World Football: Top Five January Transfer Window Rumors

Nick DaviesCorrespondent INovember 18, 2010

World Football: Top Five January Transfer Window Rumors

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    A look at the last week or so brings some interesting rumours to the fore. World football always has a soap opera or two playing through the middle of it, and tales of unhappiness, stalling contract talks and struggling managers always spring up these stories and these are the best of the week so far.

Kranjcar On the Move

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    Spurs attacking midfielder Niko Kranjcar is looking to move away from White-heart Lane following an extended period on the sub bench. Too good to sit all the time but not good enough to oust the excellent Van der Vaart, Kranjcar will have no shortage of Premier League suitors. 

Icelandic Starlet To Manchester?

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    Manchester United are apparently interested in signing Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson only recently played for Reading and has enjoyed a quick progression through footballs ranks, and a good start to his Bundesliga career may have attracted attention from Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Schweinsteiger To Leave Bayern?

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    Bastian Schweinsteiger's Bayern contract is due to run out before long, and the talented German midfielder has yet to sign an extension. He has been quoted as saying that he and Bayern are not "joined at the hip" and rumour has it Chelsea is a possible destination. He may join Lahm in re-signing with Bayern or perhaps a transfer to England or Spain is possible. 

Mancini Facing The Axe?

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    When you spend over $200 million on footballing talent the goals are supposed to come rolling in, but Manchester City's dour displays have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many. Mancini favours a five man midfield, even at home, and unless Man City start to fire again Mancini could be facing the sack as the mega-rich owners look for instant results.  

Ex-Barcelona Coach to Take Over at Liverpool?

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    Frank Rijkaard is one of the bookies favourites to take over from struggling Roy Hodgeson at Anfield. The man who reputedly laid the foundation for the current Barcelona team could be a great success with Liverpool but many would rue the lack of time given to Hodgeson.