2013 January Transfer Window Targets (Part 1)

From Mohammed Abdellaoue to Wilfried Zaha we take a look at the top 20 footballers who could be on the move in January. Wesley Sneijder and Demba Ba are obvious contenders for a move in the transfer window, but there are also plenty of names that may be less familiar to English Premier Leaaguel fans.

1. Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)
Age: 27
Possible fee: £5m
Interested clubs: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Milan, Juventus

The striker has fallen out with Athletic spectacularly and, with his contract running out in the summer, he may be allowed to leave in January. The president, Josu Urrutia, has said he wants Llorente to stay until the end of the season but a big enough offer could seal a deal. Juventus appear to be in pole position to sign the Spain international, although he has previously said he is keen on a move to England.

2. Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
Age: 25
Possible fee: £20m
Interested clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal

The Belgian has been in dominant form so far this season, combative in the tackle, neat in possession and clinical in attack. He has put himself in the headlines with eight goals (and a headbutt), and a place on Chelsea’s shopping list has been his reward. “In January, or at the end of the season, I will look for another club or league,” he says.

3. Ezequiel Cirigliano (River Plate)

Age: 20
Possible fee: £12m
Interested clubs: Manchester City, Manchester United, Inter, Juventus, Real Madrid, Lazio

Dubbed the “new Mascherano”, Cirigliano has established himself as a regular at River Plate having made his debut as an 18-year-old in 2011. A tireless player with good tactical awareness, his maturity has seen him become the club’s third captain behind David Trezeguet and Leonardo Ponzio. Not bad for a 20-year-old. Cirigliano’s experienced team-mate Christian Ledesma, says: “He is only 20 years but he plays like a veteran. He behaves like a true great on and off the field.”

4. Jack Butland (Birmingham City)
Age: 19
Possible fee: £7m
Interested clubs Liverpool

The Birmingham manager, Lee Clark, warned recently that “we would be looking for an even more substantial figure than we were offered in the summer” for Butland, which suggests the prospect of an imminent move is not unthinkable, but that it would take more than the £6m Southampton offered in June to secure him.

5. Wesley Sneijder (Inter)
Age: 28
Possible fee: £5m
Interested clubs: Manchester United, Tottenham, PSG, Anzhi, Liverpool

The troubled playmaker seems desperate to leave Internazionale after the club tried to renegotiate his £6m annual salary this season. Club and player have met several times without finding a solution and the player has lost his place in Andrea Stramaccioni’s team. A ludicrous position for one of the world’s most talented players to find himself in. Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer but Sneijder may well prove too expensive and, for United’s owners, too old.

6. Vegard Forren (Molde)
Age: 24
Possible fee: £3m
Interested clubs: Everton, Manchester United, Hoffenheim

A tall, composed central defender who has recently established himself as Brede Hangeland’s partner at the heart of the Norway defence. Quit his job at a supermarket when he signed for Molde in 2007 and has prospered under the guidance of his current manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly spoken to his former striker about Forren while Everton’s David Moyes watched him at least twice in the autumn.

7. Mohammed Abdellaoue (Hannover)
Age: 27
Possible fee: £6m
Interested clubs: West Ham, Newcastle, QPR, Bayer Leverkusen

Could Abdellaoue be this season’s Demba Ba? He may not be quite as prolific as the Senegalese but his strike rate since moving to Hannover in 2010 is almost a goal every other game and his representatives have indicated he is ready to leave the Bundesliga club in January. A Norway international, he scored 10 goals in his first season at the AWD-Arena and 16 in his second.

8. Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers)
Age: 33
Possible fee: £800,000
Interested clubs: West Ham, Fulham

From first-choice England international to mid-table Championship reserve is quite a comedown, and though the manager who dropped him, Henning Berg, has now been sacked, the 33-year-old may not be so keen to stay under new management if Jake Kean were to remain as the No1 choice.

9. David Villa (Barcelona)
Age: 31
Possible fee: £16m (or loan)
Interested clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal

Has not been able to regain his starting place at Barcelona after breaking his leg in a Club World Cup match against Al Sadd last December. Chelsea’s Rafael Benítez may try to bring him in on loan to offer competition to Fernando Torres with Daniel Sturridge leaving for Anfield but Barcelona want to recoup almost half of the £34.2m they paid Valencia for the forward in 2010. “His future is in the hands of Barcelona. They will decide,” his agent, Victor Onate, said recently.

10. James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)
Age: 22
Possible fee: £6m
Interested clubs: Everton, Arsenal

At 22, McCarthy has been one of the brightest young players in the Premier League this season and seems likely to find more illustrious employers in the near future. He has been repeatedly linked with a move to Everton, should they sell Fellaini, but Arsenal have also been mentioned.

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