Hottest January Transfer Rumours for Every EPL Club

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJanuary 26, 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 are in the process of completing a £36 million deal for Schalke left attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, per Matt Law at the Telegraph.

    "Sources in Germany on Friday night claimed Arsenal have agreed a fee with Schalke that would make Draxler the second most expensive player in Arsenal's history," Law wrote. "Negotiations with the player [Draxler] have already started."

    If you support Arsenal, there is no point in flicking to the Hamburg vs. Schalke game, because Draxler is out injured, per a tweet via Schalke UK news: "[Schalke manager Jens] Keller on Draxler's injury: The tendon hasn't healed yet. It'll take another few weeks."

    Draxler is 6'1", accelerates past opposing defenders and is technically brilliant. On upside alone, he would be worth £50 million should he change positions and transition into a world-class "nine-and-a-half".

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows this, but £36 million for Draxler, who has only scored one goal and created four assists in 14 Bundesliga games, does not correspond with the Wenger way of transfer negotiations.

    In 1999, when Wenger was in transfer discussions with Juventus over Thierry Henry, the Serie A club wanted £17 million, per the Guardian.

    The British transfer fee record at the time was Real Madrid paying Arsenal £22.5 million for Nicolas Anelka, which overtook Newcastle United's £15 million signing of Blackburn Rovers' Alan Shearer.

    Henry, who scored three goals in 16 league games for Juve, was not worth £17 million at the time, so Wenger played hardball and eventually signed the French winger for £10.5 million, a then-club record transfer fee.

    Here is the situation right now: Schalke can wait until the summer when Draxler's £37.8 million buy-out clause kicks in, per Jeremy Wilson at the Telegraph, or the Bundesliga club can take a slightly reduced fee right now. 

    The latter option is guaranteed, whereas the first option is unguaranteed—a lot can happen from now up to the summer transfer window that can adversely affect Draxler's transfer stock. 

Aston Villa

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    Aston Villa could sign Chelsea's Gael Kakuta, per Steve Wollaston at the Birmingham Mail.

    Though, that act would contravene Premier League rules.

    Villa cannot have two players on loan from the same Premier League club, having already signed Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea, per Premier League rules, temporary transfers, page 194, v.7.5: "The maximum number of temporary transfers to any one club registrable in the same season shall be four and in no circumstances shall more than one be from the same transfer or club at any one time."

    Kakuta was recalled to Chelsea after failing to make one league start on loan at Vitesse, per Sky Sports.

Cardiff City

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    Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha will be loaned to Cardiff City pending the successful completion of a medical, per Paul Abbandonato at Wales Online.

    "The £10 million Manchester United man [Zaha] is today undergoing a medical ahead of a move to the Welsh capital on loan for the rest of the season," Abbandonato wrote. "There are still minor issues between the two clubs to be ironed out."

    David Ornstein at BBC Sport said via a tweet that the move still needed the final approval from United management: "Cardiff hope to sign Wilfried Zaha in coming days. Loan to end of season. Had medical today #Ccfc awaiting final #mufc approval #bbcfootball."

    You would think United would not pull the plug at the eleventh hour considering Zaha is not even in the first team.

    The only reason why United would not loan Zaha out is that they are afraid he will embarrass manager David Moyes by being a breakout Premier League star.

    That would be petty. Quit messing with Zaha's mind and let him regain his confidence on loan at Cardiff.

    Here are tidbits of Ian Holloway's reflective column on his former player Zaha, per the Mirror:

    I wish now that I had taken him [Zaha] to one side after a Crystal Palace training session and warned him that it wasn't the end of his journey to the top of the game, it was just the first step.

    At the age of 21, he has more natural talent than any footballer I have played with or managed during a lifetime in the game. What he has got to prove now is that he also has the temperament.

    Wilf has only one person to blame for the fact that his only start in the famous red shirt so far was a Capital Cup tie against Norwich in October: Himself.

    He hasn't been a regular in the United team simply because he hasn't done what his manager has demanded from him.

    Wilf has gone from being a big fish in the small pond of the Championship and is now a minnow in the shark-infested waters of the Premier League.

    The most eye-catching part of Holloway's column was when he said: "[Zaha] hasn't done what his manager [Moyes] has demanded from him."

    What did Moyes demand from Zaha?

    Then when you see Holloway saying: "I wish now that I had ... warned him [Zaha]", "he has got to prove now is that he also has the temperament" and "Wilf has only one person to blame ... himself", you just want Holloway to spit it out: "What happened?" or "Tell us what you heard happened."

    Eventually Zaha and/or Moyes will speak frankly about their falling out. 

Chelsea

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's recent comments indicate the Blues are unlikely to make any more transfer moves in this window.

    "We are not bringing in a striker in this window," Mourinho said, per Dan Lucas at the Observer (h/t the Guardian). "Hopefully, we are done."

    Mourinho added: "We would only have done Nemanja [Matic from Benfica] this window if we hadn't lost a player [Juan Mata to Manchester United], but we are trying to keep the level and improve."

    Basel right winger Mohammed Salah, a footballer blessed with natural pace, was signed as Mata's replacement at Chelsea.

Crystal Palace

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    Crystal Palace will not sign free agent Mohamed Sissoko, per Graeme Bailey at Sky Sports.

    "Sky Sports understands talks between Momo Sissoko and Crystal Palace have broken down," Bailey wrote. "Sissoko left Paris Saint-Germain last summer after finishing the previous campaign on loan at Fiorentina."

    Sissoko made a combined eight league appearances for both PSG and Fiorentina last season.

Everton

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    Everton want to sign Valencia centre attacking midfielder Sergio Canales on loan, per Tom Hopkinson at the Mirror.

    Signing Canales temporarily would mean Everton have five players on loan, which cannot happen, per Premier League rules, temporary transfers, page 194, v.7.5: "The maximum number of temporary transfers to any one club registrable in the same season shall be four."

    Everton's current four loanees:

    • Gareth Barry (Manchester City)
    • Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona)
    • Lacina Traore (Monaco)
    • Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)

    In fairness to Hopkinson, he wrote: "Valencia will accept a loan offer with a first option to buy for £4 million."

    That could trigger one of the sub-clauses, which means Everton may be able to legally go over the four loanees limit, per v.7.6.1: "Any temporary transfer which become permanent."

Fulham

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    Swansea City have rejected Fulham's £4 million bid for backup left-back Neil Taylor, per Chris Wathan at Wales Online.

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen confirmed a bid was submitted for Taylor.

    "The boy [Taylor] was very unfortunate by getting that horrific injury because at that time, when he was really playing at his very best, I thought he had top-four qualities," Meulensteen said, per Wathan. "Yes, we have put a bid in."

    Ben Davies has started 19 Premier League games this season for Swansea compared to Taylor's three.

    Going by Meulensteen's high praise, you assume if Taylor was signed by Fulham, he would be their starting left-back.

Hull City

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    AC Milan centre midfielder Sulley Muntari is a £3.9 million transfer target for Hull City, per Michael Morgan at the Daily Star.

    Muntari is likely to stay at Milan, though, if you judge his comments amid the hiring of Clarence Seedorf as Milan manager and the signing of Michael Essien from Chelsea.

    "Even when he [Seedorf] was a player he'd still give everyone advice, so imagine now that he is my coach," Muntari said, per Football Italia. "Essien has a lot of experience and played so much in Europe for many important clubs. I am happy that he is here."

Liverpool

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    Liverpool are set to sign Spartak Moscow centre midfielder Romulo, per Jamie Sanderson at the Metro.

    "Reds boss Rodgers had included 23-year-old Romulo in his list of top targets," Sanderson wrote. "With key players like Lucas Leiva out injured, the club are ready to move in now."

    Replacing an injured Lucas with an injury-prone Romulo is a risky move from Liverpool management, per Globo Esporte (h/t En.ria.ru): "After nine months out injured, Spartak Moscow and Brazil midfielder Romulo is to face yet more time on the sidelines because he needs another operation."

Manchester City

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    Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala's reluctance to move to Manchester City could collapse a potential £38 million transfer, per Le10sport (h/t Manchester Evening News).

    Mangala, 6'2", has solid physical attributes and completed 87 percent of his passes in the UEFA Champions League this season.

    Though, at 22 years of age, he is still an up-and-coming footballer, so a £38 million transfer fee should only be reserved for centre-backs in Thiago Silva's class.

Manchester United

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    Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea, per ManUtd.com: "Manchester United is delighted to announce that Juan Mata has completed his transfer for a club-record fee of £37.1 million."

    So David Moyes' ideal attacking midfield triumvirate could be Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney and Mata.

    The concern for United is Mata has not scored a single goal in the Premier League this season, but Moyes is banking on class over form.

    It is a good start to the January transfer window for United chief executive Ed Woodward, who is now targeting Inter Milan utility player Fredy Guarin, per Mark Ogden at the Telegraph.

Newcastle United

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    The timing of Montpellier star Remy Cabella's impending move to Newcastle United is still uncertain.

    "We have an agreement with the leaders of Newcastle that I will not reveal," Montpellier chairman Laurent Nicollin said, per Midi Libre (h/t Sky Sports). "But it does not include a departure for Remy [Cabella] before June, it is a certainty."

    Yet, Cabella's father revealed his son is moving to Newcastle somewhere between now to the closing of the January transfer window.

    "Yes we are negotiating for Remy [Cabella's move to Newcastle]," Cabella senior said, per Actuafoot.fr (h/t Lee Ryder at Chronicle Live). "Yes, he will join Newcastle this winter."

    Cabella can play on the right or left but has predominantly featured as a deep-lying forward, starting 15 games in that position this season.

Norwich City

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    Norwich City will not allow centre attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan to leave in the January transfer window, per Canaries.co.uk:

    [Norwich] City can confirm Irish international midfielder Wes Hoolahan has today submitted a transfer request which has been rejected.

    The Board of Norwich City has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the club's wishes and Hoolahan, 31, is contracted to the club until June 2015.

    The club will make no further comment at this time.

    Hoolahan started 75.8 percent of Premier League games during the 2011-12 season and 84.8 percent the next, but it has diminished to 55.6 percent this season, hence his transfer request.

Southampton

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    Southampton are prepared to sell Dani Osvaldo after he assaulted teammate Jose Fonte, per Matt Law at the Telegraph.

    "Southampton will look to offload Dani Osvaldo after suspending the striker for butting team-mate Jose Fonte," Law wrote. "The incident took place in a training session on Thursday morning, when defender Fonte upset Osvaldo with a tackle. The Argentine responded by kicking and then butting Fonte."

    Southampton veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, who has been with the Saints since they were in League One, alluded to Osvaldo's anti-social behaviour in a strong statement.

    "We've said for a long time we've always had a good team spirit and a good changing room," Davis said, per Gordon Simpson at the Daily Echo. "If anyone doesn't want to be involved in that then they're not welcome."

Stoke City

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    Stoke City are close to signing Lee Cattermole from Sunderland, per ESPN:

    Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is edging closer towards a move to Stoke City, sources at the club have informed ESPN. Sources close to the club have also indicated to ESPN that the deal would pave the way for Brighton's Liam Bridcutt to join the club.

    Cattermole only makes 52 percent of his tackles this season, and he has received five red cards in league play since the 2009-10 season, so Stoke need to be aware he could be a burden on the club.

Sunderland

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    Sunderland have asked Valencia if they are open to letting midfielder Ever Banega leave, per Sky Sports:

    Sunderland have made an enquiry to sign Valencia's Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, according to Sky sources. Banega would become the third Argentinian to head for Wearside this month, [along] with goalkeeper Oscar Ustari and central defender Santiago Vergini.

    Banega's chances created per league game (1.6) this season is comparable to Real Madrid's Luka Modric (1.7), so it would be a surprise if Valencia were looking to offload Banega.

    Valencia aside, would Banega, a player with world-class potential, want to join Sunderland?

Swansea City

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    Swansea City are looking to sign Middlesbrough utility player Rhys Williams for £1.5 million, per the South Wales Evening Post.

    Williams is a solid tackler, averaging 2.2 tackles per game. He can play at centre-back, right-back and in midfield.

    Swansea face competition from Celtic for Williams' signature, per Craig Swan at the Daily Record.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    PSV Eindhoven are the latest club to target Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby, per Danny Griffiths at the Metro.

    There is no point downgrading to the Eredivisie as Holtby, a proven player at Bundesliga level, should just go back to Germany if he continues to start on the Spurs' bench.

    Holtby's agent Marcus Noack says a return to former club Schalke is a possibility.

    "Lewis [Holtby] is desperate to play, which is why we are looking intensively for solutions," Noack said, per Bild (h/t the Guardian). "Schalke is an interesting option."

West Bromwich Albion

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    West Bromwich Albion will end Nicolas Anelka's tenure at the club if the FA ban him for his salute, referred as the "quenelle", against West Ham United, per Simon Mullock at the Mirror:

    Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that the Midlands club are taking advice on whether they will be legally entitled to terminate the remaining months of the French striker's contract if the quenelle gesture he made to celebrate a goal at West Ham last month is found to have broken regulations.

    Anelka has opted to fight the FA's charge after insisting the quenelle is anti-establishment rather than anti-Semitic.

    Lazio are targeting Anelka, per Jamie Sanderson at the Metro.

West Ham United

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    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has spoken candidly about the mindset of Ravel Morrison amid a possible move to Fulham, per James Riach at the Guardian:

    It's difficult for a manager to give advice to a young player when it comes to that because they see you probably working for the club as the manager rather than working for them.

    He's a young man, and a young man with not much experience, you have to give a bit of leeway for that scenario. He's not an experienced man in life, never mind in football.

    And inexperienced young players can react in many different ways.

    Endearing words from Allardyce, who is looking to keep Morrison, so it will be fascinating to see if Allardyce changes his tune if Morrison does force a move to Fulham.

     

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