When Does The January Transfer Window Open All The Information Ahead Of The Winter Festivities
Christmas has gone, you”re all planning your new year fitness regimes and convincing yourself you”ll swap the late night drive-through for pots of hummus.
But while your brand spanking new luminous running shoes get a couple of run outs, the Premier League”s management have been preparing themselves for the circus of January transfer goodness.
That”s right, it”s almost winter transfer window time!
Whether it be Nigel Pearson looking for that missing cog to pull Leicester off the bottom, or Arsene Wenger hunting a defensive linchpin to secure ANOTHER fourth-placed Arsenal finish, bosses across the league will be preparing their moves.
Last year failed to give us the thrills and spills we were expecting but if the summer is anything to go by, the new year could offer plenty of drama.
And as we know, no transfer window is complete without Harry Redknapp hanging out of car windows.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the winter sales…
When does the January window open?
The window opens on Thursday January 1 2015.
From then, you can expect a flurry of movements as teams finalise the deals which they had in place before the window opened.
When does it close?
While the summer window lasts two months, you only get 33 days of Jim White bellowing at you on Sky Sports News in the colder climate. The window cannot shut on a weekend, meaning it drags, err, until February 2.
What happened last year?
The highest profile move last year was undoubtedly Juan Mata”s £37.1million move to Manchester United from Chelsea.
The Spanish playmaker had won back-to-back Player of the Year gongs at Stamford Bridge, but fell out of favour upon Jose Mourinho”s return to the club following the rise to prominence of Eden Hazard and Oscar in the Blues” midfield.
Chelsea were also involved in deadline day”s biggest deal, signing Kurt Zouma from St Etienne for £12million.
Action ImagesDone deal: Zouma joined Chelsea this time last year
Fulham and Crystal Palace were the busiest Premier League clubs on deadline day, each signing five players, although it couldn”t stop the trigger-happy Cottagers from dropping into the Championship.
Despite being in the second tier, “Arry couldn”t help himself indulging in some deadline day fun, also signing five players for QPR, in a season which ended with a dramatic Wembley promotion via the playoffs.
What can you expect YOUR club to do?
Arsene Wenger could use a centre-back and a ball-winning midfielder, so expect neither to arrive. Don”t rule out an 11th-hour pursuit of Kim Kallstrom though…
Paul Lambert would like to make Tom Cleverley”s loan move permanent from Manchester United, while they may have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph.
Dwight Gayle”s name has crept up in connection with the Clarets, and Sean Dyche has gone on record to state that he is looking for a midfielder. A move for Giampaolo Pazzini may be an outside bet.
Jose Mourinho is unlikely to be busy this transfer window. Fernando Torres” move has now been made permanent but expect minimal arrivals at Stamford Bridge.
First and foremost, Palace need a manager. Neil Warnock was planning some early additions prior to his axing and they have been linked with Bafetimbi Gomis and Yaya Sanogo. The prospect of Ashley Cole”s arrival at Selhurst Park appears remote.
PAStaying put? Cole is likely to remain with Roma
Seamus Coleman has been linked with a move to Manchester United, although such a deal may be engineered in the summer. Adnan Januzaj may move the other way on loan while Andre Ayew and Barcelona”s Adama Traore have also been mentioned.
Hatem Ben Arfa will leave following his disastrous loan spell and Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa may stay after they were recalled from their own respective loan spells earlier this month. Steve Bruce could be forced to withstand reported interest in Curtis Davies.
Rock-bottom Leicester may have to act decisively to help secure their Premier League status and they may make a move for Andrej Kramaric. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson has stated that he will be looking to add to his squad, but January is a treacherous month for teams who need several additions.
The Reds need a goalkeeper and a striker and Brendan Rodgers may be forced to wheel and deal this January. David Moyes reportedly wants Emre Can at Real Sociedad on loan, while Fabio Borini may finally be shipped out if they can find a buyer. Divock Origi is unlikely to join until the summer.
City are crying out for a striker. Injuries to Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic have made the decision to loan Alvaro Negredo appear inexplicable. Other than a centre-forward, Manuel Pellegrini”s squad is well stocked. Frank Lampard could stay at City for the rest of the season.
Action ImagesLampard has been an important squad member for Man City
Injuries have beset the United squad all season but with over £150m plundered in the summer, expect few big-outlay deals from Louis van Gaal.
Hatem Ben Arfa is expected to leave, while the Magpies are said to be hunting a striker. Mapou-Yanga Mbiwa could make his Roma loan permanent and Moussa Sissoko will attract attention. However, speculation around Alan Pardew”s future could throw all January deals in the air.
Queens Park Rangers:
Rangers have been linked with Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe while Scott Sinclair is said to be a target. R”s boss Harry Redknapp has also been linked with a deal for Yakubu, although Charlie Austin”s future may come under scrutiny.
The high-flying Saints have been linked with a deal for Blackburn hotshot Jordan Rhodes, while Ryan Bertrand may make his loan move permanent. However, Ronald Koeman could be bracing himself for renewed interest in Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Potters are keen to secure Peter Crouch to a new contract, while Rennes” Paul-Georges Ntep is a reported target. Glenn Wheland could sign a new deal and Charlie Adam is a target for David Moyes at Real Sociedad, according to reports.
Gus Poyet has never made any secret of his desire to sign Liverpool”s Fabio Borini and the Black Cats manager has admitted that he is planning to be active throughout the window.
John PowellIn demand: Borini has been a long-term Sunderland target
Keeping hold of Wilfried Bony is Garry Monk”s number one priority for January, and he is also keen to retain Bafetimbi Gomis. Nelson Oliveira will join from Benfica and Alan Tate has extended his loan stay with Crewe Alexandra.
Saido Berahino”s name has crept up in connection with Spurs, while Brazilian misfit Paulinho could return back to his homeland on loan.
Saido Berahino could be the subject of interest from a number of clubs, and a report has claimed that Albion are on the verge of signing Swedish teenager Filip Tasic.
Winston Reid could be a target for Arsenal and Ravel Morrison is likely to find another club on loan. Alex Song”s loan stay will be an issue for Sam Allardyce to ponder next month.
The best images from last year”s January deadline day: