One for every club: A player all 20 Premier League sides should look to sign before the January transfer window closes

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Credit: Alamy

There’s less than a week left in the January transfer window and Premier League clubs are still looking to get deals over the line.

According to sports finance experts Deloitte, Premier League clubs have already broken the record for transfer spending during the January window with a £440m spree.

But there’s still time for further business as managers look to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season.

We’ve taken a look at an area where every Premier League club needs to improve and then identified a player they should target.

Arsenal – Youri Tielemans

The fact that Arsenal are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League tells you that they have a strong starting XI.

But they need cover for Granit Xhaka and should target Tielemans as the Leicester midfielder has just six months left on his contract and could be available in a cut-price deal.

He would replace fellow Belgium international Albert Sambi Lokonga, who has failed to make an impact in north London and needs a loan move.

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Aston Villa – Marcus Thuram

After selling Danny Ings to West Ham, Villa signed Jhon Duran from Chicago Fire but they still need a proven goalscorer to partner Ollie Watkins.

Thuram has netted 13 goals in 17 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach in 2022/23 but they may look to cash in this month as his contract expires at the end of the season.

Bournemouth – Nat Phillips

Gary O’Neill’s side have been very busy in January, signing Dango Ouattara before lining up deals for Nicolas Jackson and Matias Vina.

But they still need an upgrade on Jack Stephens at centre-back and should make a bid for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Vitality Stadium.

Brentford – Alban Lafont

Goalkeeper David Raya has just 18 months left on his Brentford contract and has been linked with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Thomas Frank needs to plan for the worst-case scenario and they’ve been linked with Lafont, who has been earning rave reviews at Ligue 1 side Nantes.

Brighton – Iliman Ndiaye

While Adam Lallana has undoubtedly been a good signing for Brighton, he’s registered just two goals and one assist in the Premier League this season.

Ndiaye would give Brighton much more of a goal threat from the No.10 position as he’s got 10 goals and eight assists for Sheffield United in 2022/23.

Chelsea – Moises Caicedo

With N’Golo Kante struggling with injury problems and uncertainty over Jorginho’s future, Chelsea are in the market for a new midfielder.

Caicedo has already worked under Graham Potter and would be a big upgrade on Chelsea’s current options, although Brighton are reportedly demanding a fee in the region of £80m.

Crystal Palace – Conor Gallagher

Gallagher enjoyed a brilliant season on loan at Palace in 2021/22, scoring eight Premier League goals and winning their Player of the Year award.

Fellow midfielder Will Hughes has struggled to fill the void left by Gallagher’s departure and Palace should look to bring the Chelsea academy graduate back to Selhurst Park.

Everton – Christian Pulisic

Everton have missed out on Arnaut Danjuma and look set to sell Anthony Gordon so they need to sign a new winger before the end of the January transfer window.

The Toffees have been linked with Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga but should make an ambitious move for Pulisic, who has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea Credit: Alamy
Christian Pulisic, Chelsea Credit: Alamy

Fulham – Houssem Aouar

While Harrison Reid has been in good form this season, Fulham arguably need another midfielder if they are going to challenge for the European places.

The Cottagers were linked with Aouar in the summer and Lyon are reportedly willing to sell him before his contract expires in the summer.

Leeds United – Raphael Guerreiro

Left-back has been a problem position for Leeds in recent seasons and Pascal Struijk, who usually plays at centre-back, has had to fill in throughout 2022/23.

They are reportedly keeping tabs on Guerreiro and a deal for the Borussia Dortmund defender would represent a massive coup for Jesse Marsch’s side.

Leicester City – Azzedine Ounahi

Nampalys Mendy and Tielemans are both out of contract at the end of the season so Leicester should plan for the future and bring in a new midfielder.

Ounahi, who shot to prominence with his performances for Morocco at the World Cup, would be a brilliant signing for the Foxes but they face competition from Napoli.

Liverpool – Sofyan Amrabat

It’s no secret that Liverpool are in the market for a midfielder and Fabinho has looked like a shadow of his former self so far this season.

While Jude Bellingham is their top target for the summer, the Reds need more than one signing and Fiorentina’s Amrabat would provide them with some energy and tenacity in midfield.

Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina) during Udinese Calcio vs ACF Fiorentina, Italian football Coppa Italia match, Udine, Italy Credit: Alamy
Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina) during Udinese Calcio vs ACF Fiorentina, Italian football Coppa Italia match, Udine, Italy Credit: Alamy

Manchester City – Borna Sosa

City have outstanding squad depth across the pitch but the one arguable weak spot remains at left-back as Joao Cancelo hasn’t been at his best in 2022/23 and Sergio Gomez is yet to start a Premier League game.

They should look to sign a natural left-back like Sosa, who impressed for Croatia at the World Cup and has registered eight assists in 13 games for a struggling Stuttgart side in 2022/23.

Manchester United – Jeremie Frimpong

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was criticised for his role in United’s 3-2 defeat against Arsenal and could still leave Old Trafford before the end of the month.

Erik ten Hag reportedly wants to sign a more attack-minded right-back and Frimpong has registered eight direct goal contributions for Bayer Leverkusen in 2022/23.

READ MORE: Five players Manchester United need to build around, featuring three Ten Hag signings

Newcastle United – Edson Alvarez

Newcastle are reportedly looking for a new defensive midfielder as they look to give Bruno Guimaraes more license to get forward.

Ajax’s Alvarez fits the bill perfectly as the Mexico international is an efficient ball-winner and would be a big upgrade on Sean Longstaff.

Nottingham Forest – Michael Keane

Having shipped in 35 goals, Forest have the joint-second worst defence in the Premier League in 2022/23 and they need an upgrade on their current options at centre-back.

Keane boasts plenty of Premier League experience but has fallen out of favour at Everton this season and could be available for around £10m in January.

Southampton – Ben Brereton Diaz

The Saints are at the bottom of the table as they lack a proven goalscorer and Adam Armstrong has just one goal in 19 Premier League games in 2022/23.

In comparison, Diaz has nine Championship goals for Blackburn and could now be available at a cut-price deal as his contract expires at the end of the season.

Tottenham – Pedro Porro

Tottenham desperately need a new right wing-back as Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal have both failed to impress on a consistent basis while Djed Spence is yet to start a Premier League game.

Antonio Conte’s side are looking to address the issue and are currently in talks with Sporting Lisbon over Porro, who has registered 11 assists in all competitions in 2022/23.

West Ham – Harry Maguire

After selling Craig Dawson to Wolves, West Ham are in the market for a new centre-back and they’ve reportedly made an enquiry for Maguire.

The 29-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United but delivered a timely reminder of his abilities at the World Cup and Ten Hag might be willing to cash in if they get a good offer.

Wolves – Max Aarons

With Jonny and Nelso Semedo both enduring poor seasons, Wolves need to address the right-back position before the end of the January window.

Aarons, who has previously been linked with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, continues to impress at Norwich City and would be a very shrewd signing for Wolves.

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