By Danny Carrington
Last Updated: 13th January 2020
As the January window nears its halfway point, most of the transfer gossip points to a heightened sense of desperation as teams search nervously for a quick fix. We run through the biggest transfers rumoured to be on the cards this month.
The 23-year-old Spanish winger earned the attention of Pep Guardiola by registering three goals and two assists in two appearances for Wolves against Manchester City earlier on in the season. The Citizens lost both of those games, but Traore caught their manager’s eye: City are 16/1 to sign him.
Regardless of City’s apparently strong interest in Traore, they are still not the market leaders to sign him. That accolade goes to Catalan giants Barcelona, who are frontrunners to re-acquire Traore at 10/1, perhaps because of the player’s desire to return to his native city.
Following a successful loan move from Everton in 2018 the highly rated youngster signed for RB Leipzig on a permanent basis in a deal worth £22 million.
With just four appearances so far this season, though, the forward has struggled for game time under new manager Julian Nagelsmann. Cue Newcastle United’s head coach Steve Bruce, whose club has been repeatedly linked with other out-of-favour characters like Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud, showing his interest. At 5/4, the Magpies are favourites to sign Lookman, with Southampton next in line at 6/1.
If your goal tally for the season stands at 28 by January, big clubs take notice. Sure enough, Harry Redknapp raised eyebrows this week by saying he would “love to see” Rangers’ in-form striker Alberto Morelos move to White Hart Lane this January. Tottenham would face stiff competition for Morelos – with Aston Villa at 4/1, Crystal Palace 5/1 and Leicester City at 7/1 to sign the Colombian frontman.
Recent reports suggest Manchester United are preparing a £70 million bid for the born-again Englishman, with Declan Rice currently 6/1 to join the Red Devils. United are bound to face competition, though, given Rice’s status as an in-form 24-year old with his best playing days still ahead. Indeed, local rivals Manchester City are currently at 12/1 to sign the West Ham midfielder, with Liverpool and Tottenham a much bigger 20/1.
Donny van de Beek
Given that their midfield has been ravaged by injury, it is perhaps unsurprising to see Manchester United linked with a number of central midfielders this January. Along with Rice, Ajax star Donny van de Beek is rumoured to be joining the Red Devils, with the Old Trafford outfit currently favourites to sign him alongside Real Madrid – both clubs are at 4/1 to bring the player on-board.