With the transfer window coming up, it's time to have a look at the business the struggling teams could do to ensure Premier League survival...

Fulham

Fulham's team is heavy on players who do the pretty side of the game well in Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent, Adel Taarabt and Hugo Rodallega. These players could put together a great highlight reel. Unfortunately for the Cottagers, these players aren't ones you would pick for a relegation slugfest.

Fulham need some workhorses. They have Scott Parker but he cannot be expected to do it
all himself, especially aged 33. This transfer window, Fulham need to find some players who put the hard yards up front.

Imagine how much better a player Berbatov would look with a Kevin Doyle style forward who works the channels.

This brings us to the second thing Fulham need to do this transfer window: keep
Berbatov. Keep him and then get him scoring.

Crystal Palace

You can almost hear the air raid sirens above Selhurst Park. Everyone knows the tactics that Tony Pulis is going to employ in his attempt to keep the aptly named Eagles up and there should be no stigma attached to them.

With this in mind then, Palace are going to need to maximise their chances from set pieces. They need to find a dead ball specialist along with someone with a Rory Delap style long throw.

Interestingly, Ryan Shotton's loan to Wigan expires in January. Could the man who took over throw in duties for Delap at Stoke move to the capital?

Sunderland

Wearside has been something of a revolving door in recent years. Going back a few managers, both Steve Bruce and Roy Keane signed players in numbers and lord knows Paolo di Canio did the same in his brief tenure - bringing in 14 players despite only managing for 13 games.

Sunderland's squad lacks quality. The defence relies on the ageing duo of Wes Brown and John O'Shea. The midfield includes Lee Cattermole, who is a walking red card, Ki Sung-Yueng, who pulled out of heading the ball into the net from two yards out for reasons that aren't clear to anyone, and Emanuele Giaccherini, who with each week it becomes clearer why Juventus let him go.

What do Sunderland need then?

Signing a whole host of players would be counter-productive. Somehow, Gus Poyet needs to get his hands on some money and invest in one or two quality players. They should look to the transfer policy of Cardiff and strengthen the spine of the team.

Sunderland need to sign another central defender and a central midfielder. Former PSG alum Mohamed Sissoko is available on a free. Sunderland should wheel a great big pile of cash round to his house immediately and spend the rest on a central defender.

West Ham

It's fair to say West Ham's transfer policy has got them into the mess they are in now. Signing one expensive injury prone striker is, in hindsight, disastrous but at least it makes the January transfer window straight forward. Sign two forwards.

Cardiff City

How can Cardiff look to improve in January? They have scored only 11 goals all season prior to today - the fewest of anyone other than Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds need more creativity. In the summer, money was invested in the spine of the team bringing in Gary Medel and Steven Caulker. In the upcoming window, they should invest in some wide players.

They attempted to sign Tom Ince in the summer. With the winger's contract now six months from expiry, maybe its time for Malky Mackay to test Blackpool's resolve again.

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