Predicting transfers is often a folly, but we’re going to have a crack anyway. The moves below have a genuine chance of happening this month – assuming that many of the men below aren’t particularly keen on keeping their backsides warm on a bi-weekly basis right now, that is.
There’s even someone for you, Spurs fans. Yes, really – now go and ask Uncle Daniel very nicely.
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Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea to Fulham)
January is the time that you look through the list of Premier League squads – particularly those in the top six – and raise an eyebrow at the players who you’d entirely forgotten existed. Drinkwater is very much included in that list.
In October, the midfielder insisted that he was in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge. But he’s 28, isn’t playing any football and could still feasibly get a Premier League move.
The £100,000-a-week wages mean that a loan exit is the most likely, but with Claudio Ranieri having got the best out of Drinkwater at Leicester and now just down the Kings Road, there is an opening at Fulham. Helping them to avoid relegation could well lead to a permanent move.
Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea to Crystal Palace)
Roy Hodgson conceded on Wednesday night that a deal to sign Dominic Solanke has fallen through, so Palace will turn their attentions elsewhere.
Batshuayi is currently enduring a miserable spell on loan at Valencia, for whom he has scored just one La Liga goal in 14 appearances – only four of those as a starter.
The Belgian has been on Palace’s radar ever since Chelsea beat them to his signature in 2016, and it seems likely that the Eagles will swoop in their latest attempts to fix a longstanding problem position. Ditto West Ham, who were also interested back then and are being linked once more.
Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United to Newcastle)
Much depends on Mike Ashley’s willingness to finally sell the club and allow it to breathe, but there have been multiple reports linking MLS’s best player with a move to Newcastle. They were hardly eased when it became clear that Arthur Blank, co-owner of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United (where Almiron plays), was interested in buying Newcastle.
Almiron moving would be massive for MLS. He would represent the first player since Clint Dempsey to truly establish themselves in the US before moving up to a top five league in Europe, rather than the other way around. It would offer evidence that MLS is maturing as a league – Almiron would become Newcastle’s record signing.
Jarrod Bowen (Hull to Tottenham)
There are at least five young players in the Championship who could feasibly make the grade at a Big Six club, but Hull’s Bowen might well be the first to move. Reports suggest that Tottenham could make a £22m bid if they can get Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Fernando Llorente off the wage bill this month.
Tottenham would be the perfect place for Bowen, surrounded by excellence and playing under a manager who has gained a reputation for improving young talent, either purchased or inherited. They have preferred to sign homegrown players from the Football League, and missed out on Jack Grealish in the final days of the summer window, although Pochettino did warn in September that “it’s about getting lucky with this type of player [in the lower leagues]”.
For the price, though, 22-year-old Bowen would be worth the risk.
Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City to Bournemouth)
If Eddie Howe could bolster one position in January, it would be at right-back. Keeping hold of Callum Wilson might be priority No.1 for this transfer window, but serious injuries to Adam Smith and captain Simon Francis leave Bournemouth very light on options.
Kelly would be the perfect replacement. His performances for Bristol City this season have led to his first call-up to the England U21 squad and led to reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United. Would a move to a club where he was guaranteed Premier League starts make more sense?