The January transfer window offers every team in the Premier League a chance to make changes that could impact their season for the better.
History shows that the first month of the New Year can be a treacherous time for both clubs and players alike however, with plenty of deals back-firing on managers when they needed them most.
Andy Carroll’s £35 million move to Liverpool is perhaps the most high-profile failure in history, and the England striker will need to produce an unlikely miracle if he’s to provide the Anfield outfit with value-for-money.
Fernando Torres cost even more in 2011, although the Spaniard has scored a few important goals after a torrid start to life at Chelsea, suggesting his January switch to Stamford Bridge wasn’t a complete failure.
Then there’s the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Luis Suarez and Nikica Jelavic, who have all been major success stories at their respective clubs after moves in 2006, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
All the facts suggest that January is the month of the gambler. Teams at the bottom need players in their fight for survival, whilst the elite are convinced that one super signings could make the difference between success and failure.
The Sky Sports News generation craves transfer market action too, and supporters desperately want that deadline day deal. With that in mind, GiveMeFootball decided to take a look at the five ‘perfect’ signings which would send fans into raptures over the next four-weeks. The question is, which club would they sign for?
Don’t forget to have your say on who you think would be the ‘perfect’ addition for your team this month…
David Villa – Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea or Liverpool
The beauty of any deal for David Villa is that he would strengthen any of the interested parties dramatically.
Whilst Theo Walcott wants to be a striker at the Emirates Stadium, he does not have the track-record or pedigree in-front of goal when compared to Villa, who has delivered on countless occasions at the highest level. The Gunners also lack depth in the position.
That’s a problem shared by Liverpool, and despite the addition of Daniel Sturridge, manager Brendan Rodgers would certainly benefit from another addition in the position. Villa and Suarez could be a deadly combination at Anfield.
Chelsea might be closing in on Demba Ba, but Villa has a track-record of performing alongside Fernando Torres for Spain, whilst interim manager Rafa Benitez will have noted his success at former club Valencia.
Spurs, meanwhile, are said to be at the front of the queue to sign the player, and their options in attack are thin with just Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor. Villa would certainly push both of those players for action at White Hart Lane, and it would be an excellent headache to have for manager Andre Villas-Boas if he landed the player.
Wesley Sneijder – Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal
Like Villa, Sneijder is a player who would have a massive impact at any club he joined.
Whilst Manchester United aren’t short of options in attack, it’s no surprise to see the Dutchman linked with a move to Old Trafford. His ability in an attacking midfield role could create even more chances for the likes of Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
After the success of Rafael Van der Vaart in north London, Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be considering a move for the cut-price Inter Milan star, whose goals could mean the difference between Europa League and Champions League in north London.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be thinking the same thing, whilst Chelsea have their sights on the biggest domestic prize – Premier League glory. With Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscae already in the line-up, it would be an intriguing selection process for manager Benitez if Sneijder was added.
Arsenal would certainly have space for Sneijder in their 4-3-3 formation, but Arsene Wenger would know that his wage budget will be blown out of the water when it comes to the former Ajax starlet.
Radamel Falcao – Chelsea or Manchester City
Arguably the third best player in the world right now, a move for Falcao would seem to guarantee goals for whichever club decides to make their move.
Chelsea need competition up-front, and in this Colombian hitman they could just land the best in the business when it comes to out-an-out striker. His signature would certainly provide a lift on the King’s Road.
Whilst Manchester City aren’t short of strikers, there is always room when it comes to the very best, and after Mario Balotelli’s big bust-up with Roberto Mancini, it would make sense to move the Italian on and replace him with Falcao. He could fire the Citizens back into title contention.
Victor Wanyama – Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal
Whilst the attacking midfielders and strikers might take most of the limelight in January, the addition of a touch-tackling midfielder or defender should not be under-estimated.
Wanyama has proven himself to be world class in European matches this season, and were Manchester United to sign him, the Kenyan would add serious strength in the position. The Red Devils aren’t light in the position, but Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t have anyone like the Kenyan either.
Manchester City would be wise to renew their interest in the player as well. Yaya Toure is off to the African Cup of Nations, and in a 4-2-3-1 formation, manager Mancini does not have better options than this 21-year-old powerhouse.
One for the future, Wanyama’s youth makes him an obvious target for Arsenal. And, whilst Mikel Arteta has filled the role when following Alex Song’s sale to Barcelona, the ex-Beerschot AC starlet would add an extra defensive dimension at the Emirates Stadium.
Edinson Cavani – Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal
The Napoli star has been the subject of much transfer speculation, and it’s no surprise to see Premier League teams linked. His presence matches his ability, and Cavani would appear to be well suited for life in England.
Again, Manchester City would appear to have space for another forward – providing Balotelli leaves this month – and Cavani or Falcao would be the best options available.
Chelsea, another team needing a strikers following Daniel Sturridge’s move to Liverpool, would suddenly be flush in the position if Cavani followed Ba’s probable footsteps into west London.
Arsenal are again the underdogs when it comes to a superstar signing, but speculation in November suggested the Uruguayan was open to talks with the Gunners, and his signing would be a major coup for the club.