentinian striker does not possess quality. He scored more than 10 goals in each of his five seasons with Leeds United before moving to Norwich.

    But still without a goal in eight appearances for the Canaries after joining in January, the chances of Becchio becoming a regular are now dashed with the signings of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander.

    A return to the Championship could beckon for the 30-year-old if a chance for regular football does not arise. But a loan move is more likely than a permanent one.

Southampton: Guly Do Prado

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    Though he was a key figure in Southampton's promotion battles, one gets the feeling that 31-year-old nomadic forward Guly Do Prado is getting left behind.

    The former Catania man has scored 19 goals in 90 appearances, including a successful loan spell which earned him a permanent deal at the club two years ago.

    In the midst of a big-spending summer for the South Coast club, in which they brought in Victor Wanyama and Daniel Osvaldo for over £30 million, "Guly" could be one of the departures as the Saints look to reduce their squad.

    Mauricio Pochettino chose not to offload the Brazilian in the summer, but with his contract running out in 2014, January could see Guly move back to Serie A, where he has spent most of his playing career.

Stoke City: Asmir Begovic

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    When Chelsea failed to sign Asmir Begovic a couple of years back, they opted to sign promising goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois instead. Needless to say, it was a good move on their part.

    But with all credit due to the Blues, they may have missed out on something huge with Asmir Begovic, the Bosnian goalkeeper with potential to be the Premier League’s best.

    Still only 24, it's surprising that the shot-stopper was overlooked by Arsenal in the past window, with the Gunners signing Emiliano Viviano instead, while long-term admirers Liverpool, per the Independent, swooped for Simon Mignolet instead.

    Begovic deserves to be playing for a top side after three years at the Britannia Stadium, and with Jack Butland closing in on the number one spot, Begovic could be given the chance to leave in January.

Sunderland: Phil Bardsley

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    It's no surprise that only six months into his reign as Sunderland manager, Paolo Di Canio had a fallout with one of his players.

    The Italian has every right to punish Phil Bardsley, whose behaviour was been nothing short of unprofessional in the past few months.

    First, he was pictured in a casino surrounded by thousands of pounds and more recently, poked fun at the club's opening day defeat to Fulham on Twitter. 

    The Scot had been suspended before apologising to the fans and staff. But even with the 28-year-old's attempt to make peace, it appears more likely that Di Canio will look to offload him in the winter transfer window, after finding no suitors for the Manchester United academy graduate this summer.

Swansea City: Leroy Lita

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    After just 16 appearances for Swansea and two loan spells to Championship clubs, it's almost a surprise that Leroy Lita was not farmed out again by Michael Laudrup for the 2013-14 campaign.

    The Swans let Luke Moore join Eskisehirspor on a free transfer, and according to The Express, the Welsh club were willing to cut their losses on 28-year-old Lita.

    The former Middlesbrough forward spent the last two campaigns on loan at Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday, and while his scoring form was decent if unspectacular, he is unlikely to break back into the first team with Michu and Wilfried Bony in his way.

    Whether he will be handed a mutual termination of his contract remains to be seen, but if Lita remains at the club beyond January, I don't think I'll be the only one surprised.

     

Tottenham: Emmanuel Adebayor

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    The isolated man in the middle at White Hart Lane is Emmanuel Adebayor because, in spite of Tottenham's £100 million splurge on new signings, the Togolese striker failed to secure a move away from White Hart Lane.

    Whether it was his wage demands, or a lack of general interest in signing the 29-year-old, the fact remains that he is still a Tottenham player.

    But, as opposed to a year ago, the ex-Manchester City forward is now third-choice behind summer signing Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe.

    His loan spell saw an impressive return of 17 goals in 33 matches, but after signing permanently, the hunger in his game seems to have vanished, with just five in 25 games since then.

    Adebayor has been linked with a move to QPR under former boss Harry Redknapp per The Mirror, and while it could materialise sooner than January, his exit seems more likely than ever.

West Brom: Markus Rosenberg

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    After he played in some of Europe's top leagues, West Brom's signing of Swedish forward Markus Rosenberg was hailed as a coup.

    But after 24 appearances in the Premier League—mainly as a substitute—the 30-year-old is yet to register a goal to his name. It's a stark contrast to his time in Germany, where he scored 40 goals in 125 games for Werder Bremen in six years at the club.

    Baggies manager Steve Clarke must see that the goalscorer lies beneath the surface somewhere, having sold outcast Peter Odemwingie instead, as well as sending Romelu Lukaku to Everton on loan.

    But it's up to the Swede to rediscover his scoring form if he wants to keep his place in the squad, although West Brom technical director Richard Garlick admitted recently that Rosenberg could leave the club shortly, per Goal.com

West Ham United: Ricardo Vaz Te

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    One of the more curious stories of the transfer window saw Ricardo Vaz Te ask to leave West Ham United just days before the transfer window was due to close, per The Daily Mail.

    Sam Allardyce was clearly taken aback by the 26-year-old's request, given that he had featured in 40 games for the Hammers since joining from Barnsley last year. But the Portuguese winger was frustrated by the lack of regular first-team football.

    The former Bolton man is way down the pecking order, with Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing the favoured wingers in West Ham's 4-4-2 setup, and while requesting the move was not unusual in those circumstances, doing so without an offer on the table was strange.

    Vaz Te must now work to get back into the first-team fold, although with the option of joining a Championship club before January, a departure looks more likely at this stage.

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