With January fast approaching, clubs will be beginning to identify their top transfer targets that they wish to pursue throughout the January transfer window.
Here are a number of possible deals that we could expect to see:
Jermain Defoe to QPR
This is a transfer that was very close to completion during the summer. After Toronto sacked manager Ryan Nelson, Defoe’s future at the club came under scrutiny. Formers Spurs man Ryan Nelson was an influencing factor in Defoe’s original move. Things have not panned out the way either party would have hoped.
Harry Redknapp is keen to link up with his old striker, who could guarantee goals and a move for Defoe could ultimately play a big part in the fate of Queens Park Rangers. It is unclear what exactly the futue holds for Defoe, so there is a chance that he will join Rangers on loan during the MLS off season, with could become a permanent move later down the line.
Sami Khedira to Chelsea/Arsenal
Khedira’s future has been under speculation since the summer. Following some solid World Cup performances, he soon became a target for the Premier League’s top teams. Since recovering from an injury that saw him miss the World Cup final, Khredira has found his place taken by new signing Toni Kroos and now looks likely to be on his way out of Madrid. However, the question is where does he go next?
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been heavily linked with the midfielder. Chelsea would offer him the chance to work under former boss Jose Mourinho once again. On the other hand, Arsenal, who require someone of Khredira’s prowess slightly more than the Blues, would be able to offer more first team football.
Ron Vlaar to Manchester United
Since taking over the Red Devils, Louis van Gaal has been linked with nearly every member of the Netherlands squad that he took to Brazil. After many stand out performances in Brazil, one player in particular was a surprise target – Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar.
Due to all the speculation Vlaar recently signed a new deal at Villa, but any potential deal is still only likely to cost United between £8-12 million. The prospect of doing a deal on the cheap is something that will definitely tempt Van Gaal. Vlaar could definitely add some stability. However, I personally do not see this deal mounting, but you can never completely rule it out.
Gary Hooper to Bolton
Since the English striker left Celtic to join Norwich, he has failed to find the shooting boots he once possessed at Celtic. Now, with the likes of Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban at the club, Hooper has fallen down the pecking order at Norwich.
Neil Lennon has recently taken charge at Bolton, which could provide Hooper with a chance to work under his former Celtic boss. Initially a loan move will be more likely. If the two clubs could come to a deal it would give Hooper a chance to rediscover the form that delivered him and Celtic so much success over the years.
Stars of the future
The January transfer window also provides clubs with another chance to find possible destinations for their fringe or youth players to go out on loan. Many will be looking for ways out of their respective clubs in January. Here are a few who could go elsewhere:
Joel Campbell (Arsenal)
The Costa Rica winger has been an outcast at the Emirates this season. After returning to the club after a succession of loan spells, he was hoping that he could finally stamp his mark in the Arsenal first-team. With the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, who has finally recovered from injury, competing for a place, game time looks as if it is going to come at a premium for the young winger. Campbell played in the Champions League for Olympiakos last season and could be a very exciting acquisition for any lower Premier League team.
Marco Van Ginkel (Chelsea)
The Dutch central midfielder is currently on loan at AC Milan. However, game time at the Arzurri has been limited and the loan has not worked the way Chelsea would have hoped, fuelling speculation that the loan could end early. This would give Chelsea the opportunity to find a new club for Van Ginkel. Game time under Mourinho was limited due to injuries, so Van Ginkel will be eager to showcase his abilities.
Fabio Borini (Liverpool)
The Italian failed to force through a move in the summer and has mainly been used as a substitute this season. He has failed to register a goal at Anfield so far and a loan move could help him push for a place in the Liverpool side. Liverpool were keen to offload the striker during the summer, however, Borini failed to agree personal terms with a number of clubs. Liverpool are currently struggling to find goals, so the Reds could be reluctant to sell in order to bring in somebody else.