Biggest Potential Signings of the January Transfer Window
9th January 2015
When the metaphorical January transfer window metaphorically slams shut, we’ll all no doubt have inflicted Sky Sports News’ Jim White Show and the non-metaphorical car window of ‘arry Redknapp’s car upon ourselves. But before we watch a white-haired Scotsman almost having a coronary live on air, let’s have a look at what big Premiership transfers will have been confirmed by then…
Wilfried Bony to Manchester City
Man City need a striker. There’s only so many times you can play James Milner upfront, after all. They need someone with Premier League experience. They need Wilfried Bony. We’re pretty sure this deal’s nailed on. In fact, there’s a rather good chance he’ll have already made the switch from Swansea to the Etihad by the time you read this. In which case we probably look a bit outdated, don’t we? I blame these bell-bottoms we’ve got on.
Winston Reid to Arsenal
While we’re on the subject of dead certs, West Ham’s classy defensive rock Winston Reid will almost certainly be finishing fourth this year. By moving to Arsenal, of course. The big Kiwi’s main job will be to make sure that Nacho Monreal never troubles the Gunners’ 18 yard box again…
Mauro Icardi to Chelsea
Before Spurs’ surprise demolition of Chelsea on New Year’s Day, the general school of thought was that Jose Mourinho’s squad was near perfect. But take injury addict Diego Costa out of the line-up and you’re left with old man Didier up front and not much else in the way of options. Which is where The Special One’s hoping Inter Milan’s Argentine whizz kid Icardi comes in. Leaving other suitors Spurs and Liverpool looking on forlornly and disappointed, like spurned lovers. Only less romantically.
Miralem Pjanic to Liverpool
Most of the recent player movement talk has been about Steven Gerrard scarpering off to Los Angeles in the summer to sample Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and CONSTANT 24 hour traffic jams. And maybe even some football (sorry, ‘soccer’). So Liverpool are going to need a replacement for Stevie G. And it could come in the tidy little shape of Roma’s Bosnian star Miralem Pjanic. Brendan Rodgers buying a genuinely brilliant player? Well, there’s a first time for everything, eh?
Kevin Strootman to Manchester United
Another young Roma starlet maybe moving to England, this time one you’ve probably heard about before. Strootman’s proposed move to Man United has been rumbling on for what seems like decades now. Still, there’s always a chance the money men might finally reach a deal this month. Or not.
Nemanja Vidić to Liverpool or Manchester United
The big Serb’s departure from Old Trafford last year had us all imagining him winding down his playing days at the San Siro in the blue and black of Internazionale. But he’s fallen out of favour under Roberto Mancini recently, turning both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers’ heads. Both could use a towering centre back, after all. Actually, they could use two. Or three.
Luis Suarez to Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United
Since the football cannibal’s big money move from Liverpool to Barcelona last summer, things haven’t exactly started well. He’s not bitten anyone (yet), but he’s also not sunk his teeth into the goals since his arrival alongside Neymar, Messi & Co. Barca are resigned to taking a loss if he does want to leave, but with the likes of big hitters Chelsea, Man City and their cross-city rivals all linked with the Uruguayan, that loss might not be all that crippling for the Catalan giants.
Mario Suárez to West Ham
One of Atlético Madrid’s unsung heroes of their stellar season last year, the lesser spotted Suárez could be on his way to West Ham. Slotting in alongside Alex Song could just see Big Sam’s push for Europe become a reality.
Saido Berahino to Spurs or Liverpool
He’s young, moody and a terrible driver. But he’s a goalscorer. What’s that? He’s not proven as one? The man scored four times against Gateshead in the third round of the FA Cup this year. What more do you want?! The West Brom lad’s in demand. But will it be Tottenham or goal shy Liverpool he’s destined to disappoint at?
Less glamorous but potentially big for the clubs concerned…
Sunderland need a striker and defender. Could last season’s loan hit Fabio Borini and Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk be the answers? West Brom could ‘swoop’ for Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede. Celtic’s tricky midfielder Kris Commons could offer Leicester City options and a chance of staying up. We’re pretty sure Aston Villa haven’t scored a goal in the Premiership since Andy Townsend headed the winner against Wimbledon in April 1997, so they could probably use Scott Sinclair’s guile and attacking flair. Jermain Defoe used to play for Spurs, so ‘arry’s in for him at QPR. Ditto Peter Crouch. And with the goal scoring burden firmly wedged on Charlie Austin’s broad shoulders, Defoe could well be on his way.
We’ll see. It’s mostly just educated guess work at this stage. If only someone would clean the January transfer window from time to time. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!