2013 January Transfer Window Targets (Part 2)





11. Alen Halilovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Age: 16
Possible fee: £9m
Interested clubs: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus

A wonderful talent – nicknamed “the Balkan Messi” – the attacking midfielder became the youngest ever player in a Champions League match in October. He is also the youngest debutant in the Croatian league and the youngest goalscorer. The Dinamo sporting director, Zoran Mamic, said recently that “everyone at the club is convinced he will become one of the best in the world” but he is still young, as he displayed with an awful, naive dive in a game this season.

12. Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
Age: 27
Possible fee: £7m
Interested clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, QPR

The Senegal striker has England’s most famous release clause but it is not simply a case of a club triggering it for him to join them. Chelsea have already held unproductive contract talks with the centre-forward but may offer improved terms. Arsenal and QPR have also been linked while Newcastle are thought to be putting together a package to remove the destabilising clause once and for all.

13. Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
Age: 23
Possible fee: £12m
Interested clubs: Liverpool

Understood to have had his medical at Liverpool more than a week ago and to have agreed a three and a half year deal. The ratification of his signing by the Premier League on Wednesday after the new year bank holiday is expected to be a formality.

14. Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht)
Age: 27
Possible fee: £8.5m
Interested clubs: Tottenham, Newcastle, Everton, Arsenal, Juventus, Genoa

Powerful forward who has already scored 14 goals this season, he is ready to try his luck in a bigger league. Has said he would like to finish the season at Anderlecht but admitted that an "astronomical” bid could force his club’s hand. The club’s general manager, Herman van Holsbeeck, said recently: “I can confirm that clubs such as Everton, Newcastle and Juventus have shown their interest. However, we won’t sell him for less than €10m (£8.5m).

15. Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
Age: 27
Possible fee: Loan
Interested clubs: Everton

After City were defeated 3-1 by Ajax in the Champions League, Roberto Mancini singled Lescott out for public criticism and the Englishman did not start another game for six weeks. The 30-year-old’s future continues to be unclear, but the club that sold him to City for £20m three and a half years ago would be keen on a return.

16. Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua)
Age: 33
Possible fee: Free
Interested clubs: West Ham, QPR

Harry Redknapp has expressed an interest in the French striker but admits that QPR may not be able to afford him. Currently with Shanghai Shenhua, he is expected to leave the Chinese club in January after failing to impress following his transfer from Chelsea in January 2012 (despite being on a reported €12m (£9.8m) annual salary). He has been increasingly marginalised since the arrival of Didier Drogba. Is he still motivated enough?

17. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Age: 20
Possible fee: £9m
Interested clubs: Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United

Arsene Wenger confirmed in November that Crystal Palace’s England international forward was on his list of targets, and though the Eagles are optimistic that with the club competing for promotion from the Championship he will complete the season at Selhurst Park before moving on, their resolve could be tested.

18. Younes Belhanda (Montpellier)
Age: 22
Possible fee: £12m
Interested clubs: Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, PSG, Lyon, Roma

An extremely talented playmaker, Belhanda played a huge part in leading Montpellier to their first-ever title last season and scored a cheeky penalty against Arsenal in this season’s Champions League, prompting Arsene Wenger to say: “His technique is so good it can influence any game. I love this player.” Plays his international football for Morocco and was on the shortlist for African Player of the Year in 2012.

19. Gary Hooper (Celtic)
Age: 23
Possible fee: £8m
Interested clubs: Southampton, West Ham, Sunderland, QPR

The rumour mill has Hooper being most coveted by the unlikely pairing of Southampton and Juventus, but the presence on the south coast of Nigel Adkins, under whom Hooper first made his name at Scunthorpe, makes them the more likely bidders. QPR have been linked with the striker for more than a year, and despite now being on to their third manager in 12 months are still said to be keen. But staying to play in the Champions League with Celtic still seems far more likely than opting for a relegation battle in England.

20. Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal)
Age: 31
Possible fee: £4m
Interested clubs: Reading, Fulham, Galatasaray, Zenit St Petersburg

The Reading owner Anton Zingarevich is reported to be the driving force behind a bid to link the Russia captain with Pavel Pogrebnyak but Fulham are also keen on masterminding a revitalisation project with the playmaker who made such a stellar start at the Emirates but has languished down a career cul-de-sac for the past 18 months. Galatasaray were close to a deal in the summer and Istanbul gossip suggests they remain interested while Zenit were understood to have made an inquiry in November to take Arshavin back to the Petrovsky Stadium for a third spell.

Continue From: 2013 January Transfer Window Targets (Part 1)

Source: Associated Press, Guardian, Fox Sports

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