Back of the netters, here is a comprehensive look at what some of the biggest EPL clubs need on the last day of the January Transfer Window…… Deadline day is so special in it’s own way, let’s see what your club needs to Win a title, avoid the drop or secure a best place finish.
Clubs have until 11pm on Monday to make their last signings of the summer.
And the final activity is likely to be dominated – as it has been all month – by clubs fighting to stay IN the Premier League.
The stakes have never been higher, with a new megabucks £5billion TV deal kicking in next season.
That cash will be split among the top-flight clubs – and no one wants to miss out on football’s biggest pay day.
So it is no surprise that clubs like Newcastle, Sunderland, Norwich, Bournemouth and Swansea – all fighting against relegation – have been the busiest in this window.
One transfer-deal fixer told the Daily Star Sunday: “These are desperate clubs – desperate not to lose their Premier League status.”
So which deals could go through before tomorrow night’s deadline?
Newcastle top the January spending table at £29million and manager Steve McClaren hopes they are not finished yet. He would like to bring back to Tyneside Chelsea striker Loic Remy, on loan, but is also eyeing £7m-rated Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis. The Toon, who face competition from Leicester for Remy, are also one of a number of clubs being linked with Roma’s Seydou Doumbia,
Sunderland are splashing the cash, too. Boss Sam Allardyce had Swansea’s Andre Ayew, 26, as his top attacking target. But with the Welsh club reluctant to sell to a fellow club in distress. Loic Remy: The Frenchman has got frustrated at life on the Chelsea bench after only seven league starts in 18 months. He is the best striker available at the end of the window and could be a £12m target for Leicester, Newcastle, Palace and Villa.
The Black Cats are also interested in Arsenal’s France and former Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy. He would be a great addition to the Sunderland defense, well anything would be right? But Debuchy was at Villa three days ago to discuss a loan move and could be Midlands-bound. In Sunderland’s favour, though, is their loan-fee offer to Arsenal, which so far tops Villa’s proposal.
Liverpool, have not given up on their £30m pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil attacker Alex Teixeira, 26. That deal, though, may have to wait until the summer unless Shakhtar accept Liverpool’s 30 million pound bid already table to them. Liverpool as always are linked with everybody so add the likes of Matip, Chilwell and Xhaka to the list. They need new blood and they need it today!!! Gary Cahill: Cahill has fallen out of favour under interim boss Guus Hiddink and while Chelsea are suggesting he won’t be allowed to go, he needs to make sure he stays in the England team for Euro 2016. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is in dire need of a centre-back
Andre Ayew: A strange one. Ayew was one of the signings of the summer, has bagged eight goals for Swansea and yet relegation rivals Sunderland have offered £10m for him. Perhaps a bigger bid from a better team would get them a high-class forward. However this would be a massive loss for the Swans, one that would almost ensure relegation?
Bruno Martins Indi: Manchester United’s full-backs seem cursed. They keep on getting injured. Louis van Gaal has admitted he needs defensive reinforcements and Martins Indi helped his Holland team finish third in the World Cup. Porto might be likelier to sell after crashing out of the Champions League. United finally look like they are trying to build a team instead of buying players who lack the desire to be there and work hard.
Moussa Dembele: As if having Mousa Dembele is not enough, Tottenham could add Moussa Dembele. Both, confusingly, were found at Fulham. The teenage sensation would provide much needed striking cover for Harry Kane. The fee might be £5m, but rising to about £12m.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION/ SPURS/ STOKE/ NEWCASTLE:
Saido Berahino: Berahino has been on the bench and left in limbo since a move to Tottenham broke down in August. He is unused at West Brom. They could cash in, to the tune of up to £20m. Spurs, Stoke and Newcastle are possible destinations. Little B has had a horror season and needs out Brom NOW!!
Ahmed Musa: A high-speed winger with a goalscoring habit, CSKA Moscow’s Musa is the man Leicester want to strengthen their unlikely title challenge. But he could cost £19m and Man United could rival the league leaders for the Nigerian’s signature, but let’s be honest who want’s to go to United over Leicester at the moment?
Andriy Yarmolenko: Arsenal don’t need another flair player but that’s rarely stopped manager Arsene Wenger from buying them in the past. Ukraine winger Yarmolenko has been prolific for Dynamo Kiev and his country. He could cost £23m. Arsenal can afford it.They have 48 hours to save their season. Two days to transform a team, to give a squad spark, solidity, skill, speed or something extra.