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Who Will Move Premiership Clubs In January?


A little under 32 hours remain until the transfer window finally opens once again in World Football and the merry go round of mad money begins once again. I’ve seen several people claim that due to the economic climate, it’s probably going to be a quiet window with little money changing hands, but don’t bet on it. Back at the beginning of the Premiership, the world had seen a similar economic downturn and yet over the course of the first four seasons, the British transfer record was increased from the £3. 2 million that Blackburn Rovers paid Southampton in July 1992 to prise a young lad named Alan Shearer to Ewood Park to the whopping £15 million Kevin Keegan paid to take the same player back to his North East roots from Rovers in July 1996. I’m not stating that the British transfer record will be broken again but I doubt it will be overly quieter than usual. During the same period, the average players price moved upward, (£4.5 million for Chris Armstrong anyone??) , with Blackburn especially throwing money about like confetti which enabled other teams to spend and that leads us to the key two words of the transfer window, Manchester City.

There is no doubt that City will be looking to spend, spend and spend to get the players they need in and I read earlier today that since September 1st, in the British press alone, they’ve been linked with 103 different players but I don’t expect anything more than 5 or 6 big money arrivals coming to Eastlands.  The advantage they have is that with the exception of the Big Four, Villa and Spurs, most clubs will be happy to listen to offers for most of their players, despite what they may say in press. The boards of football clubs will always come out, as Everton’s have today regarding Joleon Lescott and Mikael Arteta, saying players are not for sale, but we all know that virtually every player at every club has a price. If City came in on Thursday and offered Everton £40 million for those two, do we think Everton wouldn’t sell them? A board making a statement of intent not to sell usually is simply wanting to up the price of the player and courting the press in this manner simply keeps the fans sweet whilst allowing them to then save face by saying they were offered silly money, the players now want to leave and it’s in the clubs best interests to accept it.

Ironically, it’s probably going to be Blackburn who find themselves involved with the first big money move of the window, with the open secret that Roque Santa Cruz seems to be moving down the M66 to arrive at Eastlands. Whilst Blackburn would definitely like to keep him, they’re not in a position to fight off a major bid from City. Allardyce will want some funds in and moving on a player who simply hasn’t delivered so far this season for a large sum will enable Big Sam to bring in a few new faces to mix it up and try and pull Rovers up the table.

Portsmouth are another club who, despite the crazy amount they’ve received for Diarra, still need to balance the books and know that Defoe, Crouch and Johnson are all coveted by other clubs, once again pushing up the sale price. Harry Redknapp will certainly be casting his eyes over his former charges and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple rejoin him at White Hart Lane with Spurs needing at least 4 or 5 new faces to strengthen the side whilst trying to move on players like Boateng, Rocha, Gilberto and Ghaly. Adams will hope he can hang on to as many of his first choice side but with only 2 wins in their last 13 league games, Pompey are sliding fast and maybe he needs to ship out two or three to enable him to get some fresh impetus into the team before they find themselves sucked into the bottom three.

West Ham are also under pressure to sell, with a £30 million pound compensation deal hanging over them, several players on high wages and an owner desperate to sell, they may be the one to suffer the most in January. Bellamy, Ashton, Neill, Green, Upson, Bowyer and Boa Morte have all been touted around the rumour mill recently and it could be a perilous month for the Hammers. I really feel for the fans at West Ham, they’ve been through the mill in the last two seasons and now have to hope that the transfer speculation surrounding the majority of the first team squad is simply that, the fans deserve better than they way the club has been run over the last couple of seasons.

So my ten players who I’ll be amazed don’t move in January are below:

  1. Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn)
  2. Craig Bellamy (West Ham)
  3. Emile Heskey but depends how bad his hamstring injury is (Wigan)
  4. Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool)
  5. Matthew Upson (West Ham)
  6. Jermaine Defoe (Portsmouth)
  7. Gilberto (Tottenham)
  8. Peter Crouch (Portsmouth)
  9. Elano (Manchester City)
  10. Michael Owen (Newcastle)

So who do you think will be on the move and more importantly, who do you want your club to sign??

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  1. G-BIrd

    January 2, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Spurs to swap Aaron Lennon for Jermaine Pennant anyone?

    Probably more chance of Harry Redknapp going the rest of the season whithout using the word “triffic”!

  2. ls7

    January 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the news on Stalteri! I had missed that.

  3. PaulieB

    December 31, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Completely agree regarding Santa Cruz, I was amazed at his form last season as I had never really been impressed with him at Bayern at all. I think the Fabragas issue may force Wenger's hand tho.

  4. PaulieB

    December 31, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Salteri left Spurs last week to join Borussia Mochengladbach on a free transfer and Portsmouth have announced they've turned down a £30 million pound bid for Crouch, Defoe and Johnson last night!

  5. Burt Reynolds

    December 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I don't think Owen is going anywhere until at least the summer, and the same goes for Defoe and Crouch. Pompey may dump off Nugent cheap to Everton tho. The top half of your list looked about right, plus Elano.

  6. ls7

    December 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I wouldn't be surprised if Lucas Neill will move out of West Ham before Upson. No surprise Bellamy has started to play better now that the transfer window is nearing. Tottenham or another club will be in for him as of Jan 1.

    I hope Paul Stalteri can get a move somewhere from Tottenham. He's not even gotten onto the bench this season. Almost the same situation for Pennant — he needs a move but who will take him? Blackburn?

    I don't think Pompey will sell both Crouch and Defoe. That would be giving up on the season. Defoe might go but I'm not conviced that he'll go to Tottenham as than they need some shoring up at the back more than they do upfront.

    Elano will sadly move elsewhere as well. I really don't know why though as he was one of City's best players last season. Someone will be able to get a good deal on a decent player.

    No one has mentioned Jimmy Bullard. Will Fulham hang onto him or try to cash in on his value now?

  7. patrick

    December 30, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Nice lead in…

    But lets get some perspective as there are lots of rumours about. Santa Cruz had a great season last year. But lets not forget this was the same guy who couldn't find the back of the net while at Bayern Munich. He is a sell high player, will never be anything more then a squad player on a big team.

    Bellars is a travelin man. Its just what he does, and if the Hammers can cash in on him good on umm. They may want to get a finisher, as that last match with Stoke points out. Scott Parker and Davenport are also likely to be shown the door, along with a few reserve players.

    The rest is all paper talk rumours. Upson is NOT going anywhere, nor Owen. Elano could get a one way ticket back to the continent, and one of the Jermain(e)'s could move on, but none is of any huge impact.

    City will bang out big names, but they will just add to the nervous mix of players already struggling and fighting to get playing time, and at 2 points from the drop you have to be very very careful. With all the proclamation of them as the next it team, they still have a LOT of growing pains to go through. They won't even make the UEFA Cup and beyond money that will make it a tough sell, unless you a mate o Robinho.

    I just don't see big money tossed about, the credit crunch has every owner worried about debt being called, and personally I look at Arsenal as the team that will make the most noise this window. They are one of the few internally profitable clubs in the PL, but will Wenger spend it or same it up for anotgher day like last season….

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