January Transfer Window: 20 EPL Deals That Might Just Happen

Jordan Lynn@@jordanlynn28Contributor IIIOctober 16, 2011

January Transfer Window: 20 EPL Deals That Might Just Happen

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    We may only be in October, but it is never too early to start talking about transfers.

    With seven Premier League games played by the majority of clubs, it is already clear that some teams need January to come around as quickly as possible.

    Of course, Arsenal need something to happen, but waiting until January may be too late.

    A host of Lancastrian clubs that currently dwell at the bottom of the Premier League could also be looking to dip into the January transfer market.

    Then Chelsea and both Manchester clubs will be looking to build upon a strong start, as will Newcastle and Aston Villa after surprising starts to the season.

    Both Merseyside clubs will be looking to keep pace with the European chasers, just like Stoke and Tottenham.

    With what looks set to be one of the busiest Januarys in recent years, here are 20 deals that could happen for Premier League clubs.

1. Eden Hazard to Arsenal

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    A move that should have happened in the last transfer window and could be too late to change Arsenal's stuttering season, Eden Hazard is a must for Arsene Wenger this January.

    With Real Madrid reportedly very interested in the Belgian international, Wenger may have left it too late to sign the midfielder many Gunners feel they need.

    Expect Arsenal to be busy come January. as Wenger, if he's still there, will look to right the ship with several major signings.

2. Gary Cahill to Arsenal

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    Another transfer that should have happened in the summer, but Arsene Wenger wouldn't stump up the cash.

    Wenger did bring in Per Mertesacker to shore up his defense, but the German has struggled in his first few Premier League games, and with Thomas Vermaelen still out injured, Cahill could be the answer.

    The England international has a wealth of Premier League experience with Bolton and looks like he will be an England international for the foreseeable future.

    If Wenger doesn't pounce, somebody will.

3. Robin Van Persie to Manchester City

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    With Carlos Tevez on his way out of the door to anybody who wants him, Manchester City are sure to come knocking for the Arsenal captain.

    Reports suggest that Van Persie is testing the transfer waters and has said that he wants to stay in England if he is to leave Arsenal.

    With two years left on his current contract, Van Persie has repeatedly pushed back contract talks and is seeking assurances from Wenger that the club's ambition matches his own.

    If Arsenal don't start winning soon, or don't buy in January, Van Persie will not be around much longer.

4. Marouane Fellaini to Arsenal

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    This is turning into something of an Arsenal post, but I do expect them to be the busiest club come January.

    Some Everton fans have argued that Arsenal bought the wrong midfielder when they secured Mikel Arteta's services for £10 million in the summer instead of pursuing Fellaini.

    While the two are completely different players, Fellaini has impressed at Everton so far this season, and his current deal runs out in less than 18 months.

    Contract talks have been ongoing for six months, but Fellaini seems to view Everton as a stepping stone to bigger things, and with the recent poor performances and sale of Mikel Arteta, Fellaini has every right to want out.

    With Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all reportedly interested in the Belgian international, expect to see Fellaini leave Goodison Park this January.

5. Dimitar Berbatov to Spurs

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    Dimitar Berbatov is reported to be incredibly happy earning £80,000 a week sitting on his backside and is seeking a contract extension to keep him at Manchester United for a few more years.

    Those in charge at United, however, seem reluctant to offer the Bulgarian another opportunity to pad his bank balance.

    Joint-top scorer last season with Carlos Tevez, Berbatov will see less playing time this year thanks to Messers Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck and may be forced out of United in January.

    With Harry Redknapp's love of the bargain and seeming unwillingness to do any sort of scouting for himself, Berbatov could move back to White Hart Lane in a cut-price deal.

6. Jan Vertonghen to Liverpool

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    Liverpool's defense has looked awfully shaky this season, and they should bolster the back line in January.

    With Jamie Carragher's career winding down, Liverpool need more depth at the centre of defense, and the Ajax player will offer that.

    The Dutch side will hope a strong Champions League showing will convince Jan Vertonghen to stay put, but Kenny Dalglish will hope the lure of a resurgent Liverpool will be enough to steal the defender away.

7. Nicolas Anelka to Anzhi Makhachala

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    With Samuel Eto'o already on board with the Russian Revolution and earning money closer to a GDP than a weekly wage, expect the Chelsea striker to make his way to the Republic of Dagestan.

    Nicloas Anelka has played for some of the finest clubs in Europe and has never been shy of a odd transfer (Bolton Wanderers, anyone?), and with the money Anzhi can offer, he would be stupid to turn a move down.

    Anzhi will be linked with absolutely everyone come January, and assistant manager Roberto Carlos has already been throwing names around with Carlos Tevez, Neymar and Robin van Persie all getting mentioned.

    But thanks to Anelka's contract situation at Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas' admitting he expects to see Anelka leave sooner rather than later, a Russian jaunt could be on the cards.

8. Stevan Jovetic to Chelsea

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    Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic was one of the hottest properties in European football before he blew out his knee last season.

    After two operations and over 10 months on the sidelines, Jovetic is again being linked with Europe's elite clubs, and Chelsea would be wise to make a move for the Fiorentina starlet.

    Recent performances have been below par, but the more games Jovetic plays following his horrific injury, the better he will become.

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is apparently very keen on the striker, so manager Andre Villas-Boas may have little choice in the matter, and Jovetic could be a Chelsea player come January.

9. Ricky Van Wolfswinkel to Manchester United

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    To be honest, the main reason Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel makes this list is because of his fantastic name.

    The 22-year-old Dutchman only joined Lisbon in the summer, but is apparently already catching the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson after his scintillating start to the season, scoring six goals in seven games.

    Manchester United are hardly lacking firepower, but I, for one, am praying Van Wolfswinkel ends up somewhere in England just for the endless commentating comedy that name will produce.

    Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.

    Comedy gold.

10. Leandro Damiao to Spurs

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    Internacional striker Leandro Damiao has long been linked with a move to many clubs in Europe, but the Tottenham rumours seem to be the ones that stick.

    Liverpool, Inter Milan and Barcelona have all been mentioned in passing, but Harry Redknapp and his Spurs side seem to be the most serious in the chase for the Brazilian striker.

    Under Redknapp, it always seems that Spurs should have about six strikers, and with Roman Pavlyuchenko obviously surplus to requirements, the Spurs boss could and should splash out on Damiao.

11. Alessio Cerci to Manchester City

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    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is an unashamed fan of Alessio Cerci, having called the Fiorentina winger "extraordinary" in a recent interview.

    City nearly signed Cerci in the summer when the winger fell out with the Fiorentina fanbase, but expect City to go back for the Italian midfielder.

    With Adam Johnson looking like the man who will make way, Mancini will be looking to test Fiorentina and Cerci's resolve with a bid of around £12 million this January.

12. Adam Johnson to Liverpool

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    It seems only a matter of time before England winger Adam Johnson leaves the Etihad Stadium.

    About half the teams in the Premier League have been linked with Johnson since the summer, and Liverpool are just the latest in a long line but this move would make sense.

    Johnson will not want to step down too far from the lofty perch of Manchester City, and Liverpool can never have too many wide men.

    Whether it is a loan or a permanent deal, Johnson will be leaving City come January.

13. Junior Hoilett to Newcastle

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    One of the only good things to come from Blackburn's poor start to the season has been the emergence of Canadian winger Junior Hoilett.

    However, with contract negotiations stalling, Rovers fans may have to face life at Ewood Park without him, as Newcastle United look favourites to snap up the highly rated 21-year-old.

14. Gary Hooper to Newcastle

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    Newcastle are the surprise of the season thus far and will need to stock up in January if they want to stick around the top half of the Premier League.

    Celtic striker Gary Hooper is desperate for an England call-up and may have to move to England to get it, as Fabio Capello has yet to reward the strikers good form.

    Having done his time in the lower leagues of English football, it is great to see Hooper on a bigger stage, but if he wants that England cap, he needs to trade in those hoops for Toon stripes.

15. Michael Owen to QPR

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    Manchester United benchwarmer, I mean striker, Michael Owen should move somewhere before the end of his career.

    As one of the finest goal scorers England has ever produced, it is a shame that his career is ebbing out on the bench at Old Trafford.

    While the ex-Liverpool player seems happy to collect his check and play in League Cup games, QPR would offer an interesting opportunity to play a bit more or at least chat to Joey Barton about horse racing.

16. Lewis Dunk to Fulham

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    Brighton defender Lewis Dunk has already caught the eye of Arsenal and Chelsea, but expect London rivals Fulham to be the first to make their interest serious.

    Brighton manager Gus Poyet has already warned Premier League clubs that they will have to pay a high price for the teenage defender, but thanks to Dunk's strong performances this season, expect a high price to be met.

17. Steven Davis to Aston Villa

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    Villa boss Alex McLeish has been a long-time admirer of Rangers midfielder Steven Davis and tried to bring the former Villa play back to the midlands in the summer, but was rebuffed by Rangers.

    Davis was sold to Fulham for £4 million from Aston Villa in 2007 and has since moved on to Glasgow. McLeish tried throughout the summer to lure the Northern Irishman back to Villa Park.

    While Rangers were able to hold out through the summer, if Villa come back with an improved bid, expect to see Davis back at Villa Park.

18. Adel Taarabt to PSG

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    A move that very nearly went through in the summer but was called off at the last minute, Adel Taarabt to Paris Saint Germaine could yet happen in January.

    After a phenomenal season in the Championship last term, the Moroccan international has not been at his best during the early stages of this Premier League campaign.

    Joey Barton has assumed the role as club captain, and Taarabt has had a falling-out with manager Neil Warnock following his halftime substitution in the humiliating 6-0 loss to Fulham.

    Reports suggest that Taarabt has already stated his desire to leave in January whilst away training with Morocco, so PSG will definitely renew their interest.

19. Frederico Macheda to Everton

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    We haven't heard much from Manchester United's Italian striker since he announced his presence in the Premier League with a last-gasp goal against Aston Villa in 2009.

    Having had a loan spell at Sampdoria last season, Frederico Macheda was brought back to United, but has fallen way behind Danny Welbeck in United's striking pecking order.

    With extremely limited options at Old Trafford, expect to see Macheda loaned out to another Premier League team to gain more experience of English football.

    Thanks to Everton boss David Moyes' strong ties with Sir Alex Ferguson, Macheda could find his way to Goodison Park come January.

20. Carlos Tevez to Anyone Dumb Enough

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    What a surprise!

    After the highly publicised touchline bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini, Argentine striker Carlos Tevez will be leaving Manchester as soon as he can.

    Where he will end up is a much tougher call.

    With Brazilian club Corinthians apparently ruling themselves out of the transfer, Tevez will have to hope another South American team comes knocking, as European clubs don't appear to be interested.

    It is believed Tevez wants to return to South America for personal reasons but if no one stumps up the cash, then his move may have to wait.

    Well, that's only if Anzhi Makhachala don't offer him a zillion pounds a week.