Yohan Cabaye and 3 Other Players Roma Should Target in January
Rudi Garcia's Roma continue to impress in Serie A this season, and while two back-to-back draws have allowed their rivals to get closer to them at the top, the Lupi still look in good shape to continue their run.
Injuries have left the squad a little thin in recent weeks, and when taken into consideration, the stalemates against Torino and Sassuolo seem less disappointing. Garcia will want to add to the squad in January, however, to give himself more options if they are to fight for Champions League qualification and perhaps even the title.
So what players fit the bill?
Cabaye was a bargain signing for Newcastle when he moved from Lille in 2011. He cost the Magpies just £3 million but has since established himself as one of the most effective midfielders in the Premier League. He looks set to move for significantly more than that fee this time round, but he still represents good value.
At 27, he's in his prime and would arrive with plenty of experience and enough miles left in his legs to be of use for years to come. He'd also slot in immediately to the system, because he was at the heart of Garcia's success at Lille.
What Cabaye lacks in pace he makes up for in vision and passing ability. The midfielder is an excellent reader of the game and has a keen eye for a defence-splitting ball, making him a perfect way to feed his old teammate from Ligue 1, Gervinho, who is currently enjoying himself a great deal in the Italian capital.
Even with Mattia Destro now on his way back to full fitness, Roma are still a little short in the forwards department. And while youth team products like Gianluca Caprari are reason to be optimistic about the future, Garcia could use another attacking option right now.
He's impressed so far in Serie A and has attracted the attention of several big clubs with his energetic and skillful displays—and also some well-taken goals.
Like Cabaye, Eden Hazard would represent a low-risk move for Garcia because the pair know each other well from Lille.
The young Belgian has had problems with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea recently, and while the Portuguese has said the issues have now been dealt with, Hazard might be tempted by a move to a manager with whom he has a better relationship.
It's unlikely the Blues would be willing to part with a talent such as Hazard, of course, but the 22-year-old's blend of pace, dribbling ability, creativity and the ability to use both feet would make him a devastating option for the Giallorossi, and alongside the rehabilitated Gervinho and the evergreen Francesco Totti, give Garcia the most dangerous front line in the league.
Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez isn't a prolific goalscorer, but he has been integral to the Spanish side's success in recent years and would make a fine addition to this current Roma side.
The 25-year-old Lopez has fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital and is attracting plenty of attention, including interest from Brendan Rogers at Liverpool.
The Spaniard is quite versatile, so he could play across the front line, giving the manager some cover in the event of more injuries. He's also quite pacey and could cause most Serie A defences serious problems.