Who will make signings: the January Transfer Window

Updated: December 11, 2013

This season’s Premier League have proved to be one of the most entertaining and open in history.

Arsenal currently lead the way but with just 9 points separating the Gunners from seventh place Newcastle it is all very much there to play for.

The crucial Christmas period will almost certainly shake up the current order especially as with fixtures involving the top seven however it is the January transfer that could have the biggest impact on the final destination of the Premier League title.

SportsNewsIreland takes a look at where club’s need to strengthen and who they will look.

Club: Arsenal

Current Position: 1st

What do they need? A striker and a midfielder. As an attacking unit Arsenal look very strong with plenty of options in the attacking midfield areas. Up front Oliver Giroud has lead the line very well however with no real alternatives the French man has no back up and that is an area that will be addressed by Wenger in January.

Who should they look at? Lars Bender and William Carvalho, the young Sporting Lisbon star, would be good additions to the Arsenal midfield while up front Alvaro Morato and Michu would provide decent cover for Giroud. One player linked with the club in recent weeks is Seamus Coleman. However while the Irish man would be a superb signing it is unlikely that Coleman would move mid-season and if this move was going to happen, then Arsenal will need to wait until the summer.

Club: Liverpool

Current Position: 2nd Place

What do they need? A midfield general and another striker. Liverpool are enjoying one of their most productive seasons in recent years. The Reds have proved they have the starting 11 to match any side in the Premier League however they lack the strength in depth of their rivals. Recent injuries to Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge have highlighted the gulf in class between the first team and the ever improving backups.

Who should they look at? Konstantinos Mitroglou has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, the Greek star has scored 16 goals in 15 games for Olympiacos this season and would be a strong addition to the Liverpool forward line. Likewise, Javier Pastore would be a good signing. The attacking midfielder has struggled with injury since moving to PSG and could be tempted by a loan move to bolster his world cup hopes. Yann M’Vila has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks and the 23 year old, currently on the books of Rubin Kazan, would be a fantastic signing. Closer to home, Morgan Schneiderlin has impressed for Southampton and could be a shrewd acquisition by Brendan Rodgers.

Club: Chelsea

Current Position: 3rd

What do they need? Chelsea have a strong squad already, the second strongest in the league after Manchester City, however Jose Mourinho could still be tempted to delve into the transfer market. A prolific striker is a must have especially as Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have recorded just 4 league goals between them while and a defender would seem to be on the wish list.

Who should they look at? Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is one man being linked with a move to the Blues while Christian Benteke and Loic Remy could prove the answer to Mourinho’s striker woes.

Club: Manchester City

Current Position: 4th

What do they need? Not much. City have the strongest squad in the league with options all over the field. One area that Manuel Pellegrini might look at is the goalkeeper jersey with Joe Hart currently benched and Costel Pantilimon the number current one.

Who should they look at? Iker Casillas has been linked with a big money move to Manchester and the Real Madrid stopper would certainly be a big name capture with plenty of experience. Victor Valdes is another who could be tempted by a move to the big spenders.

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Club: Everton

Current Position: 5th

What do they need? Wingers and a left back would appear to be the order of the day at Goodison Park. The left back position will only become an issue should Leighton Baines leave the club, a situation not a strong as it appeared early in the season given his recent injury. The fact that Bryan Oviedo has moved seamlessly into the slot has also meant that this position is not an urgent one for January. Martinez likes wingers and it is likely that one will move to the club in January.

Who should they look at? Aiden McGeady is one winger that is on the club’s radar and the Irish star would be a good addition to the Toffee’s squad. The former Celtic star is out of contract in the summer and could sign a pre-contract in January.

Club: Spurs

Current Position: 6th

What do they need? A goal scoring striker. Spurs have only scored 15 goals all season with just four of those coming from their big money summer signing Roberto Soldado. The Valencia man arrived at White Hart Lane with a big reputation but has so far failed to replicate the form he showed in recent seasons with Valencia managing just one goal from open play.

Who should they look at? Javier Hernandez has been linked with a move to London and the Manchester United striker would be the perfect man to finish off Spurs attacking moves. The Mexican is a good header of the ball and is a deadlier finisher.

Club: Newcastle United

Current Position: 7th

What do they need? Another striker. They love a good striker in the North East and in Loic Remy they have one of the highest calibre. The on-loan QPR star has banged in 8 goals so far and has looked very comfortable in the Black and White of Newcastle however with Papiss Cisse struggling for form Alan Pardew needs to add another striker to his ranks to ease the burden on his star man.

Who should they look at? Given that Alan Pardew has a penchant for French players it would be wise to look at this market for potential signings for the Magpies. Andre Pierre Gignac and Bafetimbi Gomis of Marseille and Lyon respectively would certainly add value to the Newcastle forward line. Gignac has scored 6 goals so far this season with Gomis a goal behind.

Special Mention:

David Moyes Manchester United are having a poor season by their own high standards. Without the influential Sir Alex Ferguson the club currently sit 9th in the table and already it would appear that any hopes of reclaiming their title have disappeared. There is still plenty of football left to be played however and anything can happen. With that in mind we also take a look at what exactly the Red Devils can do to drag themselves back into contention.

: Manchester United

Current Position: 9th

What do they need? Midfielders. United have looked very ordinary in the middle of the park especially in the absence of Michael Carrick. Marouane Fellaini has failed to make an impact at the club while Tom Cleverley has shown this season that he is not of the standard required at Old Trafford. Shinja Kagawa has also failed to replicate the form that saw him seal a £17 million move to United and has been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund.

Who should they look at? Wesley Sneijder is being linked with a move to Old Trafford and David Moyes could be tempted to add the 29 year old to his ranks. The Dutch star would certainly bring creativity to the United midfield although given his signing would be a short term solution. Everton Ribeiro of Cruzeiro would be an unproven signing while a signing of the calibre of Cesc, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Modric would send out the right message they are unlikely to happen until the summer.

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