A number of teams will be on the look out for additional players this January to reinforce their current squads in a push over the second half of the season to meet basic objectives.
Perhaps the most high profile club short on players is Liverpool. Liverpool are currently 12th and lingering in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Brendan Rodgers has already admitted that he needs to bring in extra attacking support and says that he is looking at one or two loan deals in the January window (see more football transfer news here). Liverpool have been linked with many different players including Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and Theo Walcott from Arsenal.
Chelsea themselves may also be out recruiting as they recently welcomed Rafael Benitez as their main manager. They need support for Fernando Torres who is struggling.
They need a prolific goal scorer if they are going to seriously challenge for the title over the second half of the season as they have slipped dramatically off the pace in recent weeks.
Expect to see Newcastle bringing in a few players as they have a high number of injuries at the moment which has directly affected the form of the side.
Newcastle are missing current captain Yohan Cabaye so they will definitely be looking for a player who can come into the side and add something in terms of leadership ability and skills.
Queens Park Rangers signed 11 new players over the summer but reports suggest that new manager Harry Redknapp is likely to use all of his old contacts to get additional players in through the door.
Redknapp has a reputation for being one of the best managers when it comes to dealing in the January transfer window and QPR could bring in one or two players in very good financial deals for the club.
Reading won’t want to be sat at the bottom of the table for the rest of the season so they could bring in additional defenders to sure things up at the back. This will give them a better chance of stealing narrow wins.
Reading have conceded 23 goals in total which is by no means the worst but by no means the best defensive record. Brim McDermott is likely to solidify at the back because the club have more options in midfield and attack.
Reinforcements could make their way to Upton Park this January with Sam Allardyce linked with players on a daily basis. The West Ham boss has guided his side to tenth in the current table.
West Ham could mount a push for a European place this season and extra support across all areas in similar deals to the Andy Carroll loan from Liverpool will help dramatically.
Manchester United have been linked with some very high profile midfielders and the club could bring in a player to play the enforcer role in the United midfield. However, Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t have a long record when it comes to signing players in January so this is the least likely out of all the options.