By News Team
21st December 2021
We’re not far off January and we all know that means the rumour mill begins to flutter into life as the January transfer window looms large.
With several clubs clearly needing reinforcements over the coming 31 days, it’s set to be a busy month and here are our predictions on who might be on the move.
Just six goals in 70 appearances certainly hasn’t been the return Aaron Ramsey would have hoped for when he left Arsenal to join Juventus in 2019. Ramsey has had a torrid time with injuries, but when he has played, he’s really struggled to make an impact and a move in January looks on the agenda. You’d imagine plenty of clubs will be keen to acquire the Welshman’s services, with perhaps Newcastle at the head of the list. Eddie Howe desperately needs creativity in his midfield and a player of Ramsey’s calibre is surely the sort of player he’ll be looking to sign in the transfer window. If the Magpies did sign the former Arsenal player, it would improve Newcastle’s chances of surviving the drop, which is currently priced at 4/7.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating players in the Premier League, Adama Traore more often than not has flattered to deceive in the English top-flight. When he’s good, he’s very good, but that has been far too little in recent seasons and he hasn’t had that much game time under Wolves’ new manager Bruno Lage. There has been talk of him moving on and with plenty of clubs, at both the bottom and top of the Premier League, reportedly interested in the Spanish international, the 25-year-old could be one who is playing his football at a new side come the end of January.
It has been a frustrating start to the season for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has managed just three appearances in the Premier League so far due to a toe injury. He had scored 29 goals in the previous two campaigns, so it’s no surprise Everton have really struggled so far this term. Toffees fans will hope to keep him in January, but with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s troubles and Alexandre Lacazette’s poor scoring form, could Arsenal be a possible destination for the Englishman? The Gunners are currently 5/2 to finish in the top four and surely those odds would shorten if they had a fit and firing Calvert-Lewin in their ranks.
One player who will surely be keen to move on in January is Jesse Lingard. The Manchester United attacker has found game time at a premium this season and with opportunities seemingly limited at Old Trafford, January looks the time for a change. Having scored nine goals and assisted five times during a 19-game loan spell there last season, West Ham would seem the obvious place for the Englishman to move permanently, and it’s a move that would certainly improve their chances of finishing in the top six (4/5) and top four (6/1).
Nat Phillips is another Premier League player whose future is seemingly elsewhere. The Liverpool defender was one of the stars of the Reds’ charge for the top four last season and proved a more than able deputy with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all unavailable. However, with those three back fit this season and the recent addition of Ibrahima Konate, Phillips looks fifth choice at best for Jurgen Klopp and he’s openly admitted he wants to be playing regularly. Phillips would certainly sure up several leaky defences in the Premier League and you’d think there will be plenty of potential suitors looking at him during the January transfer window.