Transfer Window: Possible high-profile moves
The winter transfer window is nearly upon us, and although it is generally a quieter period than the summer, one cannot rule out potential big-money/high-profile moves.
Indeed, based on recent evidence (read:Fernando Torres) one must anticipate, even expect a few big transfers come January. Here are some candidates who might be wearing new colours next month.
1. Demba Ba
The big Senegalese striker has a rather peculiar clause in his contract which allows him to leave the club for a mere 7 million pounds. That probably explains why vultures are circling over Tyneside. Ba has been a silver-lining in an otherwise dull season for Newcastle thus far. He might opt for pastures new, should the right offer come in. Liverpool are said to be interested in acquiring his services, and Ba looks like a very good prospect for the Anfield side.
2. Marouane Fellaini
Although the burly defensive-midfielder received a 3-match ban for headbutting Ryan Shawcross, one cannot question his skill, and more importantly, the physical presence that he lends to any side. Also, for a midfielder, he does score a good amount of goals. The likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have their eyes on the Belgian, with both clubs looking for some reinforcement in the heart of midfield. And if a big offer does come in, Everton may just decide to cash in on their prized possession.
3. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Huntelaar is very likely to leave Schalke this winter, having only six months left on his existing contract, and the race is on to acquire his services. The Dutch marksman has been linked continuously with a move to Arsenal. Inter and Liverpool have also been identified as potential suitors, and Schalke would possibly prefer to sell him on the cheap, rather than letting him leave for free over the summer.
4. Theo Walcott
The Theo Walcott transfer saga has been well chronicled in the media already, with the player and Arsenal reportedly refusing to come to an agreement over a new contract. If this situation is not resolved soon, one would not be surprised to see Walcott depart the Emirates in the winter. Chelsea have been linked with a shock swoop for the England international, although it is difficult to see where and how he would fit into the Chelsea midfield.
5. Darren Bent
Darren Bent has endured a pretty tough season at Villa. A man who was Aston Villa’s club-record signing has found a starting berth incredibly hard to come by this season, being below both Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann in the pecking order. QPR and Liverpool are said to be lining up bids for the 28-year-old. Fulham have also been linked with the Englishman.
6. Radamel Falcao
‘El Tigre’ has taken the world by storm this season, having netted 17 goals in 15 games for Atleti this season in La Liga, including five in a single game. The Colombian is a natural goal-machine and speculation has been cast over his future with the Madrid side time and again this season. With Chelsea reportedly interested in Falcao, and obviously willing to shell out the big bucks in order to sign their man, it may make for the biggest move of the window, should it be completed.
So, these are a few deals worth keeping an eye on. Which moves do you expect to see happening this January?