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Hottest January Transfer Rumours for Every EPL Club

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJanuary 20, 2014

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 to discuss, then the slide will evaluate a recent signing, assess a relevant transfer scenario for the club or suggest a transfer target.

    Do not hesitate to comment below with a transfer rumour you feel should be included in this slideshow.

Arsenal

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions he would sign Juventus centre-forward Mirko Vucinic.

    "We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic," Wenger said, as per Sky Sports. "I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don't have the possibility to do it."

    Given the amount of times Wenger has screwed Juventus over, you would think they would tell Arsenal management to get lost.

    Not only did he predict Thierry Henry's greatness, but he also sold Patrick Vieira to Juve for £13.8 million, who lasted one season before he bolted for Inter Milan amid the Calciopoli scandal.

    Since then, Wenger has loaned Juve a defensive liability in Armand Traore and an unprofessional Nicklas Bendtner, who arrived at Juve overweight.

    Regarding Vucinic as a footballer, he is a class act, though injuries have curtailed his career in recent memory.

Aston Villa

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    Aston Villa signing Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea could be his last chance saloon to prove he is a potential successor to Ashley Cole.

    "Aston Villa is a fantastic club with a massive fanbase and a great history," he said, as per AVFC.co.uk. "To get this chance to come here and play some games will be a really good step for me."

    Either that, or no club was willing to meet Chelsea's evaluation of Bertrand.

    He was adequate in Villa's 2-2 draw against Liverpool, though the two times he attempted to tackle Reds right winger Raheem Sterling, Bertrand missed both challenges.

Cardiff City

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes denied he had fallen out with Wilfried Zaha after his proposed loan move to Cardiff City collapsed.

    "I had 30 seconds chat on the training pitch and we were talking away," Moyes said, as per Sky Sports. "So there was nothing like that."

    Moyes explained the reasoning why Zaha would not be allowed to move on loan despite being promised so, as per Adam Marshall at ManUtd.com:

    I said to Wilf if I couldn't get him games I'd put him on loan. But he can't go out loan while I've got Young and Nani out injured. I'm surprised anybody was even thinking about that as a possibility with that situation arising.

    According to Joe Bernstein at the Daily Mail, Zaha could hand in a transfer request.

    "Relations between the Zaha camp and United have hit an all-time low," Bernstein wrote. "A series of heated discussions involving United chief executive Ed Woodward and Zaha's representatives then followed and ended abruptly with the telephone being slammed down."

    Just loan Zaha out to Cardiff because he will be sulking for the rest of the season, as he probably feels Moyes does not rate him.

    At least a loan to Cardiff, which will refresh his mind, can keep him relevant enough that should he perform well, United may be able to recoup a portion of the transfer fee they paid for him if Moyes does not view Zaha as a long-term option.

Chelsea

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    If Barcelona submit a £29 million bid for David Luiz, Chelsea will accept it, as per James Dickenson at the Express.

    Wait, so after persisting with Luiz all this time, Chelsea are going to sell him when he has not even had the chance to transition into an elite midfielder? 

    Let's see what he can do in midfield, and if he fails, Barca will probably still be there, as they are infatuated with Luiz.

Crystal Palace

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    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has used Hull City as an example of how clubs need to spend if they want to stay in the Premier League, as per the Croydon Advertiser:

    Hull City have proved that this week.

    They had a good start to the season and he [Steve Bruce] has gone out and spent a lot of money on two centre-forwards [Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long] who, I think, will guarantee them Premier League football.

    This league is a very relentless league. It's one that if you stand still, you'll fall back.

    Pulis' comments suggest he is pressuring Palace management to break the bank as the club attempts to stay in the Premier League.

Everton

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    Stoke City centre-forward Kenwyne Jones has gone on strike, as the club has refused to sell him to Everton, as per John Cross at the Mirror.

    Jones was fined two weeks' worth of wages for his insubordination, as per John Percy at The Telegraph.

    Jones showed promise when he was at Sunderland, scoring nine goals during the 2009-10 season.

    Once he became a Premier League-standard footballer, he has coasted through the last few seasons.

    Should Lacina Traore pass his medical, as per Andy Hunter at The Guardian, he will join Everton on loan from Monaco and will serve as the backup to Romelu Lukaku.

    If Jones forces a move to Everton, then he will be the backup to Traore, who is the backup to Lukaku.

    That would say a lot about Jones' priorities.

Fulham

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    What started off as an innocuous rumour of West Ham United centre attacking midfielder Ravel Morrison making a career sideways move to Fulham has escalated quickly into a Premier League controversy, as per David Hytner and James Riach at The Guardian:

    West Ham United have reported Fulham to the Premier League over what they believe is the tapping up of Ravel Morrison.

    The east London club were furious on Tuesday night to hear the Fulham manager, Rene Meulensteen, suggest that the midfielder wanted to come to Craven Cottage.

    The Premier League has rules that forbid any approach to a contracted player by a rival club or anyone working on their behalf. Rule T8 also makes it clear that public statements about contracted players are not allowed.

    You can only presume that Fulham are throwing absurd money at Morrison, as the club might not even be playing in the Premier League next season.

Hull City

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    Hull City have spent about £14 million to sign both Nikica Jelavic from Everton and Shane Long from West Bromwich Albion, as per the Hull Daily Mail.

    This is a clear case of Premier League inflation.

    Are both centre-forwards serviceable? Of course, but neither is a regular 15-20-goals-per-season type of forward at the highest level.

    It is plausible the fee spent to sign both goalscorers is to alleviate the threat of relegation.

Liverpool

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    Barcelona wide forward Cristian Tello wants to stay at the club to prove his worth amid rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool, as per Sky Sports.

    "I'm not playing as much as I did last year, but I'm not giving up," he said, as per FCBarcelona.com (h/t Sky Sports). "I feel good playing on the right. After that, with Neymar's injury, I went to the left side—I feel good on either side of the pitch."

    Tello is extremely rapid, but at this stage of his career, he is still very one-dimensional.

    If you put him on a team with less hype, he would not be a household name, as is the case with Real Betis' Cedrick or Villarreal's Javier Aquino, both also very quick.

Manchester City

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    Manchester City are set to submit a £30 million bid for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, as per Joe Bernstein at the Daily Mail.

    In an ideal world, City should wait another five years, reassess the situation and if Shaw is one of the best left-backs in the world, then place a £30 million bid.

    Mind you, wait is not a word in City's vocabulary.

Manchester United

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was at his mischievous best when he talked about Wayne Rooney's likely departure from Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

    "They were clear in the way they approached the Rooney situation. For them it's pretty clear. They don't swap. They don't sell [to Premier League teams]," Mourinho said, as per Dominic Fifield at The Guardian"I think maybe this summer they will try to sell [Rooney] to a non-direct rival."

    According to Manchester United manager David Moyes, he received an apology from the Chelsea communications department, as per BBC Sport: "I wouldn't talk about other managers or players at other clubs. I've seen it and had an apology from him [Mourinho] and his department."

    It has been a rough week for Moyes.

    He had to answer questions surrounding Mourinho's candidness (he either is playing mind games on Moyes or is telling the truth) and then helplessly watch United lose 3-1 to Mourinho's Chelsea.

    Even after the loss, Moyes is still wishy-washy on United's policy in this window, as per Sky Sports

    A lot [of our transfer targets] aren't available in this window. If we could get any of them we would do, we are trying but more than likely most people know it is difficult. We have an idea of players we would like to bring in and we would like them now, but more than likely won't be.

Newcastle United

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    Newcastle United are expected to sign Luuk de Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Luke Edwards at The Telegraph.

    "The club [Newcastle] were initially rebuffed when they asked if they could take de Jong on loan," Edwards wrote. "De Jong has talked publicly about his desire to move to Newcastle and Monchengladbach are likely to agree to Newcastle's loan, with a view to buy offer as long as they can line up a replacement."

    According to Paul Fraser at The Northern EchoPapiss Cisse will be offered to Monchengladbach in a swap with de Jong.

    Well, that would be bizarre.

    Gladbach do not incorporate a No. 9, which is the reason why de Jong's playing time at Gladbach is limited.

    Gladbach manager Lucien Favre plays a 4-4-2 with two deep-lying forwards in Max Kruse and Raffael.

    "The coach [Favre] does not give me the feeling that if he continues he will build firmly around me," de Jong said, as per Luke Edwards at The Telegraph. "I want to play longer than three to five minutes. It's no fun."

    It will be "no fun" for Cisse if he ends up at Gladbach.

Norwich City

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    Norwich City have signed Jonas Gutierrez from Newcastle United on loan, as per the Canaries.co.uk

    The Argentina international midfielder, who has 22 caps for his country, becomes the Canaries' first signing of the January transfer window.

    After completing the move, the 30-year-old said: "I'm happy to be here. It's an opportunity for me to get back in the game and to try and do my best for the team."

    Gutierrez is a hard-working winger whose work ethic compensates for his lack of productivity.

    He will provide support for the full-back and look to get himself into the build-up play for his team.

Southampton

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    Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez will be meeting with management to discuss his long-term future at the club, as per Matt Law at The Telegraph:

    Rodriguez has been left in limbo over a clause in his contract that states he will be due a new deal once he has made 45 starts for the Saints.

    The forward, who made his England debut in November, has reached 42 and negotiations with his representatives were progressing well with [Nicola] Cortese last week.

    But Rodriguez and his camp now fear they will be back at square one and could even face a big delay in trying to find out whether he will be offered a significant pay rise.

    Rodriguez has been mainly playing on the left wing and is Southampton's leading scorer in the Premier League. 

    The reason why Rodriguez's representatives are worried is Cortese, the former executive chairman, is no longer at the club.

Stoke City

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    New Stoke City signing Juan Agudelo announced on Twitter that he will be moving to Eredivisie club Utrecht on loan.

    Smart move by Agudelo, because the Eredivisie is an attack-driven league which should present plenty of goalscoring opportunities for him.

    In the 5-2 defeat to Feyenoord, Utrecht lined up in a 4-2-3-1, with Tommy Oar on the left wing, Jens Toornstra in the No. 10 position, Edouard Duplan on the right wing and Steve de Ridder up front.

    De Ridder is a handy forward who can score, create and motivate his teammates.

    Toornstra is one of Utrecht's best players and is influential in their attacking plays.

    So Agudelo is unlikely to make a breakthrough in a central position.

    Out wide is a different matter.

    Oar, a Socceroo, is a nippy and industrious wide player but does not impact games as much as he should.

    Didn't really notice Duplan, but don't know enough about him. He is a 30-year-old footballer who has had a modest career.

    A potential threat to Agudelo's minutes is teenager Cedric Badjeck, who is being eased into first-team football.

Sunderland

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    Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has refused to engage in transfer speculation surrounding a move to Manchester United.

    "It's stuff [transfer rumours] that happens outside of the football pitch," Mannone said, as per Sky Sports. "I am really living my best time right now at Sunderland and I don't see why I would move right now."

    Sitting on the bench at a big club (he has already done that at Arsenal) or making save after save at Sunderland?

    The latter is more beneficial to his development as a keeper.

Swansea City

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    Swansea City transfer target Tom Ince, as per BBC Wales, is involved in an awkward scenario at Blackpool because manager Paul Ince, Tom's father, could be fired, as per Chris Bascombe at The Telegraph:

    Paul Ince was fighting to keep his job at Blackpool on Sunday night following crisis talks with Karl Oyston, the club's chairman.

    With Ince's son Thomas also in the midst of a transfer tug of war during which there have been suggestions that the manager and his employer's interests have collided, a parting of the ways has seemed inevitable for the past few days.

    Tom's future depends on the reaction of Paul, whose former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, described as a "volatile character," as per The Telegraph.

    Should Tom's father get sacked, would Tom submit a transfer request out of loyalty?

    In that situation, Blackpool would get a fee rather than nothing at all if Tom were to leave on a Bosman in the summer.

    Or, will Tom be a professional and play out the rest of his contract?

    There might even be a third option: call it the scorched-earth policy, Paul Ince style.

    Tom could sit out the rest of his contract and leave on a free transfer. Now that would be typical "Guv'nor" behaviour from Paul.

    Oh, and here's a twist, according to John Edwards at the Daily Mail, Monaco could beat Swansea to signing Tom.

    Ligue 1 contending Monaco? In recent weeks, the club has been playing a very compact 4-3-1-2, which does not fit Tom's playing style.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Etienne Capoue for the right price, as per David Hytner at The Guardian.

    "It has been made clear to him [Capoue] that he is at the bottom of [Tim] Sherwood's midfield pecking order and he may benefit from regular football elsewhere," Hytner wrote. "The manager has tended to prefer the France youth international Nabil Bentaleb, whom he knows from his previous role as the club's academy co-ordinator."

    There is nothing wrong with Bentaleb starting over Capoue as long as the youngster can continue bossing midfield.

    If Spurs management cannot make a profit selling Capoue, just loan him, because there is no point in keeping an unhappy player in the squad.

    Spurs should be empathetic to him because he wants to make France's FIFA World Cup squad.

    He will give it his all on loan, and maybe that will attract a significant bid for him, allowing Spurs to make a profit.

West Bromwich Albion

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    West Bromwich Albion's sponsor, Zoopla, will cut ties with the club if Nicolas Anelka makes an appearance against Everton, as per Sebastian Joseph at Marketing Week.

    "Sources have told Marketing Week the property portal [Zoopla] warned the West Midlands club [West Brom] it will axe the tie-up with immediate effect if the French striker [Anelka] plays," Joseph wrote. "Zoopla, which is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, is thought to have delivered the ultimatum earlier this week claiming it does not want to be associated with the gesture because it has anti-Semitic connotations."

    In case you missed it, Anelka celebrated a goal against West Ham United with a salute, which has anti-Semitic connotations, as per Julien Laurens at 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. 

    Yesterday, in the French newspaper Le Parisien, Manuel Valls, the French home secretary, called the comedian "racist and anti-Semitic who nobody finds funny anymore" and wants to ban all his shows throughout the country.

West Ham United

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    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed most of his transfers targets have failed to come to fruition, as per James Dickenson at the Express:

    "I had a terrible day yesterday when I thought one player [Lacina Traore] was signing for us and then I found out he wasn't," Allardyce said.

    He added Arsenal reserve defender Thomas Vermaelen was unlikely to join West Ham either:

    No, because I think that under the circumstances and position Arsenal are in with the Champions League coming up and cup matches that they've had to use him [Vermaelen] as soon as any of the other two central defenders are injured. I don't think there's any chance we will get someone with his quality.

     

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