The Premier League's top clubs have been linked with some top names in recent weeks - but would these potential dream transfers turn into nightmares?

Here are just some of the deals that the top Premier League clubs should avoid making.

Manchester United

Wesley Sneijder

After back-to-back defeats for David Moyes and Manchester United, and falling to a disappointing seventh in the league, it's no surprise that they're being linked with nearly every name on the planet. One of the names which has refused to vanish and comes up nearly every single window is Dutch international playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

Two or three years ago, this would've been a no-brainer, and a move for Sneijder would've been beneficial for the team, and he would have definitely improved Manchester United as a team. Now? He would be nothing but a waste of money, as he continues to play in Turkey for Galatasaray earning a lot of money.

Sure, Sneijder may be doing extremely well for Galatasaray scoring five goals from 12 games this season, but it has to be repeated that he is playing in a significantly inferior league to the Premier League, and he would be expected to score as much as he is.

Furthermore, at the age of 29, Sneijder doesn't have much more to offer to a side who are desperate for some injection of energy, and creativity, and Sneijder doesn't have that, not anymore.


Mario Balotelli

Everybody knew the trouble Chelsea would face when loaning out Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to Everton. The problem would be the amount of goals that the strikers contributed. With Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres repeatedly failing to consistently deliver despite some positive signs, and Demba Ba not in the frame at all it is no surprise that Chelsea have been linked with a striker in this window.

As there have reportedly been troubles for Mario Balotelli at AC Milan and he is supposedly unhappy, some reports suggest the controversial Italian striker wants a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho, as he also wishes to return to the Premier League.

If true, that move has disaster all over it. Balotelli will again have to adapt to the pace of the English game after playing in Italy which will take time, and ideally Chelsea want a quick fix striker who can fire them to the title.

Moreover, Balotelli and Mourinho are a match made in hell. If you combine to gigantic egos and merge them together, the only possible result is disaster. Balotelli's poor form of late is also something to note, and so Chelsea should not get out the cheque book for the Italian anytime soon.


Salomon Kalou

With the Ivorian forward unhappy at current club Lille OSC, Salomon Kalou wants a move back to England with London his preferred destination after spending several seasons with West London club Chelsea.

After the shocking news that Theo Walcott would miss at least six months with a knee injury, missing the rest of the season and the World Cup in Brazil, and with both forwards Nicklas Bendter and Olivier Giroud out for various reasons, Arsene Wenger will surely dip into the transfer market for a striker.

Salomon Kalou is also rumoured to be quite high on his wish list as well. However, a player like Kalou isn't going to make much of a difference anyway. Giving credit where it's due, Kalou scored a respectable 14 league goals in 28 league games last season making him one of Ligue 1's players of the season. However, he has failed to replicate any signs of that form with only 3 goals in 10 league appearances this season.

Wenger would be much better off with buying a much more accomplished striker, but the problem that manager's face in January, especially in a world cup year, is who would want to move? This is probably the reason why Arsenal are opting for Kalou, yet he doesn't seem to fit the mould for an impressive side who are top of the table this year.


Will Hughes

Probably the most controversial name on the list is talented youngster Will Hughes. Before you start to insult my decision to include Hughes on this list, I believe he is a fantastic young player who definitely has a future in the Premier League soon, and is key to Derby's promotion hopes.

However, if you are talking about coming to Liverpool and adapting to the Premier League and instantly improving the side to obtain Champions League football, Will Hughes is not the man. It may happen that if the deal goes through, Will Hughes delivers world-class performances in the side consistently and then makes his inclusion on this list seem ridiculous.

However, it would be a risk, and if he doesn't play well, Hughes could be left out of the side by Rodgers, hindering his development. It is for this reason why Will Hughes is included on this list, and Liverpool should avoid signing him in January, but should make a move in the summer.

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