Hottest January Transfer Rumours for Every EPL Club

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentDecember 16, 2013

Hottest January Transfer Rumours for Every EPL Club

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    Bleacher Report brings you the hottest English Premier League January transfer rumours for every club.

    If there is not a new transfer rumour, then the slide will talk about a relevant transfer scenario for the club or suggest a transfer target.

    Don't hesitate to comment below with a transfer rumour you feel should be included in this slideshow.


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    According to Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer, left attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is being monitored by Arsenal.

    "Not only Liverpool and Arsenal show interest," Kreuzer said, from Bild via Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC. "I indeed believe that Hakan is not against prolonging his contract. But when Liverpool and Arsenal turn up at your doorstep the lad might reconsider."

    Calhanoglu can create for his teammates, is a free-kick specialist and a promising player but he would not make the Arsenal starting XI right now.

    Hamburg have had explosive players in past seasons such as Heung Min Son, Gokhan Tore, Eljero Elia and Jonathan Pitroipa.

    Going by the eye-test, Calhanoglu is around the quality of Elia and Pitroipa.

    Calhanoglu does not have Son's pace and the dribbling is a few notches below Tore.

    If you tripled Calhanoglu's dribbles per game (1.5 x 3 = 4.5), it would still be 0.8 lower than the 5.3 dribbles per game Tore accumulated during the 2011-12 season.

    What Hamburg are doing is throwing Calhanoglu's name out there, building up his profile, so he can be overhyped therefore enabling them to sell him at an inflated transfer fee.

Aston Villa

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    "Top of the list [for Aston Villa] is a genuine, ball-playing, hard-working No 10," Neil Moxley wrote in the Daily Mail.

    Here is a suggestion: AZ's Maarten Martens, a pass-first playmaker, who has created nine goals in the Eredivisie this season.

    Aside from being an incisive passer, he is Belgian so he might quickly connect with compatriot Christian Benteke, who is on a 10-game goalless run in the Premier League.

Cardiff City

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    Cardiff City are one of three Premier League clubs tracking Rubin Kazan's Bibras Natkho, according to a tweet by Ashley Gray, the Daily Mail Plus deputy sports editor.

    Natkho has scored and created a combined four goals in two UEFA Europa League games against Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard's Zulte-Waregem.

    Speaking of Chelsea, Natkho converted two penalties against the Blues last season, and it's clear he is a proficient set piece taker as both his goals against Zulte-Waregem were from a dead-ball situation (a penalty and a free-kick).

    His contract expires on December 31, 2013, per, meaning he will be a free agent entering the January transfer window should he refuse to sign an extension in the next 15 days.


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    Chelsea are considering a bid for Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, according to Jamie Sanderson at Metro.

    Blues manager Jose Mourinho "doesn't think Chelsea will sign a player in January," according to Chelsea's Twitter account. 

    But let's say Mourinho changes his mind, would Guarin be a good signing?


    Prior to scoring a golazo, he will thump 20 or so shots into row Z as opposed to passing to the open man.

    Yes, he can tackle, but his 53 percent tackle success percentage is very inefficient.

    He is the antithesis of a Mourinho player, so it will be odd if Guarin does become a Chelsea player.

Crystal Palace

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    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has ruled out signing Jordan Rhodes because he is too expensive.

    "We'll get linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry from now until the end of the window," Pulis said, via talkSPORT. "But the answer is no, we couldn't afford Jordan Rhodes."

    Rhodes, an £8 million signing from Huddersfield Town, has scored 12 goals in 20 league games for Blackburn Rovers this season.


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    Everton are set to sign Aiden McGeady in the January transfer window after his club Spartak Moscow confirmed his impending departure.

    "He was offered a contract extension by us, but he has refused it," Spartak sporting director Roman Askhabadze said, via Jamie Sanderson at Metro. "He did it for family reasons, because his wife and children have not adapted to Moscow. In the next transfer window, if we get an offer for McGeady, he will go."

    If Gerard Deulofeu's is ruled out for the foreseeable future due to a hamstring injury, McGeady will just step in and compete with Kevin Mirallas for the right attacking midfield role.


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    Anderlecht's primary January transfer target is Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, according to Het Nieuwsblad via talkSPORT.

    Ruiz has played on the right wing and behind the No. 9, but he hasn't recaptured his Twente form.

    It's unlikely that Fulham will allow him to leave, especially if Dimitar Berbatov goes.

Hull City

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    If Georgios Samaras rejects a salary reduction at Celtic, it could lead to a transfer to Hull City, according to The Scotsman.

    Samaras is strong in the air, offers a physical presence up top and is willing to sacrifice for the team having played on the left wing.

    He can be an adequate No. 9 for Hull.


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    Liverpool are interested in signing Verona centre midfielder Jorginho, according to Jamie Sanderson at Metro.

    While Jorginho's tackles (35) to foul (13) difference is healthy, he is only successful in 40 percent of his tackles which is awful.

    Even Lucas Leiva, whose positioning is all over the place, has a higher tackle success percentage (45).

    Despite the seven league goals Jorginho has netted (five from the penalty spot), he is more of a midfield conductor and Liverpool already have that type of player in Joe Allen.

Manchester City

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    Manchester City have rebuffed approaches from AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus regarding a move for Stevan Jovetic, according to Paul Clennam and Fabrizio Romano at

    With City playing so well, scoring six past Arsenal, without needing Jovetic, it's understandable why clubs are looking to take advantage of the situation.

    Jovetic needs more time and once he is fully fit, that will be when it's fair to judge his performances.

Manchester United

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    Manchester United will make a bid for Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley, according to Paul Hetherington and Steve Millar at Daily Star.

    This move makes no sense because United manager David Moyes already has two options in the No. 10 position: Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa.

    While Moyes did give Barkley his Premier League debut, it was under current Everton manager Roberto Martinez that Barkley blossomed. 

Newcastle United

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    Newcastle United centre-back Fabricio Coloccini insists he is happy which shoots down rumours that he is still thinking about a move back to Argentina.

    "At the beginning of the year, due to some personal problems, I had the chance to return to Argentina," he said, from Marca via Andres Garavaglia at Sky Sports. "I am currently very happy at Newcastle—I have three more years on my contract."

Norwich City

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    Norwich City are one of the clubs looking to sign Samuel Inkoom from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, according to Sky Sports.

    In hindsight, Inkoom should never have signed for Dnipro because he has suffered professionally and emotionally.

    The Ukrainian club initially refused to let him leave unless they recouped the £5 million they received for him.

    But how would that happen if he wasn't playing?

    Now Sky Sports is reporting that "Dnipro are thought to be willing to offload Inkoom so that they can get him off their wage bill as he does not figure in their plans."

    Should Inkoom sign, he will compete with Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin for the right-back role.


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    Southampton will target Queens Park Rangers' Julio Cesar as goalkeeping cover with Artur Boruc out with a broken hand, according to Mirror.

    Cesar's wages are estimated to be £90,000 per week, per The Telegraph.

    How is this deal going to work out?

    You can be sure QPR won't be paying him to go on loan knowing they are in the power position because he is desperate to play heading into a FIFA World Cup year.

    Getting Benfica's Jan Oblak on loan is another option the Saints should look at.

Stoke City

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    Stoke City will enter into talks with Borussia Monchengladbach about signing Luuk de Jong, according to Brendan McLoughlin at Mirror.

    Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre plays a system without a conventional No. 9, meaning de Jong is on the outer looking in.

    Favre didn't want de Jong, who does not have a future at the club as long as the 4-4-2 with two deep-lying forwards in Max Kruse or Raffael continues to operate.

    De Jong is a quality striker who needs another chance at a club that is willing to build the team around him.


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    Ryan Bertrand's future at Chelsea is doubtful with Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-back, displacing Ashley Cole at left-back.

    Sunderland are one of several clubs that admire Bertrand, according to Matt Law at The Telegraph: "Chelsea will clear space in their squad by allowing out-of-favour left-back Ryan Bertrand to leave. Bertrand could be offered to Southampton as part of a bid for Shaw, but the 24-year-old is also admired by Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland."

Swansea City

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    Swansea City deep-lying forward Michu still has aspirations to play at a higher level.

    "Every player dreams about playing in big teams, clubs who play in the Champions League and fight for titles, I am no different," Michu said, via Colin Harvey at Daily Star. "I’m very happy at Swansea but it is obvious that every player wants to grow up and see how far you can go."

    Michu has not been as effective as he was last season.

    He's primarily a poacher who takes advantage of defensive lapses.

    Now opposing teams know his game, and he has struggled in the Premier League this season, only scoring twice in 12 league games.

    If he continues this poor form, he won't be playing for a UEFA Champions League team anytime soon.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Kurtis Larson at the Toronto Sun is reporting that Jermain Defoe will leave Tottenham Hotspur for MLS team Toronto FC.

    Per Larson:

    The Reds [Toronto] are believed to be dropping as much as $10 million [Canadian dollar; converts to £5.8 million] on a transfer fee to secure the services of a player they'll pay upward of $150,000 per week, numbers that will make Defoe the highest-paid player in MLS history.

    The $150,000 per week converts to around £86,900 per week, so Defoe could be getting paid "Premier League money" to perform at a lower level.

West Bromwich Albion

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    Everton are tracking the contract situation of West Bromwich Albion centre forward Shane Long, according to Express & Star: "Everton are believed to be monitoring the contract situation of West Brom forward Shane Long. The Republic of Ireland international's current deal expires at the end of the current season but Albion have the option to extend it for a further year."

    Everton are doing their due diligence in planning for life after Romelu Lukaku.

    Long might not be the most gifted striker in the Premier League, but the pressure he puts on opposing defenders should be admired.

    Long's future at West Brom is dependent on who is the permanent replacement for recently fired Steve Clarke.

    If the new manager doesn't fancy Long and wants to give Saido Berahino or Matej Vydra a run in the No. 9 position, then Long will be on the open market.

West Ham United

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    After a 0-0 draw against Sunderland, West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce spoke about the need for an attacking player in the January transfer window, via Paul Doyle at The Guardian:

    We are talking with a club and a player's agent to see whether they are going to join us or not.

    It's an attacking player. We're trying to do the deals as quick as we possibly can. David Sullivan is the quickest owner of a football club that I've ever had. He doesn't 'ooh, ahh and um', like most of the other owners I've been involved with.

    Allardyce could be referring to former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan, who has been linked with West Ham, per talkSPORT.


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