Premier League transfer window guide: Is YOUR club looking to buy or sell
With just a few days left until the transfer window slams shut, many Premier League managers are locked in a battle to either secure a star signing or hold on to a prized asset.
As was the case last year, silly season can take hold of even the most established clubs when desperate times call for desperate measures.
So with the January sales coming to a close, Sportsmail assesses every top flight club and looks at who is most likely to panic buy with some last minute shopping.
Boost: Bacary Sagna's return should aid Arsenal
Leaving Emile Heskey could be heading for the exit
Arsenal have mounting injury problems
and are in serious danger of missing out on the Champions League – yet
fans will hardly be surprised manager Arsene Wenger is set to avoid
spending his way out of trouble this month.
The Frenchman will argue Bacary
Sagna’s return in February will be like a new signing, but could
move for a quick fix at full-back.
Panic buy: Does a panic loan count
Interest cooled on Wayne Bridge and Taye Taiwo though, with Wenger more
likely to hand playing time to youngsters like Nico Yennaris.
On the move: Judging by the contempt
shown by fans after replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester
United, an exit for Andrey Arshavin is likely to exit sooner rather
Villa have hardly got going this
season as they hang around the lower part of mid-table with manager Alex
McLeish still trying to get to grips with his squad.
Robbie Keane’s arrival on loan
indicates the Scot is on the lookout for a permanent goal scorer at some
point, but there is more likely to be an offload of deadwood from
previous regimes before McLeish splashes the cash.
Panic buy: Spending January big bucks
was in vogue last year at Villa Park following the arrival of Darren
Bent. This year it’s a trial for little-known Jamaican striker Brian
On the move: Many players are set to
move this summer as they reach the end of their contracts, but the club
may receive late offers for the likes of Emile Heskey and Carlos
Fury: Christopher Samba has demanded to leave
Already out: Gary Cahill has left
Fans are highly unlikely to get the big move they want in the transfer window – which is that of a new board and a new manager.
They are unlikely to get any
blockbuster names on the pitch either, given the club’s current
financial struggles, with the loan move for Bordeaux striker Anthony
Modeste likely to represent the type of player coming in.
Panic buy: Atletico Mineiro’s
defensive midfielder, Richarlyson, has been a target for hard up Rovers
who are more focused on holding on to key players…
On the move: …like Chris Samba and
Junior Hoilett who have attracted attention from the likes of Tottenham,
QPR and Bolton. Mauro Formica is also a target for Greek side
Stuck in a relegation battle, Owen
Coyle will be keen to spend the 7million received from Chelsea to
replace star defender Gary Cahill.
New York Red Bulls defender, Tim Ream
has already completed his move to the Reebok Stadium as Coyle aims to
bolster the Premier League’s worst defence before the window slams shut.
Panic buy: Adrian Mariappa has had a
fine season at Watford, but the Championship club will refuse to let the
defender leave on the cheap.
On the move: The loss of Cahill is a
big one but there could be many more to follow with plenty of players
out-of-contract this summer. Long-serving striker Kevin Davies is a
target for Sunderland and West Ham.
Leaving: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will go
Andre Villas-Boas may have got his
man in capturing defender Gary Cahill from Bolton but that isn’t the end
of it at Chelsea – with a whole host of players linked with moves to
An ageing team has so far failed to
make an impact on the title race, with Villas-Boas keen to start
improving his side with fresher legs sooner rather than later.
Panic buy: Despite having several
attacking options, Shakhtar Donestk’s winger, Willian is the latest
craze for owner Roman Abramovich.
On the move: Didier Drogba could
follow Nicolas Anelka to China, with defender Alex almost certain to
leave after being banished from the first-team earlier this season. Jose
Bosingwa may also move on.
It is arguable no group of supporters
hate transfer windows more than Everton’s. They have grown
accustomed to seeing their side feed off loan deals while battling to
hold on to their best players.
This month has proved a similar
story, with chief executive Robert Elstone already admitting the
10million received from Arsenal for Mikel Arteta last summer is already
Panic buy: If only – what a luxury! A
loan move is in line though for out-of-favour Fiorentina winger Alessio
Cerci. Sporting Lisbon playmaker Adrien Silva has also been linked.
On the move: Diniyar
Bilyaletdinov aside, the Toffees can at least expect to hold on to their first-team players – until the summer at least.
Bait: Damien Duff could go to West Brom
Replace Andy Carroll has been in poor form
So far for Fulham, the window has
proven very quiet but it’s unlikely to stay that way – especially when
talk of strikers is in the air.
Bryan Ruiz has been hit-and-miss
since arriving last summer and, Clint Dempsey aside, boss Martin Jol
still remains unhappy with his attacking line-up.
Panic buy: Former Barcelona flop Maxi
Lopez is on the wish list but, AC Milan are also in the hunt for the
Catania striker should their move for Carlos Tevez fall through.
On the move: Damien Duff and Chris
Baird are believed to have been carrots dangled in front of West Brom in
exchange for Peter Odemwingie, while Bobby Zamora’s future is also
Following big spends in successive
transfer windows, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the
Reds have held back – despite their struggle to
break the top four.
Nevertheless, the season-ending injury
to Lucas and the continued struggles of Andy Carroll upfront may just
prompt Kenny Dalglish to have a flutter in the transfer market after all.
Panic buy: With the help of his
father, Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic has been linked with a move to
Anfield, while Real Madrid’s holding midfielder Esteban Granero is a
On the move: Most of the deadwood was
cleared last summer.
Loan moves could be on the cards for youngsters like Jonjo Shelvey.
Stuck: Carlos Tevez can't seem to get a transfer
New signing: Paul Scholes is back to his old tricks
Roberto Mancini did his homework last
summer and has proved his squad is capable of maintaining a challenge
at the top, even with the loss of key players Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure
to the African Cup of Nations.
There is no need for the league
leaders to spend any more money at this stage of the season, with the
club more concerned at offloading a few big earners.
Panic buy: If Mancini does lose his
bottle, he may be tempted to move for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi –
a deal which could go through in the summer after the Italy
international’s contract expires.
On the move: Now that Carlos Tevez seems set to stay at the Etihad – at least until the summer, there appears to be nobody heading for the exits.
The champions have suffered a
nightmare season in terms of injuries but the vastly experienced Sir
Alex Ferguson has refused to throw money at the problem.
The search for a central playmaker
has been put off until the summer with the short term return of Paul
Scholes, and Wesley Sneijder confirming he will remain at Inter Milan
for the rest of the season.
Panic buy: With some players you
cannot afford to play the waiting game and Ferguson is tempted by
Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao – with Tottenham also showing heavy
On the move: Such is the injury
problems at United hardly anyone can afford to leave, but striker Mame
Biram Diouf’s Old Trafford future looks bleak, with Wigan one of a
number of club’s around Europe interested.
Sparse: Alan Smith has barely featured
Settled: Steve Morison has excelled
Demba Ba has proved a sensation in
attack this season, so it came as a surprise that with the striker on
African Cup of Nations duty, manager Alan Pardew signed his
international team-mate with the exact same issue.
He must have seen
something in Papiss Cisse though that has convinced him he is worth
10million – especially as he is likely to lose the Senegalese
forwards in 12 months’ time to the same competition again.
Panic buy: Pardew is on the
lookout for a defender with pursuits of Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and
West Ham’s James Tomkins rejected.
On the move: With just five minutes
of football all season, Alan Smith appears to have no future at the
club. Highly rated winger Shane Ferguson would also benefit from a loan
Given the successful season Norwich
are having on their return to the top flight, neither boss Paul Lambert
or the fans are that desperate for January reinforcements.
The only concern for the Canaries has
been their leaky defence but even that has improved, judging by their
first clean sheet of the season against Chelsea.
Panic buy: Lambert has made one
notable addition to his squad, with Leeds midfielder Jonny Howson adding
extra bite to the centre of Norwich’s midfield. It’s hard to see
any more signings coming in though and they could even upset the side's balance.
On the move: A settled squad has
rotated its players well this season, with any outgoings in the next
week likely to be loan deals for younger players at the club.
Loan DJ Campbell could be moving
Support: Does Matthew Etherington need back-up
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
One to watch. Mark Hughes has arrived
and will be keen to immediately start rebuilding a side that badly lost
its way under Neil Warnock.
Much like last summer, the Hoops
could be still in the running for players in a variety of possessions up
until the last minutes of the transfer window.
Panic buy: QPR score on average one goal-a-game, so Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko is a target. Defenders, including Blackburn’s Chris Samba and
Chelsea’s Alex are also wanted.
On the move: DJ Campbell has
struggled to break into the side since returning from injury and a loan move could help recapture his fine form seen at Blackpool
The Potters once again look safe from
any relegation scrap, but boss Tony Pulis may add some faces with an
eye on a run in the Europa League.
With plenty of options up front,
Stoke may turn their eye on cover for wingers Jermaine Pennant and
Matthew Etherington, as well as back-up defenders.
Panic buy: There won’t be that many
new faces coming into the Stoke side. Stoke chairman Peter Coates has
ruled out any January moves unless something unexpected falls.
On the move: Danny Collins has fallen well out of favour at the Britannia Stadium, while Ben Marshall is set to join Leicester.
Homesick: Craig Gardner could go back home
Cheap import: Josh McEachran has arrived on loan
Another new manager keen to flex some
financial muscle is Martin O’Neill, who will be far from happy if he
ends January without a notable signing – or more specifically a striker.
Nicklas Bendtner’s move is only temporary while Connor Wickham is still
rough around the edges as Black Cats fans still wait for replacements
on Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan.
Panic buy: Having already missed out
on Pappis Cisse, time is running out to secure a goal scorer. Spurs’
offer of Roman Pavlyuchenko may prove tempting for O’Neill though.
On the move: Forgotten keeper Craig
Gordon may be allowed out on loan, while reports that Craig Gardner is
looking to move back to the Midlands after failing to settle have been
quashed by team-mate Wes Brown.
The Swans have already bolstered
their ranks this month through the loan signings of midfielders Josh
McEachran and Gylfi Sigurdsson and appear to have done the majority
of their business.
Brendan Rodgers’s team have adapted
well and he won’t want to make too many
changes to a side that has steered clear of the relegation
Panic buy: Adrian Mariappa could be
an option if Rodgers is tempted to plug a leaky defence on away days,
but with the best defensive record at home a tactical tweak may be a
better option for games outside Wales.
On the move: After signing a one-year
extension last summer, Andrea Orlandi has featured just four times this
season and appears to have no further role to play at the Liberty
Expectations: Roman Pavlyuchenko could be off
Target: Peter Odemwingie has many suitors
The last two transfer windows have
been quiet by Spurs’ standards and that once again looks to be the case
this month, with the team flying high in the Premier League.
Boss Harry Redknapp is most likely to
trim down his squad – but he may be keen to add a striker with just two
recognised goal scorers on the full-time books at White Hart Lane.
Panic buy: Former Birmingham striker
Mauro Zarate has been linked with a loan move, but the north London club
often save their impulse shopping for the final few hours of the window
by targeting the unexpected.
On the move: Roman Pavlyuchenko is
free to leave, providing Spurs can find a replacement striker. The club
would also listen to offers for midfielders Steven Pienaar, Niko
Kranjcar and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
A strange season for West Brom, who
have a squad capable of taking on anyone but so far have underachieved
to the point they are nervously looking over their shoulder at the
The partnership of Jonas Olsson and
Gareth McAuley in defence as well as Shane Long and Peter Odemingiwie in
attack has shown promise, but Roy Hodgson has found problems trying to
create a winning formula.
Panic buy: Thin in numbers at the
back, Hodgson has targeted Birmingham defender Liam Ridgwell who
wouldn’t prove too costly at 2.4million.
On the move: Peter Odemwingie has
been a target for Fulham and West Ham but the Baggies should be able to
hold on to their star striker.
Out of form: Hugo Rodallega might go
Coax: Can the boss get the best from Kevin Doyle
Being rooted to the bottom of the
table indicates that Wigan badly need reinforcements, and Roberto
Martinez has spent the majority of the month targeting a number of
players to boost his ailing side.
To arm him in his mission to keep the
Latics in the Premier League for an eighth straight season, owner Dave
Whelan has handed the Spaniard 5million to spend.
Panic buy: Birmingham midfielder Jean
Beausejour has already joined, while Rennes striker John Verhoek has
been linked to help boost the worst attack in the division.
On the move: Out-of-contract at the
end of the season, Hugo Rodallega looks set to leave the Latics but
Martinez may try and cash in on his No. 1 striker who has performed
below par this season.
For the additions made last summer
Wolves should have at least been featuring in the mid-table, so a third
successive relegation battle is a big underachievement.
Mick McCarthy has so far boosted the
midfield with the impressive coup of Emmanuel Frimpong from Arsenal on
loan, but the summer spend-up means the purse strings will be very tight
Panic buy: Wolves’ business looks
done and manager Mick McCarthy will have to try to coax
some form and consistency from the likes of Roger Johnson and Kevin
On the move: Not too many players are
going to be allowed to leave but McCarthy may make an exception for
striker Andy Keogh, who would favour a return to Leeds where he has
spent time on loan this season.