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The Kelly Doughty-trained Benfica Princess returns to Doomben to race over 1600 metres.

The Kelly Doughty-trained Benfica Princess returns to Doomben to race over 1600 metres.

ADO Den Haag confirm Benfica approach for Tyronne Ebuehi

The defender has been linked with a move to Portugal, and the Primeira Liga club have made an approach, though any deal is away from being completed

Inter bring in defender Lopez from Benfica

The 28-year-old joins the Serie A outfit ahead of Sunday's clash with Roma as Luciano Spalletti bolsters his squad in the January window

Inter secure Lopez on loan from Benfica

Inter secure Lopez on loan from Benfica

Inter secure Lopez on loan from Benfica

Inter have announced the loan signing of Lisandro Lopez from Benfica, with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

Inter secure Lopez on loan from Benfica

Inter secure Lopez on loan from Benfica

Champions League - Benfica vs Basel

Soccer Football - Champions League - Benfica vs Basel - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - December 5, 2017 Basel’s Manuel Akanji in action with Benfica's Haris Seferovic REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

With Moyes Effect Limiting Chicharito at West Ham, What Are Mexico Star's Options?

West Ham’s impressive 4-1 victory against Huddersfield Town helped the East Londoners jump to 11th place in the Premier League and ease some relegation worries, with the Hammers now five points and six teams clear of the drop zone.

Thanks in part to David Moyes–who reached his 200th win as a Premier League manager–the club is sailing on smoother waters.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, however, had to once again settle for a place on the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday. Even when Marko Arnautovic (who now has six goals in the league) came off in the 83rd minute, the Austrian was replaced by Andre Ayew, confirming that Chicharito is far down in Moyes’s pecking order.

Since recuperating from a hamstring injury last month, Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer has accumulated 140 minutes of action in all competitions. Despite the lack of playing time, Hernandez remains second in scoring for his club with four goals.

Timing has played the role of a cruel mistress for Chicharito as the hamstring injury came during international duty and coincided with Moyes’s arrival – a similar scenario to when both met for the first time at Manchester United. By the time Chicharito healed, Moyes already had an immediate idea of what he wanted–a physical, imposing front line where the midfield pushes high up. The lone poacher, therefore, is not needed as the aim is to use players such as Arnautovic and Michail Antonio to do much of the legwork while Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble provide the creativity. It doesn't leave much room for Chicharito to make his mark.

Moyes, however, still believes the Mexican is part of his plans.

“Chicharito is a really good player and his finishing ability is as good as there is anywhere,” Moyes said last week. “At United, Sir Alex Ferguson used to play him from the bench quite a lot. I was well aware, when I joined Manchester United, that Chicharito would want more minutes. Also, I had Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, to name a few. The competition at football clubs is hard, but if you’re a good player then you get there, and Chicharito is a good player.”

But no matter what the manager states, the reality is simple: Moyes and Chicharito don't make a good match, because the coach's methods do not fit the striker's strengths, and in a scenario where his biggest priority is league safety as opposed to having the flexibility to experiment, not much is likely to change.

In Moyes's defense, he has to look after the well-being of the club and not any single player, so if the tactics are working, why should his choices change? West Ham is unbeaten in four (2-0-2) and has scored 10 goals in that time.

That does little for Hernandez and his own momentum in a World Cup year, in which Mexico aims to go further than the round of 16 for the first time since 1986. Amid reports that West Ham would listen to offers for Chicharito, he must ask himself if it's worth staying at West Ham and fighting for his place or risk a moving to another club–or potentially a new league–for the sake of more playing time.

No matter what happens, his spot–barring any injury setbacks–in El Tri’s World Cup squad is more than secure, as Juan Carlos Osorio sees Chicharito as Mexico’s main target man. Even if he stays at West Ham, regardless of playing time, it would be difficult to see this changing, as Osorio also prioritizes European competition above anything else.

“For a footballer coming in to Europe is the best way to progress and to consolidate himself as a top player,” said Osorio to Planet Futbol TV back in November. “So it’s important that the players compete in Europe, week-in, week-out against the best. And the second best thing is to train with the best, so when you are in a good club you compete on Sundays, but you also compete on a daily basis against your own teammates, so you will eventually get used on competing at that level and you will improve.”

These should be comforting words to Chicharito and for bit role players who don’t have his reputation, such as Benfica’s Raul Jimenez or Roma’s Hector Moreno, but a player like Chicharito ultimately needs to start, because a poacher thrives on confidence, and confidence creates goals.

Consequently, at this point in Hernandez’s career, location is not as important as regular minutes. If Chicharito leaves West Ham, here are three intriguing potential landing spots:

MLS

MLS has made a play for Chicharito before, and if he's truly available, there's little reason to believe the league wouldn't kick the tires on trying to lure him again. If we were to play a hypothetical, an appealing destination could be a move to expansion club, LAFC, where he could form a partnership with countryman Carlos Vela. According to reports, Bob Bradley’s team is interested in the move, and on paper it seems like a good fit, especially in a California environment that celebrates Mexican talent. But the new season doesn’t kick off until March 3, three months before Russia, and Hernandez can’t really afford to trade the next six weeks of potential playing time for an MLS preseason.

A return to Liga MX

Another possible outcome could be a return to Mexico and Liga MX. The 2018 Clausura season is already underway, and Mexican clubs have until the end of the month to register foreign players. Perhaps Chivas, the club that launched his career, has a chance to come in for a storybook reunion? Or what about Club America, which has already signed Jeremy Menez but is still on the hunt for another striker?

“Why can’t it be a possibility?” said Miguel Herrera, speaking of Chicharito to ESPN last week. “We could knock on the door, nothing is shut. As long as he has a chance of leaving, America will search for any center forward who is important for this club.”

Manchester United

A less drastic option is that Hernandez moves to another club in the Premier League, and perhaps a loan move and a storybook return to Manchester United is the right antidote. The red side of Manchester has always appreciated Chicharito and the attributes he offered as an explosive substitute. Given Romelu Lukaku’s recent inconsistency, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued comeback from injury and Jose Mourinho's affinity for Chicharito given their time together at Real Madrid, this move could prove to be a popular one for everyone involved–though it wouldn't solve the problem of getting Chicharito into a starting lineup on a regular basis.

Whether he stays at West Ham or goes to another club, one thing is for certain: The 29-year-old Hernandez–ahead of what could be his last World Cup–needs to find a way to get back on the pitch.

With Moyes Effect Limiting Chicharito at West Ham, What Are Mexico Star's Options?

West Ham’s impressive 4-1 victory against Huddersfield Town helped the East Londoners jump to 11th place in the Premier League and ease some relegation worries, with the Hammers now five points and six teams clear of the drop zone.

Thanks in part to David Moyes–who reached his 200th win as a Premier League manager–the club is sailing on smoother waters.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, however, had to once again settle for a place on the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday. Even when Marko Arnautovic (who now has six goals in the league) came off in the 83rd minute, the Austrian was replaced by Andre Ayew, confirming that Chicharito is far down in Moyes’s pecking order.

Since recuperating from a hamstring injury last month, Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer has accumulated 140 minutes of action in all competitions. Despite the lack of playing time, Hernandez remains second in scoring for his club with four goals.

Timing has played the role of a cruel mistress for Chicharito as the hamstring injury came during international duty and coincided with Moyes’s arrival – a similar scenario to when both met for the first time at Manchester United. By the time Chicharito healed, Moyes already had an immediate idea of what he wanted–a physical, imposing front line where the midfield pushes high up. The lone poacher, therefore, is not needed as the aim is to use players such as Arnautovic and Michail Antonio to do much of the legwork while Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble provide the creativity. It doesn't leave much room for Chicharito to make his mark.

Moyes, however, still believes the Mexican is part of his plans.

“Chicharito is a really good player and his finishing ability is as good as there is anywhere,” Moyes said last week. “At United, Sir Alex Ferguson used to play him from the bench quite a lot. I was well aware, when I joined Manchester United, that Chicharito would want more minutes. Also, I had Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, to name a few. The competition at football clubs is hard, but if you’re a good player then you get there, and Chicharito is a good player.”

But no matter what the manager states, the reality is simple: Moyes and Chicharito don't make a good match, because the coach's methods do not fit the striker's strengths, and in a scenario where his biggest priority is league safety as opposed to having the flexibility to experiment, not much is likely to change.

In Moyes's defense, he has to look after the well-being of the club and not any single player, so if the tactics are working, why should his choices change? West Ham is unbeaten in four (2-0-2) and has scored 10 goals in that time.

That does little for Hernandez and his own momentum in a World Cup year, in which Mexico aims to go further than the round of 16 for the first time since 1986. Amid reports that West Ham would listen to offers for Chicharito, he must ask himself if it's worth staying at West Ham and fighting for his place or risk a moving to another club–or potentially a new league–for the sake of more playing time.

No matter what happens, his spot–barring any injury setbacks–in El Tri’s World Cup squad is more than secure, as Juan Carlos Osorio sees Chicharito as Mexico’s main target man. Even if he stays at West Ham, regardless of playing time, it would be difficult to see this changing, as Osorio also prioritizes European competition above anything else.

“For a footballer coming in to Europe is the best way to progress and to consolidate himself as a top player,” said Osorio to Planet Futbol TV back in November. “So it’s important that the players compete in Europe, week-in, week-out against the best. And the second best thing is to train with the best, so when you are in a good club you compete on Sundays, but you also compete on a daily basis against your own teammates, so you will eventually get used on competing at that level and you will improve.”

These should be comforting words to Chicharito and for bit role players who don’t have his reputation, such as Benfica’s Raul Jimenez or Roma’s Hector Moreno, but a player like Chicharito ultimately needs to start, because a poacher thrives on confidence, and confidence creates goals.

Consequently, at this point in Hernandez’s career, location is not as important as regular minutes. If Chicharito leaves West Ham, here are three intriguing potential landing spots:

MLS

MLS has made a play for Chicharito before, and if he's truly available, there's little reason to believe the league wouldn't kick the tires on trying to lure him again. If we were to play a hypothetical, an appealing destination could be a move to expansion club, LAFC, where he could form a partnership with countryman Carlos Vela. According to reports, Bob Bradley’s team is interested in the move, and on paper it seems like a good fit, especially in a California environment that celebrates Mexican talent. But the new season doesn’t kick off until March 3, three months before Russia, and Hernandez can’t really afford to trade the next six weeks of potential playing time for an MLS preseason.

A return to Liga MX

Another possible outcome could be a return to Mexico and Liga MX. The 2018 Clausura season is already underway, and Mexican clubs have until the end of the month to register foreign players. Perhaps Chivas, the club that launched his career, has a chance to come in for a storybook reunion? Or what about Club America, which has already signed Jeremy Menez but is still on the hunt for another striker?

“Why can’t it be a possibility?” said Miguel Herrera, speaking of Chicharito to ESPN last week. “We could knock on the door, nothing is shut. As long as he has a chance of leaving, America will search for any center forward who is important for this club.”

Manchester United

A less drastic option is that Hernandez moves to another club in the Premier League, and perhaps a loan move and a storybook return to Manchester United is the right antidote. The red side of Manchester has always appreciated Chicharito and the attributes he offered as an explosive substitute. Given Romelu Lukaku’s recent inconsistency, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued comeback from injury and Jose Mourinho's affinity for Chicharito given their time together at Real Madrid, this move could prove to be a popular one for everyone involved–though it wouldn't solve the problem of getting Chicharito into a starting lineup on a regular basis.

Whether he stays at West Ham or goes to another club, one thing is for certain: The 29-year-old Hernandez–ahead of what could be his last World Cup–needs to find a way to get back on the pitch.

HD49. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica player Raul (3L) scores a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

HD49. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Sporting de Braga player Paulinho (L) celebrates the scoring of a goal against Benfica during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

HD49. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica player Raul celebrates the scoring of a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

HD49. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica player Rafa embraces Sporting de Braga player danilo during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

HD49. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica player Jonas (R) celebrates the scoring of a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica's Jonas (R) celebrates with his head coach Rui Vitoria after scoring a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Sporting de Braga's head-coach Abel Ferreira reacts during their Portuguese First League soccer match against Benfica, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

HD05. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica's Salvio (R) scores a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13th January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- The referee Artur Soares Dias (L) shows a yellow card to Benfica's Pizzi (R) during the Portuguese First League soccer match between Sporting de Braga and Benfica, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Sporting de Braga's Xadas reacts after missing a goal against Benfica during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Sporting de Braga's Paulinho (R) in action against Benfica's Jardel during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

HD27. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Sporting de Braga's Ricardo Horta (R) in action against Benfica's Jardel during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

HD27. Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Sporting de Braga's Danilo (R) in action against Benfica's Jonas during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/HUGO DELGADO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica's Toto Salvio (2-L) in action as he scores a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica's Toto Salivo (L) celebrates with Franco Cervi after scoring a goal against Sporting Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica's Toto Salvio (2-L) scores a goal against Sporting de Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Porto (Portugal), 13/01/2018.- Benfica's Toto Salivo (L) celebrates with Franco Cervi after scoring a goal against Sporting Braga during their Portuguese First League soccer match, held at Braga Municipal stadium, Braga, Portugal, 13 January 2018. EFE/EPA/JOSE COELHO

Inter flop Gabigol closing in on Santos return

Having failed to make the breakthrough in Serie A, while also struggling on loan at Benfica, the Brazilian striker could soon be heading home

Benfica´s player Pizzi celebrates after scoring the first a goal against Moreirense during their Portuguese First League soccer match held at Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas Stadium in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. EFE/EPA

MAR. Moreira De Cónegos (Portugal), 07/01/2018.- Moreirense's player Sagna (C) fights for the ball against Benfica's player Slavio (R) during their Portuguese First League soccer match held at Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas Stadium in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal, 07 January 2018. EFE/EPA/MANUEL ARAUJO

MAR. Moreira De Cónegos (Portugal), 07/01/2018.- Benfica´s player Pizzi celebrates after scoring the first a goal against Moreirense during their Portuguese First League soccer match held at Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas Stadium in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal, 07 January 2018. EFE/EPA/MANUEL ARAUJO

MAR. Moreira De Cónegos (Portugal), 07/01/2018.- Benfica´s player Pizzi (L) celebrates after scoring the first a goal against Moreirense during their Portuguese First League soccer match held at Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas Stadium in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal, 07 January 2018. EFE/EPA/MANUEL ARAUJO

MAR. Moreira De Cónegos (Portugal), 07/01/2018.- Benfica´s player Pizzi celebrates after scoring the first a goal against Moreirense during their Portuguese First League soccer match held at Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas Stadium in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal, 07 January 2018. EFE/EPA/MANUEL ARAUJO

Benfica 1 Sporting CP 1: Jonas penalty salvages Lisbon derby draw as Porto go clear

Porto hold a two-point lead at the Primeira Liga summit thanks to Benfica's 1-1 draw with Sporting CP.

Benfica 1 Sporting CP 1: Jonas penalty salvages Lisbon derby draw as Porto go clear

Benfica 1 Sporting CP 1: Jonas penalty salvages Lisbon derby draw as Porto go clear

Benfica 1 Sporting CP 1: Jonas penalty salvages Lisbon derby draw as Porto go clear

Benfica 1 Sporting CP 1: Jonas penalty salvages Lisbon derby draw as Porto go clear

January 2018 transfer window: Your Premier League club-by-club guide

Arsenal Will they be busy? Probably not but the situation could change rapidly if there are sizeable bids for any of their three first-team regulars – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere – who are out of contract in June. In need of Even if Sanchez does leave, it is central midfield and what is now an ageing group of central defenders where Arsenal could most use astute investment. Arsenal’s main focus, though, remains Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Shipping out As well as the three biggest players out of contract, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina must also be considering their own situations and lack of Premier League action in this World Cup season. Unexpected solution Wenger rarely buys players in their thirties but Jonny Evans reaches that mark on Wednesday and is of interest. Theo Walcott may be heading towards the door marked 'exit' during the January transfer window Credit: Action Images Bournemouth Will they be busy? Eddie Howe always looks first to what he should do on the training ground and, while happy with his squad when fully fit, the number of injuries is a concern and may force action later in the window. In need of Howe has repeatedly stressed that he is happy with his strikers but he has no players with more than three Premier League goals this season and could also improve his team by adding central midfield quality. Shipping out Bournemouth have five strikers and so, even with Jermain Defoe injured, could manage without Lys Mousset, who would surely benefit from a spell out on loan and more first-team football experience. Unexpected solution Danny Ings began his career at Bournemouth and needs regular football after playing only three times this season for Liverpool. Eddie Howe may be looking to strengthen his forward line  Credit: REUTERS Brighton & Hove Albion Will they be busy? Not if you believe manager Chris Hughton, who has said that Brighton will do “minimal” business this month. The summer outlays on the likes of Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper show the club is not afraid to splash out if they find the right player, however. In need of Having scored just 15 goals all season, the third worst tally in the league, a striker is clearly the priority. There has been speculation linking Brighton with a move for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, even if they are likely to face competition for his signature. Shipping out Brighton will expect to be able to keep hold of their key players after such an impressive start to the season. The departures are likely to be lesser-known figures who have struggled to make an impact this season, such as winger Jiri Skalak. Unexpected solution The former QPR, Newcastle, Chelsea and Crystal Palace striker Loic Remy has proven Premier League quality, and has been told he can leave La Liga side Las Palmas. It is surely worth testing the water with Liverpool to see if Danny Ings may be available on loan. Loic Remy has a proven track record in the Premier League, but will he be joining Brighton soon? Credit: REUTERS Burnley Will they be busy? With Robbie Brady uncertain to play again this season after tearing a tendon in his left knee, Sean Dyche is in the market for a left winger who can fill the void left by the Irishman. Burnley are also short in central defence and may move for another centre-back. In need of Burnley are monitoring Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones but Dyche is not expecting to do any business early in the window as he wait to see what develops. Shipping out Burnley face a battle to keep hold of James Tarkowski but have no interest in selling the centre-half, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Midfielders Scott Arfield and Dean Marney are out of contract at the end of the season but Burnley are in talks with the pair about their futures.    Unexpected solution Chris Brunt. The Northern Ireland international is out of contract at West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season and would be an ideal fit for Burnley’s problems in left midfield. He could also offer cover at left back. Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea Credit: PA Chelsea  Will they be busy? Chelsea certainly want to make two or three signings to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad. It is well documented Conte did not get everything he wanted during the summer and there are still gaps the Italian will try to fill.  In need of Other than making another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Conte remains a big admirer of left-back Alex Sandro, who wants to leave Juventus but is also a target for Manchester United. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is also on Chelsea’s radar, but the Ligue 1 club want to keep him until the summer.  Shipping out Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave on loan, or possibly permanently, if Chelsea manage to sign another forward to help out Alvaro Morata. Kenedy is also available for loan, while Charly Musonda could be allowed to spend the rest of the season at another club.  Unexpected solution Jamie Vardy would be an excellent signing to bolster Conte’s forward options. Antonio Conte is expected to add to his squad during this month's transfer window  Credit: Getty Images Crystal Palace Will they be busy? It will be a case of addressing some of the mistakes of the summer, especially when Frank De Boer left the club dreadfully short of strikers, and a top goalkeeper. In need of Strikers, and more than one. Would love Danny Ings or Theo Walcott on loan but both highly unlikely. In the market for a first choice goalkeeper with Bartosz Bialkowski of Ipswich Town mentioned. Also a left-back and holding midfielder. Shipping out The club captain Jason Puncheon has been out of favour since November and could move on. He was charged with assault in December. Offers for Wilfried Zaha will be refused. Unexpected solution Could Roy Hodgson persuade Daniel Sturridge to resurrect his career with a short loan? Daniel Sturridge could leave Liverpool this month, but will he be heading to Selhurst Park? Credit: REX FEATURES Everton Will they be busy? Yes. Sam Allardyce has stated he wants at least three players. Despite a massive splurge last summer Everton’s squad is lop-sided. The imbalance cost Ronald Koeman his job and although Allardyce has made them tough to beat, they do not score enough. In need of Frst and foremost a striker. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has performed admirably but he is a work in progress. Spanish striker Sandro has been ineffective and Wayne Rooney plays deeper. They need goals. Shipping out There are many fretting about their future. It is hard to imagine Kevin Mirallas hanging around. Davy Klaassen has barely featured since Koeman’s sacking. Then there is Ross Barkley. He nearly left last summer and Everton would like to cash in if he is no longer committed. Unexpected solution Steven N’zonzi may not be too unexpected given his previous history with Allardyce, but given it will mean some midfielders will need to make way it could ensure Everton remain proactive until deadline day. Expect some juggling of personnel and finances over the next few weeks. Sam Allardyce may end up posing alongside one or two players holding up the Everton jersey in the next month Credit: Getty Images Huddersfield Town Will they be busy? David Wagner’s success is built on strong team spirit and he admitted in the summer that he had spent all of his transfer budget so new signings would seem unlikely. In need of Huddersfield’s game plan depends on them being strong defensively with a high energy pressing game, so an experienced defender and a young, box-to-box midfielder might be useful Shipping out Goalkeeper Rob Green has not played a single minute of first team football since he arrived from Leeds and could attract loan interest. Veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead has also found himself on the fringes this season. Unexpected solution Wagner has used the loan market well in the past and if he decides to turn either Jonas Lossi or Elias Kachunga’s temporary moves into permanent deals a loan deal for young Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn could make sense. David Wagner could turn to his old friend Jurgen Klopp in an effort to take Ben Woodburn on loan from Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Leicester City Will they be busy? Leicester's recruitment has been under scrutiny for the past three windows and Claude Puel has indicated that signings will be made. There will also be a determination to move players through the exit door. In need of Right-back is a priority position, even before Danny Simpson's injury. Benfica's Andre Almeida and Bournemouth's Adam Smith are options. Centre-half is also a position that needs filling, due to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth's advancing years, while a specialist 'No 10' is a Puel requirement: Hatem Ben Arfa looks most likely. Shipping out This is where Leicester are likely to be the most active. Islam Slimani, the record signing, has many options while Ahmed Musa, Yohan Benalouane and Eldin Jakupovic could also be loaned out or sold. Musa, in particular, badly needs a move with the World Cup looming for Nigeria. Unexpected solution Adrien Silva - remember him? The £22m summer signing will finally be eligible in January. It has been a long wait for the midfielder, after that 14-second cock-up. Adrien Silva will finally get to play for Leicester City following the long wait Credit: Getty Images Liverpool Will they be busy?  Yes, partly by choice, also by compulsion. Barcelona will try again for Philippe Coutinho although they will have to find far more than £115 million for Liverpool to listen. At least Jurgen Klopp’s hunt for a centre-half has ended before the window officially opens. In need of A centre-back. The problem when Klopp arrived at Liverpool and the problem in Klopp’s first full season at Liverpool is still the problem in Klopp’s second full season at Liverpool. His attack needs to win games twice as his defence and keeper is untrustworthy. But the £75 million for Virgil van Dijk has already been spent. Shipping out A dilemma may present itself with Coutinho. He still wants to leave and Klopp must be at his diplomatic best to ensure an old back injury does not flare up. Daniel Sturridge will want regular football, especially with his England place under threat. Danny Ings needs a loan move and Ben Woodburn may be offered the chance of a senior football for the rest of the season. Unexpected solution Danny Ward. If Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are unable to play 10 consecutive games without making a game-changing error, is the solution within? Third-choice Ward has not yet had a chance to stake his claim. Liverpool simply keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho may end up representing a decent transfer window Credit: Getty Images Manchester City Will they be busy? Pep Guardiola has made the recruitment of a centre-half a priority as he bids to bolster his defence given Vincent Kompany’s continuing injury woes. City are likely to wait until the summer before moving for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and a defensive midfielder. In need of Having been missed out on Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, City are now stepping up their efforts to sign Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez, who has a £28 million release clause. West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is a fall-back option. Shipping out Eliaquim Mangala will be allowed to leave if City secure a new centre-back, with Lille among those interested in the France defender, who cost £42 million from Porto in 2014. City will resist any loan offers for teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere. There is nothing to suggest City are still interested in the Arsenal midfielder but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and although he has said he expects to sign a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, his skillset might suit Guardiola. Inigo Martinez, the Real Sociedad central defender, has been linked with a move to league leaders Manchester City Credit: Getty Images Manchester United Will they be busy? Not according to Jose Mourinho, who said this week that he doubts the club will sign anyone in the winter transfer window. The United manager wants two new full-backs, at least one midfielder, a wide player and a No 10 but may have to wait until the summer to do the bulk of his business. In need of United are one of several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, thought to be tracking £44 million rated Bordeaux forward Malcom. Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Alex Sandro of Juventus are among the left-backs United have been linked with. Mourinho is interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who will be a free agent in the summer. Shipping out United hope to tie Marouane Fellaini to a new deal but the Belgium international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and free to talk to foreign suitors from Jan 1. Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces an uncertain future. United would listen to offers for full-backs Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind although Luke Shaw has suddenly returned to favour. Unexpected solution Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international right-back, 33, is out of contract at Juventus at the end of the season. He would not be a long-term solution but he is an experienced, quality defender who could help ease the burden on Antonio Valencia at right back. Marouane Fellaini has yet to agree a new deal at Manchester United and is understood to be holding out for £170,000 a week Credit: Getty Images  Newcastle United Will they be busy? Rafael Benitez would certainly like to be and has asked for three or four new faces in January. He has been told there is money to spend, he just does not know how much. It is unlikely to be much more than £20m, which means the loan market is important. In need of Benitez would like another centre-forward, two defenders and a winger and has expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings, Middlesbrough's Adama Traore  and Chelsea’s Kenedy. He has also enquired about Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Shipping out Despite trimming the wage bill at the end of the summer window, Newcastle would like to free up more money to improve the squad by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback. If he does, he will have far more financial muscle to recruit. Unexpected solution Newcastle have been interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi before and he continues to be out of favour under Antonio Conte. He would certainly improve Newcastle’s offensive game if he was allowed to move to Tyneside on loan. Will Manchester United allow Luke Shaw to join Newcastle United this month? Credit: Reuters Southampton Will they be busy? Yes. The transfer of Virgil van Dijk has generated a massive surge of income at a time when the club have dropped dangerously close to the relegation zone. They now intend to be quickly active. In need of Striker and central defence. The attacking positions are the priority and Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosum and Christian Benteke are all being considered, as is Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson. Shipping out Some of the younger players who have still not quite broken regularly into the first team, such as Matt Targett and Sam Gallagher, could be considered as part of other deals. Unexpected solution Karl Toko Ekambi at Angers is close to what Southampton need and might be more attainable. Mauricio Pellegrino and Southampton are expected to spend some of their income from the Virgil van Dijk transfer this month Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Will they be busy? Mark Hughes' position as manager remains precarious and he wants two or three signings to strengthen his squad. Money will not be significant and any moves are likely to be loans. In need of This Stoke squad still requires freshening up and Hughes wants a creative midfielder, striker and right-back. Liverpool's Danny Ings is a loan option while there is interest in Augsburg's Daniel Opare. Shipping out Stoke are set to offload former England defender Glen Johnson, possibly on a free transfer, and Charlie Adam may move for more regular game time. Saido Berahino will not be allowed out on loan. Unexpected solution Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton on loan would offer some energy in midfield. Stoke City are unlikely to want to let Saido Berahino leave this month Credit: Rex Features Swansea City Will they be busy? They must be busy. Funds were to be made available to Paul Clement before his sacking, and that will surely not have changed. New manager Carlos Carvalhal seems confident of new arrivals, saying any players brought in will be his own picks. In need of To put it simply, goals. Clement knew as much before his sacking and was saying for weeks that Swansea must add attacking reinforcements. They could revive their interest in Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar, who was a target in the summer. Shipping out Swansea will be desperate to keep hold of defender Alfie Mawson, who has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The likes of Jay Fulton and Oliver McBurnie may want more game time elsewhere, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in the summer so the club may be tempted to cash in while they still can.  Unexpected solution If Carvalhal can help Renato Sanches rediscover his best form, Swansea may find the solution has been within their ranks all along. Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal, who himself only arrived at the club last week, is expected to add to his squad Credit: Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur  Will they be busy? Spurs undoubtedly have their eyes on a couple of big signings while the focus will also be on whether Danny Rose stays – and whether he is sold to Manchester United with, possibly, Luke Shaw going in the other direction (unlikely).  In need of Spurs need a player who can run at defenders and beat them. They want Everton’s Ross Barkley, and that seems highly possible, as does a move for Fulham’s highly-promising teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon who may even be loaned back to the Championship club.  Shipping out The focus will be on Rose, no longer an automatic first-choice, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou a possibility to leave while Kyle Walker-Peters could go out on loan. Vincent Janssen, on loan at Fenerbahce, may be sold.  Unexpected solution Maybe, to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, they may also take his twin brother Steven as well.  Danny Rose may no longer be a Spurs player by the end of the month Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford  Will they be busy? Unlikely. Watford are going along well and in no real danger of relegation. They do not like to buy and sell in January and also believe they have a strong enough squad already to comfortably finish top-10.  In need of They probably need another striker – goals from their forwards are in short supply and record signing Andre Gray has struggled to deliver. A left-back, also, is a possibility. Maybe also a more reliable second-choice goalkeeper.  Shipping out Etienne Capoue is no longer as important to Watford as he was while Jose Holebas and Stefano Okaka would appear expendable if replacements are signed. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was exposed after he came on against Everton.  Unexpected solution A loan deal for Leicester City’s record signing, striker Islam Slimani. Marco Silva, the Watford manager, will probably have a quiet month Credit: Getty Images  West Bromwich Albion Will they be busy? West Brom's wage bill is near the maximum so Alan Pardew will have to move players out - including £30m-rated Jonny Evans - to bring players in. Pardew may have to be patient. In need of Goals. West Brom's 'goals for' column makes embarrassing reading and Salomon Rondon is sadly not the man to fire the club to safety. Liverpool's Danny Ings, Bournemouth's Benik Afobe and Sunderland's Lewis Grabban are all targets. Shipping out Albion's transfer policy for January could all depend on the Evans situation. Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton are still interested in the Northern Ireland international, who will cost around £30m. Pardew could also end Grzegorz Krychowiak's loan from PSG if another club comes in. Unexpected solution Ings has been a target for Pardew at Newcastle and Palace and would offer West Brom a goal threat if he can stay fit. West Brom may have to sell Jonny Evans in order to raise funds for new players Credit: Action Images  West Ham United Will they be busy? David Moyes has steadied the club and the clamour for change is less acute. Even so he has said that he wants to rebalance the squad to address problem areas. In need of The obvious position is central midfield and Jonjo Shelvey has been linked. They also want a centre-back with the possibility that Reece Oxford could be recalled from loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Shipping out There has been interest from bigger names in the Portuguese teenager Domingos Quina, snapped up by the club when he was a free agent. They may sell off current loanee Robert Snodgrass. Academy boys Reece Bruke and Josh Cullen have also attracted interest. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere, but recent performances have made him more important to Arsenal.

January 2018 transfer window: Your Premier League club-by-club guide

Arsenal Will they be busy? Probably not but the situation could change rapidly if there are sizeable bids for any of their three first-team regulars – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere – who are out of contract in June. In need of Even if Sanchez does leave, it is central midfield and what is now an ageing group of central defenders where Arsenal could most use astute investment. Arsenal’s main focus, though, remains Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Shipping out As well as the three biggest players out of contract, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina must also be considering their own situations and lack of Premier League action in this World Cup season. Unexpected solution Wenger rarely buys players in their thirties but Jonny Evans reaches that mark on Wednesday and is of interest. Theo Walcott may be heading towards the door marked 'exit' during the January transfer window Credit: Action Images Bournemouth Will they be busy? Eddie Howe always looks first to what he should do on the training ground and, while happy with his squad when fully fit, the number of injuries is a concern and may force action later in the window. In need of Howe has repeatedly stressed that he is happy with his strikers but he has no players with more than three Premier League goals this season and could also improve his team by adding central midfield quality. Shipping out Bournemouth have five strikers and so, even with Jermain Defoe injured, could manage without Lys Mousset, who would surely benefit from a spell out on loan and more first-team football experience. Unexpected solution Danny Ings began his career at Bournemouth and needs regular football after playing only three times this season for Liverpool. Eddie Howe may be looking to strengthen his forward line  Credit: REUTERS Brighton & Hove Albion Will they be busy? Not if you believe manager Chris Hughton, who has said that Brighton will do “minimal” business this month. The summer outlays on the likes of Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper show the club is not afraid to splash out if they find the right player, however. In need of Having scored just 15 goals all season, the third worst tally in the league, a striker is clearly the priority. There has been speculation linking Brighton with a move for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, even if they are likely to face competition for his signature. Shipping out Brighton will expect to be able to keep hold of their key players after such an impressive start to the season. The departures are likely to be lesser-known figures who have struggled to make an impact this season, such as winger Jiri Skalak. Unexpected solution The former QPR, Newcastle, Chelsea and Crystal Palace striker Loic Remy has proven Premier League quality, and has been told he can leave La Liga side Las Palmas. It is surely worth testing the water with Liverpool to see if Danny Ings may be available on loan. Loic Remy has a proven track record in the Premier League, but will he be joining Brighton soon? Credit: REUTERS Burnley Will they be busy? With Robbie Brady uncertain to play again this season after tearing a tendon in his left knee, Sean Dyche is in the market for a left winger who can fill the void left by the Irishman. Burnley are also short in central defence and may move for another centre-back. In need of Burnley are monitoring Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones but Dyche is not expecting to do any business early in the window as he wait to see what develops. Shipping out Burnley face a battle to keep hold of James Tarkowski but have no interest in selling the centre-half, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Midfielders Scott Arfield and Dean Marney are out of contract at the end of the season but Burnley are in talks with the pair about their futures.    Unexpected solution Chris Brunt. The Northern Ireland international is out of contract at West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season and would be an ideal fit for Burnley’s problems in left midfield. He could also offer cover at left back. Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea Credit: PA Chelsea  Will they be busy? Chelsea certainly want to make two or three signings to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad. It is well documented Conte did not get everything he wanted during the summer and there are still gaps the Italian will try to fill.  In need of Other than making another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Conte remains a big admirer of left-back Alex Sandro, who wants to leave Juventus but is also a target for Manchester United. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is also on Chelsea’s radar, but the Ligue 1 club want to keep him until the summer.  Shipping out Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave on loan, or possibly permanently, if Chelsea manage to sign another forward to help out Alvaro Morata. Kenedy is also available for loan, while Charly Musonda could be allowed to spend the rest of the season at another club.  Unexpected solution Jamie Vardy would be an excellent signing to bolster Conte’s forward options. Antonio Conte is expected to add to his squad during this month's transfer window  Credit: Getty Images Crystal Palace Will they be busy? It will be a case of addressing some of the mistakes of the summer, especially when Frank De Boer left the club dreadfully short of strikers, and a top goalkeeper. In need of Strikers, and more than one. Would love Danny Ings or Theo Walcott on loan but both highly unlikely. In the market for a first choice goalkeeper with Bartosz Bialkowski of Ipswich Town mentioned. Also a left-back and holding midfielder. Shipping out The club captain Jason Puncheon has been out of favour since November and could move on. He was charged with assault in December. Offers for Wilfried Zaha will be refused. Unexpected solution Could Roy Hodgson persuade Daniel Sturridge to resurrect his career with a short loan? Daniel Sturridge could leave Liverpool this month, but will he be heading to Selhurst Park? Credit: REX FEATURES Everton Will they be busy? Yes. Sam Allardyce has stated he wants at least three players. Despite a massive splurge last summer Everton’s squad is lop-sided. The imbalance cost Ronald Koeman his job and although Allardyce has made them tough to beat, they do not score enough. In need of Frst and foremost a striker. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has performed admirably but he is a work in progress. Spanish striker Sandro has been ineffective and Wayne Rooney plays deeper. They need goals. Shipping out There are many fretting about their future. It is hard to imagine Kevin Mirallas hanging around. Davy Klaassen has barely featured since Koeman’s sacking. Then there is Ross Barkley. He nearly left last summer and Everton would like to cash in if he is no longer committed. Unexpected solution Steven N’zonzi may not be too unexpected given his previous history with Allardyce, but given it will mean some midfielders will need to make way it could ensure Everton remain proactive until deadline day. Expect some juggling of personnel and finances over the next few weeks. Sam Allardyce may end up posing alongside one or two players holding up the Everton jersey in the next month Credit: Getty Images Huddersfield Town Will they be busy? David Wagner’s success is built on strong team spirit and he admitted in the summer that he had spent all of his transfer budget so new signings would seem unlikely. In need of Huddersfield’s game plan depends on them being strong defensively with a high energy pressing game, so an experienced defender and a young, box-to-box midfielder might be useful Shipping out Goalkeeper Rob Green has not played a single minute of first team football since he arrived from Leeds and could attract loan interest. Veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead has also found himself on the fringes this season. Unexpected solution Wagner has used the loan market well in the past and if he decides to turn either Jonas Lossi or Elias Kachunga’s temporary moves into permanent deals a loan deal for young Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn could make sense. David Wagner could turn to his old friend Jurgen Klopp in an effort to take Ben Woodburn on loan from Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Leicester City Will they be busy? Leicester's recruitment has been under scrutiny for the past three windows and Claude Puel has indicated that signings will be made. There will also be a determination to move players through the exit door. In need of Right-back is a priority position, even before Danny Simpson's injury. Benfica's Andre Almeida and Bournemouth's Adam Smith are options. Centre-half is also a position that needs filling, due to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth's advancing years, while a specialist 'No 10' is a Puel requirement: Hatem Ben Arfa looks most likely. Shipping out This is where Leicester are likely to be the most active. Islam Slimani, the record signing, has many options while Ahmed Musa, Yohan Benalouane and Eldin Jakupovic could also be loaned out or sold. Musa, in particular, badly needs a move with the World Cup looming for Nigeria. Unexpected solution Adrien Silva - remember him? The £22m summer signing will finally be eligible in January. It has been a long wait for the midfielder, after that 14-second cock-up. Adrien Silva will finally get to play for Leicester City following the long wait Credit: Getty Images Liverpool Will they be busy?  Yes, partly by choice, also by compulsion. Barcelona will try again for Philippe Coutinho although they will have to find far more than £115 million for Liverpool to listen. At least Jurgen Klopp’s hunt for a centre-half has ended before the window officially opens. In need of A centre-back. The problem when Klopp arrived at Liverpool and the problem in Klopp’s first full season at Liverpool is still the problem in Klopp’s second full season at Liverpool. His attack needs to win games twice as his defence and keeper is untrustworthy. But the £75 million for Virgil van Dijk has already been spent. Shipping out A dilemma may present itself with Coutinho. He still wants to leave and Klopp must be at his diplomatic best to ensure an old back injury does not flare up. Daniel Sturridge will want regular football, especially with his England place under threat. Danny Ings needs a loan move and Ben Woodburn may be offered the chance of a senior football for the rest of the season. Unexpected solution Danny Ward. If Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are unable to play 10 consecutive games without making a game-changing error, is the solution within? Third-choice Ward has not yet had a chance to stake his claim. Liverpool simply keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho may end up representing a decent transfer window Credit: Getty Images Manchester City Will they be busy? Pep Guardiola has made the recruitment of a centre-half a priority as he bids to bolster his defence given Vincent Kompany’s continuing injury woes. City are likely to wait until the summer before moving for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and a defensive midfielder. In need of Having been missed out on Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, City are now stepping up their efforts to sign Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez, who has a £28 million release clause. West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is a fall-back option. Shipping out Eliaquim Mangala will be allowed to leave if City secure a new centre-back, with Lille among those interested in the France defender, who cost £42 million from Porto in 2014. City will resist any loan offers for teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere. There is nothing to suggest City are still interested in the Arsenal midfielder but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and although he has said he expects to sign a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, his skillset might suit Guardiola. Inigo Martinez, the Real Sociedad central defender, has been linked with a move to league leaders Manchester City Credit: Getty Images Manchester United Will they be busy? Not according to Jose Mourinho, who said this week that he doubts the club will sign anyone in the winter transfer window. The United manager wants two new full-backs, at least one midfielder, a wide player and a No 10 but may have to wait until the summer to do the bulk of his business. In need of United are one of several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, thought to be tracking £44 million rated Bordeaux forward Malcom. Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Alex Sandro of Juventus are among the left-backs United have been linked with. Mourinho is interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who will be a free agent in the summer. Shipping out United hope to tie Marouane Fellaini to a new deal but the Belgium international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and free to talk to foreign suitors from Jan 1. Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces an uncertain future. United would listen to offers for full-backs Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind although Luke Shaw has suddenly returned to favour. Unexpected solution Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international right-back, 33, is out of contract at Juventus at the end of the season. He would not be a long-term solution but he is an experienced, quality defender who could help ease the burden on Antonio Valencia at right back. Marouane Fellaini has yet to agree a new deal at Manchester United and is understood to be holding out for £170,000 a week Credit: Getty Images  Newcastle United Will they be busy? Rafael Benitez would certainly like to be and has asked for three or four new faces in January. He has been told there is money to spend, he just does not know how much. It is unlikely to be much more than £20m, which means the loan market is important. In need of Benitez would like another centre-forward, two defenders and a winger and has expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings, Middlesbrough's Adama Traore  and Chelsea’s Kenedy. He has also enquired about Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Shipping out Despite trimming the wage bill at the end of the summer window, Newcastle would like to free up more money to improve the squad by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback. If he does, he will have far more financial muscle to recruit. Unexpected solution Newcastle have been interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi before and he continues to be out of favour under Antonio Conte. He would certainly improve Newcastle’s offensive game if he was allowed to move to Tyneside on loan. Will Manchester United allow Luke Shaw to join Newcastle United this month? Credit: Reuters Southampton Will they be busy? Yes. The transfer of Virgil van Dijk has generated a massive surge of income at a time when the club have dropped dangerously close to the relegation zone. They now intend to be quickly active. In need of Striker and central defence. The attacking positions are the priority and Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosum and Christian Benteke are all being considered, as is Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson. Shipping out Some of the younger players who have still not quite broken regularly into the first team, such as Matt Targett and Sam Gallagher, could be considered as part of other deals. Unexpected solution Karl Toko Ekambi at Angers is close to what Southampton need and might be more attainable. Mauricio Pellegrino and Southampton are expected to spend some of their income from the Virgil van Dijk transfer this month Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Will they be busy? Mark Hughes' position as manager remains precarious and he wants two or three signings to strengthen his squad. Money will not be significant and any moves are likely to be loans. In need of This Stoke squad still requires freshening up and Hughes wants a creative midfielder, striker and right-back. Liverpool's Danny Ings is a loan option while there is interest in Augsburg's Daniel Opare. Shipping out Stoke are set to offload former England defender Glen Johnson, possibly on a free transfer, and Charlie Adam may move for more regular game time. Saido Berahino will not be allowed out on loan. Unexpected solution Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton on loan would offer some energy in midfield. Stoke City are unlikely to want to let Saido Berahino leave this month Credit: Rex Features Swansea City Will they be busy? They must be busy. Funds were to be made available to Paul Clement before his sacking, and that will surely not have changed. New manager Carlos Carvalhal seems confident of new arrivals, saying any players brought in will be his own picks. In need of To put it simply, goals. Clement knew as much before his sacking and was saying for weeks that Swansea must add attacking reinforcements. They could revive their interest in Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar, who was a target in the summer. Shipping out Swansea will be desperate to keep hold of defender Alfie Mawson, who has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The likes of Jay Fulton and Oliver McBurnie may want more game time elsewhere, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in the summer so the club may be tempted to cash in while they still can.  Unexpected solution If Carvalhal can help Renato Sanches rediscover his best form, Swansea may find the solution has been within their ranks all along. Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal, who himself only arrived at the club last week, is expected to add to his squad Credit: Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur  Will they be busy? Spurs undoubtedly have their eyes on a couple of big signings while the focus will also be on whether Danny Rose stays – and whether he is sold to Manchester United with, possibly, Luke Shaw going in the other direction (unlikely).  In need of Spurs need a player who can run at defenders and beat them. They want Everton’s Ross Barkley, and that seems highly possible, as does a move for Fulham’s highly-promising teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon who may even be loaned back to the Championship club.  Shipping out The focus will be on Rose, no longer an automatic first-choice, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou a possibility to leave while Kyle Walker-Peters could go out on loan. Vincent Janssen, on loan at Fenerbahce, may be sold.  Unexpected solution Maybe, to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, they may also take his twin brother Steven as well.  Danny Rose may no longer be a Spurs player by the end of the month Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford  Will they be busy? Unlikely. Watford are going along well and in no real danger of relegation. They do not like to buy and sell in January and also believe they have a strong enough squad already to comfortably finish top-10.  In need of They probably need another striker – goals from their forwards are in short supply and record signing Andre Gray has struggled to deliver. A left-back, also, is a possibility. Maybe also a more reliable second-choice goalkeeper.  Shipping out Etienne Capoue is no longer as important to Watford as he was while Jose Holebas and Stefano Okaka would appear expendable if replacements are signed. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was exposed after he came on against Everton.  Unexpected solution A loan deal for Leicester City’s record signing, striker Islam Slimani. Marco Silva, the Watford manager, will probably have a quiet month Credit: Getty Images  West Bromwich Albion Will they be busy? West Brom's wage bill is near the maximum so Alan Pardew will have to move players out - including £30m-rated Jonny Evans - to bring players in. Pardew may have to be patient. In need of Goals. West Brom's 'goals for' column makes embarrassing reading and Salomon Rondon is sadly not the man to fire the club to safety. Liverpool's Danny Ings, Bournemouth's Benik Afobe and Sunderland's Lewis Grabban are all targets. Shipping out Albion's transfer policy for January could all depend on the Evans situation. Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton are still interested in the Northern Ireland international, who will cost around £30m. Pardew could also end Grzegorz Krychowiak's loan from PSG if another club comes in. Unexpected solution Ings has been a target for Pardew at Newcastle and Palace and would offer West Brom a goal threat if he can stay fit. West Brom may have to sell Jonny Evans in order to raise funds for new players Credit: Action Images  West Ham United Will they be busy? David Moyes has steadied the club and the clamour for change is less acute. Even so he has said that he wants to rebalance the squad to address problem areas. In need of The obvious position is central midfield and Jonjo Shelvey has been linked. They also want a centre-back with the possibility that Reece Oxford could be recalled from loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Shipping out There has been interest from bigger names in the Portuguese teenager Domingos Quina, snapped up by the club when he was a free agent. They may sell off current loanee Robert Snodgrass. Academy boys Reece Bruke and Josh Cullen have also attracted interest. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere, but recent performances have made him more important to Arsenal.

January 2018 transfer window: Your Premier League club-by-club guide

Arsenal Will they be busy? Probably not but the situation could change rapidly if there are sizeable bids for any of their three first-team regulars – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere – who are out of contract in June. In need of Even if Sanchez does leave, it is central midfield and what is now an ageing group of central defenders where Arsenal could most use astute investment. Arsenal’s main focus, though, remains Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Shipping out As well as the three biggest players out of contract, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina must also be considering their own situations and lack of Premier League action in this World Cup season. Unexpected solution Wenger rarely buys players in their thirties but Jonny Evans reaches that mark on Wednesday and is of interest. Theo Walcott may be heading towards the door marked 'exit' during the January transfer window Credit: Action Images Bournemouth Will they be busy? Eddie Howe always looks first to what he should do on the training ground and, while happy with his squad when fully fit, the number of injuries is a concern and may force action later in the window. In need of Howe has repeatedly stressed that he is happy with his strikers but he has no players with more than three Premier League goals this season and could also improve his team by adding central midfield quality. Shipping out Bournemouth have five strikers and so, even with Jermain Defoe injured, could manage without Lys Mousset, who would surely benefit from a spell out on loan and more first-team football experience. Unexpected solution Danny Ings began his career at Bournemouth and needs regular football after playing only three times this season for Liverpool. Eddie Howe may be looking to strengthen his forward line  Credit: REUTERS Brighton & Hove Albion Will they be busy? Not if you believe manager Chris Hughton, who has said that Brighton will do “minimal” business this month. The summer outlays on the likes of Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper show the club is not afraid to splash out if they find the right player, however. In need of Having scored just 15 goals all season, the third worst tally in the league, a striker is clearly the priority. There has been speculation linking Brighton with a move for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, even if they are likely to face competition for his signature. Shipping out Brighton will expect to be able to keep hold of their key players after such an impressive start to the season. The departures are likely to be lesser-known figures who have struggled to make an impact this season, such as winger Jiri Skalak. Unexpected solution The former QPR, Newcastle, Chelsea and Crystal Palace striker Loic Remy has proven Premier League quality, and has been told he can leave La Liga side Las Palmas. It is surely worth testing the water with Liverpool to see if Danny Ings may be available on loan. Loic Remy has a proven track record in the Premier League, but will he be joining Brighton soon? Credit: REUTERS Burnley Will they be busy? With Robbie Brady uncertain to play again this season after tearing a tendon in his left knee, Sean Dyche is in the market for a left winger who can fill the void left by the Irishman. Burnley are also short in central defence and may move for another centre-back. In need of Burnley are monitoring Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones but Dyche is not expecting to do any business early in the window as he wait to see what develops. Shipping out Burnley face a battle to keep hold of James Tarkowski but have no interest in selling the centre-half, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Midfielders Scott Arfield and Dean Marney are out of contract at the end of the season but Burnley are in talks with the pair about their futures.    Unexpected solution Chris Brunt. The Northern Ireland international is out of contract at West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season and would be an ideal fit for Burnley’s problems in left midfield. He could also offer cover at left back. Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea Credit: PA Chelsea  Will they be busy? Chelsea certainly want to make two or three signings to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad. It is well documented Conte did not get everything he wanted during the summer and there are still gaps the Italian will try to fill.  In need of Other than making another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Conte remains a big admirer of left-back Alex Sandro, who wants to leave Juventus but is also a target for Manchester United. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is also on Chelsea’s radar, but the Ligue 1 club want to keep him until the summer.  Shipping out Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave on loan, or possibly permanently, if Chelsea manage to sign another forward to help out Alvaro Morata. Kenedy is also available for loan, while Charly Musonda could be allowed to spend the rest of the season at another club.  Unexpected solution Jamie Vardy would be an excellent signing to bolster Conte’s forward options. Antonio Conte is expected to add to his squad during this month's transfer window  Credit: Getty Images Crystal Palace Will they be busy? It will be a case of addressing some of the mistakes of the summer, especially when Frank De Boer left the club dreadfully short of strikers, and a top goalkeeper. In need of Strikers, and more than one. Would love Danny Ings or Theo Walcott on loan but both highly unlikely. In the market for a first choice goalkeeper with Bartosz Bialkowski of Ipswich Town mentioned. Also a left-back and holding midfielder. Shipping out The club captain Jason Puncheon has been out of favour since November and could move on. He was charged with assault in December. Offers for Wilfried Zaha will be refused. Unexpected solution Could Roy Hodgson persuade Daniel Sturridge to resurrect his career with a short loan? Daniel Sturridge could leave Liverpool this month, but will he be heading to Selhurst Park? Credit: REX FEATURES Everton Will they be busy? Yes. Sam Allardyce has stated he wants at least three players. Despite a massive splurge last summer Everton’s squad is lop-sided. The imbalance cost Ronald Koeman his job and although Allardyce has made them tough to beat, they do not score enough. In need of Frst and foremost a striker. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has performed admirably but he is a work in progress. Spanish striker Sandro has been ineffective and Wayne Rooney plays deeper. They need goals. Shipping out There are many fretting about their future. It is hard to imagine Kevin Mirallas hanging around. Davy Klaassen has barely featured since Koeman’s sacking. Then there is Ross Barkley. He nearly left last summer and Everton would like to cash in if he is no longer committed. Unexpected solution Steven N’zonzi may not be too unexpected given his previous history with Allardyce, but given it will mean some midfielders will need to make way it could ensure Everton remain proactive until deadline day. Expect some juggling of personnel and finances over the next few weeks. Sam Allardyce may end up posing alongside one or two players holding up the Everton jersey in the next month Credit: Getty Images Huddersfield Town Will they be busy? David Wagner’s success is built on strong team spirit and he admitted in the summer that he had spent all of his transfer budget so new signings would seem unlikely. In need of Huddersfield’s game plan depends on them being strong defensively with a high energy pressing game, so an experienced defender and a young, box-to-box midfielder might be useful Shipping out Goalkeeper Rob Green has not played a single minute of first team football since he arrived from Leeds and could attract loan interest. Veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead has also found himself on the fringes this season. Unexpected solution Wagner has used the loan market well in the past and if he decides to turn either Jonas Lossi or Elias Kachunga’s temporary moves into permanent deals a loan deal for young Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn could make sense. David Wagner could turn to his old friend Jurgen Klopp in an effort to take Ben Woodburn on loan from Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Leicester City Will they be busy? Leicester's recruitment has been under scrutiny for the past three windows and Claude Puel has indicated that signings will be made. There will also be a determination to move players through the exit door. In need of Right-back is a priority position, even before Danny Simpson's injury. Benfica's Andre Almeida and Bournemouth's Adam Smith are options. Centre-half is also a position that needs filling, due to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth's advancing years, while a specialist 'No 10' is a Puel requirement: Hatem Ben Arfa looks most likely. Shipping out This is where Leicester are likely to be the most active. Islam Slimani, the record signing, has many options while Ahmed Musa, Yohan Benalouane and Eldin Jakupovic could also be loaned out or sold. Musa, in particular, badly needs a move with the World Cup looming for Nigeria. Unexpected solution Adrien Silva - remember him? The £22m summer signing will finally be eligible in January. It has been a long wait for the midfielder, after that 14-second cock-up. Adrien Silva will finally get to play for Leicester City following the long wait Credit: Getty Images Liverpool Will they be busy?  Yes, partly by choice, also by compulsion. Barcelona will try again for Philippe Coutinho although they will have to find far more than £115 million for Liverpool to listen. At least Jurgen Klopp’s hunt for a centre-half has ended before the window officially opens. In need of A centre-back. The problem when Klopp arrived at Liverpool and the problem in Klopp’s first full season at Liverpool is still the problem in Klopp’s second full season at Liverpool. His attack needs to win games twice as his defence and keeper is untrustworthy. But the £75 million for Virgil van Dijk has already been spent. Shipping out A dilemma may present itself with Coutinho. He still wants to leave and Klopp must be at his diplomatic best to ensure an old back injury does not flare up. Daniel Sturridge will want regular football, especially with his England place under threat. Danny Ings needs a loan move and Ben Woodburn may be offered the chance of a senior football for the rest of the season. Unexpected solution Danny Ward. If Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are unable to play 10 consecutive games without making a game-changing error, is the solution within? Third-choice Ward has not yet had a chance to stake his claim. Liverpool simply keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho may end up representing a decent transfer window Credit: Getty Images Manchester City Will they be busy? Pep Guardiola has made the recruitment of a centre-half a priority as he bids to bolster his defence given Vincent Kompany’s continuing injury woes. City are likely to wait until the summer before moving for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and a defensive midfielder. In need of Having been missed out on Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, City are now stepping up their efforts to sign Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez, who has a £28 million release clause. West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is a fall-back option. Shipping out Eliaquim Mangala will be allowed to leave if City secure a new centre-back, with Lille among those interested in the France defender, who cost £42 million from Porto in 2014. City will resist any loan offers for teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere. There is nothing to suggest City are still interested in the Arsenal midfielder but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and although he has said he expects to sign a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, his skillset might suit Guardiola. Inigo Martinez, the Real Sociedad central defender, has been linked with a move to league leaders Manchester City Credit: Getty Images Manchester United Will they be busy? Not according to Jose Mourinho, who said this week that he doubts the club will sign anyone in the winter transfer window. The United manager wants two new full-backs, at least one midfielder, a wide player and a No 10 but may have to wait until the summer to do the bulk of his business. In need of United are one of several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, thought to be tracking £44 million rated Bordeaux forward Malcom. Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Alex Sandro of Juventus are among the left-backs United have been linked with. Mourinho is interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who will be a free agent in the summer. Shipping out United hope to tie Marouane Fellaini to a new deal but the Belgium international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and free to talk to foreign suitors from Jan 1. Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces an uncertain future. United would listen to offers for full-backs Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind although Luke Shaw has suddenly returned to favour. Unexpected solution Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international right-back, 33, is out of contract at Juventus at the end of the season. He would not be a long-term solution but he is an experienced, quality defender who could help ease the burden on Antonio Valencia at right back. Marouane Fellaini has yet to agree a new deal at Manchester United and is understood to be holding out for £170,000 a week Credit: Getty Images  Newcastle United Will they be busy? Rafael Benitez would certainly like to be and has asked for three or four new faces in January. He has been told there is money to spend, he just does not know how much. It is unlikely to be much more than £20m, which means the loan market is important. In need of Benitez would like another centre-forward, two defenders and a winger and has expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings, Middlesbrough's Adama Traore  and Chelsea’s Kenedy. He has also enquired about Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Shipping out Despite trimming the wage bill at the end of the summer window, Newcastle would like to free up more money to improve the squad by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback. If he does, he will have far more financial muscle to recruit. Unexpected solution Newcastle have been interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi before and he continues to be out of favour under Antonio Conte. He would certainly improve Newcastle’s offensive game if he was allowed to move to Tyneside on loan. Will Manchester United allow Luke Shaw to join Newcastle United this month? Credit: Reuters Southampton Will they be busy? Yes. The transfer of Virgil van Dijk has generated a massive surge of income at a time when the club have dropped dangerously close to the relegation zone. They now intend to be quickly active. In need of Striker and central defence. The attacking positions are the priority and Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosum and Christian Benteke are all being considered, as is Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson. Shipping out Some of the younger players who have still not quite broken regularly into the first team, such as Matt Targett and Sam Gallagher, could be considered as part of other deals. Unexpected solution Karl Toko Ekambi at Angers is close to what Southampton need and might be more attainable. Mauricio Pellegrino and Southampton are expected to spend some of their income from the Virgil van Dijk transfer this month Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Will they be busy? Mark Hughes' position as manager remains precarious and he wants two or three signings to strengthen his squad. Money will not be significant and any moves are likely to be loans. In need of This Stoke squad still requires freshening up and Hughes wants a creative midfielder, striker and right-back. Liverpool's Danny Ings is a loan option while there is interest in Augsburg's Daniel Opare. Shipping out Stoke are set to offload former England defender Glen Johnson, possibly on a free transfer, and Charlie Adam may move for more regular game time. Saido Berahino will not be allowed out on loan. Unexpected solution Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton on loan would offer some energy in midfield. Stoke City are unlikely to want to let Saido Berahino leave this month Credit: Rex Features Swansea City Will they be busy? They must be busy. Funds were to be made available to Paul Clement before his sacking, and that will surely not have changed. New manager Carlos Carvalhal seems confident of new arrivals, saying any players brought in will be his own picks. In need of To put it simply, goals. Clement knew as much before his sacking and was saying for weeks that Swansea must add attacking reinforcements. They could revive their interest in Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar, who was a target in the summer. Shipping out Swansea will be desperate to keep hold of defender Alfie Mawson, who has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The likes of Jay Fulton and Oliver McBurnie may want more game time elsewhere, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in the summer so the club may be tempted to cash in while they still can.  Unexpected solution If Carvalhal can help Renato Sanches rediscover his best form, Swansea may find the solution has been within their ranks all along. Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal, who himself only arrived at the club last week, is expected to add to his squad Credit: Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur  Will they be busy? Spurs undoubtedly have their eyes on a couple of big signings while the focus will also be on whether Danny Rose stays – and whether he is sold to Manchester United with, possibly, Luke Shaw going in the other direction (unlikely).  In need of Spurs need a player who can run at defenders and beat them. They want Everton’s Ross Barkley, and that seems highly possible, as does a move for Fulham’s highly-promising teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon who may even be loaned back to the Championship club.  Shipping out The focus will be on Rose, no longer an automatic first-choice, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou a possibility to leave while Kyle Walker-Peters could go out on loan. Vincent Janssen, on loan at Fenerbahce, may be sold.  Unexpected solution Maybe, to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, they may also take his twin brother Steven as well.  Danny Rose may no longer be a Spurs player by the end of the month Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford  Will they be busy? Unlikely. Watford are going along well and in no real danger of relegation. They do not like to buy and sell in January and also believe they have a strong enough squad already to comfortably finish top-10.  In need of They probably need another striker – goals from their forwards are in short supply and record signing Andre Gray has struggled to deliver. A left-back, also, is a possibility. Maybe also a more reliable second-choice goalkeeper.  Shipping out Etienne Capoue is no longer as important to Watford as he was while Jose Holebas and Stefano Okaka would appear expendable if replacements are signed. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was exposed after he came on against Everton.  Unexpected solution A loan deal for Leicester City’s record signing, striker Islam Slimani. Marco Silva, the Watford manager, will probably have a quiet month Credit: Getty Images  West Bromwich Albion Will they be busy? West Brom's wage bill is near the maximum so Alan Pardew will have to move players out - including £30m-rated Jonny Evans - to bring players in. Pardew may have to be patient. In need of Goals. West Brom's 'goals for' column makes embarrassing reading and Salomon Rondon is sadly not the man to fire the club to safety. Liverpool's Danny Ings, Bournemouth's Benik Afobe and Sunderland's Lewis Grabban are all targets. Shipping out Albion's transfer policy for January could all depend on the Evans situation. Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton are still interested in the Northern Ireland international, who will cost around £30m. Pardew could also end Grzegorz Krychowiak's loan from PSG if another club comes in. Unexpected solution Ings has been a target for Pardew at Newcastle and Palace and would offer West Brom a goal threat if he can stay fit. West Brom may have to sell Jonny Evans in order to raise funds for new players Credit: Action Images  West Ham United Will they be busy? David Moyes has steadied the club and the clamour for change is less acute. Even so he has said that he wants to rebalance the squad to address problem areas. In need of The obvious position is central midfield and Jonjo Shelvey has been linked. They also want a centre-back with the possibility that Reece Oxford could be recalled from loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Shipping out There has been interest from bigger names in the Portuguese teenager Domingos Quina, snapped up by the club when he was a free agent. They may sell off current loanee Robert Snodgrass. Academy boys Reece Bruke and Josh Cullen have also attracted interest. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere, but recent performances have made him more important to Arsenal.

January 2018 transfer window: Your Premier League club-by-club guide

Arsenal Will they be busy? Probably not but the situation could change rapidly if there are sizeable bids for any of their three first-team regulars – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere – who are out of contract in June. In need of Even if Sanchez does leave, it is central midfield and what is now an ageing group of central defenders where Arsenal could most use astute investment. Arsenal’s main focus, though, remains Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Shipping out As well as the three biggest players out of contract, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina must also be considering their own situations and lack of Premier League action in this World Cup season. Unexpected solution Wenger rarely buys players in their thirties but Jonny Evans reaches that mark on Wednesday and is of interest. Theo Walcott may be heading towards the door marked 'exit' during the January transfer window Credit: Action Images Bournemouth Will they be busy? Eddie Howe always looks first to what he should do on the training ground and, while happy with his squad when fully fit, the number of injuries is a concern and may force action later in the window. In need of Howe has repeatedly stressed that he is happy with his strikers but he has no players with more than three Premier League goals this season and could also improve his team by adding central midfield quality. Shipping out Bournemouth have five strikers and so, even with Jermain Defoe injured, could manage without Lys Mousset, who would surely benefit from a spell out on loan and more first-team football experience. Unexpected solution Danny Ings began his career at Bournemouth and needs regular football after playing only three times this season for Liverpool. Eddie Howe may be looking to strengthen his forward line  Credit: REUTERS Brighton & Hove Albion Will they be busy? Not if you believe manager Chris Hughton, who has said that Brighton will do “minimal” business this month. The summer outlays on the likes of Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper show the club is not afraid to splash out if they find the right player, however. In need of Having scored just 15 goals all season, the third worst tally in the league, a striker is clearly the priority. There has been speculation linking Brighton with a move for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, even if they are likely to face competition for his signature. Shipping out Brighton will expect to be able to keep hold of their key players after such an impressive start to the season. The departures are likely to be lesser-known figures who have struggled to make an impact this season, such as winger Jiri Skalak. Unexpected solution The former QPR, Newcastle, Chelsea and Crystal Palace striker Loic Remy has proven Premier League quality, and has been told he can leave La Liga side Las Palmas. It is surely worth testing the water with Liverpool to see if Danny Ings may be available on loan. Loic Remy has a proven track record in the Premier League, but will he be joining Brighton soon? Credit: REUTERS Burnley Will they be busy? With Robbie Brady uncertain to play again this season after tearing a tendon in his left knee, Sean Dyche is in the market for a left winger who can fill the void left by the Irishman. Burnley are also short in central defence and may move for another centre-back. In need of Burnley are monitoring Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones but Dyche is not expecting to do any business early in the window as he wait to see what develops. Shipping out Burnley face a battle to keep hold of James Tarkowski but have no interest in selling the centre-half, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Midfielders Scott Arfield and Dean Marney are out of contract at the end of the season but Burnley are in talks with the pair about their futures.    Unexpected solution Chris Brunt. The Northern Ireland international is out of contract at West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season and would be an ideal fit for Burnley’s problems in left midfield. He could also offer cover at left back. Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea Credit: PA Chelsea  Will they be busy? Chelsea certainly want to make two or three signings to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad. It is well documented Conte did not get everything he wanted during the summer and there are still gaps the Italian will try to fill.  In need of Other than making another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Conte remains a big admirer of left-back Alex Sandro, who wants to leave Juventus but is also a target for Manchester United. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is also on Chelsea’s radar, but the Ligue 1 club want to keep him until the summer.  Shipping out Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave on loan, or possibly permanently, if Chelsea manage to sign another forward to help out Alvaro Morata. Kenedy is also available for loan, while Charly Musonda could be allowed to spend the rest of the season at another club.  Unexpected solution Jamie Vardy would be an excellent signing to bolster Conte’s forward options. Antonio Conte is expected to add to his squad during this month's transfer window  Credit: Getty Images Crystal Palace Will they be busy? It will be a case of addressing some of the mistakes of the summer, especially when Frank De Boer left the club dreadfully short of strikers, and a top goalkeeper. In need of Strikers, and more than one. Would love Danny Ings or Theo Walcott on loan but both highly unlikely. In the market for a first choice goalkeeper with Bartosz Bialkowski of Ipswich Town mentioned. Also a left-back and holding midfielder. Shipping out The club captain Jason Puncheon has been out of favour since November and could move on. He was charged with assault in December. Offers for Wilfried Zaha will be refused. Unexpected solution Could Roy Hodgson persuade Daniel Sturridge to resurrect his career with a short loan? Daniel Sturridge could leave Liverpool this month, but will he be heading to Selhurst Park? Credit: REX FEATURES Everton Will they be busy? Yes. Sam Allardyce has stated he wants at least three players. Despite a massive splurge last summer Everton’s squad is lop-sided. The imbalance cost Ronald Koeman his job and although Allardyce has made them tough to beat, they do not score enough. In need of Frst and foremost a striker. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has performed admirably but he is a work in progress. Spanish striker Sandro has been ineffective and Wayne Rooney plays deeper. They need goals. Shipping out There are many fretting about their future. It is hard to imagine Kevin Mirallas hanging around. Davy Klaassen has barely featured since Koeman’s sacking. Then there is Ross Barkley. He nearly left last summer and Everton would like to cash in if he is no longer committed. Unexpected solution Steven N’zonzi may not be too unexpected given his previous history with Allardyce, but given it will mean some midfielders will need to make way it could ensure Everton remain proactive until deadline day. Expect some juggling of personnel and finances over the next few weeks. Sam Allardyce may end up posing alongside one or two players holding up the Everton jersey in the next month Credit: Getty Images Huddersfield Town Will they be busy? David Wagner’s success is built on strong team spirit and he admitted in the summer that he had spent all of his transfer budget so new signings would seem unlikely. In need of Huddersfield’s game plan depends on them being strong defensively with a high energy pressing game, so an experienced defender and a young, box-to-box midfielder might be useful Shipping out Goalkeeper Rob Green has not played a single minute of first team football since he arrived from Leeds and could attract loan interest. Veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead has also found himself on the fringes this season. Unexpected solution Wagner has used the loan market well in the past and if he decides to turn either Jonas Lossi or Elias Kachunga’s temporary moves into permanent deals a loan deal for young Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn could make sense. David Wagner could turn to his old friend Jurgen Klopp in an effort to take Ben Woodburn on loan from Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Leicester City Will they be busy? Leicester's recruitment has been under scrutiny for the past three windows and Claude Puel has indicated that signings will be made. There will also be a determination to move players through the exit door. In need of Right-back is a priority position, even before Danny Simpson's injury. Benfica's Andre Almeida and Bournemouth's Adam Smith are options. Centre-half is also a position that needs filling, due to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth's advancing years, while a specialist 'No 10' is a Puel requirement: Hatem Ben Arfa looks most likely. Shipping out This is where Leicester are likely to be the most active. Islam Slimani, the record signing, has many options while Ahmed Musa, Yohan Benalouane and Eldin Jakupovic could also be loaned out or sold. Musa, in particular, badly needs a move with the World Cup looming for Nigeria. Unexpected solution Adrien Silva - remember him? The £22m summer signing will finally be eligible in January. It has been a long wait for the midfielder, after that 14-second cock-up. Adrien Silva will finally get to play for Leicester City following the long wait Credit: Getty Images Liverpool Will they be busy?  Yes, partly by choice, also by compulsion. Barcelona will try again for Philippe Coutinho although they will have to find far more than £115 million for Liverpool to listen. At least Jurgen Klopp’s hunt for a centre-half has ended before the window officially opens. In need of A centre-back. The problem when Klopp arrived at Liverpool and the problem in Klopp’s first full season at Liverpool is still the problem in Klopp’s second full season at Liverpool. His attack needs to win games twice as his defence and keeper is untrustworthy. But the £75 million for Virgil van Dijk has already been spent. Shipping out A dilemma may present itself with Coutinho. He still wants to leave and Klopp must be at his diplomatic best to ensure an old back injury does not flare up. Daniel Sturridge will want regular football, especially with his England place under threat. Danny Ings needs a loan move and Ben Woodburn may be offered the chance of a senior football for the rest of the season. Unexpected solution Danny Ward. If Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are unable to play 10 consecutive games without making a game-changing error, is the solution within? Third-choice Ward has not yet had a chance to stake his claim. Liverpool simply keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho may end up representing a decent transfer window Credit: Getty Images Manchester City Will they be busy? Pep Guardiola has made the recruitment of a centre-half a priority as he bids to bolster his defence given Vincent Kompany’s continuing injury woes. City are likely to wait until the summer before moving for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and a defensive midfielder. In need of Having been missed out on Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, City are now stepping up their efforts to sign Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez, who has a £28 million release clause. West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is a fall-back option. Shipping out Eliaquim Mangala will be allowed to leave if City secure a new centre-back, with Lille among those interested in the France defender, who cost £42 million from Porto in 2014. City will resist any loan offers for teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere. There is nothing to suggest City are still interested in the Arsenal midfielder but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and although he has said he expects to sign a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, his skillset might suit Guardiola. Inigo Martinez, the Real Sociedad central defender, has been linked with a move to league leaders Manchester City Credit: Getty Images Manchester United Will they be busy? Not according to Jose Mourinho, who said this week that he doubts the club will sign anyone in the winter transfer window. The United manager wants two new full-backs, at least one midfielder, a wide player and a No 10 but may have to wait until the summer to do the bulk of his business. In need of United are one of several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, thought to be tracking £44 million rated Bordeaux forward Malcom. Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Alex Sandro of Juventus are among the left-backs United have been linked with. Mourinho is interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who will be a free agent in the summer. Shipping out United hope to tie Marouane Fellaini to a new deal but the Belgium international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and free to talk to foreign suitors from Jan 1. Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces an uncertain future. United would listen to offers for full-backs Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind although Luke Shaw has suddenly returned to favour. Unexpected solution Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international right-back, 33, is out of contract at Juventus at the end of the season. He would not be a long-term solution but he is an experienced, quality defender who could help ease the burden on Antonio Valencia at right back. Marouane Fellaini has yet to agree a new deal at Manchester United and is understood to be holding out for £170,000 a week Credit: Getty Images  Newcastle United Will they be busy? Rafael Benitez would certainly like to be and has asked for three or four new faces in January. He has been told there is money to spend, he just does not know how much. It is unlikely to be much more than £20m, which means the loan market is important. In need of Benitez would like another centre-forward, two defenders and a winger and has expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings, Middlesbrough's Adama Traore  and Chelsea’s Kenedy. He has also enquired about Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Shipping out Despite trimming the wage bill at the end of the summer window, Newcastle would like to free up more money to improve the squad by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback. If he does, he will have far more financial muscle to recruit. Unexpected solution Newcastle have been interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi before and he continues to be out of favour under Antonio Conte. He would certainly improve Newcastle’s offensive game if he was allowed to move to Tyneside on loan. Will Manchester United allow Luke Shaw to join Newcastle United this month? Credit: Reuters Southampton Will they be busy? Yes. The transfer of Virgil van Dijk has generated a massive surge of income at a time when the club have dropped dangerously close to the relegation zone. They now intend to be quickly active. In need of Striker and central defence. The attacking positions are the priority and Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosum and Christian Benteke are all being considered, as is Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson. Shipping out Some of the younger players who have still not quite broken regularly into the first team, such as Matt Targett and Sam Gallagher, could be considered as part of other deals. Unexpected solution Karl Toko Ekambi at Angers is close to what Southampton need and might be more attainable. Mauricio Pellegrino and Southampton are expected to spend some of their income from the Virgil van Dijk transfer this month Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Will they be busy? Mark Hughes' position as manager remains precarious and he wants two or three signings to strengthen his squad. Money will not be significant and any moves are likely to be loans. In need of This Stoke squad still requires freshening up and Hughes wants a creative midfielder, striker and right-back. Liverpool's Danny Ings is a loan option while there is interest in Augsburg's Daniel Opare. Shipping out Stoke are set to offload former England defender Glen Johnson, possibly on a free transfer, and Charlie Adam may move for more regular game time. Saido Berahino will not be allowed out on loan. Unexpected solution Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton on loan would offer some energy in midfield. Stoke City are unlikely to want to let Saido Berahino leave this month Credit: Rex Features Swansea City Will they be busy? They must be busy. Funds were to be made available to Paul Clement before his sacking, and that will surely not have changed. New manager Carlos Carvalhal seems confident of new arrivals, saying any players brought in will be his own picks. In need of To put it simply, goals. Clement knew as much before his sacking and was saying for weeks that Swansea must add attacking reinforcements. They could revive their interest in Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar, who was a target in the summer. Shipping out Swansea will be desperate to keep hold of defender Alfie Mawson, who has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The likes of Jay Fulton and Oliver McBurnie may want more game time elsewhere, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in the summer so the club may be tempted to cash in while they still can.  Unexpected solution If Carvalhal can help Renato Sanches rediscover his best form, Swansea may find the solution has been within their ranks all along. Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal, who himself only arrived at the club last week, is expected to add to his squad Credit: Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur  Will they be busy? Spurs undoubtedly have their eyes on a couple of big signings while the focus will also be on whether Danny Rose stays – and whether he is sold to Manchester United with, possibly, Luke Shaw going in the other direction (unlikely).  In need of Spurs need a player who can run at defenders and beat them. They want Everton’s Ross Barkley, and that seems highly possible, as does a move for Fulham’s highly-promising teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon who may even be loaned back to the Championship club.  Shipping out The focus will be on Rose, no longer an automatic first-choice, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou a possibility to leave while Kyle Walker-Peters could go out on loan. Vincent Janssen, on loan at Fenerbahce, may be sold.  Unexpected solution Maybe, to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, they may also take his twin brother Steven as well.  Danny Rose may no longer be a Spurs player by the end of the month Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford  Will they be busy? Unlikely. Watford are going along well and in no real danger of relegation. They do not like to buy and sell in January and also believe they have a strong enough squad already to comfortably finish top-10.  In need of They probably need another striker – goals from their forwards are in short supply and record signing Andre Gray has struggled to deliver. A left-back, also, is a possibility. Maybe also a more reliable second-choice goalkeeper.  Shipping out Etienne Capoue is no longer as important to Watford as he was while Jose Holebas and Stefano Okaka would appear expendable if replacements are signed. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was exposed after he came on against Everton.  Unexpected solution A loan deal for Leicester City’s record signing, striker Islam Slimani. Marco Silva, the Watford manager, will probably have a quiet month Credit: Getty Images  West Bromwich Albion Will they be busy? West Brom's wage bill is near the maximum so Alan Pardew will have to move players out - including £30m-rated Jonny Evans - to bring players in. Pardew may have to be patient. In need of Goals. West Brom's 'goals for' column makes embarrassing reading and Salomon Rondon is sadly not the man to fire the club to safety. Liverpool's Danny Ings, Bournemouth's Benik Afobe and Sunderland's Lewis Grabban are all targets. Shipping out Albion's transfer policy for January could all depend on the Evans situation. Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton are still interested in the Northern Ireland international, who will cost around £30m. Pardew could also end Grzegorz Krychowiak's loan from PSG if another club comes in. Unexpected solution Ings has been a target for Pardew at Newcastle and Palace and would offer West Brom a goal threat if he can stay fit. West Brom may have to sell Jonny Evans in order to raise funds for new players Credit: Action Images  West Ham United Will they be busy? David Moyes has steadied the club and the clamour for change is less acute. Even so he has said that he wants to rebalance the squad to address problem areas. In need of The obvious position is central midfield and Jonjo Shelvey has been linked. They also want a centre-back with the possibility that Reece Oxford could be recalled from loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Shipping out There has been interest from bigger names in the Portuguese teenager Domingos Quina, snapped up by the club when he was a free agent. They may sell off current loanee Robert Snodgrass. Academy boys Reece Bruke and Josh Cullen have also attracted interest. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere, but recent performances have made him more important to Arsenal.

January 2018 transfer window: Your Premier League club-by-club guide

Arsenal Will they be busy? Probably not but the situation could change rapidly if there are sizeable bids for any of their three first-team regulars – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere – who are out of contract in June. In need of Even if Sanchez does leave, it is central midfield and what is now an ageing group of central defenders where Arsenal could most use astute investment. Arsenal’s main focus, though, remains Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Shipping out As well as the three biggest players out of contract, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina must also be considering their own situations and lack of Premier League action in this World Cup season. Unexpected solution Wenger rarely buys players in their thirties but Jonny Evans reaches that mark on Wednesday and is of interest. Theo Walcott may be heading towards the door marked 'exit' during the January transfer window Credit: Action Images Bournemouth Will they be busy? Eddie Howe always looks first to what he should do on the training ground and, while happy with his squad when fully fit, the number of injuries is a concern and may force action later in the window. In need of Howe has repeatedly stressed that he is happy with his strikers but he has no players with more than three Premier League goals this season and could also improve his team by adding central midfield quality. Shipping out Bournemouth have five strikers and so, even with Jermain Defoe injured, could manage without Lys Mousset, who would surely benefit from a spell out on loan and more first-team football experience. Unexpected solution Danny Ings began his career at Bournemouth and needs regular football after playing only three times this season for Liverpool. Eddie Howe may be looking to strengthen his forward line  Credit: REUTERS Brighton & Hove Albion Will they be busy? Not if you believe manager Chris Hughton, who has said that Brighton will do “minimal” business this month. The summer outlays on the likes of Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper show the club is not afraid to splash out if they find the right player, however. In need of Having scored just 15 goals all season, the third worst tally in the league, a striker is clearly the priority. There has been speculation linking Brighton with a move for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, even if they are likely to face competition for his signature. Shipping out Brighton will expect to be able to keep hold of their key players after such an impressive start to the season. The departures are likely to be lesser-known figures who have struggled to make an impact this season, such as winger Jiri Skalak. Unexpected solution The former QPR, Newcastle, Chelsea and Crystal Palace striker Loic Remy has proven Premier League quality, and has been told he can leave La Liga side Las Palmas. It is surely worth testing the water with Liverpool to see if Danny Ings may be available on loan. Loic Remy has a proven track record in the Premier League, but will he be joining Brighton soon? Credit: REUTERS Burnley Will they be busy? With Robbie Brady uncertain to play again this season after tearing a tendon in his left knee, Sean Dyche is in the market for a left winger who can fill the void left by the Irishman. Burnley are also short in central defence and may move for another centre-back. In need of Burnley are monitoring Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones but Dyche is not expecting to do any business early in the window as he wait to see what develops. Shipping out Burnley face a battle to keep hold of James Tarkowski but have no interest in selling the centre-half, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Midfielders Scott Arfield and Dean Marney are out of contract at the end of the season but Burnley are in talks with the pair about their futures.    Unexpected solution Chris Brunt. The Northern Ireland international is out of contract at West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season and would be an ideal fit for Burnley’s problems in left midfield. He could also offer cover at left back. Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea Credit: PA Chelsea  Will they be busy? Chelsea certainly want to make two or three signings to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad. It is well documented Conte did not get everything he wanted during the summer and there are still gaps the Italian will try to fill.  In need of Other than making another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Conte remains a big admirer of left-back Alex Sandro, who wants to leave Juventus but is also a target for Manchester United. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is also on Chelsea’s radar, but the Ligue 1 club want to keep him until the summer.  Shipping out Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave on loan, or possibly permanently, if Chelsea manage to sign another forward to help out Alvaro Morata. Kenedy is also available for loan, while Charly Musonda could be allowed to spend the rest of the season at another club.  Unexpected solution Jamie Vardy would be an excellent signing to bolster Conte’s forward options. Antonio Conte is expected to add to his squad during this month's transfer window  Credit: Getty Images Crystal Palace Will they be busy? It will be a case of addressing some of the mistakes of the summer, especially when Frank De Boer left the club dreadfully short of strikers, and a top goalkeeper. In need of Strikers, and more than one. Would love Danny Ings or Theo Walcott on loan but both highly unlikely. In the market for a first choice goalkeeper with Bartosz Bialkowski of Ipswich Town mentioned. Also a left-back and holding midfielder. Shipping out The club captain Jason Puncheon has been out of favour since November and could move on. He was charged with assault in December. Offers for Wilfried Zaha will be refused. Unexpected solution Could Roy Hodgson persuade Daniel Sturridge to resurrect his career with a short loan? Daniel Sturridge could leave Liverpool this month, but will he be heading to Selhurst Park? Credit: REX FEATURES Everton Will they be busy? Yes. Sam Allardyce has stated he wants at least three players. Despite a massive splurge last summer Everton’s squad is lop-sided. The imbalance cost Ronald Koeman his job and although Allardyce has made them tough to beat, they do not score enough. In need of Frst and foremost a striker. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has performed admirably but he is a work in progress. Spanish striker Sandro has been ineffective and Wayne Rooney plays deeper. They need goals. Shipping out There are many fretting about their future. It is hard to imagine Kevin Mirallas hanging around. Davy Klaassen has barely featured since Koeman’s sacking. Then there is Ross Barkley. He nearly left last summer and Everton would like to cash in if he is no longer committed. Unexpected solution Steven N’zonzi may not be too unexpected given his previous history with Allardyce, but given it will mean some midfielders will need to make way it could ensure Everton remain proactive until deadline day. Expect some juggling of personnel and finances over the next few weeks. Sam Allardyce may end up posing alongside one or two players holding up the Everton jersey in the next month Credit: Getty Images Huddersfield Town Will they be busy? David Wagner’s success is built on strong team spirit and he admitted in the summer that he had spent all of his transfer budget so new signings would seem unlikely. In need of Huddersfield’s game plan depends on them being strong defensively with a high energy pressing game, so an experienced defender and a young, box-to-box midfielder might be useful Shipping out Goalkeeper Rob Green has not played a single minute of first team football since he arrived from Leeds and could attract loan interest. Veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead has also found himself on the fringes this season. Unexpected solution Wagner has used the loan market well in the past and if he decides to turn either Jonas Lossi or Elias Kachunga’s temporary moves into permanent deals a loan deal for young Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn could make sense. David Wagner could turn to his old friend Jurgen Klopp in an effort to take Ben Woodburn on loan from Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Leicester City Will they be busy? Leicester's recruitment has been under scrutiny for the past three windows and Claude Puel has indicated that signings will be made. There will also be a determination to move players through the exit door. In need of Right-back is a priority position, even before Danny Simpson's injury. Benfica's Andre Almeida and Bournemouth's Adam Smith are options. Centre-half is also a position that needs filling, due to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth's advancing years, while a specialist 'No 10' is a Puel requirement: Hatem Ben Arfa looks most likely. Shipping out This is where Leicester are likely to be the most active. Islam Slimani, the record signing, has many options while Ahmed Musa, Yohan Benalouane and Eldin Jakupovic could also be loaned out or sold. Musa, in particular, badly needs a move with the World Cup looming for Nigeria. Unexpected solution Adrien Silva - remember him? The £22m summer signing will finally be eligible in January. It has been a long wait for the midfielder, after that 14-second cock-up. Adrien Silva will finally get to play for Leicester City following the long wait Credit: Getty Images Liverpool Will they be busy?  Yes, partly by choice, also by compulsion. Barcelona will try again for Philippe Coutinho although they will have to find far more than £115 million for Liverpool to listen. At least Jurgen Klopp’s hunt for a centre-half has ended before the window officially opens. In need of A centre-back. The problem when Klopp arrived at Liverpool and the problem in Klopp’s first full season at Liverpool is still the problem in Klopp’s second full season at Liverpool. His attack needs to win games twice as his defence and keeper is untrustworthy. But the £75 million for Virgil van Dijk has already been spent. Shipping out A dilemma may present itself with Coutinho. He still wants to leave and Klopp must be at his diplomatic best to ensure an old back injury does not flare up. Daniel Sturridge will want regular football, especially with his England place under threat. Danny Ings needs a loan move and Ben Woodburn may be offered the chance of a senior football for the rest of the season. Unexpected solution Danny Ward. If Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are unable to play 10 consecutive games without making a game-changing error, is the solution within? Third-choice Ward has not yet had a chance to stake his claim. Liverpool simply keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho may end up representing a decent transfer window Credit: Getty Images Manchester City Will they be busy? Pep Guardiola has made the recruitment of a centre-half a priority as he bids to bolster his defence given Vincent Kompany’s continuing injury woes. City are likely to wait until the summer before moving for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and a defensive midfielder. In need of Having been missed out on Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, City are now stepping up their efforts to sign Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez, who has a £28 million release clause. West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is a fall-back option. Shipping out Eliaquim Mangala will be allowed to leave if City secure a new centre-back, with Lille among those interested in the France defender, who cost £42 million from Porto in 2014. City will resist any loan offers for teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere. There is nothing to suggest City are still interested in the Arsenal midfielder but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and although he has said he expects to sign a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, his skillset might suit Guardiola. Inigo Martinez, the Real Sociedad central defender, has been linked with a move to league leaders Manchester City Credit: Getty Images Manchester United Will they be busy? Not according to Jose Mourinho, who said this week that he doubts the club will sign anyone in the winter transfer window. The United manager wants two new full-backs, at least one midfielder, a wide player and a No 10 but may have to wait until the summer to do the bulk of his business. In need of United are one of several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, thought to be tracking £44 million rated Bordeaux forward Malcom. Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Alex Sandro of Juventus are among the left-backs United have been linked with. Mourinho is interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who will be a free agent in the summer. Shipping out United hope to tie Marouane Fellaini to a new deal but the Belgium international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and free to talk to foreign suitors from Jan 1. Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces an uncertain future. United would listen to offers for full-backs Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind although Luke Shaw has suddenly returned to favour. Unexpected solution Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international right-back, 33, is out of contract at Juventus at the end of the season. He would not be a long-term solution but he is an experienced, quality defender who could help ease the burden on Antonio Valencia at right back. Marouane Fellaini has yet to agree a new deal at Manchester United and is understood to be holding out for £170,000 a week Credit: Getty Images  Newcastle United Will they be busy? Rafael Benitez would certainly like to be and has asked for three or four new faces in January. He has been told there is money to spend, he just does not know how much. It is unlikely to be much more than £20m, which means the loan market is important. In need of Benitez would like another centre-forward, two defenders and a winger and has expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings, Middlesbrough's Adama Traore  and Chelsea’s Kenedy. He has also enquired about Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Shipping out Despite trimming the wage bill at the end of the summer window, Newcastle would like to free up more money to improve the squad by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback. If he does, he will have far more financial muscle to recruit. Unexpected solution Newcastle have been interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi before and he continues to be out of favour under Antonio Conte. He would certainly improve Newcastle’s offensive game if he was allowed to move to Tyneside on loan. Will Manchester United allow Luke Shaw to join Newcastle United this month? Credit: Reuters Southampton Will they be busy? Yes. The transfer of Virgil van Dijk has generated a massive surge of income at a time when the club have dropped dangerously close to the relegation zone. They now intend to be quickly active. In need of Striker and central defence. The attacking positions are the priority and Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosum and Christian Benteke are all being considered, as is Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson. Shipping out Some of the younger players who have still not quite broken regularly into the first team, such as Matt Targett and Sam Gallagher, could be considered as part of other deals. Unexpected solution Karl Toko Ekambi at Angers is close to what Southampton need and might be more attainable. Mauricio Pellegrino and Southampton are expected to spend some of their income from the Virgil van Dijk transfer this month Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Will they be busy? Mark Hughes' position as manager remains precarious and he wants two or three signings to strengthen his squad. Money will not be significant and any moves are likely to be loans. In need of This Stoke squad still requires freshening up and Hughes wants a creative midfielder, striker and right-back. Liverpool's Danny Ings is a loan option while there is interest in Augsburg's Daniel Opare. Shipping out Stoke are set to offload former England defender Glen Johnson, possibly on a free transfer, and Charlie Adam may move for more regular game time. Saido Berahino will not be allowed out on loan. Unexpected solution Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton on loan would offer some energy in midfield. Stoke City are unlikely to want to let Saido Berahino leave this month Credit: Rex Features Swansea City Will they be busy? They must be busy. Funds were to be made available to Paul Clement before his sacking, and that will surely not have changed. New manager Carlos Carvalhal seems confident of new arrivals, saying any players brought in will be his own picks. In need of To put it simply, goals. Clement knew as much before his sacking and was saying for weeks that Swansea must add attacking reinforcements. They could revive their interest in Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar, who was a target in the summer. Shipping out Swansea will be desperate to keep hold of defender Alfie Mawson, who has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The likes of Jay Fulton and Oliver McBurnie may want more game time elsewhere, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in the summer so the club may be tempted to cash in while they still can.  Unexpected solution If Carvalhal can help Renato Sanches rediscover his best form, Swansea may find the solution has been within their ranks all along. Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal, who himself only arrived at the club last week, is expected to add to his squad Credit: Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur  Will they be busy? Spurs undoubtedly have their eyes on a couple of big signings while the focus will also be on whether Danny Rose stays – and whether he is sold to Manchester United with, possibly, Luke Shaw going in the other direction (unlikely).  In need of Spurs need a player who can run at defenders and beat them. They want Everton’s Ross Barkley, and that seems highly possible, as does a move for Fulham’s highly-promising teenage left-back Ryan Sessegnon who may even be loaned back to the Championship club.  Shipping out The focus will be on Rose, no longer an automatic first-choice, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou a possibility to leave while Kyle Walker-Peters could go out on loan. Vincent Janssen, on loan at Fenerbahce, may be sold.  Unexpected solution Maybe, to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, they may also take his twin brother Steven as well.  Danny Rose may no longer be a Spurs player by the end of the month Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford  Will they be busy? Unlikely. Watford are going along well and in no real danger of relegation. They do not like to buy and sell in January and also believe they have a strong enough squad already to comfortably finish top-10.  In need of They probably need another striker – goals from their forwards are in short supply and record signing Andre Gray has struggled to deliver. A left-back, also, is a possibility. Maybe also a more reliable second-choice goalkeeper.  Shipping out Etienne Capoue is no longer as important to Watford as he was while Jose Holebas and Stefano Okaka would appear expendable if replacements are signed. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was exposed after he came on against Everton.  Unexpected solution A loan deal for Leicester City’s record signing, striker Islam Slimani. Marco Silva, the Watford manager, will probably have a quiet month Credit: Getty Images  West Bromwich Albion Will they be busy? West Brom's wage bill is near the maximum so Alan Pardew will have to move players out - including £30m-rated Jonny Evans - to bring players in. Pardew may have to be patient. In need of Goals. West Brom's 'goals for' column makes embarrassing reading and Salomon Rondon is sadly not the man to fire the club to safety. Liverpool's Danny Ings, Bournemouth's Benik Afobe and Sunderland's Lewis Grabban are all targets. Shipping out Albion's transfer policy for January could all depend on the Evans situation. Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton are still interested in the Northern Ireland international, who will cost around £30m. Pardew could also end Grzegorz Krychowiak's loan from PSG if another club comes in. Unexpected solution Ings has been a target for Pardew at Newcastle and Palace and would offer West Brom a goal threat if he can stay fit. West Brom may have to sell Jonny Evans in order to raise funds for new players Credit: Action Images  West Ham United Will they be busy? David Moyes has steadied the club and the clamour for change is less acute. Even so he has said that he wants to rebalance the squad to address problem areas. In need of The obvious position is central midfield and Jonjo Shelvey has been linked. They also want a centre-back with the possibility that Reece Oxford could be recalled from loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Shipping out There has been interest from bigger names in the Portuguese teenager Domingos Quina, snapped up by the club when he was a free agent. They may sell off current loanee Robert Snodgrass. Academy boys Reece Bruke and Josh Cullen have also attracted interest. Unexpected solution Jack Wilshere, but recent performances have made him more important to Arsenal.

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