Hottest January Transfer Rumours for Every EPL Club

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentDecember 29, 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.

Arsenal

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    Arsenal right attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry could be loaned out to Wigan Athletic, according to The Sun (h/t The Mirror).

    The link seems to be based on Wigan manager Uwe Rosler being German but more importantly, Gnabry needing game-time especially after German national team manager Joachim Low revealing the 18-year-old is being monitored for a FIFA World Cup place.

    "The boy [Gnabry] is really good," Low said, as per The Express. "I'm still open [to him making the World Cup squad]. We have an eye on him."

    What stands out about Gnabry is how rapidly he switches gears.

    A loan back to a struggling Bundesliga club such as Eintracht Braunschweig gives Gnabry the best chance to play regular first-team football and may open up a World Cup squad position for him.

    It has happened in the past.

    One such example is then Cameroon national team manager Claude Le Roy including a 17-year-old Samuel Eto'o, who had been loaned out to Leganes from Real Madrid, in Cameroon's 1998 World Cup squad.

Aston Villa

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    Aston Villa centre forward Christian Benteke is still an Atletico Madrid transfer target as the La Liga club draw up potential replacements should Diego Costa be sold in a blockbuster deal, according to Marca.

    Atleti don't need to sign Benteke when they have a suitable replacement for Costa in Leo Baptistao.

    Yes, Leo is not a like-for-like swap but nor was Costa when Radamel Falcao left for Monaco.

Cardiff City

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    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan was not bluffing.

    In hindsight, Malky Mackay was granted a stay of execution as Tan and his consultants yes-men had yet to find a suitable replacement.

    Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman stressed that Turkish manager Yilmaz Vural, a Turkish journeyman manager, was not in the running, as per Wales Online:

    And he [Dalman] once again moved to rule out an approach for Turkish manager Yilmaz Vural, despite his agent consistently linking him with a move to the Welsh capital.

    Former Manchester United star Solskjaer is understood to be the man Dalman wants, but pundits in Norway, including former player Jan Aage Fjortoft, insist he is unlikely to accept the role.

    According to the Press Association Sport (h/t ITV), Sven-Goran Eriksson is in the mix.

    If Eriksson and his agent are in negotiations with Tan, they probably won't mention Guangzhou R&F letting in a combined 11 goals in two Chinese Super League matches against Beijing Guoan (0-6) and Guizhou Renhe (3-5).

    Eriksson has not had a win percentage over 50 since he was the manager of the England national team (2001-2006). 

    In league-play, it was Lazio (1997-2001).

    Trivia time!

    Guess the manager and the owner he is referring to, as per BBC Sport: "His biggest problem was that he didn't understand football at all and he didn't realise that. Every time we lost he never spoke to me for a week after but when we won it was dinner and very nice hugs and things, so it's difficult to work with people like that."

    If you said Sven-Goran Eriksson and Thaksin Shinawatra during their time at Manchester City, you're right.

    Now replace Shinawatra with Tan and Eriksson will have his answer if he should take the Cardiff job.

Chelsea

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    Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is a "short-term" transfer target for Real Madrid, as per The Express.

    This deal will only happen if Fabio Coentrao leaves Real but he is staying at Real if you judge what he said to A Bola (h/t Inside Spanish Football):

    I just want to forget about this year and I have good reasons for that.

    I've been through seven months of suffering. As my head hasn't been right, the rest of my body hasn't either.

    I want to get myself back to full strength, help Real Madrid achieve their objectives and for Portugal to at least reach the level we did in the 2010 World Cup.

    Coentrao saying "my head hasn't been right" is a reference to his father passing away, as per Marca.

Crystal Palace

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    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is considering Lyon centre forward Bafetimbi Gomis as a transfer target, as per The Mirror.

    If Palace were willing to spend £4.5 million on Dwight Gayle, Lyon should ask £9-12 million for Gomis.

    What will be an advantage for Pulis is Gomis making it clear he will run down his contract at Lyon but if suitors with more money than Palace (say Turkish teams) are interested, then Palace have no chance of signing Gomis.

    Pulis should give Gayle a chance of living up to his club record transfer fee by partnering him with Marouane Chamakh.

Everton

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    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is open to Nikica Jelavic leaving in the January transfer window.

    "We've had a conversation and he [Jelavic] has the World Cup around the corner," Martinez said, as per The Liverpool Echo. "He needs to be playing minutes and we understand that."

    Martinez revealed that two clubs had approached Everton for Jelavic.

    With Arouna Kone out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury (as per BBC Sport), letting Jelavic go when he is the only backup to Romelu Lukaku does not seem likely.

Fulham

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    Roma centre midfielder Michael Bradley could be headed to Fulham, as per The Daily Mail.

    While he is not anywhere near as important as Kevin Strootman, Bradley is part of Roma manager Rudi Garcia's midfield rotation.

    Being a regular contributor to a Serie A contender or joining Fulham, a team that just conceded six goals against Hull City.

    Easy choice for Bradley: stay at Roma.

Hull City

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    Hull City manager Steve Bruce is poised to make a £6 million move for Sunderland centre forward Steven Fletcher, as per The Mirror.

    Fletcher scored a priceless equaliser for Sunderland off the bench in the 2-2 draw against Cardiff City.

    He has scored 10 league goals or more in three consecutive Premier League seasons.

    Sure, he has struggled this season (three goals from 15 league games) but he is the type of player Sunderland should not be relinquishing especially with Jozy Altidore scoring one Premier League goal this season.

Liverpool

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    Liverpool are one of many top European clubs monitoring Verona centre midfielder Jorginho, as per talkSPORT.

    Do not let the seven goals fool you into thinking he is a trigger-happy shooter because he is a pass-first midfielder.

    He has created 23 shots for his team-mates compared to 13 shots taken, five of which were penalties.

    Jordan Henderson is class in midfield this season for Liverpool, registering four assists in his last six league games, so Jorginho won't be needed.

Manchester City

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    Manchester City could offer Javi Garcia and £20 million to Benfica in return for Nemanja Matic, as per The Mirror.

    Fernandinho leads the club in interceptions (41) and Yaya Toure is the second-leading scorer (nine) in league-play behind Sergio Aguero (13).

    With the Fernandinho-Toure midfield combination, there is no need to sign Matic when Garcia and Jack Rodwell provide sufficient cover.

Manchester United

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    Manchester United will submit a £25 million bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, as per The Metro.

    He has been a factor in Atleti's resurgence and to leave them when they have a legitimate chance to win La Liga is unlikely.

    Real Sociedad's Ruben Pardo, who can make smart angled passes, could be an alternative.

    Pardo made more assists in one game (three) against Real Betis than Tom Cleverley has done the entire Premier League season (zero). 

Newcastle United

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    Newcastle United reserve Gabriel Obertan stormed off after being told he was not included in the matchday squad against Arsenal, as per The Daily Mail.

    The Chronicle's chief sports writer Lee Ryder also reported of Obertan's insubordination via a tweet.

    Obertan should watch Nike Chance and see how many young free agents are so desperate to be in his situation.

    To quote Nike football academy head coach Jimmy Gilligan: "The player has to come as the whole package, technical 20 percent, attitude and ability 80 percent."

    Obertan has played 55 career Premier League games for Manchester United and Newcastle, yet he has scored one league goal and registered five assists.

    If the reports are confirmed by Newcastle, then he is risking his future employment at other European clubs in top leagues assuming he still wants to play top-flight football.

Norwich City

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    Norwich City are in the running for the John Heitinga sweep-stakes, as per The Mirror.

    Watching Antolin Alcaraz start at centre-back for Everton against Southampton reminded Heitinga why he is already looking for a new club.

    Norwich are tied with Sunderland for the second most goals conceded in the Premier League (32 in 19 games) but Heitinga prefers a move to Serie A.

    "Roma? I heard a lot about their interest," he said, as per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sky Sports). "I have played in Spain and England, and I'd also try the Italian experience."

Southampton

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    Being linked to Manchester United has not turned the head of Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

    "I can't express how happy I am at the club. Settled at home with a young child and my family live down here," Lallana said, as per The Mirror (h/t Sky Sports). "I am delighted and as happy as I have ever been here playing for Southampton with one of the best managers in the league."

    Great to see loyalty still exists in some footballers.

Stoke City

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    Stoke City are attempting to finance a move for Hannover 96 centre-forward Mame Biram Diouf, as per The Sentinel.

    Stoke need to be aware that his form is shaky.

    He took two minutes to receive two yellow cards against Hoffenheim and his shooting is inconsistent (five goals from 51 shots).

    Two of those goals came against FC Nurnberg, a team that is 17 games and counting without a league win.

    Speaking of FC Nurnberg, Stoke manager Mark Hughes should target Hiroshi Kiyotake, a brilliant passer of the ball.

    Left-back Marvin Plattenhardt has the potential to be an elite player and would be an upgrade over Erik Pieters.

Sunderland

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    Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso will be Sunderland manager Gus Poyet's first January transfer signing, as per the Chronicle Live.

    Manuel Pasqual is the reason why Alonso is not a week in, week out starter.

    Expectations won't be high.

    He just needs to be an improvement on Andrea Dossena.

Swansea City

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    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will search for cover for his depleted front-line in the January transfer window.

    "But at the moment we have a couple of important injuries for a longer time and that is why maybe we have to do something in January," Laudrup said, as per Sky Sports. "One thing is to want to do something and another thing is to find the right ones, because a lot of teams are looking, especially for players who can score goals, in the transfer window."

    Liverpool's Luis Alberto, who can play as a false nine, could be on his way out after being left on the bench against Chelsea (Brad Smith got a run in what could be his first and last game for the Reds).

    Another transfer option for Laudrup is Alberto's team-mate Iago Aspas.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    According to Jason Burt at The Telegraph, rumours of Tottenham Hotspur sending Erik Lamela out on loan are false:

    Nevertheless the club are not planning to send Erik Lamela, their record signing with a potential fee of around £30 million, on loan despite the Argentine being linked with moves to Spain—to Atletico Madrid—and back to Italy to join Inter.

    Spurs need to persist with Lamela rather than packing it in and sending him out on loan because it would be a vote of no confidence in his ability.

West Bromwich Albion

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    West Bromwich Albion might not be appointing former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel as their permanent manager, as per Chris Lepkowski at The Birmingham Mail:

    The 50-year-old held talks with the Baggies on Friday following two previous rounds of discussions.

    But it has emerged from sources close to the Spaniard that Albion were unwilling to allow him to bring in his own backroom staff.

    Albion have distanced themselves from such claims, insisting they are still very much in the process of speaking to candidates.

    One man who has become available is Malky Mackay, who was sacked by Cardiff on Friday.

    West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing chose an unorthodox 5-3-1-1 which contributed to getting a point against Tottenham Hotspur.

    Then whatever he said to Nicolas Anelka worked [1] as he netted twice and West Brom were involved in a pulsating 3-3 draw against West Ham United.

    Give Downing a few more games and see what happens.

     

    [1] Regarding Anelka's ill-advised political gesture in tribute to his friend Dieudonne, here is what Julien Laurens wrote for The Telegraph

    The gesture is known as the 'Quenelle,' labelled as a reversed Nazi salute and made famous a few years ago by the controversial Dieudonne, a French comedian from African background.

    In the last few years, Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, his full name, has become an anti-Semitic activist and campaigner.

    Dieudonne used the Quenelle for the first time in 2009 when he was a candidate for the European elections at the helm of his own party, the anti-Zionist party, despite arguing that it was a generic anti-establishment symbol.

    Valerie Fourneyron, the Sports minister, published a statement saying it was an 'incitation to racial hatred and sickening,' the reactions on social networks were a mix between outrage and indignation.

West Ham United

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    West Ham United are considering selling Ravel Morrison in the January transfer window.

    Yes, Ravel Morrison. The freakishly gifted but troubled English midfielder, who scored a solo goal of the highest order against Tottenham Hotspur.

    You're probably thinking: "Something is up."

    Yep, and here are the details, as per Jason Burt at The Telegraph:

    West Ham United are prepared to sell Ravel Morrison in the January transfer window to boost the funds to strengthen Sam Allardyce's injury-ravaged squad.

    The player's [Morrison's] current deal is complicated and West Ham would like to renegotiate it if he does stay.

    It includes an £18 million release clause and a second clause which states Morrison's pay will quadruple to £60,000 a week if a £10 million offer is made for him.

    He is a superlative talent but he has the same amount of yellow cards as league goals and assists combined (five).

    He needs to be more productive before he is ready to play for a major club again.

     

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