January brings resolutions and new starts – and it’s no different for the top-flight clubs who are desperate to change their fortunes.
Which sides need some more goals to avoid a nervy relegation battle? Whose defence is leaking like a rusty sieve? It’s time to splash the cash and plug those gaps… but how?
With many big names from the Premier League such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Yaya Toure, all having contracts expiring in the summer, some big moves can be expected next month.
However, some transfer rumours certainly have more traction than others.
Here are five potential transfers that could be on the cards come January.
Danny Rose (Tottenham to Manchester United)
It’s been a difficult year for England and Tottenham left back Danny Rose.
The former Leeds United man suffered a serious knee injury which kept him sidelined for 10 months, but during that period, he decided to criticise the wage structure at Spurs and said he was sure he would play in the north of England someday.
A few months on and now the links to Manchester United are stronger than ever, however, it’s still unknown whether Tottenham would be prepared to sell to a rival.
Rose has fallen behind Ben Davies as Tottenham’s first choice left back and could look to push for a move if things don’t change soon.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United to Besiktas)
Once a boo-boy for the Old Trafford faithful, Marouane Fellaini’s future at Manchester United is still unresolved as he has yet to put pen to paper at the club.
With his contract expiring in the summer, his manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to hold onto the combative midfielder and it’s believed that United would rather lose him on a free in the July, than sell him next month.
However, if United can get a substantial amount for the former Everton favourite, then perhaps a move is possible. The Belgian has been linked with a move to Besiktas, after the Turkish club confirmed they were pursuing the midfielder.
With time still to go before January, expect United to make a last-ditch attempt to secure Fellaini’s long-term future at the club.
Ross Barkley (Everton to Tottenham or Chelsea)
Nobody expected Ross Barkley to remain at Everton past the summer, with his former manager Ronald Koeman claiming he would leave before the window closed.
A few months down the line and the Liverpudlian midfielder is still on Merseyside, but the speculation around his future certainly hasn’t slowed down.
His new boss Sam Allardyce hinted that Barkley may have already found himself a new club after admitting that he wanted the player to remain at the club.
Chelsea, who Barkley reportedly turned down during the summer, are still linked with making a move for the midfielder in January. However, it’s Tottenham who are the favourites for the player’s signature with odds on a move to Wembley available at just 2/1 on some football betting sites.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool)
A deal that looked a certainty in the summer, but was disrupted by an alleged illegal approach, was that of Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool after Southampton complained of his unauthorised meeting with Klopp.
The British press were certain of a deal being completed, with some bookies paying out on the switch. However, the Dutch international was forced out of a move and told to train with Southampton’s youth side until he was mentally prepared to step back into the first team fold.
After regaining his place, Van Dijk is still heavily linked with a move to Merseyside, and with no European football for Southampton, there’s no reason why Liverpool can’t go back in for the Dutchman in January.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United to Newcastle United)
Former Southampton full-back Luke Shaw has failed to live up to the heights at Old Trafford since his £30 million move back in 2014.
The player has been unable to get back to his best since breaking his leg back in 2015, and after returning from injury, he has been criticised publicly by his manager Jose Mourinho regarding his attitude and toughness.
Shaw has been linked heavily with a loan switch to Newcastle in the January window, after falling down the United pecking order behind winger turned full-back Ashley Young and Daley Blind, despite making his first start of the season earlier this month.
Some online bookmakers have betting odds available of 6/1 for Shaw to move to Newcastle in January, and betting on a move to the North East would certainly be worth using your free bet offers on!
With less than a month to go until the January transfer window, soon we’ll be able to witness first hand which Premier League sides are going to invest in their squads as the table looks competitive as ever.