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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.

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.

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.

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.

Football transfer news and rumours - 'Everton's move for Cenk Tosun in the balance'

The return of the January transfer window brings light to a month of dark mornings and broken resolutions, and another 29 days of conjecture, hysteria and gold ties lie ahead.  Where better to start than the saga that defined last summer's window and promises to do so again: Alexis Sanchez's desired move to Manchester City.  City striker Gabriel Jesus confirmed this morning that the knee injury he sustained at Crystal Palace - a damaged medial collateral ligament - does not require surgery, which could cool City's interest in Sanchez for the time being.  Pep Guardiola did not rule out making a move for the Arsenal forward, though admitted he expects him to stay in London, while Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions of a rift between Sanchez and the rest of his squad.  Another storyline likely to dominate the January soap opera is Barcelona's interest in Philippe Coutinho, with our own Chris Bascombe reporting that Liverpool will demand an 'astronomical' fee before they consider selling up. Liverpool's decision to keep Philippe Coutinho has paid offf Credit: Getty Images Liverpool were angered by a blunder by Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike, who published a premature advert offering fans the chance to buy a jersey with Coutinho's name on the back. The Anfield club rejected three bids for the Brazilian last summer, the last of which was £115 million.  Across Stanley Park, Everton fans might have to wait a little longer for their coveted new striker with the Daily Mail reporting their move for Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun in in the balance.  The Turkish side have raised their asking price to £27 million, and Everton are reportedly unwilling to increase their offer of £25 million. Sam Allardyce's side have not mustered a shot on target in their last two home games and are in desperate need of more firepower.  Another Premier League team shopping for a mobile centre forward is Brighton, who have registered a strong interested in highly-rated Celtic star Moussa Dembele.  Moussa Dembele started Saturday's Old Firm derby Credit: Getty Images The south coast club are gauging the former Fulham player's interest in a move, with the Daily Mail reporting that West Ham and Southampton are also lurking with intent.  West Ham could have room in their squad for a new forward, with the Guardian stating that Swansea could make a move for Diafra Sakho who is yet to start this season after falling down the pecking order.  Manchester United got back on track with a 2-0 win at Everton on Sunday, but after Jose Mourinho's comments that they need to spend more to close the gap on City they could be open for business.  Paris Saint-Germain have a surplus of attackers, and The Sun say United are in discussions about a move for 25-year-old wide player Lucas Moura.  January 2018 transfer window Elsewhere, Portuguese publication Record report that Napoli could be willing to sanction the sale of left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Old Trafford as the Serie A club close on Benfica's Alejandro Grimaldo as a replacement.  There have been doubts over Mourinho's trust in Luke Shaw, who has used a re-purposed Ashley Young at left-back for most of this season. And in this morning's final piece of gossip, The Sun report that Real Madrid are readying a £120 million bid for Eden Hazard, who is set to resume contract discussions with Chelsea this month.  And the rest... City of David David Luiz will not be moving across London to Arsenal it seems, with Arsene Wenger saying there is no truth in reports of Arsenal's interest. Luiz's individualism combined with Wenger's laissez-faire attitude to defending looked such a promising marriage too...  Round of applause for... Brighton defender Shane Duffy, for taking full responsibility for his part in Bournemouth's equaliser. A refreshing change from complaints about fixture congestion.  So so disappointed how that ended didn’t deserve to draw that . Hold my hands up for the goal it can’t keep happening off corner kicks . Thought the lads played excellent and should have finished the job off. Thanks for the support happy new year!— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) January 1, 2018 Unlikely fan of the week  Phil Taylor's behaviour in his 7-2 World Championship final defeat to Rob Cross bordered on unsavoury at times, but the retired 16-time world darts champion received some sympathy from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross.  This career is unrepeatable. Darts means @PhilTaylor!— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) January 1, 2018 The German midfielder has previously expressed his adoration for Robbie Williams on Twitter. Perhaps Kroos just loves all things Stoke-on-Trent. Lord knows Mark Hughes's struggling side could do with him in the middle of the park. 

Football transfer news and rumours - 'Everton's move for Cenk Tosun in the balance'

The return of the January transfer window brings light to a month of dark mornings and broken resolutions, and another 29 days of conjecture, hysteria and gold ties lie ahead.  Where better to start than the saga that defined last summer's window and promises to do so again: Alexis Sanchez's desired move to Manchester City.  City striker Gabriel Jesus confirmed this morning that the knee injury he sustained at Crystal Palace - a damaged medial collateral ligament - does not require surgery, which could cool City's interest in Sanchez for the time being.  Pep Guardiola did not rule out making a move for the Arsenal forward, though admitted he expects him to stay in London, while Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions of a rift between Sanchez and the rest of his squad.  Another storyline likely to dominate the January soap opera is Barcelona's interest in Philippe Coutinho, with our own Chris Bascombe reporting that Liverpool will demand an 'astronomical' fee before they consider selling up. Liverpool's decision to keep Philippe Coutinho has paid offf Credit: Getty Images Liverpool were angered by a blunder by Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike, who published a premature advert offering fans the chance to buy a jersey with Coutinho's name on the back. The Anfield club rejected three bids for the Brazilian last summer, the last of which was £115 million.  Across Stanley Park, Everton fans might have to wait a little longer for their coveted new striker with the Daily Mail reporting their move for Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun in in the balance.  The Turkish side have raised their asking price to £27 million, and Everton are reportedly unwilling to increase their offer of £25 million. Sam Allardyce's side have not mustered a shot on target in their last two home games and are in desperate need of more firepower.  Another Premier League team shopping for a mobile centre forward is Brighton, who have registered a strong interested in highly-rated Celtic star Moussa Dembele.  Moussa Dembele started Saturday's Old Firm derby Credit: Getty Images The south coast club are gauging the former Fulham player's interest in a move, with the Daily Mail reporting that West Ham and Southampton are also lurking with intent.  West Ham could have room in their squad for a new forward, with the Guardian stating that Swansea could make a move for Diafra Sakho who is yet to start this season after falling down the pecking order.  Manchester United got back on track with a 2-0 win at Everton on Sunday, but after Jose Mourinho's comments that they need to spend more to close the gap on City they could be open for business.  Paris Saint-Germain have a surplus of attackers, and The Sun say United are in discussions about a move for 25-year-old wide player Lucas Moura.  January 2018 transfer window Elsewhere, Portuguese publication Record report that Napoli could be willing to sanction the sale of left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Old Trafford as the Serie A club close on Benfica's Alejandro Grimaldo as a replacement.  There have been doubts over Mourinho's trust in Luke Shaw, who has used a re-purposed Ashley Young at left-back for most of this season. And in this morning's final piece of gossip, The Sun report that Real Madrid are readying a £120 million bid for Eden Hazard, who is set to resume contract discussions with Chelsea this month.  And the rest... City of David David Luiz will not be moving across London to Arsenal it seems, with Arsene Wenger saying there is no truth in reports of Arsenal's interest. Luiz's individualism combined with Wenger's laissez-faire attitude to defending looked such a promising marriage too...  Round of applause for... Brighton defender Shane Duffy, for taking full responsibility for his part in Bournemouth's equaliser. A refreshing change from complaints about fixture congestion.  So so disappointed how that ended didn’t deserve to draw that . Hold my hands up for the goal it can’t keep happening off corner kicks . Thought the lads played excellent and should have finished the job off. Thanks for the support happy new year!— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) January 1, 2018 Unlikely fan of the week  Phil Taylor's behaviour in his 7-2 World Championship final defeat to Rob Cross bordered on unsavoury at times, but the retired 16-time world darts champion received some sympathy from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross.  This career is unrepeatable. Darts means @PhilTaylor!— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) January 1, 2018 The German midfielder has previously expressed his adoration for Robbie Williams on Twitter. Perhaps Kroos just loves all things Stoke-on-Trent. Lord knows Mark Hughes's struggling side could do with him in the middle of the park. 

Football transfer news and rumours - 'Everton's move for Cenk Tosun in the balance'

The return of the January transfer window brings light to a month of dark mornings and broken resolutions, and another 29 days of conjecture, hysteria and gold ties lie ahead.  Where better to start than the saga that defined last summer's window and promises to do so again: Alexis Sanchez's desired move to Manchester City.  City striker Gabriel Jesus confirmed this morning that the knee injury he sustained at Crystal Palace - a damaged medial collateral ligament - does not require surgery, which could cool City's interest in Sanchez for the time being.  Pep Guardiola did not rule out making a move for the Arsenal forward, though admitted he expects him to stay in London, while Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions of a rift between Sanchez and the rest of his squad.  Another storyline likely to dominate the January soap opera is Barcelona's interest in Philippe Coutinho, with our own Chris Bascombe reporting that Liverpool will demand an 'astronomical' fee before they consider selling up. Liverpool's decision to keep Philippe Coutinho has paid offf Credit: Getty Images Liverpool were angered by a blunder by Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike, who published a premature advert offering fans the chance to buy a jersey with Coutinho's name on the back. The Anfield club rejected three bids for the Brazilian last summer, the last of which was £115 million.  Across Stanley Park, Everton fans might have to wait a little longer for their coveted new striker with the Daily Mail reporting their move for Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun in in the balance.  The Turkish side have raised their asking price to £27 million, and Everton are reportedly unwilling to increase their offer of £25 million. Sam Allardyce's side have not mustered a shot on target in their last two home games and are in desperate need of more firepower.  Another Premier League team shopping for a mobile centre forward is Brighton, who have registered a strong interested in highly-rated Celtic star Moussa Dembele.  Moussa Dembele started Saturday's Old Firm derby Credit: Getty Images The south coast club are gauging the former Fulham player's interest in a move, with the Daily Mail reporting that West Ham and Southampton are also lurking with intent.  West Ham could have room in their squad for a new forward, with the Guardian stating that Swansea could make a move for Diafra Sakho who is yet to start this season after falling down the pecking order.  Manchester United got back on track with a 2-0 win at Everton on Sunday, but after Jose Mourinho's comments that they need to spend more to close the gap on City they could be open for business.  Paris Saint-Germain have a surplus of attackers, and The Sun say United are in discussions about a move for 25-year-old wide player Lucas Moura.  January 2018 transfer window Elsewhere, Portuguese publication Record report that Napoli could be willing to sanction the sale of left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Old Trafford as the Serie A club close on Benfica's Alejandro Grimaldo as a replacement.  There have been doubts over Mourinho's trust in Luke Shaw, who has used a re-purposed Ashley Young at left-back for most of this season. And in this morning's final piece of gossip, The Sun report that Real Madrid are readying a £120 million bid for Eden Hazard, who is set to resume contract discussions with Chelsea this month.  And the rest... City of David David Luiz will not be moving across London to Arsenal it seems, with Arsene Wenger saying there is no truth in reports of Arsenal's interest. Luiz's individualism combined with Wenger's laissez-faire attitude to defending looked such a promising marriage too...  Round of applause for... Brighton defender Shane Duffy, for taking full responsibility for his part in Bournemouth's equaliser. A refreshing change from complaints about fixture congestion.  So so disappointed how that ended didn’t deserve to draw that . Hold my hands up for the goal it can’t keep happening off corner kicks . Thought the lads played excellent and should have finished the job off. Thanks for the support happy new year!— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) January 1, 2018 Unlikely fan of the week  Phil Taylor's behaviour in his 7-2 World Championship final defeat to Rob Cross bordered on unsavoury at times, but the retired 16-time world darts champion received some sympathy from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross.  This career is unrepeatable. Darts means @PhilTaylor!— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) January 1, 2018 The German midfielder has previously expressed his adoration for Robbie Williams on Twitter. Perhaps Kroos just loves all things Stoke-on-Trent. Lord knows Mark Hughes's struggling side could do with him in the middle of the park. 

Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil after Benfica failure

Gabriel Barbosa's future is uncertain heading into 2018 and it seems the striker could return to Brazil in a bid to resurrect his career.

Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil after Benfica failure

Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil after Benfica failure

Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil after Benfica failure

Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil after Benfica failure

Although actually under contract with Apollon Limassol when he transferred to Benfica last year, Luka Jovic never set foot in Cyprus

Although actually under contract with Apollon Limassol when he transferred to Benfica last year, Luka Jovic never set foot in Cyprus (AFP Photo/DANIEL ROLAND)

Although actually under contract with Apollon Limassol when he transferred to Benfica last year, Luka Jovic never set foot in Cyprus

Exclusive Ederson interview: 'Every day I learn something from Pep Guardiola'

“I remember my father used to wake up at 4am,” Ederson Moraes recalls. “He woke me up as well. We would leave home together, he was going to work and I continued my walk to catch the bus. I had my training session with Sao Paulo in the morning. I had to take two buses to the point I could take the club bus. “Same way return. Very often when I was back home I didn't have time to have lunch. I just had time to change my clothes and go to school. When I was back in the evening I was exhausted. So I used to have dinner and go straight to bed because I had to rest to follow the same routine the following day.” Ederson was just 13. His father, Antonis Moraes, stacked fruit onto lorries in Osasco, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s sprawling, largest city. His son was “chasing his dream”; the dream of becoming a professional footballer. A dream that was fuelled just three years earlier on the clay pitch of a small, neighbourhood school, ‘Champions Ebenezer’, and would, aged only 15, lead Ederson to board a plane, leaving his family behind, to try and make it with the giant Portuguese club, Benfica. “My head was only football,” Ederson explains. “And I always thought I’d succeed.” Many footballers, especially Brazilians, have astonishing backstories. And Ederson is no different. He is, though, an interesting mix. A mix of being an easy-going, somewhat shy young man, who is also a devout Christian, and who has a yellow, smiley ‘emoji’ tattooed – one of 30 tattoos on his body – behind his left ear so that it is highly visible to show the world that “I’m a happy person”. And the Manchester City goalkeeper smiles and laughs a lot. Then there is the fierce competitor who earned the nickname “The Bull” when he was at Benfica because of his fearless style. “It was my team-mates who called me that,” Ederson says. “I think it's because I didn't fear to put my face or my feet in any situation if it was necessary, or having to put my face where an attacker was putting his feet.” That bold style led to him pleading with City’s medical staff to let him carry on after he was badly cut, down his left cheek, in a challenge by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane earlier this season. There was blood, everywhere, and Ederson eventually needed seven stitches to close the wound but he did not want to go off. “But that incident didn't interfere with my confidence whatsoever, I kept playing the same way after that,” he says. “The following day I was training again as usual. If it happens again, I'll do the same. Hopefully, I won't get hurt again [laughs].” Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Georgia Stanway visit the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Credit: Getty Images Indeed Ederson immediately told City manager Pep Guardiola that he was ready to play in the next game, away to Feyenoord in the Champions League, just four days later. And he played, wearing a scrum-cap. As we meet at City’s training ground Ederson has just returned from a Christmas visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The 24-year-old does not speak English but he had no trouble communicating and playing with the children on the wards. During this, his first newspaper interview since joining City last summer for £34.7 million, there is only one topic he does not want to discuss – what allegedly happened in the tunnel after the recent Manchester derby – as he covers his upbringing, why he became a goalkeeper and, intriguingly, what Guardiola said to him after he signed. It did not involve making saves. That is a given. “He told me the way the team play,” Ederson explains. “He told me about the importance of the build-up, but also about the ‘mid-balls’ and with me he could also have ‘long-balls’, so our game was going to be more complete. “So when I started training here, we worked a lot on that, the short, mid and long-balls. Training session after training session I got used to it and kept improving. Every day I learn something new.” Ederson was soon back up and running – and playing for the first team – following the collision with Sadio Mane Ederson’s ability with the ball at his feet is remarkable – his composure, the range and accuracy of his passing – as he has taken the role of the so-called ‘sweeper keeper’ to new heights. “I started playing as a full-back, but it's difficult to chase quick forwards, especially for me that I'm not particularly quick!” Ederson says. “I had lots of trouble running after the forwards. I asked my manager (at ‘Champions Ebenezer’) if I could switch my position to the goal. When I did my first training session, it was love at first sight. I liked it since minute one and then my career as a goalkeeper started. “But I think my footwork is influenced from having started as a full-back. Also I played futsal and that helped me a lot. I used to play as a goleiro-linha’ (fifth man), it's a goalkeeper that plays a lot with his feet. So we used to attack with five players and defend with five players. From that period, I had my shooting skills and good footwork.” What does he like about being a goalkeeper? “The responsibility,” Ederson replies. “The goalkeeper in a football team has more responsibility. The goalkeeper can make five miraculous saves in a game, but if he makes one mistake, afterwards everyone is only going to remember the mistake. The goalkeeper is a crucial member of a team. The man who has to be more focused during the 90 minutes, be courageous and make quicker decisions. It's good to feel pressure and responsibility. It means you can't fail in the game.” The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good That bravery, he believes, is shared throughout the City team through the attacking style demanded by Guardiola. And Ederson has made a huge difference. “The way we do the high pressure, we have to have our lines really far from the goal, lots of teams are playing long balls behind our defence line to put us in trouble,” Ederson says. “Lots of times I have to leave the goal to block a ball. We need to be brave and courageous in this style of game, especially in the decision-making, which is the most important thing.” Training at City is, therefore, “different” from what he has previously experienced. “We have a specific way to play here at Manchester City, with the build-up,” Ederson explains. “My teammates always offer me lots of lines to pass so that ends up being easier for my role…I used to work on my footwork, but not as much as I do now. It's a style of football that you enjoy playing and you enjoy watching. I think our team has a lot of calmness with the ball, we know how to work well and wait for the best moment to attack. “I think it's great the way we play and the way we approach the games... Our approach to football is a football of joy, the same joy that we do in our training sessions we show it later on match-days. That joy ends up influencing our fans and the rest of the football fans because they enjoy how we play.” Credit: Getty Images Ederson was also influenced by a legendary Brazilian goalkeeper. “Rogerio Ceni,” he says, smiling. “He's my idol. He was a goalkeeper, very skilful with his feet as well. He scored lots of goals from free-kicks, penalties... Correct me if I'm wrong, I think he scored more than 130 goals in his career? He made history in his club (Sao Paulo), he stayed for 25 years and played more than 1,500 games. He is a reference to the club, a great idol. So, I hope I can build a nice story like him one day. Not scoring goals, of course, but winning lots of trophies and make my name important in a big club.” But does he want to score? “I'm not planning to take the free-kicks, maybe penalties one day!” Ederson says. “If they give me the chance, I will do it, because I'm good at it [laughs]. But free-kicks, there are a lot of great players on our team that can shoot better, so I'm going to leave them to do it.” And what of those tattoos?  “Yes, I have the names of my parents and my wife (Lais),” Ederson says. Another is planned for his baby daughter, Yasmin. “I also have this quote on my leg that I like a lot,” he explains, reaching down. It is in Portuguese, from the Bible, Psalm 91, and reads: “The Lord is my God, my refuge, my fortress. In whom I trust. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you”. There are other tattoos, less religious. “I have one here on my neck, it's an emoji that means joy, happy, because I'm a happy person. I have them here (touching his neck) so people can tell that I'm a guy that loves tattoos. There are a lot of people that might not like tattoos; I respect it. For me, it's my passion, so the same way I respect their view, I'd like everyone to respect my passion for tattoos. “And when I look back (at my life) I look with a smile on my face. I remember sometimes a difficulty and I realise that it taught me something or it helped me later on. The difficulties in the past are the wins in the present. It's really rewarding when I go back to Brazil when people come to you and congratulate you for your success, your dedication, your effort.” Starting with those early starts. Ederson was taking part in Manchester City’s annual visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which saw the team deliver hundreds of presents to some of the region’s bravest youngsters.

Exclusive Ederson interview: 'I chased the dream and I always thought I would succeed'

“I remember my father used to wake up at 4am,” Ederson Moraes recalls. “He woke me up as well. We would leave home together, he was going to work and I continued my walk to catch the bus. I had my training session with Sao Paulo in the morning. I had to take two buses to the point I could take the club bus. “Same way return. Very often when I was back home I didn't have time to have lunch. I just had time to change my clothes and go to school. When I was back in the evening I was exhausted. So I used to have dinner and go straight to bed because I had to rest to follow the same routine the following day.” Ederson was just 13. His father, Antonis Moraes, stacked fruit onto lorries in Osasco, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s sprawling, largest city. His son was “chasing his dream”; the dream of becoming a professional footballer. A dream that was fuelled just three years earlier on the clay pitch of a small, neighbourhood school, ‘Champions Ebenezer’, and would, aged only 15, lead Ederson to board a plane, leaving his family behind, to try and make it with the giant Portuguese club, Benfica. “My head was only football,” Ederson explains. “And I always thought I’d succeed.” Many footballers, especially Brazilians, have astonishing backstories. And Ederson is no different. He is, though, an interesting mix. A mix of being an easy-going, somewhat shy young man, who is also a devout Christian, and who has a yellow, smiley ‘emoji’ tattooed – one of 30 tattoos on his body – behind his left ear so that it is highly visible to show the world that “I’m a happy person”. And the Manchester City goalkeeper smiles and laughs a lot. Then there is the fierce competitor who earned the nickname “The Bull” when he was at Benfica because of his fearless style. “It was my team-mates who called me that,” Ederson says. “I think it's because I didn't fear to put my face or my feet in any situation if it was necessary, or having to put my face where an attacker was putting his feet.” That bold style led to him pleading with City’s medical staff to let him carry on after he was badly cut, down his left cheek, in a challenge by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane earlier this season. There was blood, everywhere, and Ederson eventually needed seven stitches to close the wound but he did not want to go off. “But that incident didn't interfere with my confidence whatsoever, I kept playing the same way after that,” he says. “The following day I was training again as usual. If it happens again, I'll do the same. Hopefully, I won't get hurt again [laughs].” Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Georgia Stanway visit the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Credit: Getty Images Indeed Ederson immediately told City manager Pep Guardiola that he was ready to play in the next game, away to Feyenoord in the Champions League, just four days later. And he played, wearing a scrum-cap. As we meet at City’s training ground Ederson has just returned from a Christmas visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The 24-year-old does not speak English but he had no trouble communicating and playing with the children on the wards. During this, his first newspaper interview since joining City last summer for £34.7 million, there is only one topic he does not want to discuss – what allegedly happened in the tunnel after the recent Manchester derby – as he covers his upbringing, why he became a goalkeeper and, intriguingly, what Guardiola said to him after he signed. It did not involve making saves. That is a given. “He told me the way the team play,” Ederson explains. “He told me about the importance of the build-up, but also about the ‘mid-balls’ and with me he could also have ‘long-balls’, so our game was going to be more complete. “So when I started training here, we worked a lot on that, the short, mid and long-balls. Training session after training session I got used to it and kept improving. Every day I learn something new.” Ederson was soon back up and running – and playing for the first team – following the collision with Sadio Mane Ederson’s ability with the ball at his feet is remarkable – his composure, the range and accuracy of his passing – as he has taken the role of the so-called ‘sweeper keeper’ to new heights. “I started playing as a full-back, but it's difficult to chase quick forwards, especially for me that I'm not particularly quick!” Ederson says. “I had lots of trouble running after the forwards. I asked my manager (at ‘Champions Ebenezer’) if I could switch my position to the goal. When I did my first training session, it was love at first sight. I liked it since minute one and then my career as a goalkeeper started. “But I think my footwork is influenced from having started as a full-back. Also I played futsal and that helped me a lot. I used to play as a goleiro-linha’ (fifth man), it's a goalkeeper that plays a lot with his feet. So we used to attack with five players and defend with five players. From that period, I had my shooting skills and good footwork.” What does he like about being a goalkeeper? “The responsibility,” Ederson replies. “The goalkeeper in a football team has more responsibility. The goalkeeper can make five miraculous saves in a game, but if he makes one mistake, afterwards everyone is only going to remember the mistake. The goalkeeper is a crucial member of a team. The man who has to be more focused during the 90 minutes, be courageous and make quicker decisions. It's good to feel pressure and responsibility. It means you can't fail in the game.” The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good That bravery, he believes, is shared throughout the City team through the attacking style demanded by Guardiola. And Ederson has made a huge difference. “The way we do the high pressure, we have to have our lines really far from the goal, lots of teams are playing long balls behind our defence line to put us in trouble,” Ederson says. “Lots of times I have to leave the goal to block a ball. We need to be brave and courageous in this style of game, especially in the decision-making, which is the most important thing.” Training at City is, therefore, “different” from what he has previously experienced. “We have a specific way to play here at Manchester City, with the build-up,” Ederson explains. “My teammates always offer me lots of lines to pass so that ends up being easier for my role…I used to work on my footwork, but not as much as I do now. It's a style of football that you enjoy playing and you enjoy watching. I think our team has a lot of calmness with the ball, we know how to work well and wait for the best moment to attack. “I think it's great the way we play and the way we approach the games... Our approach to football is a football of joy, the same joy that we do in our training sessions we show it later on match-days. That joy ends up influencing our fans and the rest of the football fans because they enjoy how we play.” Credit: Getty Images Ederson was also influenced by a legendary Brazilian goalkeeper. “Rogerio Ceni,” he says, smiling. “He's my idol. He was a goalkeeper, very skilful with his feet as well. He scored lots of goals from free-kicks, penalties... Correct me if I'm wrong, I think he scored more than 130 goals in his career? He made history in his club (Sao Paulo), he stayed for 25 years and played more than 1,500 games. He is a reference to the club, a great idol. So, I hope I can build a nice story like him one day. Not scoring goals, of course, but winning lots of trophies and make my name important in a big club.” But does he want to score? “I'm not planning to take the free-kicks, maybe penalties one day!” Ederson says. “If they give me the chance, I will do it, because I'm good at it [laughs]. But free-kicks, there are a lot of great players on our team that can shoot better, so I'm going to leave them to do it.” And what of those tattoos?  “Yes, I have the names of my parents and my wife (Lais),” Ederson says. Another is planned for his baby daughter, Yasmin. “I also have this quote on my leg that I like a lot,” he explains, reaching down. It is in Portuguese, from the Bible, Psalm 91, and reads: “The Lord is my God, my refuge, my fortress. In whom I trust. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you”. There are other tattoos, less religious. “I have one here on my neck, it's an emoji that means joy, happy, because I'm a happy person. I have them here (touching his neck) so people can tell that I'm a guy that loves tattoos. There are a lot of people that might not like tattoos; I respect it. For me, it's my passion, so the same way I respect their view, I'd like everyone to respect my passion for tattoos. “And when I look back (at my life) I look with a smile on my face. I remember sometimes a difficulty and I realise that it taught me something or it helped me later on. The difficulties in the past are the wins in the present. It's really rewarding when I go back to Brazil when people come to you and congratulate you for your success, your dedication, your effort.” Starting with those early starts. Ederson was taking part in Manchester City’s annual visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which saw the team deliver hundreds of presents to some of the region’s bravest youngsters.

Exclusive Ederson interview: 'I chased the dream and I always thought I would succeed'

“I remember my father used to wake up at 4am,” Ederson Moraes recalls. “He woke me up as well. We would leave home together, he was going to work and I continued my walk to catch the bus. I had my training session with Sao Paulo in the morning. I had to take two buses to the point I could take the club bus. “Same way return. Very often when I was back home I didn't have time to have lunch. I just had time to change my clothes and go to school. When I was back in the evening I was exhausted. So I used to have dinner and go straight to bed because I had to rest to follow the same routine the following day.” Ederson was just 13. His father, Antonis Moraes, stacked fruit onto lorries in Osasco, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s sprawling, largest city. His son was “chasing his dream”; the dream of becoming a professional footballer. A dream that was fuelled just three years earlier on the clay pitch of a small, neighbourhood school, ‘Champions Ebenezer’, and would, aged only 15, lead Ederson to board a plane, leaving his family behind, to try and make it with the giant Portuguese club, Benfica. “My head was only football,” Ederson explains. “And I always thought I’d succeed.” Many footballers, especially Brazilians, have astonishing backstories. And Ederson is no different. He is, though, an interesting mix. A mix of being an easy-going, somewhat shy young man, who is also a devout Christian, and who has a yellow, smiley ‘emoji’ tattooed – one of 30 tattoos on his body – behind his left ear so that it is highly visible to show the world that “I’m a happy person”. And the Manchester City goalkeeper smiles and laughs a lot. Then there is the fierce competitor who earned the nickname “The Bull” when he was at Benfica because of his fearless style. “It was my team-mates who called me that,” Ederson says. “I think it's because I didn't fear to put my face or my feet in any situation if it was necessary, or having to put my face where an attacker was putting his feet.” That bold style led to him pleading with City’s medical staff to let him carry on after he was badly cut, down his left cheek, in a challenge by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane earlier this season. There was blood, everywhere, and Ederson eventually needed seven stitches to close the wound but he did not want to go off. “But that incident didn't interfere with my confidence whatsoever, I kept playing the same way after that,” he says. “The following day I was training again as usual. If it happens again, I'll do the same. Hopefully, I won't get hurt again [laughs].” Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Georgia Stanway visit the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Credit: Getty Images Indeed Ederson immediately told City manager Pep Guardiola that he was ready to play in the next game, away to Feyenoord in the Champions League, just four days later. And he played, wearing a scrum-cap. As we meet at City’s training ground Ederson has just returned from a Christmas visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The 24-year-old does not speak English but he had no trouble communicating and playing with the children on the wards. During this, his first newspaper interview since joining City last summer for £34.7 million, there is only one topic he does not want to discuss – what allegedly happened in the tunnel after the recent Manchester derby – as he covers his upbringing, why he became a goalkeeper and, intriguingly, what Guardiola said to him after he signed. It did not involve making saves. That is a given. “He told me the way the team play,” Ederson explains. “He told me about the importance of the build-up, but also about the ‘mid-balls’ and with me he could also have ‘long-balls’, so our game was going to be more complete. “So when I started training here, we worked a lot on that, the short, mid and long-balls. Training session after training session I got used to it and kept improving. Every day I learn something new.” Ederson was soon back up and running – and playing for the first team – following the collision with Sadio Mane Ederson’s ability with the ball at his feet is remarkable – his composure, the range and accuracy of his passing – as he has taken the role of the so-called ‘sweeper keeper’ to new heights. “I started playing as a full-back, but it's difficult to chase quick forwards, especially for me that I'm not particularly quick!” Ederson says. “I had lots of trouble running after the forwards. I asked my manager (at ‘Champions Ebenezer’) if I could switch my position to the goal. When I did my first training session, it was love at first sight. I liked it since minute one and then my career as a goalkeeper started. “But I think my footwork is influenced from having started as a full-back. Also I played futsal and that helped me a lot. I used to play as a goleiro-linha’ (fifth man), it's a goalkeeper that plays a lot with his feet. So we used to attack with five players and defend with five players. From that period, I had my shooting skills and good footwork.” What does he like about being a goalkeeper? “The responsibility,” Ederson replies. “The goalkeeper in a football team has more responsibility. The goalkeeper can make five miraculous saves in a game, but if he makes one mistake, afterwards everyone is only going to remember the mistake. The goalkeeper is a crucial member of a team. The man who has to be more focused during the 90 minutes, be courageous and make quicker decisions. It's good to feel pressure and responsibility. It means you can't fail in the game.” The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good That bravery, he believes, is shared throughout the City team through the attacking style demanded by Guardiola. And Ederson has made a huge difference. “The way we do the high pressure, we have to have our lines really far from the goal, lots of teams are playing long balls behind our defence line to put us in trouble,” Ederson says. “Lots of times I have to leave the goal to block a ball. We need to be brave and courageous in this style of game, especially in the decision-making, which is the most important thing.” Training at City is, therefore, “different” from what he has previously experienced. “We have a specific way to play here at Manchester City, with the build-up,” Ederson explains. “My teammates always offer me lots of lines to pass so that ends up being easier for my role…I used to work on my footwork, but not as much as I do now. It's a style of football that you enjoy playing and you enjoy watching. I think our team has a lot of calmness with the ball, we know how to work well and wait for the best moment to attack. “I think it's great the way we play and the way we approach the games... Our approach to football is a football of joy, the same joy that we do in our training sessions we show it later on match-days. That joy ends up influencing our fans and the rest of the football fans because they enjoy how we play.” Credit: Getty Images Ederson was also influenced by a legendary Brazilian goalkeeper. “Rogerio Ceni,” he says, smiling. “He's my idol. He was a goalkeeper, very skilful with his feet as well. He scored lots of goals from free-kicks, penalties... Correct me if I'm wrong, I think he scored more than 130 goals in his career? He made history in his club (Sao Paulo), he stayed for 25 years and played more than 1,500 games. He is a reference to the club, a great idol. So, I hope I can build a nice story like him one day. Not scoring goals, of course, but winning lots of trophies and make my name important in a big club.” But does he want to score? “I'm not planning to take the free-kicks, maybe penalties one day!” Ederson says. “If they give me the chance, I will do it, because I'm good at it [laughs]. But free-kicks, there are a lot of great players on our team that can shoot better, so I'm going to leave them to do it.” And what of those tattoos?  “Yes, I have the names of my parents and my wife (Lais),” Ederson says. Another is planned for his baby daughter, Yasmin. “I also have this quote on my leg that I like a lot,” he explains, reaching down. It is in Portuguese, from the Bible, Psalm 91, and reads: “The Lord is my God, my refuge, my fortress. In whom I trust. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you”. There are other tattoos, less religious. “I have one here on my neck, it's an emoji that means joy, happy, because I'm a happy person. I have them here (touching his neck) so people can tell that I'm a guy that loves tattoos. There are a lot of people that might not like tattoos; I respect it. For me, it's my passion, so the same way I respect their view, I'd like everyone to respect my passion for tattoos. “And when I look back (at my life) I look with a smile on my face. I remember sometimes a difficulty and I realise that it taught me something or it helped me later on. The difficulties in the past are the wins in the present. It's really rewarding when I go back to Brazil when people come to you and congratulate you for your success, your dedication, your effort.” Starting with those early starts. Ederson was taking part in Manchester City’s annual visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which saw the team deliver hundreds of presents to some of the region’s bravest youngsters.

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