Hottest January Transfer Rumours for Every EPL Club
Bleacher Report brings you the hottest English Premier League January transfer rumours for every club.
If there is not a new transfer rumour, then the slide will talk about a relevant transfer scenario for the club or suggest a transfer target.
Don't hesitate to comment below with a transfer rumour you feel should be included in this slideshow.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will target Everton right-back Seamus Coleman should Bacary Sagna confirm his intention to become a free agent in the summer, according to Alan Nixon at The Mirror.
Costly Coleman Choice
Coleman signed a five-year contract extension last December; therefore, Everton are in the power position when negotiating a transfer fee.
Give Carl Jenkinson A Chance
If Wenger feels Coleman is not value for money, Jenkinson should be Sagna's successor.
Who backs up Jenkinson? What about Hector Bellerin, on loan at Watford?
At the end of the season, Wenger will have to consult his scouts and ask Watford manager Gianfranco Zola for an honest opinion on the likelihood of Bellerin making the next step up.
If you're a Gooner who is obsessively making transfers on FIFA 14 or Football Manager and you're wondering if there are possible right-back targets, you should keep an eye out for Tony Jantschke of Borussia Monchengladbach.
With the Gunners' growing German contingent, Jantschke would fit right in.
He has split his time between centre- and right-back this season, providing the foundations for Gladbach's six-game winning streak in the Bundesliga, second only to Bayern Munich's seven straight wins.
A popular transfer target on social media is Serge Aurier of Toulouse.
"Playing in England one day is my dream," he said, via Get French Football. "Only God know's my future. Arsenal, why not?"
Aurier has mainly played as a right-sided centre-back but is more dangerous in a right wing-back role.
While he leads Toulouse in league assists (four), he loses the ball 61 percent of the time he tries to dribble.
Jantschke is a safer option than Aurier.
With no new Aston Villa transfer rumours, this slide will assess the performance of Jurgen Locadia, who has been linked with Villa, per The Mirror, in PSV Eindhoven's 6-2 defeat to Vitesse.
In Locadia's last four games for PSV, he is 0-of-9 in goals to shots taken.
Before this scoring funk, he had netted in successive games, but it temporarily masked his inability to convert his chances—his shooting-accuracy percentage is 36 this season.
Shows No Strength
Locadia is 6'3" but played as if he were 5'7" against Vitesse centre-back pairing Guram Kashia and Jan-Arie van der Heijden.
Locadia kept retreating into midfield, which deprived PSV of a No. 9, whereas Vitesse had a point man in Mike Havenaar.
To give you an idea how deep Locadia played, right-forward Luciano Narsingh's average position was more advanced than Locadia's.
Locadia Is Not A No. 9
When he was scoring goals as an impact sub last season, you naturally assumed he'd be well-suited in the centre-forward role.
Upon further review, he cannot consistently win a header (he loses out 69 percent of the time in aerial duels) and drops too deep to be a centre-forward that leads the line.
His best attribute right now isn't his shooting, it's his passing—he had a hat-trick of assists against NEC and two assists against Vitesse.
Locadia is more suited to a system which caters to deep-lying forwards, a la Lucien Favre's Borussia Monchengladbach.
Writing in Wales Online, Scott Johnson said: "A couple of quality wingers are a clear priority when the transfer window opens [for Cardiff City]."
Transfer Suggestion: Anis Ben-Hatira, Hertha Berlin, Age: 25
A clever, two-footed player with vision, Ben-Hatira had a field day during Hertha BSC's 3-1 win over Mainz, scoring and creating a goal.
The number of dribbles Ben-Hatira has completed this season (39) is about four times more than the combined dribbles total (nine) of Craig Bellamy (three), Don Cowie (three) and Peter Whittingham (three).
Chelsea will look to sign Monaco No. 9 Radamel Falcao on loan, according to Nick Lustig at The Daily Star.
Monaco Won't Let It Happen
Monaco have continued to refute rumours of Radamel Falcao being unhappy at the club.
"He [Falcao] is very happy here, he feels very good in Monaco," Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said, via Pete O'Rourke at Sky Sports. "He loves this club."
Ricardo Quaresma? Yes. Falcao? Hell No!
Major European clubs have committed daft transfer decisions in the past, but loaning out one of the best pure finishers in the January transfer window is so inexplicably stupid that no club would ever consider such an action for a nanosecond.
You can get a frozen-out, out-of-form, lacking-match fitness name in Ricardo Quaresma on loan—as Chelsea did from Inter Milan during the 2009-10 season—but Falcao? Please.
Plus, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he will not enter the January transfer market for a striker.
One of Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis' January transfer targets is Stoke City centre-forward Peter Crouch, according to John Percy at The Telegraph.
"Pulis has been assured of funds for next month's transfer window," Percy wrote. "[Pulis] is ready to test the resolve of former club Stoke City with a £3 million bid for the former England international [Crouch]."
Does Crouch Play Better Under Pulis?
Crouch has scored 20 goals or more under three managers (Rafael Benitez [Liverpool], Harry Redknapp [Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Southampton] and Pulis [Stoke]).
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Under Pulis, Crouch has the lowest goals per game when compared to his performances for Benitez and Redknapp.
Is Marouane Chamakh Turning A Corner?
Chamakh scored the winner against West Ham United and followed it up with another goal against Cardiff City.
If he continues scoring, Pulis won't need to sign Crouch.
Everton are examining the possibility of signing Anderlecht left forward Matias Suarez, according to Mark Brus at Sports Direct News.
Why This Move Won't Happen
A failed medical sunk a proposed €16 million move to CSKA Moscow during the summer transfer window.
Several months into this season, Suarez endured his second major knee injury with "torn knee ligaments during the 1-1 home draw with Standard Liege on 27 October and could miss the rest of the season," per UEFA.com.
In July, he extended his contract at Anderlecht until 2017 after overcoming his first serious knee injury at the club.
Everton can't even afford healthy upper-tier talent, so they're not going to take such a high-stakes gamble in the upcoming January transfer window on a player who has yet to finish rehabbing his second serious knee injury.
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen claims he will not block Dimitar Berbatov's impending exit from the club.
"I will never stand in the way of people's ambitions," Meulensteen said, via Pete O'Rourke at Sky Sports. "I had a really good chat with him. But we spoke about him as a player and the most important thing for me is to focus on the next few games up to January, no more."
Berbatov Running Around!?
In the win over Aston Villa, he didn't just nonchalantly slot a spot-kick past penalty-saving specialist Brad Guzan, but Berbatov also conceded a few free-kicks.
Hey, at least Berbatov tried to win back the ball—something you generally can't say about him.
He is aiming to impress a potential suitor because he went from averaging 1.5 shots per game to taking five shots this game and resembling some form of a threat.
Hull City transfer target Filip Djordjevic failed to convert a penalty for Nantes as Tigers manager Steve Bruce watched on, according to Alan Nixon at The Mirror.
Nantes vs. Valenciennes
Jose Saez sliced his shot, which fortuitously lobbed over Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou.
Alejandro Bedoya scored for Nantes via a heavily deflected shot.
Djordjevic, who was brought down by Valenciennes centre-back Benjamin Angoua, was denied brilliantly from the spot by Valenciennes keeper and captain Nicolas Penneteau.
Guessing Bruce's Impressions
Assuming Nixon is right about Bruce being at the game, he would have been more impressed with Djordjevic's teammate Serge Gakpe.
Starting on the left wing, Gakpe would cut in and dart back out with searing pace.
Valenciennes' tall centre midfielder Tongo Hamed Doumbia was reassured in possession and made some superb cross-field passes.
Djordjevic did not look Premier League-quality but it's just one game.
He does have a scoring record: eight goals this season and 20 goals in Ligue 2 last season.
"Yann M'Vila leaving Rubin Kazan and joining Liverpool simply because he was spotted in the away end at Goodison Park at the weekend—which technically means that every other person in the crowd should also be linked with a mega move to Liverpool," Jacob Steinberg at The Guardian amusingly noted.
Could M'Vila Join Liverpool?
His contract at Rubin finishes in 2017, so unless Rubin management cannot stand M'Vila (which would be another red flag), why would they sell him?
Ability is not the issue because if he matures emotionally, he can be one of the world's best midfielders.
He has a cerebral understanding of how to defend and he can control games with his passing.
Manchester City are planning a £40 million bid for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as Joe Hart's permanent replacement, according to James Desborough at The Express.
Leaving a Dynastic Bayern Team, Really?
Neuer leaving the European champions for City, a team with no Germans, is far-fetched.
Though if City offer £50-60 million for Neuer, it would be logical of Bayern to accept the offer and then spend a portion of it on Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Manchester United are one of several clubs looking to sign Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, according to Ben Jefferson at The Express.
Guarin is a rush-and-tackle type of player, meaning he is susceptible to being caught out of position. This is why he has committed more fouls (35) than tackles won (19).
No chance. Yes, he does score some absolute peaches, but two league goals from 48 shots this season tell you how wayward his finishing is.
Newcastle United transfer target Kostas Manolas, a centre-back from Olympiakos, has denied speculation linking him with a move away from the club.
Manolas In His Own Words
"I don't know anything about it, only what I read in the papers," Manolas said, via Dan Salisbury-Jones at Sky Tyne and Wear. "I belong to Olympiakos. I have three more years left on my contract so it is up to Olympiakos if they want to do anything with Newcastle. You never know what happens in football."
Norwich City centre forward Luciano Becchio spoke out against the club recently, via Phil Hay at The Yorkshire Evening Post:
I was a big player at Leeds, an important player. That’s what I wanted to be at Norwich. I thought I’d been signed to be the goalscorer and prove myself in the Premier League.
But I’ve not had the chance and I'm not getting any answers either. If the club don’t want me, what was the point of signing me?
He spoke out on November 30 and has since played nine minutes against Crystal Palace and made a "Hey, I'm not banished from the club yet" appearance against West Bromwich Albion.
If Norwich don't need him, replace him with a striker from the academy.
Southampton defensive midfielder Jack Cork is unsure of his long-term future at the club.
"Obviously, I've been thinking about what part I'm going to play in this squad," Cork said, via Gordon Simpson at The Southern Daily Echo. "I'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks and see if he [Mauricio Pochettino] uses me."
Cork's Last Season
In the 2012-13 season, Cork made 54 tackles and 63 interceptions while only conceding 18 free-kicks.
He was exceptional, but he has been relegated to the sidelines watching a robust and physical Victor Wanyama-Morgan Schneiderlin partnership.
Cork is Premier League-quality, and he can do a great job for a bottom-tier club or a Championship club with Premier League aspirations.
Stoke City could target Hannover 96 centre forward Mame Diouf during the January transfer window, according to Danny Griffiths at The Metro.
Diouf Season Summary
Szabolcs Huszti, a fantastic crosser of the ball, has put Diouf into one advantageous goalscoring position after another only to see that potential assist evaporate due to Diouf's poor finishing.
Diouf has only scored three goals from 38 shots and Hannover are relying on Huszti, a create-first winger, to score and convert penalties.
Diouf needs to step up.
Despite Connor Wickham's fine goalscoring run—four goals in six league games—while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland management do not see him as a long-term option in the No. 9 position, according to Simon Bird at The Mirror.
In Defence Of Wickham
Sure, he cost £8 million and has yet to score eight goals for Sunderland, let alone live up to the hype.
But it's hard for him to make his mark when 87.5 percent of his games at Sunderland were sub-affected.
He needs to hone his craft in the Championship before he mulls over another Premier League offer, which he will receive because he has promise.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup revealed he will not sign a striker in the January transfer window, even with injuries to his forward line.
"We have three and it is a case right now that all three are injured," Laudrup said, via BBC Sport. "In maybe a couple of weeks all three will be back."
Fiorentina have an up-and-coming striker called Ryder, a 20-year-old Brazilian who passes and moves fluidly, so he matches what Laudrup sees in an attacking player.
With Giuseppe Rossi the undisputed No. 9 at the club, Fiorentina might be willing to let Ryder go on loan, as Mario Gomez is set to return from injury, therefore limiting Ryder's minutes.
He is still raw, but he can be a wild card for Laudrup if the manager decides to change his current stance of not signing a striker.
Tottenham Hotspur could offer former player Dimitar Berbatov an exit route from Fulham, according to Massimo Marioni at The Metro.
"I don't usually speculate as nobody knows what will happen in January but what I can tell you is he [Berbatov] is not happy at Fulham," Berbatov's agent Emil Dantchev said, via Massimo Marioni at The Metro. "I cannot comment [on whether there has been any approach] but the priority is to find a solution to stay in England."
If Berbatov is willing to sign a short-term contract and lower his wage demands, Spurs should consider him if they intend to loan prospect Harry Kane out.
Mind you, Berbatov has the same problem as Roberto Soldado—an inability to score from open play.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion are in pole position to sign Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, according to Greg Stobart at Goal.com.
Can He Be A Regular Starter at WBA?
Should Zaha arrive at West Brom, he will compete with Scott Sinclair, Chris Brunt and Saido Berahino (if he isn't given a run up front) for a starting spot.
Zaha should be looking for a loan destination where he is guaranteed starts week in, week out, and if this means moving down to the Championship, so be it.
West Ham United
West Ham United might make a move for Inter Milan centre forward Diego Milito, according to Mark Brus at SportsDirect News.
If West Ham want to submit a £4.2 [€5] million bid for an aging Milito, who is a free agent in the summer, and tempt him with an inflated salary, you can envision Inter and him taking it up.
Inter are not going to extend his contract with his persistent knee issues; not to mention they already have an in-form No. 9 in Rodrigo Palacio and a young backup in Mauro Icardi.
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