January Transfer Rumours: Ranking the 10 Most Likely Deals

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2011

January Transfer Rumours: Ranking the 10 Most Likely Deals

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium on January 15, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo b
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    With numerous rumours making the rounds of possible transfer of players, it is one big confusing condition.

    In the following slides, we will look into the top 10 possible January transfer rumours that might get fruitful before the transfer window closes. Be it Luiz arriving at Chelsea or Suarez becoming Reds', we take a sneak into the rumours that are most likely to happen.

Behrami Moves to Fiorentina

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Valon Behrami of West Ham celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and West Ham United at St Andrews on November 6, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Ha
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    West Ham's estranged midfielder Valon Behrami is looking for a way out of Upton Park, his most preferred being Italian side Fiorentina.

    The 25-year-old midfielder has cited problems for his partner as the reason for him to leave England. With the likes of Juventus, Genoa and Palermo expressing interest in the midfielder, this month might be the last of the Swiss player at West Ham, where he arrived two years ago from Italian club Lazio.

Adebayor To Move out of Eastlands

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:   Emmanuel Adebayor of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester City and FC Salzburg at the City of Manchester Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by
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    Manchester City's unsettled striker Emmanuel Adebayor is looking likely to move out of the Eastlands.

    With Mancini signing Bosnian goal machine Edin Dzeko as his first buy this month, Adebayor looks set to move out to a new club to get more playing time. With a handful of quality strikers at his disposal, City boss Mancini already has a trouble of choices, and Adebayor looks very unlikely to get much preference ahead of the expensive City strikers.

    With Italian club Juventus expressing their interest in the Togo and former Arsenal star, it seems that Ade might end his miserable outing at the Eastlands.

Charles N'Zogbia Leaves Wigan

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    WIGAN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Charles N'Zogbia of Wigan plays the ball during the Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Fulham at the DW Stadium on January 15, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    Rumours are growing of a possible move for Wigan's impressive midfielder Charles N'Zogbia this month.

    With Sunderland looking to bolster their squad, manager Steve Bruce has expressed his interest in signing the winger from Wigan, who are languishing at the bottom of the club.

    With Wigan boss revealing that the club will not block any move for their highly-rated winger, it seems that N'Zogbia might be headed for a Premier league club.

Celtic in Race for Levski Sofia Star Dembele

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    Scottish side Celtic have been rumoured to be in talks with Levski Sofia over their promising sensation Garra Dembele.

    The 24-year-old has been in blistering form in front of the goal, scoring 26 in an equal number of appearances. Celtic are looking to bolster their attack by signing a striker, and Dembele could be the ideal solution. With no other club likely in the race to sign the French goal machine, it seems Celtic might easily land their man this month.

Christopher Samba to Villa

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Christopher Samba of Blackburn in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United at Ewood park on December 18, 2010 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Gett
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    Blackburn's unsettled centre-bakc Christopher Samba is looking for a way out of Ewood Park. The French defender had earlier expressed his objection in Sam Allardyce's shocking sack.

    Samba had made known his interest in leaving the club. His claim that Aston Villa have contacted him shows his inclination to leave the club as early as possible, and with Villa looking for defenders to bolster their defense, Samba might be a Villan before the end of this month.

Luis Suarez to Anfield

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 19:  Luis Suarez of AFC Ajax in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between AFC Ajax and AJ Auxerre at the Amsterdam ArenA on October 19, 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Image
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    The player Liverpool have been associated with during most of the transfer window so far is Ajax's Luis Suarez.

    With the exit of Hodgson and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalgish being handed permanent managerial duties, new signings were promised in January. Liverpool have expressed interest in securing the Uruguayan striker's services, and speculation is going rife that Liverpool are on the verge of signing him before the transfer window closes.

    Liverpool are looking to make a big signing with hopes of recovering their so far poor season, and Suarez could solve their troubles up front. The two clubs are presently in talks over the fee for the highly-rated striker, and before the window closes, we might see Suarez moving to Anfield.

Former Chelsea Man Moves to Craven Cottage

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    TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 16:  Shaun Wright-Phillips of Manchester City in action during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Juventus FC and Manchester City at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on December 16, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Penni
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    With Manchester City looking to offload many of their players this January in order to cut down their expenses, former Chelsea man Shaun Wright-Phillips looks likely to be given the axe.

    The England star, who failed to match his success at Stamford Bridge, has rarely taken the field this season, and with the arrival of star players, it seems his days are numbered. The 29-year-old was a success during his time at Stamford Bridge, but since he moved to Manchester City, the England winger has been a shadow of his past.

    Numerous clubs have shown interest in the talented winger, with Fulham most likely to get his sign. Fulham are looking to rejuvenate their squad in order to recover their season, and Wright-Phillips might be their ideal solution. The Englishman has the chance to prove his worth at Craven Cottage, and this could be one of the lucrative moves this month.

David Luiz a Blues'?

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    LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 28:  David Luiz of Benfica gestures during the Portuguese Liga match between Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Luz Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Patricia de Melo/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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    Last season's Premier League champion, Chelsea have seen a windfall in their fortunes over the past two months. A plethora of shock losses and drawn matches have cost them their league leader position and seen them fall behind in the league race.

    The reason for the Blues' debacle was seen as injuries to their top players and lack of depth in the bench. Though Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was reluctant to sign any new players in the winter transfer window, the sudden form dip forced him to look for new signings.

    Benfica's highly-rated Brazilian defender David Luiz was long in the radar for Chelsea, and the West London side had seen their approaches to sign the defender in the summer hit a stumbling block. This time though, it looks likely that Chelsea will secure the Brazilian's sign, as Benfica has already brought on backup for Luiz. With Chelsea launching another renewed bid after their two earlier bids were rejected, it seems that Luiz might wear a Blues' jersey before Chelsea visit Reebok stadium on Monday night.

Carew a Potter till End of Season

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  John Carew of Aston Villa looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on December 6, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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    The latest transfer news is gathering strength slowly. Stoke City have made a bid for Villa's out-of-favour striker John Carew on a season-long loan spell.

    The Potters have made public their intentions, and with the latest news that Carew had a medical, it seems that the move might happen within a few quick days. Stoke City, who did not have a very good first half to the season, will be looking to strengthen their strike force with the signing of Carew on a season-end loan.

    Carew, who might see his playing time further reduced with the signing of Darren Bent at Villa, also will get a chance to play more at Stoke.

Disgruntled Reds' Striker to German Club

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Ryan Babel of Liverpool is pursued by Michael Silberbauer of FC Utrecht during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Liverpool and FC Utrecht at Anfield on December 15, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clint
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    Liverpool's unsettled striker Ryan Babel is all set to leave Anfield this transfer window for German club Hoffenheim.

    The promising Dutch striker looks to end his miserable time at Anfield with a move to the German side. Babel has made only occasional appearances since his move from Ajax to Liverpool three years earlier and was looking for a way out in the summer.

    With Liverpool looking to offload a number of their players for bringing in new players, Babel's departure was imminent, and with Liverpool accepting Hoffenhiem's bid, it is only a matter of time before the Dutchman moves to the Bundesliga.


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