January 2, 2013 by thedavidryan
January transfer Predictions
Forget New Years Eve celebrations, crippling hangovers and receiving mass produced text messages from relatives you haven’t heard off since last year’s festivities. Forget all that nonsense because the most important thing about the start of a new year for Football fans everywhere, is the welcome return of a spectacular three word occasion. No I’m not talking about singing Auld Lang Syne, I’m talking about the January transfer window.
Speculation is rife, rumours are flying around and Harry Redknapp has already wound down his beloved Range Rover window in anticipation of answering as many transfer questions as possible throughout the month of January.
Transfer talk has already begun on who could go where, so without further adieu let’s look at the possible movers and shakers and see who could end up where once the January transfer window slams shut later this month.
The biggest contract saga of the 2012/2013 season so far is without doubt the stalling negotiations between Theo Walcott and the Arsenal board. Unlike most contract disputes the sticking point on Walcott’s side doesn’t seem to be about money. Over the past few seasons Arsenal has lost Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and most recently Robin Van Persie to other clubs. Thanks to these high profile departures, Walcott is rightly worried about his and Arsenal’s chances of challenging for major honours.
While Arsenal are known to be slightly frugal when it comes to players wages and maintaining a policy of never going outside their means, it appears the Gunners board may have to pull out all the stops to keep the in-form England international from being the latest big name player to leave.
The question regarding this entire dispute remains whether Arsenal can convince Walcott to sign on and stay patient in the hopes that the clubs fortunes can turn round before the frontman is lured away to other clubs consistently challenging at the top of the table.
Chance of moving in January – 50%
Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool
This deal seems all but done, as it is reported Daniel Sturridge has already had a medical with the Merseyside club back in December and recent sources are even claiming that the Chelsea outsider is due to watch his potential new club take on Sunderland at Anfield later tonight. Brendan Rodgers has been after striking support for the enigmatic Luis Suarez for some time and it appears all that is left is to dot the I’s and cross the T’s for this deal to go ahead.
Chance of moving to Liverpool – 100%
Demba Ba to Chelsea
Ever since he signed for the Magpies back in 2011, Newcastle United have been held ransom to a clause in the African’s contract that allows him to talk to any club if they activate a reported £7.5 million buyout clause. Insiders claim that Chelsea are the hot favourites to nab the striker and Toon manager Alan Pardew is seemingly resigned to losing the goal scoring Senegalese hitman, with reports suggesting he is already on the lookout for Ba’s replacement.
Recent events have however altered the ‘Ba to Chelsea’ story, as earlier this week Demba Ba’s representatives held ‘unproductive’ talks with the London club and are now looking to explore other avenues. With plenty time left in the transfer window will Chelsea look to schedule another meeting with Demba Ba’s people in a bid to secure his signature or will the ever potent Ba be off to other pastures new?
Chance of moving to Chelsea – 60%
Hatem Ben Arfa
It seems that for every good performance Hatem Ben Arfa puts in, there is another story published linking him with a move away from St. James’s Park. Unsurprisingly Newcastle gaffer Alan Pardew has grew tiresome of the continual reports linking the creative forward with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs. Pardew has continually reiterated that he won’t part with Ben Arfa anytime soon and certainly not this month, but is it only a matter of time before the French starlet is snapped up by the big boys of world Football?
Chance of leaving in January – 20%
Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal
As mentioned above the chances of Theo Walcott staying put at Arsenal are getting slimmer by the day. Therefore it seems clear that Arsene Wenger will look to bolster his attack and attempt to fill the hole left by Walcott. Wilfried Zaha has been on the lips of Wenger for some time now as a player he is keen to bring to the North London club. Whilst unproven at Premier League level, in 2012 Zaha was voted Young Player of the Year by both his club Crystal Palace and The Football League. Importantly with only being twenty years of age, Zaha fits the ‘youth with potential’ mould that Wenger holds so dear.
Will Crystal Palace let their young prodigy leave for the bright lights of The Emirates this month? It appears Zaha’s future depends entirely on the decisions of the man he could be brought in to replace, Theo Walcott.
Chance of moving to Arsenal in January – 30%
Joe Cole to QPR
Imagine having a player on your books that earns a reported £90,000 a week, is extremely injury prone and the closest he can get to the starting lineup is when the players share a shower after training. That is the problem Liverpool head honcho Brendan Rodger has with the misfiring Joe Cole.
While Cole has undeniable Premier League level chops, his best years are certainly behind him with a slew of injuries, below par performances and a loan move to Lille under his belt in recent memory.
It’s been suggested wheeler dealer Harry Redknapp is looking to pounce and reunite with the former West Ham player at his new club Queens Park Rangers. While Liverpool will be more than happy to offload Cole, even at a discounted price, the question will be can QPR match the Londoner’s excessive weekly wages whilst in the midst of a seemingly futile relegation dogfight.
Chance of moving to QPR – 70%
There we have it, a brief look at the big stories of this January transfer window so far. Let me know your thoughts on who you think is going where this month in the comments below.
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