10 Premier League Loan Deals That Would Make Sense

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

10 Premier League Loan Deals That Would Make Sense

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    The January transfer window has been relatively quiet so far, but there is still more activity expected in the final few days.

    While the big-money transfers might be restricted largely to comings and goings at Chelsea, the loan market is one which several teams could choose to operate in and take advantage of.

    Here are 10 loans involving Premier League clubs or players which would make sense to happen before the January 31 deadline.

Romulo to Liverpool

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    Liverpool have actually been linked with a move for Spartak Moscow's Romulo, as per Metro's Jamie Sanderson.

    The Reds badly, badly need a defensive midfielder and though the Brazilian is still in the process of a comeback from an extremely lengthy knee injury, a loan move would be the ideal scenario for the club to bring in cover without exposing themselves to risk.

    A possibility of signing Romulo at the end of the season if form and fitness convinced manager Brendan Rodgers would be of further use.

Gaston Ramirez out of the Premier League

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    Southampton broke their record signing in 2012 to bring Uruguayan playmaker Gaston Ramirez to the Premier League, but although he has shown fleeting glimpses of his capabilities, he doesn't quite seem able to contend regularly with the pace of the game in England.

    Now out injured for around six weeks, his chances of a move might be considerably lessened.

    However, he's only sporadically featuring for Saints anyway and a move away, perhaps back to Serie A or even Spain, might give him a new impetus to play well after his injury in the final three months of the season—and seal his World Cup spot in the process.

Demba Ba to Arsenal

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    Chelsea forward Demba Ba has previously dismissed the notion of a move to Arsenal, as per Sky Sports, but the facts remain: He's a third-choice striker at a club who plays just one up top, while Arsenal need a centre-forward to provide cover for Olivier Giroud.

    He still wouldn't be first choice, but Ba could certainly get more game time at the Emirates Stadium.

    With just eight league appearances and one goal to his name this season, Ba is rather wasted at Stamford Bridge. He'd be better off moving across London in search of more minutes on the pitch.

Zaha to Cardiff

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    Wilfried Zaha swapped Championship for Premier League in the summer, but he has played just twice, both times in December, totalling 30 top-flight minutes since joining Manchester United.

    After six months on the bench—at best—he needs to get regular game time to prove he can cut it amongst the league's best.

    Cardiff City are expected to sign him for the rest of the current campaign, as per BBC Sport, and with the Welsh club bottom of the league, they need all the attacking talent they can muster. It certainly makes sense for all parties involved.

Jack Butland for First-Team Football

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    Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has impressed onlookers with his brief recent spell between the sticks following an injury to regular No. 1 Asmir Begovic.

    However, it was Begovic back in goal for the recent FA Cup tie against Chelsea and the smart money would be on the Bosnia Herzegovina goalkeeper remaining in place for the remainder of the league campaign.

    An England World Cup spot for a third-choice goalkeeper is probably up for grabs, not to mention half a season of valuable game time which lies ahead. Championship or Premier League, Butland could do himself a lot of good by moving elsewhere and figuring in the next 15-20 matches.

Dani Osvaldo Back to Serie A?

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    Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo has plenty of talent but also plenty of issues which can make him a bit of a liability to his team.

    He hasn't lit up the Premier League since his summer switch and recent disciplinary problems mean he could be set for a temporary move back to Serie A, as per Tom Prentki in the Telegraph.

    Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Juventus are amongst the clubs interested. He has just three league goals this season so far.

Jose Campana to Anywhere Else

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    Quite aside from the fact the Crystal Palace midfielder hasn't been featuring much at all this year, is there a player-manager relationship in the Premier League less suited than Jose Campana-Tony Pulis?

    The young Spaniard played sporadically over the first third of the season, playing six out of Palace's first eight games, but he has not tasted a single minute of league football since late October.

    An injury and the team's poor form might have contributed to that at least in part, but let's face it, a composed, technical midfielder who likes to receive the ball to feet and play in advanced team-mates is not going to be central to Pulis' survival plans.

    Campana needs to move on for at least the rest of this term, but for his own benefit, on a permanent deal in the summer.

Tom Ince Grading Up from the Championship

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    Charles Reynolds of the Independent reports that Blackpool winger Tom Ince could be set for a loan move to the Premier League.

    The former Liverpool academy player has been linked with a move away for three transfer windows in a row now, though seems certain to leave on a free transfer when his deal expires in summer.

    Therefore, it makes sense for the player to leave the club—where his father, Paul, has just been sacked as manager—now to get a few months' experience in the top flight before deciding on his eventual permanent destination.

    Swansea City are favourites to sign him this month.

Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham or Newcastle United

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    Bayern Munich have such an array of attacking talent available to them that they'd hardly miss one player dropping off their squad list.

    Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri has played just eight times for them this Bundesliga season, with just one 90-minute performance in there. However, he did start the first game back after the winter break, a 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

    There are a plethora of Premier League teams who could use his talents in wide areas; chief amongst them by way of squad depth and challenging for a top four spot would be Tottenham and Liverpool, but Arsenal—with their injuries—and Newcastle—needing an injection of quality to push for Europe—would also be attractive options.

Ibrahim Afellay to Similar Sides

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    Finally, a return to action for Ibrahim Afellay was a welcome sight for Barcelona at the weekend, the Dutchman's first three minutes of La Liga action this season.

    After tearing knee ligaments last season, Afellay also needed two further surgeries to muscle injuries which have wrecked his time in Catalonia.

    With Neymar, Alexis, Pedro and Cristian Tello all battling for wide berths—plus Leo Messi and Cesc Fabregas playing in attack—his involvement will be minimal this season.

    For fitness, form and confidence, Afellay should look for a temporary deal—and if he can find his best form quickly, even a World Cup call-up might not yet be out of the question.