Five Premier League fringe players who could move in January
As the winter window approaches, there will inevitably be some bargains to be had in the Premier League, not least by wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp, who is often seen on transfer deadline whizzing into the training ground in his Range Rover.
Here at Coral, we take a look at five of the best fringe players who may be being lined up for moves away, whether it be on loan, or permanently in January.
Like quite a few players at Spurs, the 27-year-old is on the periphery at White Hart Lane, struggling to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s first team. His time in north London could be up, though there will be no shortage of suitors for the speedy winger.
Redknapp is reportedly keen on reuniting himself with Lennon, who he managed at Tottenham, so a loan move across London to QPR could be likely, as he looks to add to his squad. Other potential destinations could include Stoke City and high-fliers West Ham United, who have a number of English talents.
With Diafra Sakho set to go to the Africa Cup of Nations, West Ham, 13/5 for a top six finish with Coral, will be light up front. Although Costa Rica striker Campbell is yet to make an impact for the Gunners, he hasn’t really had a chance and showcased his talent at the World Cup, and while on loan with Olympiakos last season.
The Hammers could be a potential place to cut his Premier League teeth, while Swansea City and Newcastle United may also throw their names into the hat. Both these peripheral outfits are also set to lose players (Wilfried Bony and Papiss Cisse respectively) to the Africa Cup of Nations. A loan move would be the likeliest scenario.
Jose Mourinho may allow promising youngster Ake to get some Premier League experience for half a season, and the 19-year-old Dutch defender is bound to attract the interest of a host of clubs. West Bromwich Albion are having a nightmare at the back this season and have a good relationship with Chelsea, after taking Romelu Lukaku on loan for the 2012/13 season. Ake may add some tactical intelligence to the Baggies rearguard.
It appears that Louis van Gaal isn’t all that keen on the Belgium international, who seemed like a decent prospect last season. Winger Januzaj will have clubs queuing up for him, though. Newcastle have recently terminated Hatem Ben Arfa’s contract, so are understood to be seeking a replacement, while Hull City, who took the Frenchman on loan earlier this season, may also want to fill the void.
The Reds might need defenders, though left back Enrique has certainly been on the fringes this term, making a total of just six appearances across all competitions. There is no doubt that the 28-year-old Spaniard still has talent, and he could be tempted to west London, should Redknapp want to upgrade his left back options.
The Hoops would be able to afford any transfer fee, which is likely be in the £3m region and also Enrique’s wages. With Chile international Mauricio Isla on the other flank, QPR could employ a very dynamic, attacking full back system.