Splashing the cash in January

December 17, 2007
(Archive)

With time running out before the transfer window opens, clubs are already busy planning their shopping lists for the New Year.

Speculation has been rife for the past month over who will end up where after Christmas, so here's a breakdown of some of the major transfer talk.

ARSENAL

Outgoing: Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could return to Germany, with midfielder Gilberto Silva (Juventus) and Lassana Diarra (Lyon) also unhappy at sitting on the bench. English defender Justin Hoyte (Everton) could be sent on another loan move, while Abou Diaby (Tottenham) and Nicklas Bendtner (Birmingham) are also reportedly growing tired of life on the sidelines.

Incoming: Athur Boruc (Celtic) could be a good buy to replace the unhappy Lehmann and give some competition to Manuel Almunia for the goalkeeping spot. Johan Djourou may be welcomed back from loan to cover for Kolo Toure, who will be on duty at the African Cup of Nations. Croatian star Luka Modric (Dinamo Zagreb) has also been linked; while Congo striker Tresor Mputu (TP Mazembe FC) or Bulgarian Nikolay Dimitrov (Levski Sofia) could be the next young bargains to arrive at the Emirates.


ASTON VILLA

Outgoing: Olof Mellberg (Juventus) is yet to sign a new deal and has been attracting some Italian attention given that he'll be available on a free transfer. Striker Shaun Maloney (Celtic) has not impressed and could return to Scotland, Luke Moore (Middlesbrough) is unhappy, while defender Gary Cahill (on loan at Sheffield United) could also be offloaded to the Championship.

Incoming: Goalkeeper Scott Carson (Liverpool) has impressed on loan, although not with England, and could be given a permanent deal. Winger Giles Barnes (Derby) is also attracting Martin O'Neill's interest and could form a wide partnership with Ashley Young. John Arne Riise (Liverpool) and Michael Kightly (Wolves) have also been linked with a move to Villa Park, while O'Neill could tempt Jermain Defoe (Spurs) to join.


BIRMINGHAM CITY

Outgoing: With takeover talk still rife at St Andrews, new boss Alex McLeish will trim the squad to his own specifications. Radhi Jaidi (Bolton) or Mikael Forssell (Hannover) could be on their way out, after defender Martin Taylor (QPR) who will be the first to go. Out of favour striker Rowan Vine (QPR) could also be released.

Incoming: Rangers' players Kris Boyd and Barry Ferguson have already been linked with a McLeish reunion. Milan Baros (Lyon) or Darius Vassell (Man City) could fill a striking gap, although the Blues would probably prefer Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal). They may also try and recruit Johan Djourou (Arsenal) on a more permanent basis, or else look at Gary Naysmith (Sheffield Utd) or Michael McKerr (Glenavon).


BLACKBURN

Outgoing: The explosion of Chris Samba onto the Rovers scene could spell the end for Andre Ooijer (Feyenoord); while the McCarthy/Santa Cruz strike partner could see Jason Roberts (Derby) move on. Out of favour goalkeeper Jason Brown (Reading) could also leave in search of regular football.

Incoming: Fresh from an impressive Champions League campaign Yssouf Kone (Rosenborg) could come in, along with German goalkeeper Heinz Muller (Barnsley). Still a little short defensively, Mark Hughes could also plumb for someone like Matthew Taylor (Portsmouth) or Lance Davids (Djurgardens), who can both play in a number of different positions.


BOLTON

Outgoing: New man Gary Megson has a chance to make his mark on the squad in January and he may help Abdoulaye Faye (Newcastle), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Reading) and contract rebel Jussi Jaaskelainen (Newcastle) through the door. Nicolas Anelka (Man City) has also been attracting plenty of attention with his goals and could be cashed in while he's still happy.

Incoming: With money to spend, Zoltan Gera (WBA) would give Bolton some much needed creativity. Jon Dahl Tomasson (Villarreal) or Daniel Cousin (Rangers) could be good buys if Anelka leaves, while Megson could bring in some Championship steel to firm up the defence in the form of Chris Morgan (Sheff Utd) or Paul Robinson (WBA).


CHELSEA

Outgoing: Transfer rumours surrounding Chelsea are always blown out of proportion, so we've already seen Didier Drogba (Lyon), Frank Lampard (Juventus) and Michael Ballack (Real Madrid) linked with moves. More likely could be Wayne Bridge (West Ham) or Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), but Avram Grant is unlikely to trim his expensively assembled squad just yet.

Incoming: A doubtful move for Ronaldinho (Barcelona) has dominated the headlines, while Nikolas Anelka (Bolton) and Brazilian starlet Lulinha (Corinthians) could be brought in in the absence of Didier Drogba. The Blues may fight Arsenal for Luka Modric (Dinamo Zagreb), while right-back Daniel Alves (Sevilla) would probably improve the current side the most, if they could part with £20million.


DERBY COUNTY

Outgoing: Young winger Giles Barnes (Aston Villa) is the Rams' key attribute and could be on his way in order to boost his hopes of playing at the highest level. Welshman Rob Earnshaw (Cardiff) has not been given a chance to impress, while goal-shy Steve Howard (Wolves) is another striker who could make way for some new blood.

Incoming: A side that can't defend, and can't score. Where to start? Perhaps with MLS star Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), or the unhappy David Nugent (Portsmouth). Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) and Bobo Balde (Celtic) could do a job defensively, but realistically it will take a number of top signings to keep the Rams in the top flight. Billy Davies wanted six, but Paul Jewell may have to cope with less.


EVERTON

Outgoing: Andrew Johnson (West Ham) has been linked with a move away from the club despite signing a new deal; while rumours persist in the transfer of Scottish striker/midfielder James McFadden (Celtic). Mikel Arteta (Atletico) has been in inspired form so it is unlikely he'll be let go, despite the talk coming from Spain that he will leave.

Incoming: Defensively, the Toffees could use a dash of youth and that could come in the form of out-of-favour right-back Justin Hoyte (Arsenal). Midfielder Yohan Mollo (Monaco) and Johan Vogel (Real Betis) have also caught the eye of David Moyes, while Mexican wonder kid Efrain Juarez (Barcelona) could also be tempted to move to Goodison on loan.


FULHAM

Outgoing: Ageing defender Ian Pearce could be on his way to the Championship, while Leicester may also seek to keep hold of loaned striker Collins John. Moritz Volz (Southampton) may seek first-team action elsewhere and, despite not making his debut yet, winger Lee Cook (QPR) has been linked with a return to his former club.

Incoming: Kyle Lafferty (Burnley) is the latest Northern Irishman to be linked with Lawrie's Sanchez's side, although he would cost around £3million. Bobby Zamora (West Ham) or Marlon King (Watford) may come cheaper, while Matthew Taylor (Portsmouth) may be a little over budget. Aussie Patrick Kisnorbo (Leicester) may also be brought in to help the Cottagers' creaking defence.


LIVERPOOL

Outgoing: Peter Crouch (Man City) is the most likely to attract attention, at 6'7'', and could be brought in by former England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) has also caught the eye of Europe's elite, although doesn't actually belong to the Reds yet. Scott Carson and John Arne-Riise may leave for Aston Villa, as Liverpool may be forced to sell before they can buy.

Incoming: A good central defender is key to cover the Reds' backline, with Steven Taylor (Newcastle) and Ezequiel Garay (Racing Santander) linked. Pacey striker David Villa (Valencia) has expressed an interest, but would cost too much for the Reds' new owners, while James McCarthy (Hamilton Academical) could be one brought in for the future.


MAN CITY

Outgoing: Rolando Bianchi (Napoli) and Darius Vassell (Birmingham) should make way for some new strikers, as Georgios Samaras may be left to fight for his place. Dietmar Hamann could be pensioned off and there could be some fringe players, in the form of Ishmael Miller (Bolton) and Ousmane Dabo, let go as well.

Incoming: A striker is top of the agenda for January, maybe even two. Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Afonso Alves (Heerenveen), Nikolas Anelka (Bolton), Michael Owen (Newcastle) and Adriano (Inter) have been linked, with chairman Shinawatra keen on the Brazilian. Interest in Aussie midfielder Mark Bresciano (Palermo) could be reignited, Mexican Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk) could be in on loan, while there should be a number of low-profile Asian arrivals to compliment Shinawatra's new academy system.


MAN UTD

Outgoing: Wes Brown (Newcastle) could be a high profile departure after failing to sign a new deal, but mostly it's the fringe players that look to be leaving Old Trafford in January. The likes of Phil Bardsley (Sheff Utd), Darron Gibson (Wolves) and Johnny Evans (Sunderland) may find it hard to break into United's first-team, while Gerard Pique (Atletico Madrid) may find it easier to make his mark in Spain and could move on.

Incoming: If you believe some newspapers then United will bring in the highly rated Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon) for £20million. Although another central midfielder may congest things. Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham) continues to be linked, while £7m-rated striker Stevan Jovetic (Partizan Belgrade) could be a cheaper, and younger, option. Nicky Shorey (Reading) is an interesting option at left-back, but unlikely, as is speculation around Carlos' 17-year-old brother Miguel Tevez (Boca Juniors) - after they sent him home from a two-week trial.


MIDDLESBROUGH

Outgoing: Gareth Southgate could use a clear out after a fairly unimpressive first half of the campaign. Young midfielder Lee Cattermole (Sheffield Utd) could be loaned out to gain more experience, while Fabio Rochemback (Sporting Lisbon) has been deemed surplus to requirements. Gaizka Mendieta is also MIA, but Boro would be lucky to get any money at all for the former £34million man.

Incoming: Never having replaced Yakubu or Mark Viduka, Southgate needs goals and the Championship's top scorer, James Beattie (Sheff Utd), should be top of his list. Daniel Cousin (Rangers) and Seyi Olofinjana (Wolves) are less attractive prospects; while exciting 20-year-old midfielder Arda Turan (Galatasaray) could be the hero that the Boro fans' need if Southgate can persuade him to move to Teesside.


NEWCASTLE

Outgoing: The rumours persist that Michael Owen (Man City) could be on his way out, but far more likely is the departure of Shola Ameobi (Derby). Emre (Galatasary) has failed to cement a place in the side and may return to Turkey, while Stephen Carr (West Ham) is another to have lost his place and may search elsewhere for regular football. Nigerian defender Celestine Babayaro has also been let go.

Incoming: Brazil defender Edmilson (Barcelona) has caught Sam Allardyce's eye, but won't arrive until the summer. A couple of other defenders are on the list, notably Ben Tozer (Swindon), Alan Hutton (Rangers), Tal Ben Haim (Chelsea) and Ivica Dragutinovic (Sevilla). Andrey Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg) would cost around £7million to bring some creativity to the side, so the Magpies may go for Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) instead, having missed out on Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca).


PORTSMOUTH

Outgoing: Portsmouth will be hit hardest by the African Nations Cup, but are certain to get rid of two English players in January. Matthew Taylor (Reading) would be a great signing for any club, while David Nugent (Derby) is another who just wants to play regularly. Fans' favourite Pedro Mendes (Aston Villa) and Sean Davies (Sunderland) could also find themselves at new clubs in the New Year, having been kept out of the side.

Incoming: Loans will be key for wheeler-dealer 'Arry, with Portuguese midfielder Tiago Gomes (Estrela da Amadora) and Eidur Gudjohnsen (Barcelona) linked. Peter Crouch (Liverpool) would cost a few quid, but Redknapp is more likely to look at the lower divisions for his deals. Cue speculation over left-back Ben Tozer (Swindon), David Bell (Luton), Nathan Dyer and Andrew Surman (Southampton).


READING

Outgoing: Of all the Reading players, left-back Nicky Shorey (Man Utd) has been attracting the most attention, which may explain the club's interest in Matthew Taylor. The Royals have a small squad, so can ill-afford to sell many players, although Jem Karacan (Bournemouth) may extend his loan deal on the south coast, where he has been impressing.

Incoming: Matthew Taylor (Portsmouth) would cost around £4million and would be a great signing for Steve Coppell. Jason Brown (Blackburn) could come in as goalkeeping cover, while there has also been speculation over the future of impressive striker Maltese Michael Mifsud (Coventry City). Reading need some defensive tightening, and that may come from Sebastien Puygrenier (Nancy) or Badr El Kaddouri (Dinamo Kiev).


SUNDERLAND

Outgoing: With Roy Keane looking to assemble a squad capable of staying in the top flight, the Black Cats will probably not sell many first-team players - unless a club come in for star striker Kenwyne Jones (Liverpool) at £12million. Veteran midfielder Graham Kavanagh (Sheffield Wednesday) will go, along with Daryl Murphy (QPR), but there should be more arrivals than departures.

Incoming: Indeed, Keane may turn to his former club for players in the form of Wes Brown, Jonny Evans or Phil Bardsley (Man Utd) to help bolster the club's shaky defence. Former Red Devil David Beckham (LA Galaxy) has incredibly been linked with a loan move back to the Premier League, but more likely recruits are Jason Roberts (Blackburn) and flame haired midfielder Steven Sidwell (Chelsea).


TOTTENHAM

Outgoing: Where to start? With an unhappy strikeforce, one of either Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) or Jermain Defoe (Man City) could leave in January. Defensive misfit Younis Kaboul may be loaned out, while Tom Huddlestone (Derby) could look elsewhere for regular playing time. Midfielders Wayne Routledge (WBA) and Teemu Tainio (Sampdoria) seem to be out of favour under the Ramos regime and should find themselves new clubs while they still can.

Incoming: Ramos may not like the January transfer window, but will certainly bring in a few players to bolster Spurs' faltering campaign. Speculation is rife that he may go to former club Sevilla to bring in Fredi Kanoute and Daniel Alves, although they would cost in excess of £20million. Strengthening in defence is key, so Dani Jarque (Espanyol) or Julien Escude (Sevilla) could find themselves thrown in at the deep end, especially with left-back Gareth Bale out for three months.


WEST HAM

Outgoing: Robert Green (Arsenal) has been in the form of his life and is attracting plenty of attention, although the Hammers would be reluctant to let him go. Fringe players Luis Boa Morte (Tottenham) and Nigel Quashie (Stoke) may be asked to move on, while Bobby Zamora (Fulham) has been constantly linked with a move despite public backing from manager Alan Curbishley.

Incoming: Pacey winger Giles Barnes (Derby) could come in if the Hammers can persuade him to ignore other interest. Unhappy Djibril Cisse (Marseille) may return to England to fight for a place among West Ham's multitude of strikers, and Tiago (Juventus) could also be tempted back to the Premier League. West Ham United owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson will provide the money, but don't expect another Tevez/Mascherano type deal.


WIGAN

Outgoing: Fitz Hall (Norwich) is almost certainly on his way to the Championship after being deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Steve Bruce. Kevin Kilbane (Sheff Utd) has also been attracting interest and could be let go, while Bruce will first run the rule over some of his fringe players before making any decision over their futures.

Incoming: Left-back David Murphy (Hibernian) could be the first of Bruce's transfer revolution, with Paul Robinson (WBA) not far behind. Defence is the priority, although Bruce may find it hard to attract a quality defender to the JJB, given the club's current league position. Midfielder Gary Roberts (Crewe) and Kris Commons (Nottingham Forest) may be recruited to boost the Blues' squad depth, but a lot will rely on the fitness of Emile Heskey if the Latics are to avoid relegation.


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