Five Premier League names who could be on the move in January
At this stage of the season, football fans can often have an educated guess who is going to win the Premier League. Chelsea, unsurprisingly are odds-on at 2/5 with Coral to become champions of England.
However, it isn’t always guaranteed, and there have been shocks and even clubs that have come from nowhere, or dropped off the pace. One factor that can make a big difference for the second half of the season is the winter window.
More often than not, the January transfer window has had more of an effect for clubs scrapping for their lives near the bottom of the table. Do not be surprised to see Harry Redknapp hanging out of a car window, phone clutched in one hand, between exchanging Cockney banter with the press as he makes his way to the QPR training ground.
So, will ‘Arry be one of the managers wheeling and dealing, as he attempts to steer the Hoops away from danger (odds-on at 8/15 to stay up) – he’s the best at bagging bargains, so is he going to be involved?
Coral compile five names who could be on the move, and assess where they might be going; read on to see who we’ve come up with!
The 25-year-old cannot be happy twiddling his thumbs in the Manchester City squad and not playing. If he has any aspirations, he will seek out either a permanent or loan move in January. Redknapp is renowned for reviving careers, so a move to west London may appeal to Sinclair and glamorous girlfriend Helen Flanagan. However, Burnley is close by, and under Sean Dyche, the attacker with some hard graft could play a big part the Clarets’ Premier League survival.
Chelsea’s 19-year-old midfielder is blessed with enormous technical ability and can use two feet. Baker’s creative spark could come in useful for Leicester City who are struggling to forge chances. A loan move would be the most likely, and given any chance, the Foxes would pounce.
Highly impressive at the World Cup with Costa Rica, Arsenal’s 22-year-old attacker has, more often than not, been limited to the role of unused substitute this season. A number of teams would scrap to secure the player on loan including Leicester, Burnley and even QPR; however, near the top end of the table, Newcastle may also throw their name into the hat for Campbell.
If the Belgian is fed up of not featuring for Spurs, he may decide to move on, after just nine Premier League appearances this term. A host of clubs would fight it out for Dembele’s signature, who at 27, still has a number of years left in elite football. It would certainly be a huge coup for QPR who could offer him high wages, while Hull City have great relationship with Spurs, and Liverpool could do with some muscle in midfield. Any fee would be in the region of £8m, though.
A top talent with bundles of potential, if Louis van Gaal allows him to move on a permanent deal, he could live to regret it. The Belgium international has been linked with a loan move in January, and this may suit him. Steve Bruce, who still has a great relationship with the club having served them loyally as a player, could move for the 19-year-old, and take him to Hull. Also in contention could be nearby Burnley or QPR.