Dream January Transfer for All 20 Premier League Clubs

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentOctober 8, 2013

Dream January Transfer for All 20 Premier League Clubs

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    Bleacher Report presents the dream January transfer for all 20 English Premier League clubs.

    While the dream transfers are intended to be implausible—think transfers you'd do on FIFA 14—the slideshow also includes potential January transfer suggestions which are a little bit more realistic. 

    Please comment below with your thoughts. 


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    Jeremy Menez: troubled talent.
    Jeremy Menez: troubled talent.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach)

    After a frustrating first season, Olivier Giroud is replicating his 2011-12 Montpellier form, having scored four times and created two goals in the current Premier League season. 

    If he suffers a long-term injury, his replacement is the injury-plagued Yaya Sanogo. 

    That's a problem. 

    What about Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski?

    Both are wide attacking midfielders in the eyes of Arsene Wenger. 

    Kruse, a deep-lying forward with superlative vision and nimble feet, would be a great impact sub and a high-quality backup to Giroud.


    LEAGUE ONLYGiroudKruse
    Shots Per Goal6.83.8
    Key Passes Per Game1.72.3


    Signing Kruse, however, is a dream as he's on track to make the German squad for next year's FIFA World Cup. 

    He's unlikely to endanger his prospects by making a risky move to the Gunners. 

    In the past, Monchengladbach have failed to hold on to excellent players such as Marco Reus, Marko Marin and Heiko Herrlich, so the club will make a concerted effort to ensure Kruse stays.

    Suggested January Transfer: Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain)

    You'd be inclined to give Menez the benefit of the doubt if he was 18 years old, but you can't give him a pass for being a petulant 26-year-old. 

    "He must have been disappointed because he thought he would come on," said PSG manager Laurent Blanc as he attempted to provide a rationale to Menez walking out, via ESPN FC. "I chose a different option. Full stop."

    Menez has world-class ability and can play any attacking position, but his biggest barrier is himself. 

    He has only started one league game this season and it's clear he has no future at PSG.

    With an expiring contract, he's going to be cheap and Wenger is the ideal manager to calm all that angst in Menez's personality.

Aston Villa

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    Alexandru Maxim: future star. Photo via imago/Pressefoto Baumann
    Alexandru Maxim: future star. Photo via imago/Pressefoto Baumann

    Dream January Transfer: Alexandru Maxim (Stuttgart)

    In an email interview with Bleacher Report lead writer Sam Tighe, he told me a classy No. 10 was needed at Aston Villa. 

    "Aston Villa need a linkup player between the midfield and the forward," said Tighe. "The game against Hull was case in point."

    Maxim has more assists (four) than Gabriel Agbonlahor (two) and Andreas Weimann (one) combined.

    Even though Maxim has scored three times, he's not a volume-shooter and generally spends the match setting up his teammates. 

    His creativity and vision have contributed to Vedad Ibisevic overachieving. 

    So, why isn't Maxim attainable for Villa?

    He has enormous upside and when Europe's major clubs are scouting 17-year-old phenom Timo Werner, they will notice Maxim. 

    Mario Gomez, Aleksandr Hleb, Sami Khedira, Jurgen Klinsmann, Elber and Matthias Sammer are some examples of Stuttgart alumni making big career moves. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg)

    Nuremberg are struggling in the Bundesliga and they may talk a good game, trying to inflate Kiyotake's transfer stock, but they are infamous for underselling elite prospects. 

    Stefan Kiessling was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for €6.5 million.

    Eight seasons later, he's one of Europe's most prolific forwards, netting 27 goals last season. 

    Ilkay Gundogan, Borussia Dortmund's motor, left Nuremberg for €4 million. 

    Sooner rather than later, Nuremberg will cave in.

    Kiyotake, a lovely first-touch passer, needs to be more assertive if he is to reach compatriot Shinji Kagawa's level. 


    Allan Jiang is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via email interview.

Cardiff City

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    Ivan Rakitic: class act.
    Ivan Rakitic: class act.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano)

    There are three Cardiff City players not pulling their weight for manager Malky Mackay: Fraizer Campbell, Kim Bo-Kyung and Aron Gunnarsson. 

    Campbell had one excellent game against Manchester City and hasn't done anything since.

    When Andreas Cornelius is fully fit, he should take the place of Campbell.

    Kim has struggled with the pace of the Premier League, so he needs to make way for Jordon Mutch.

    Gunnarsson doesn't command the midfield and there isn't a quality replacement in Mackay's squad.


    LEAGUE ONLYGunnarsson Trashorras 
    Passes Per Game 34.4 85.9 
    Key Passes Per Game 1.3 2.9 
    Pass Completion Percentage 82.285.7 


    Trashorras is one of the best passers in Europe, but it's highly unlikely that Rayo will let him go.

    Even with him, Rayo are in the relegation zone. 

    Should the club suffer relegation, targeting Trashorras in the summer is a must. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla)

    Cardiff broke their transfer record three times in the summer and they'll have to break it a fourth to get Rakitic. 

    A former teammate of Gary Medel, Rakitic is an all-round midfielder who scores, creates and wins back the ball. 

    Sevilla sold players such as Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Medel and Luis Alberto in one transfer window, so the club is open to bids.


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    Diego Costa: goal machine.
    Diego Costa: goal machine.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)

    He isn't an archetypal No. 9 as he prefers to roam, but what he can do is score: 10 goals in La Liga.

    Yes, more than Lionel Messi (eight) and Cristiano Ronaldo (seven).

    Samuel Eto'o is goalless in the Premier League. 

    Demba Ba isn't world-class.  

    Fernando Torres is, well, Fernando Torres. Scores a magnificent goal against Bayern Munich but can't score against Everton and Fulham.

    There's no footballing reason for Costa to leave a better team in Atleti for Chelsea. 

    Then when you factor in Costa's aspirations to play for Spain, it makes more sense for him to stay in the country. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Leandro Damiao (Internacional)

    Prior to scoring against Fluminense, he went on a nine-game goalless run in the Brasileirao.

    He has been on a downward spiral since an outstanding 2012 Summer Olympics. 

    It would be a typical Chelsea to sign Damiao regardless of Romelu Lukaku returning next season. 

Crystal Palace

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    Alfred Finnbogason: Heerenveen's No. 9.
    Alfred Finnbogason: Heerenveen's No. 9.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen)

    When centre-back Daniel Gabbidon has the same amount of Premier League goals as Marouane Chamakh this season (one), buying a forward who can finish like Finnbogason is vital. 

    He's scored 10 goals thus far and is one of two notable Icelandic strikers succeeding in the Eredivisie, the other being Ajax's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

    Neither are likely to join Crystal Palace as they're looking for bigger and better things. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) on loan

    Kane has promise, having netted a hat-trick against the Manchester City U-21s, being a former Millwall Young Player of the Season recipient and giving a good account of himself during England's terrible FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign. 

    He's failed to break into the Spurs' starting XI, so it makes sense for Tottenham to loan him out to a team where he's likely to win a starting position. 


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    (L-R) Hiroki Sakai, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Park Joo-Ho
    (L-R) Hiroki Sakai, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Park Joo-HoRonny Hartmann/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur)

    His Liverpudlian father, Chris, is an Evertonian, which is why Holtby grew up an Everton fan.

    Holtby can play a multitude of midfield positions, including left wing, a position where manager Roberto Martinez lacks the cutting edge.

    Steven Naismith is a decent player, but he averages 0.3 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game. 

    Spurs won't let go of Holtby because it's a long season and he'll get chances to impress, especially in the No. 10 role.

    Suggested January Transfer: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Mainz)

    One match, he's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The next match, Choupo-Moting is Andy van der Meyde circa 2005-09. 

    Choupo-Moting is quick, he's tall and for such a gifted footballer, his inconsistency has stopped him from being an elite footballer. 

    Sound familiar? 

    Yep, it's Kevin Mirallas-like. 

    Choupo-Moting is worth a gamble. 


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    Sidney Sam: no longer riding the bench.
    Sidney Sam: no longer riding the bench.Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen)

    Once a regular fixture on the Leverkusen bench, Sam is playing the best football of his life. 

    Eight games into the Bundesliga season, he has scored six goals and created four playing as a right-sided forward. 

    He was electrifying in the 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Sam isn't going to downgrade from Leverkusen, a UEFA Champions League team, to a struggling Fulham outfit. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Jarchinio Antonia (Go Ahead Eagles)

    Fulham manager Martin Jol has no spark on the right flank. 

    Antonia, one of the fastest players in Holland, will rectify that situation. 

    He does have a tendency to dribble blind, Gervinho-style, but Antonia can create something out of nothing.

Hull City

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    Ivica Olic: formerly of Bayern Munich
    Ivica Olic: formerly of Bayern MunichMartin Rose/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Derley (Maritimo)

    Derlei impressed with Uniao Leiria before scoring 12 goals as Jose Mourinho's Porto won the 2003 UEFA Cup.

    Derley is a late bloomer like Derlei and the Maritimo striker was the chief reason why Benfica succumbed to a shock 2-1 loss. 

    He is calm from 12 yards out, is a good finisher and has shown glimpses of superlative play. 

    Generally speaking, the best players of non-Porto/Benfica clubs get snapped up by the big two. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg)

    A victim of the Bundesliga's youth policy, Olic's future remains up in the air despite scoring four league goals.

    "I know I am an older player and unable to make those big future plans," said Olic, from Munchener Merkur via Thomas Zocher at Sky Sports. "I would like to remain in the Bundesliga, maybe I will get the chance to continue at Wolfsburg."

    If Hull City give him a significant salary increase, he may be tempted to give England a shot.

    He'd easily be an upgrade from Danny Graham, who's yet to score in the Premier League this season.


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    Allan: comfortable surging past opponents.
    Allan: comfortable surging past opponents.Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria)

    Obiang doesn't fly into tackles recklessly like Lucas Leiva.

    The Sampdoria midfielder is calculated in winning back possession, hence why his fouls per game is 0.4 which is substantially lower than Lucas (2.0). 

    Would Obiang, a Spaniard, prefer moving back to Spain?

    If so, then moving to England may be out of the question. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Allan (Udinese)

    Allan is a more prolific ball-winner (6.2 tackes per game) than Lucas (5.0 tackles per game).

    Allan is also a box-to-box threat, a better dribbler, can play a through ball and is a more complete midfielder than Lucas.

Manchester City

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    Willy Caballero: worked with Manuel Pellegrini.
    Willy Caballero: worked with Manuel Pellegrini.Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

    A liability in set-piece situations, Casillas has failed to win back his starting position post-Jose Mourinho.

    In recent memory, Diego Lopez has been a better keeper than Casillas.

    But the likelihood of Casillas leaving Real Madrid is slim. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Willy Caballero (Malaga)

    Caballero suggested former manager Manuel Pellegrini's inability to guarantee him the starting position sank a summer move to Manchester City. 

    "I know of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City," Caballero said, via Jamie Sanderson at The Metro. "But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same goalkeepers he had already or play me."

    With an out-of-form Joe Hart, surely Pellegrini will give his full support in private to Caballero for a potential January transfer. 

    He could be to City what Lopez is for Real.

Manchester United

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    Dusan Tadic: ready to play for a major club.
    Dusan Tadic: ready to play for a major club.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Dusan Tadic (Twente)

    If you've followed Tadic this season, you'd be shocked to find out he only has five assists because he creates 4.9 goal scoring opportunities for his teammates per league game. 

    For the sake of comparison, Wayne Rooney creates 1.5 goal scoring chances per league game.

    Tadic is one of the primary reasons why Twente are leading the Eredivisie on goal difference (tied with PSV for points).

    Twente won't sell him in January unless Manchester United submit an Ander Herrera-type fee.

    Suggested January Transfer: Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)

    Antonio Valencia's crossing used to be his best attribute, but this season he has misplaced 17 of 20 crosses, showing he's past it.

    Ryan Giggs is there for symbolic reasons. 

    Nani is only at the club because no major club was willing to submit to his terms.

    Volland, who can shoot, dribble and create, is an upgrade on all three and plays for a Hoffenheim that are middle of the pack.

Newcastle United

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    Karim Benzema: struggling.
    Karim Benzema: struggling.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

    If Real were to deal Benzema, who's on course to lose his starting position to Alvaro Morata, Newcastle United's French-speaking majority squad would be a great fit.

    Does Benzema want to humble himself? 

    Or maybe it takes another setback at another major club before he's willing to play for Newcastle.

    Suggested January Transfer: Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient)

    You're right, you can't make a statistical argument for Newcastle signing Aboubakar (three goals in nine league games).

    Though, if you watch him, you see a raw footballer with the physical tools to be a special player.

    He can hold the ball up, but once he turns a defender, he'll race through on goals.

Norwich City

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    Felipe Gutierrez: world-class potential.
    Felipe Gutierrez: world-class potential.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Felipe Gutierrez (Twente)

    One of the most dominant midfielders in the Eredivisie right now, Gutierrez and Leroy Fer would be a dynamic midfield combination.

    Gutierrez is a couple of levels above Bradley Johnson and Jonathan Howson.


    LEAGUE ONLYGutierrez FerJohnson Howson
    Passes Per Game6944.537.839.4
    Pass Completion Percentage88.784.675.583.3
    Tackles Per Game3.
    Interceptions Per Game1.


    Twente won't consider selling Gutierrez because he's a main part of the team pushing for the Eredivisie title.

    Suggested January Transfer: Yassin Ayoub (Utrecht)

    Ayoub makes a lot of tackles, but his positioning is suspect.

    He bull-rushes like Lucas Leiva, meaning a missed tackle leaves a gaping hole.

    This makes Ayoub's teammate Johan Martensson look a worse player than he really is.

    He's often trying to clean up Ayoub's mistakes.

    That said, Ayoub is only young and has high upside.


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    Angel di Maria: set to be left out in the dark.
    Angel di Maria: set to be left out in the dark.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)

    His productivity for Real has declined every season and the management don't see him as a Galactico.

    If they did, Gareth Bale wouldn't be at the club. 

    Regardless of Di Maria's form, when Bale is fully fit, he'll be inserted into the starting XI to vindicate the absurd transfer fee. 

    Will Di Maria want to join Southampton? No. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Bastian Oczipka (Eintracht Frankfurt)

    Move Oczipka from left-back to left wing, considering he has the same mindset as Marcelo.

    Oczipka's crossing percentage is 37.5, 17.5 percent higher than Leighton Baines, which gives you an idea how good Oczipka is in the attacking half. 

    With Oczipka and Adam Lallana, Southampton will have two of the most selfless wingers in the Premier League.

    This will increase the chances of Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo scoring. 


Stoke City

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    Mathieu Valbuena: midfield maestro.
    Mathieu Valbuena: midfield maestro.Martin Rose/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

    The awkward moment when Steven N'Zonzi becomes the midfield maestro at Stoke City.

    Some of N'Zonzi's forward passes have been first-rate. 

    No Stoke player has two assists or more. 

    For you Stoke fans, you can always buy Valbuena on FIFA 14.

    Suggested January Transfer: Nick van der Velden (Groningen)

    Surely, his wages are peanuts compared to the average Stoke starter. 

    He's experienced, he is 6'2", great at threading through balls and presses like Mario Mandzukic. 

    Van der Velden will ease the burden on Marko Arnautovic. 



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    Martin Caceres: powerful utility player.
    Martin Caceres: powerful utility player.Clive Mason/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Martin Caceres (Juventus)

    He can play anywhere in the backline and would improve a Sunderland defence that's conceded the most goals in the Premier League. 

    Currently nursing a torn meniscus, Juve won't rush him back into action and he's a valued squad member.

    Suggested January Transfer: Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) on loan

    He showed promise during the FIFA U-20 World Cup, but he's failed to break the Diego Godin-Miranda partnership at Atleti.

    If Gus Poyet can promise Gimenez, a classy centre-back, playing time, then Atletico may be inclined to approve the loan deal. 


Swansea City

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    Arda Turan: classy winger.
    Arda Turan: classy winger.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid)

    Wayne Routledge is mediocre and he isn't producing enough on the left for Swansea City. 

    Turan, who can play either flank, doesn't just create goals, but he works tirelessly trying to win the ball back. 

    Is he going to leave a title-contending Atleti team in January? Nope.

    Suggested January Transfer: Filip Kostic (Groningen)

    He isn't performing at the level of teammate Nick van der Velden, but that's to be expected, given the 11-year age gap. 

    Kostic is a dangerous dribbler who needs to work on releasing the ball quicker. 

    Should he fulfill his potential, he could reach the heights of Arjen Robben.


Tottenham Hotspur

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    Fabio Coentrao: future Tottenham left-back?
    Fabio Coentrao: future Tottenham left-back?Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)

    Not loved in Madrid, Coentrao almost signed for Manchester United on loan in the summer transfer window.

    Tottenham Hotspur must address the left-back situation: Danny Rose needs competition, Zeki Fryers has no experience and Kyle Naughton is better at right-back.

    Suggested January Transfer: Oliver Sorg (Freiburg)

    One of the most under-rated footballers in Europe. 

    Strong in the tackle, produces near-identical displays on both flanks and handy in the attacking half, Sorg is a star in the making.

West Bromwich Albion

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    Alessio Cerci: skillful.
    Alessio Cerci: skillful.Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Alessio Cerci (Torino)

    Since moving up front, Cerci has been at times unplayable.

    He was superb against AC Milan, scoring and setting up Danilo D'Ambrosio.

    As Torino's only goalscoring threat, the club won't sell Cerci in January. 

    Suggested January Transfer: Saber Khalifa (Marseille) on loan

    Technically outstanding footballer who scored 13 times for Evian Thonon Gaillard in Ligue 1 last season. 

    Morgan Amalfitano has been wonderful thus far and Khalifa could have a similar impact on a West Brom team desperately lacking firepower.

West Ham United

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    Mame Biram Diouf: Bundesliga star.
    Mame Biram Diouf: Bundesliga star.Ronny Hartmann/Getty Images

    Dream January Transfer: Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover 96)

    Excellent in the air, athletic and a striker of pedigree, Diouf has excelled post-Manchester United. 

    With Robert Lewandowski set to leave Borussia Dortmund, it's in Diouf's best interest to wait.

    Suggested January Transfer: Anthony Modeste (Hoffenheim)

    He's has taken advantage of the attention opposing teams pay to Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino.

    Modeste isn't as dominant as Andy Carroll in the air, but as the Englishman recovers, Modeste could be a handy addition. 


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