The 2013 January transfer window has opened and closes on January 31 in England, while the window stays open through Febuary 2 in Spain, France, Germany and Italy.
With this season being one of the tightest Premier League races in years — for the clubs near the top of the table, and the bottom half of the table, expect there to be a lot of activity in this transfer window as clubs aim to improve or solidify their positions.
We’ve taken a look at each of the 20 Premier League teams to determine what positions need strengthening in this window.
Needs: Striker cover
League leaders Arsenal are simply lacking depth. The squad from a first XI standpoint is nearly impossible to upgrade without significantly disrupting the positive spirit within the club.
Needs: Virtually everything other than central midfield
The Villans could upgrade just about anywhere on the pitch with battle tested experience. The kids are only getting Aston Villa so far and the side could use a veteran presence just about anywhere on the pitch.
Needs: Central midfield, wingers, strikers
Having outlaid nearly £25 million in the summer, eccentric owner Vincent Tan may not want to spend much more money. New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær does have lots of holes to fill if he is given the opportunity to do so.
Needs: Striker, central defense cover
Chelsea has needs but Jose Mourinho seems to have finally figured out his best side and playing style so he may hesitate to make any moves this January.
Needs: Everything but central midfield
Tony Pulis will begin the overhaul of this bloated squad in January. He’ll sign the best players available regardless of position as Palace can use an upgrade just about everywhere on the pitch. Celtic’s Joe Ledley is a certain target.
Needs: Attacking midfield, wingers, striker
Considering Everton has been so heavily reliant on loan players this season, wide players and striker are listed among the needs though they could easily be addressed this summer.
Needs: Younger hungrier players, central defense
Martin Jol left the new coaching and technical staff a team full of once great but often volatile players. Centre back is of particular concern.
The Tigers are a striker signing away from being safe this season. Shane Long was fancied in the summer but given the issues at West Brom it is unlikely he is for sale. The club has been linked with Celtic’s Georgios Samaras as well.
Needs: Wide players, midfield depth
Brendan Rodgers very badly needs an impact winger and some more depth in midfield. While many other top sides don’t spend in January, the Reds have been active the past several secondary windows, so we should expect some sort of move this January as well.
Needs: Central defense cover
The Blues defensive woes have been well documented. Manuel Pellegrini will want real cover in the center of defense rather than the continued need to plug in defensive midfielders as cover.
Needs: Central midfield