The ultimate guide to the January transfer window

Two weeks until the transfer window opens! Here’s your ultimate club-by-club guide of who’s moving in and out… with Liverpool and United after Dayot Upamecano and Chelsea back in for Declan Rice

  • Premier League teams are looking to strengthen their squads in January
  • The winter window holds greater significance to sides at the bottom of the table
  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add some attackers to his under-par side 
  • Chelsea are set to see more departures than incomings in the January window 
  • Sportsmail runs through all 20 Premier League teams to assess their needs 

Approaching the halfway point of the season and the January transfer window holds different levels of significance for bosses depending on how the 2020-21 campaign has started.  

For Arsenal, additions feel essential. Hovering precariously above the relegation zone Mikel Arteta desperately needs some attacking injection into his side. Chelsea meanwhile spent in excess of £200million in the summer and will likely treat January as a chance to shift some more deadwood.

Sportsmail has cast an eye on all 20 Premier League clubs, picking out some of their targets for the winter and who has been deemed surplus to requirements.  

Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of new faces as Arsenal sit slumped in the bottom half

Manchester United remain keen on Jadon Sancho but Borussia Dortmund still want £108m


Wanted: Houssem Aouar (Lyon), Maxi Gomez (Valencia), Omar Rekik (Hertha Berlin)

Who could go: Mesut Ozil, Sokratis

Defeat to Burnley on Sunday leaves them sat 15th, five points clear of the relegation zone and Arteta cannot go on much longer without freshening things up.

There was concrete interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai but he has since joined RB Leipzig in Germany. 

Arsenal were focused on Lyon starlet Houssem Aouar in the summer but failed to convince the French club to part with him. January is never ideal to get value for money but Arsenal are in crisis and a statement signing could galvanise the dressing room.

Given he was left out of both the Premier League and Europa League squads, getting rid of Mesut Ozil would free up a hefty chunk in wages but the German has already said he is keen to see out the remaining months of his deal.  

Houssem Aouar (right) was a priority in the summer for Arsenal but they failed to agree a move

Aston Villa   

Wanted: Milot Rashica (Werder Bremen)

Having survived by the skin of their teeth last season, boss Dean Smith deserves an immense amount of credit for Villa’s start to the 2020-21 season. 

Ollie Watkins came for a big price tag at £33m but has impressed and the loan pick-up of Ross Barkley has looked a clever piece of business. 

There is no clamour for wholesale changes but there is interest in Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica. 

The Kosovo international has been on Villa’s radar for some time but talks failed to progress and he remained in Bremen. Currently suffering a thigh injury, fitness could be the biggest obstacle if Smith green lights going back for Rashica.  


Wanted: Midfielder

Glen Kamara (Rangers)

Who could go: Ben White

Brighton’s issue so far has been a number of encouraging performances that simply haven’t generated enough points.

Graham Potter is well liked by his players but the reality of the situation is they sit two points above the relegation zone. 

Midfield appears the area Potter wants to work his magic on most urgently and Glen Kamara of Rangers is on the radar. 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has no interest in losing Kamara – who signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he joined in January 2019 – but the offer of Premier Leagu football could swing it for the 25-year-old Finland international.  

Glen Kamara gets plenty of admiring glances south of the border from Premier League sides


Wanted: Midfielder, defender

Fabian Delph (Everton), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Joe Worrall (N Forest)

Who could go: Jack Cork, James Tarkowski, Matt Lowton

Sean Dyche went to bed a lot happier on Sunday than he has most weekends this season and while they have only just lifted themselves out of the relegation zone following that win at Arsenal, Dyche is growing increasingly optimistic. 

A takeover is being worked on off the pitch at Turf Moor and it remains unclear if Dyche will be able to strengthen his squad next month while that remains ongoing. 

If he is allowed to make moves, a midfielder is high on the priority list with Everton’s Fabian Delph and Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall both seen as attainable targets. 

Josh Brownhill and Ashley Westwood have been improving as a partnership but Dyche wants greater competition for places to steer the Lancashire side clear of danger once again.  


Wanted: Declan Rice (West Ham), Anel Ahmedhodžić (Malmo)

Who could go: Kepa, Olivier Giroud, Fikayo Tomori, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Danny Drinkwater

That summer splurge – which saw Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner arrive – gave Lampard the quality he was unable to bring in in the transfer ban era. 

Owner Roman Abramovich dug deep into his pockets and additions in January would simply be fine-tuning a side who feel they have a shot at the league title in this Covid-19-struck season. 

Declan Rice, once of the Blues’ academy, has plenty of admirers at Stamford Bridge and is seen as the top target should they dip into the market. Adept in central midfield or at centre back, that adaptability would prove invaluable for Frank Lampard.

Declan Rice was once of the Chelsea academy and they are keen to see him back at the club

Crystal Palace

Wanted: Christian Kouame (Fiorentina), Ismaila Sarr (Watford)

Who could go: James McCarthy, James Tomkins

Roy Hodgson’s job is as much about keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha as it is adding to his squad this month. 

Ismaila Sarr is an option at Watford is Zaha is poached away but there is no way Palace would let their star man go on the cheap. 

James McCarthy is more likely to find an unobstructed path to the exit door as he struggles for minutes in the Eagles’ midfield. Sam Allardyce’s arrival at West Brom could see James Tomkins depart. 


Wanted: Omar Richards (Reading), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Sergio Romero (Man Utd)

Who could go: Yannick Bolasie, Mo Besic, Yerry Mina

Carlo Ancelotti is among the most well-connected men in football and that is beneficial when it comes to trying to woo players in the winter window. 

Veterans brimming with leadership could well be top of the order for the Italian with Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero – who was blocked from joining Everton in the summer – and Juventus’ Sami Khedira, two reported options. 

Khedira, 33, is said to have spoken on the phone to Ancelotti and the World Cup winner would add a wealth of experience to an already glittering array of midfield options. 

Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic are likely to be shopped around to Championship clubs as they have no future under Ancelotti at Everton.  

Juventus outcast Sami Khedira has spoken on the phone with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti


Wanted: Defender

Kai Wagner (Philadelphia)

Just a few weeks ago it was almost like Fulham needed a whole new team in January.

Now, that is certainly not the case. 

The draw with Liverpool showed their turnaround under Scott Parker and he deserves credit for getting a tune out of his players heading into another harsh winter schedule. 

Defenders are always useful, especially to sides that have come up, and Fulham are looking at Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner. 

The German is 23 years old and with clubs at the wrong end of the table keen not to flash the cash, Wagner, who formerly played with Augsburg and Schalke, is valued around £3.5million which fits well within the aforementioned tight budgets. 

Leeds United

Wanted: Midfielder

Riqui Puig (Barcelona), Daniel James (Man Utd)

It seemed improbable that Marcelo Bielsa would be able to coax Barcelona wonderkid Riqui Puig to Yorkshire but circumstances change. 

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has accused Puig of leaking information, according to reports in Spain, and that will only strengthen belief at Leeds and other interested clubs that a deal could be struck for the midfielder next month. 

Leeds are easy on the eye when at their best but a series of draws and defeats has shown they need more in January. 

Daniel James, who famously posed with a Leeds shirt before the deal collapsed, is another target if Manchester United sanction a loan deal for the Welshman. 

Barcelona wonderkid Riqui Puig (right) remains a long-term target for those at Leeds United

Leicester City

Wanted: Left-back

Nuno Mendes (Sporting)

Who could go: Islam Slimani

Brendan Rodgers said recently he is more interested in developing players than on winning titles and so it would be no surprise to see him stick with what he has next month. 

A new left back remains of interest following Ben Chilwell’s summer switch to Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon’s Nuno Mendes is considered a top target. 

He is just 18, very raw and malleable, but there could be strong interest from a host of Champions League clubs for the teenager. 

Bruno Fernandes’ agent Miguel Pinho represents him and so dealing with Premier League teams should prove no issue if Leicester firm up their interest.  


Wanted: Defender

Manuel Akanji (B Dortmund), Ibrahima Konate, Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Ozan Kabak (Schalke), Ben White (Brighton), David Carmo (Braga), Marcos Llorente (A Madrid) (Transfers in likely to be held over until summer unless deal materialises)

Who could go: Divock Origi, Georginio Wijnaldum – Dutchman will stay until summer before joining Barcelona

A defender. That’s the extent of Liverpool’s list having lost talisman Virgil van Dijk for most of the season and Joe Gomez for the coming months. 

Liverpool will not want to be held to ransom and have managed to stay in the title pack with a patched up backline. 

Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig – who face Liverpool in the last-16 of the Champions League – remains a top target, while Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji and Brighton’s Ben White are alternative options. 

Liverpool could put all new arrivals on hold until the summer unless one of their targets is part of a deal that is too good to pass up. Jurgen Klopp knows the damage one more key defensive injury could do to his title hopes.  

Leeds pursued Ben White (right) in the summer but now Liverpool and Man United want him

Manchester City

Wanted: left-back, midfielder, forward

Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Lucas Digne (Everton), Darwin Nunez (Benfica)

Who could go: Benjamin Mendy, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Eric Garcia, Jayden Braaf

Manchester City’s flaws remain the same as they were in the summer: left back and striker.

The full-back spot in particular remains an issue and with Benjamin Mendy failing to push his game on, a new left back is high on the priority list.

There is a liking for Everton’s Lucas Digne while Guardiola is also an admirer of Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.

Eric Garcia is out of contract in the summer and is free to discuss pre-contract agreements with club’s abroad. He is determined to secure a move back to Barcelona. 

Manchester United

Wanted: Jadon Sancho (B Dortmund), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), David Carmo (Braga), Ben White (Brighton), Kieran Trippier (A Madrid)

Who could go: Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba

Exiting the Champions League once again highlighted the shortcomings in this United side. 

Defensively they want more and like Liverpool are looking at Upamecano and White.

Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is a target as he is seen as perfect competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back. 

Another defensive option interesting Man United and Liverpool is Dayot Upamecano (right)

Newcastle Utd

Wanted: box to box midfielder, left-sided centre back, right back

Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Brandon Williams (Man Utd), Enis Bardhi (Levante), Boubakary Soumare (Lille)

Loan deals could well be the route Steve Bruce takes next month as he looks to fine-tune his squad.

Fikayo Tomori turned down a temporary switch to West Ham in the summer but a lack of game time under Lampard could convince him to spend half a season on loan.

Manchester United’s Brandon Williams is another rising star Bruce is keen to work with. 

Sheffield United

Wanted: Centre-back, midfielder, forward

Marcos Rojo (Man Utd), Ben Davies (PNE), Jack Cork (Burnley), Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge)

Chris Wilder faces a defining month and the top brass at Bramall Lane know that new faces are needed to help lift them away from relegation.

They need reinforcements all over the pitch but particularly defensively as they have struggled to be anywhere close to as solid as they were in their first season back in the top flight. 

Marcos Rojo is unwanted at Manchester United and would be an attainable asset with high-level experience. 

Marcos Rojo has been cast out in the cold at Manchester United and will seek out a move


Wanted: Midfielder, full-back

Brandon Williams (Man Utd), Tom Davies (Everton), Marcus Edwards (Vitoria Guimaraes)

Who could go: Fraser Forster, Wesley Hoedt

Sat fourth after 12 games, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have been one of the surprises of the season so far.

Another midfielder is likely where attention will be paid to add even more competition to James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Stuart Armstrong.

Like Newcastle, there is interest in Man United full-back Williams, should a loan move be sanctioned up at Old Trafford.


Who could go: Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Paulo Gazzaniga 

January’s focus for Tottenham is likely to focus on one man in particular: Dele Alli.

The midfielder is determined to play more to ensure he does not miss out on England’s squad for the European Championships in the summer.

He has cut an unhappy figure on the sidelines and while chairman Daniel Levy fought to keep him in the summer, a loan seems the right fit for January. 

Sportsmail exclusively revealed that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing another offer.

Dele Alli has cut a frustrated figure this season and he is expected to be available on loan

West Brom

Wanted: Forward, midfielder, centre-back

Troy Deeney (Watford), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle Utd), James Tomkins (Crystal Palace)

With just one win from a dozen games and the joint-worst goal difference in the league, the Baggies issues are mounting heading into January.

They need more goals – they have nine after 12 games – and so Watford captain Troy Deeney is of interest should he wish to try and be the hero to keep them up.

Uncertainty surrounding the future of boss Slaven Bilic makes transfers difficult to predict but another centre back appears likely. 

West Ham

Wanted: Forward, full-back

Mariano Diaz (Real Madrid), Josh King (Bournemouth), Frederik Alves Ibsen (Silkeborg), Kai Wagner (Philadelphia Union)

West Ham are again ready to dip into the market for a striker having failed to get Bournemouth’s Josh King in the summer.

Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz, unfavoured by boss Zinedine Zidane, has emerged as a target while the Hammers could again try their luck to land King. 

Interest in Philadelphia Union full-back Wagner could see them go head-to-head with Fulham for his signature.  

Mariano Diaz is not favoured by Zinedine Zidane and West Ham are keen on acquiring him


Wanted: Striker

Kenan Kamaran (F Dusseldorf), Maxi Gomez (Valencia), Salomon Rondon (Dalian), Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Who could go: Adama Traore, Patrick Cutrone

The horror skull fracture sustained by Raul Jimenez has meant that Wolves will look for another striker in January in a bid to not rush their Mexican star back to action. 

Jimenez has been their go-to source for goals and while club record signing Fabio Silva can play through the middle, he is just 18 and seen as one for the future.

A veteran such as Salomon Rondon, currently playing out in China, would offer a short term solution with Premier League experience. 

Liverpool’s Divock Origi is another on the radar who is already acclimatised to life in the Premier League. 

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