Thursday, May 24, 2018

Which high-profile players could be on the move in January?

Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder is being linked with a move to the Premier LeagueThe transfer window has only been open a few days and already there has been a flurry of activity in the market.

It looks like it could be a very busy time in the transfer window in the Premier League. Here are some of the players who could be on the move this January:

Wesley Sneijder (Inter)

The Dutch international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United the team most heavily linked with the mercurial playmaker. However, the 28 year-old is now being linked with a move to London.

Both QPR and Tottenham have been linked with a move for Sneijder.  Sneijder’s agent has stated that his client isn’t interested in a move to QPR, but is very interested in a move to the Premier League.

The biggest stumbling block to Sneijder arriving in the Premier League could be his massive wage demands.

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)

The England international has been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium. Lescott has fallen down the defensive pecking order at City, with Serbian youngster Matija Nastasic currently partnering captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of the City defence.

The 30 year-old centre-back is still highly-regarded as a top flight defender and is in-demand. Former-club Everton, QPR and Aston Villa have all been linked with a move for Lescott.

However, it remains to be seen if Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will sell the centre-back in January. City have lost defensive backup Kolo Toure to the African Cup of Nations and selling Lescott could leave City short of defensive options.

Michael Owen (Stoke)

The former-Manchester United and Liverpool star joined Stoke on a free transfer in the summer, but has yet to make a Premier League start for the Potters. The 33 year-old has struggled to regain his full fitness.

The striker is now being linked with a move to the A-League in Australia. Perth Glory have claimed that Owen’s agent has been in contact with their representatives, but a deal is yet to be discussed.

Owen’s friend and former-Liverpool star Robbie Fowler had a successful stint with Perth Glory and no doubt Owen will speak to Fowler before making any move.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The big Belgium international has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed. The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all believed to be chasing Fellaini.

Everton won’t want to lose their star player, but fees of £25million plus have been mooted and that sort of money would be difficult for the Toffee’s to turn down. Ironically Fellaini’s recent three-match ban has tempered the speculation over the future of the midfielder.

With Fellaini so vital to the team Everton are likely to want to keep the midfielder until the summer. Should the Toffee’s qualify for the Champions League then their star player could stay for the long-haul though.

Salomon Kalou (Lille)

The former-Chelsea star only left the Premier League in the summer, but the Ivory Coast international is being linked with a move back to the English top flight. The forward has scored just three goals in 18 appearances for Lille this season.

It seems that his French club are now prepared to sell Kalou for £2.8million. Liverpool and West Ham are believed to be interested in signing Kalou and he has admitted that he is interested in moving back to England.

The 27 year-old is currently away at the African Cup of Nations with his national team, but if reports are to be believed then Kalou may not return to Ligue One.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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