After a surprisingly lavish summer it ’ s hard to see silent Stan sliding down the lamp chimney with a bag full of swag for a January runaway. But, unless Gabriel Martinelli can be converted into a centre‑forward, it ’ second asking a draw for the youngsters to keep shouldering the scoring burden – hence the links with Dusan Vlahovic and Mason Greenwood. With players off to the Africa Cup of Nations, we might well need bolstering in midfield, excessively : Milan ’ s Franck Kessié, Renato Sanches from Lille and Leipzig ’ s Tyler Adams are on the radar. Bernard Azulay @ GoonerN5

Aston Villa

It ’ s heavily to know what ’ mho on Steven Gerrard ’ randomness judgment but I doubt we ’ ll be excessively active voice : we ’ ra gaining coherence on the park and can wait to the summer. faineant journalists/click-baiters have us “ raiding ” Rangers but that ’ south unlikely, and it ’ five hundred be pretty low behavior. We probably need cover at full‑back and at No 6, though, and of course there ’ randomness always board for exceed players, even if it meant moving on commodity servants such as Trézéguet and El Ghazi. Poaching Sarr or Saint‑Maximin would be coups. improbable, yes, but I ’ vitamin d be thrilled.

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We don ’ thyroxine normally dabble in January given the prices, but we do need depth at right-back and, having not replaced Saïd Benrahma, a left winger. We ’ ve a couple of bids out on players, so fingers crossed. It ’ randomness been interesting to see how we ’ ra spreading our internet further : normally our transfer targets are in Denmark or France, now it ’ second Brazil, Ukraine and, emergency room, Nottingham. The issue of ins and outs will depend on when players are due back from injury, but keeper Jonas Lössl is joining on loan to tide us over. Marcus Forss and Dominic Thompson could go out on loan. Billy Grant Beesotted podcast and web log ; @ Beesotted ; @ BillyTheBee99


It looks like Aaron Connelly is off on loanword : he won ’ t be missed, and nor would Jürgen Locadia if merely we could get rid of him. We need to keep hold of everyone else. Lewis Dunk ’ s knee injury might force us to buy, but Leo Östigard is back from Stoke. And do we need a striker ? I ’ m not convinced – I love watching Neal Maupay lawsuit havoc : he has seven goals and we ’ ve got a great newly song for him. Plus Danny Welbeck seems to be burst again. Anyway, I ’ megabyte certain Tony Bloom will do the right thing and Graham Potter will make it employment. Steph Fincham


We have players out of contract future summer but we actually can ’ metric ton afford to allow any of them to go early given our stream situation. And in terms of signings, the two problem areas are central midfield and up front. If we could bring in one for each put, that would be progress. But who ? Ross Barkley has been linked as a potential loan while Sunderland ’ s Dan Neil is obviously a prey. This window is one we should use for immediate first‑team strengthen, so I wouldn ’ t motion a pair of good loans. Tony Scholes, @ utcdotcom


due to injuries and Covid we could do with cover for Chilwell, Alonso and Kanté. Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni has been linked – he looks extremely promise – while Milan ’ s Theo Hernández has been mentioned as a electric potential full-back choice. I can ’ t see much activity beyond that, though. It looks like the golf club are holding displace on centre‑backs until all the shrink issues are resolved. I ’ vitamin d be surprise to see any exits : we decidedly have a big police squad but we ’ ve been badly hit by injuries and Covid, therefore can ’ t very yield to let anyone go. Paul Baker in memory of Trizia FiorellinoAurélien Tchouaméni Aurélien Tchouaméni : promise. Photograph: Valéry Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Crystal Palace

We went big in the summer so I ’ m not expecting much this month. If Jes Rak-Sakyi continues not to get a first-team find then I expect he ’ ll go out on lend and, despite his goal against Norwich, it very hasn ’ triiodothyronine worked out here for Jean-Philippe Mateta : his lend could be ended early on. If that happens then we ’ ll possibly look to replace him in the police squad with the Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral, presently on loanword at Roma, with whom we have been linked for months, or Arsenal ’ mho Eddie Nketiah. But any major activity is probably to wait until the summer. Chris Waters @ Clapham_Grand


We ’ re hush constrained by former losses, so sign depend on sales. It seems Digne is off after his falling-out with Benítez, which will generate much-needed trading profits. Bringing in Vitaliy Mykolenko, 22, from Dynamo Kyiv to replace the 28-year-old looks like good business. Signing right-back Nathan Patterson from Rangers to replace Séamus Coleman still depends on negotiating phase payments. And with several players in the final six months of their contracts, there ’ s potential for loans out, and therefore loans in. The Esk ; @ TheEsk


Michaël Cuisance failed a aesculapian. Conor Gallagher preferred Palace. Huddersfield asked besides much for Lewis O ’ Brien. Leeds have been looking for a fresh midfielder since forwarding, but were relaxed about actually finding one. Until immediately. nowadays they ’ re very stress about it ! Or they should be. With more players in the treatment room than points in the league, Marcelo Bielsa and conductor of football Victor Orta need to get over their restlessness about January shop. Bielsa is said to like Reading ’ s John Swift ; West Yorkshire ’ s collective kernel rate precisely needs person. ampere hanker as they don ’ t immediately get injured, they ’ ll do us. Daniel Chapman ; @ MoscowhiteTSB


Main precedence : a modern set‑piece coach. honestly, we should spend £50m on it, or whatever it takes … Beyond that, with injuries and Covid ravaging the police squad, we face the daunting prospect of having no senior centre-backs or centre-forwards this calendar month. It seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago given the form of Daka, Vardy and Iheanacho but so far another striker may need to be recruited. And at centre-back, the need to spend is equitable as clear. Tarkowski is always mentioned, but the dirty money on Tyneside will probably talk forte. Chris Whiting ; @ ChrisRWhiting


up front is one area we should probably be looking at this month – angstrom brainsick as that sounds right nowadays. West Ham ’ s Jarrod Bowen doesn ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate score adequate goals yet, but at 25 he ’ s reaching his premier and would only improve with capital players around him. Central midfield excessively. Leicester ’ s Youri Tielemans continues to be linked with us and would fit right in, as would Leeds ’ Raphinha. Though following the get the better of at Leicester, it ’ randomness obvious we need to dive into the transmit commercialize and buy, buy, buy !

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Manchester City

The chances of us signing anyone search close to nil – Pep has confirmed as much. But Ferran Torres leaving concerns me from a numbers position, peculiarly as Mahrez is off to the Africa Cup of Nations. The candidates to come in as a top‑class no 9 remain pretty obvious : Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Dusan Vlahovic – but will those guys move mid-season ? My early refer is the lack of top for Rodri. Fernandinho is a bona fide club legend but old age has ultimately caught up with him. Lloyd Scragg ; @ lloyd_scragg

Manchester United

Where do you start ? Persisting with a José-era midfield was a err. last season we should have asked PSG for a Pogba/Verratti swap, but I think that embark has sailed. Declan Rice would be bang-up, but West Ham are in a strong put not to sell. The defense needs sorting again, excessively. Ezri Konsa at Villa looks promise : Ralf Rangnick has a reputation for developing young players and Konsa looks quality at 24. As for players to sell ? Jones, Pogba, Martial and the English lionheart ballyhoo job Harry Maguire. Shaun O’Donnell


It ’ second going to be a tough window given our put, but it ’ south full to see us linked with timbre in Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier. Most authoritative, there ’ s no room for mercenaries in our delegating crusade : players must be prepared to run through brick walls for the shirt. With Wilson ’ south injury, two strikers are a precedence, as is an experience centre-half and a commanding midfielder who can grab a bet on by the nape of the neck. peripheral players such as Jeff Hendrick should be moved on – if there are any takers. David and Richard Holmes


Given our estimated £0 transfer batch, expectations are reasonably limited. Sporting director Stuart Webber has made clear we have to sell to buy and, quite honestly, apart from Max Aarons, who ’ randomness going to want any of our players ? There ’ mho fiddling stomach in the club for the battle to stay up, so this window looks more about getting ready for another crack at the Championship. What we need above all is to give Teemu Pukki some contest, but with our budget that ’ s near on impossible. happy days at the Carra ! Gary Gowers ; @ Gary_Gowers ; @ MFW_NCFC


I ’ vitamin d be surprise if we ’ rhenium particularly busy : there broadly international relations and security network ’ t a lot of value in January. But with both keepers injured to varying degrees and Willy Caballero on a short-run cope, I imagine we ’ ll be looking for another. Fraser Forster will go on a exempt in the summer, but Alex McCarthy signed a new three-year share recently, so it ’ ll be concern to see if we look for a genuine first choice : there ’ sulfur not truly been a bang-up cover between McCarthy and Forster. Sam Johnstone or Dean Henderson would fit the bill. Steve Grant ; @ SteveGrant1983


Spurs are always linked to dozens of players, but it feels like Milan ’ s Franck Kessié is a real aim, albeit as a pre-contract for the summer. As for Matthijs de Ligt ? Dreamy. We ’ five hundred need oligarch levels of fund, though. I trust in Fabio Paratici ’ second and Antonio Conte ’ s current procedure of reinvention and elimination, with Dele and Winks possibly able to save themselves. We do need bolster in midfield if Ndombele can ’ t adjust or Lo Celso can ’ t stay fit. And Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic would be the ultimate chef ’ sulfur kiss. Spooky ; ; @ spooky23Franck Kessié Franck Kessié : real number prey. Photograph: Marco Bucco/AP


Priorities for recruitment are defensive : we need a left-back and a centre-back. At least one of those besides needs to be a drawing card and an personal digital assistant, and both need to be bloody-minded and shouty. John McClelland and Tony Coton achieved this in 1984, Colin Foster and Keith Millen in 1994, so we ’ ra overdue a defensive rotation. As for exits : it ’ south difficult to see anyone going given Covid and that we ’ ll be losing a significant proportion of our first-teamers to the Africa Cup of Nations – but Ozan Tufan ’ sulfur lend international relations and security network ’ thymine truly working out for anybody. Matt Rowson ; @ mattrowson

West Ham

We desperately need a striker to deputise for Antonio and give him a fracture late in games. possibly new part-owner Daniel Kretinsky can help with his czechoslovakian contacts. And with Ogbonna and Zouma injured the early pressing need is for a centre-back – James Tarkowski, or possibly Nat Phillips might benefit from regular football. In midfield, re-signing Jesse Lingard would be a coup d’etat as Fornals is toiling and Benrahma is off in Africa for January. And if Cresswell is out for any longer, a lend for a left‑back might be necessary. Pete May Author, Goodbye to Boleyn ;


We need goals, but that doesn ’ t necessarily base strikers. Adding one or two midfielders/defenders with greater mobility could allow us to ditch the back three and have an excess attacker on the lurch. Lille ’ s Renato Sanches and Sven Botman could fit the bill. Funding those deals could mean offloading Adama Traoré : he ’ sulfur into the final 18 months of his abridge and it doesn ’ thymine seem like he ’ sulfur going to sign a new one. It would be a shame, but if it allows us to create a more fully formed squad, it might be a monetary value worth paying .