Every Premier League club's 'player to sell' in the January transfer window

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January can be a relatively quiet transfer window.

Apart from the rare coup - like Liverpool signing Luis Suarez for £22.5m in 2011 - clubs tend to do their biggest business in the summer.

But there are two words we should all be prepared to hear incessantly over the next few weeks: Dead wood.

We're just coming out of the busiest time of the Premier League season and some players still couldn't get a game.

Others made a sudden reappearance when everyone had largely forgotten about their existence - Nemanja Matic, we're looking at you - as they were foisted into the metaphorical shop window with a - *checks notes* - horrorshow against Arsenal.

No team wants to admit they have players in their ranks that, for whatever reason, no longer really belong there. Sometimes, they're simply out of contract at the end of the season so they need to be sold to prevent them leaving on a free.

Regardless of the reason, we are firm believers in the idea that every side has at least one player who should be sold before the deadline.

Liverpool - Nathaniel Clyne 

Remember him? Clyne was originally supposed to leave in the summer until he suffered knee ligament damage. Joe Gomez can provide cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and there is zero chance the former England international is going to be in contention again.

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Leicester - Wes Morgan

Morgan's departure could be complicated by his groin injury he suffered in the FA Cup. Yet the fact remains that Leicester are looking to buy a centre-back. Even if we can't get the image of him holding the Premier League trophy over his head out of our minds, nostalgia is a dangerous thing in football. 

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Manchester City - Leroy Sane 

City's defence of their title has been pretty hopeless. It's strange though, as their squad is almost perfectly assembled. One of the few players who doesn't seem to have a future at the Etihad is Sane, who's long been linked with Bayern Munich. The Germany international hasn't played all season through injury but if Bayern are still keen - which, by all accounts they are - there's no reason why City shouldn't cash in now. 

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Chelsea - Willian 

Can anyone remember a time when Willian *wasn't* linked with leaving Chelsea? Well, the Brazilian is finally out of contract at the end of the season and although he was superb against Tottenham, does he fit Frank Lampard's long-term project? The Blues are now able to sign players too, and selling the attacking midfielder could free up as much as €32m to invest. 


Manchester United - Jesse Lingard

As always, talk is dominated by Paul Pogba. There are 100 good arguments why Pogba should also leave, but United can't afford to part with their most technically gifted midfielder. Lingard, on the other hand, did not contribute a league goal or assist in 2019 and upset Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year with his social media activity. One has to wonder, if he wasn't from the Academy and a boyhood United fan, whether Lingard would have been given so much time. The England international could be used as a makeweight to sign James Maddison. 

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Tottenham - Christian Eriksen 

This isn't just about Eriksen's contract being up at the end of the season. The Dane's attitude has been appalling in recent months on the pitch, epitomised by his performance against Middlesbrough when he failed to complete a single cross. It also has to be said that much of the reported dressing-room unrest at the club all stemmed from Eriksen first deciding he wouldn't sign a new deal. 

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Wolves - Patrick Cutrone

It just hasn't worked out for Cutrone at Molineux and he's now being wrapped in cotton wool to ensure he can leave. The Italian cannot budge Raul Jimenez out of Nuno's team and he's only started three league games. Fiorentina are showing interest and Wolves should let him cut his losses. 

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Sheffield United - Billy Sharp

They've just signed Jack Rodwell. They've officially gone rogue. Who knows what they'll do next? We feel they will allow club captain Billy Sharp to make his way to one of the clubs who have already made an approach, with Celtic believed to be among them. Sharp is struggling for game time and his departure wouldn't affect the second half of their season too much. 

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Crystal Palace - Connor Wickham 

Who Palace will sell and who they should sell are very different questions. Wilfried Zaha may be the wanted man at Selhurst Park, but Wickham has only just ended a run of three years without a top-flight goal. 

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Arsenal - Granit Xhaka

In the immortal words of Claude from Arsenal Fan TV, 'it's time to go!' Arsenal can't afford to sell any of their centre-backs now that Calum Chambers is injured again, no matter how useless they may be. They can, instead, cut their losses on Granit Xhaka, who has held talks with Hertha Berlin. Let's just hope he didn't scream at them to f*** off, like he did the Arsenal fans.


Everton - Theo Walcott

Who should they sell? 'All of them', we hear you say after the defeat to a group of children from across Stanley Park. Walcott was particularly appalling and Carlo Ancelotti has been looking for alternatives, clearly unimpressed with the former Arsenal man. 

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Southampton - Mohamed Elyounoussi

Correct - he's on loan at Celtic, but we're still counting him as a Saints player. Things didn't work out for him in the Premier League but he has been a hit in Scotland. Southampton should allow him to move permanently, even if it means taking a financial hit. 


Newcastle - Joelinton 

Newcastle fans serenaded him with "you're not fit to wear the shirt" away to Rochdale. The shirt in question is Alan Shearer's number nine too, hence the added pressure on the striker. There are already reports linking with a move away. On paper, though, a Brazilian, £40 million record signing sounds like a cracking bit of business - just sell him on, Mike Ashley, before anyone else actually sees him play. 


Brighton - Gaëtan Bong

There was a time when Bong had a bigger role to play at the AMEX, but he's quite obviously not in Graham Potter's plans. Fans cheered when he came off against Sheffield Wednesday and that should signal the end of the line. A hard-worker but one who no longer fits Brighton's new style. 

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Burnley - Joe Hart 

Villa were looking at Hart and while that move no longer seems to be on, it might be best for all parties if Hart left Turf Moor. When he has played, he hasn't impressed and there's no way he'll be displacing Nick Pope. Having him as a back-up is slightly undignified. 

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West Ham - Jack Wilshere

West Ham are prepared to listen to offers for the former prodigy. The trouble is, will the bids be forthcoming? Wilshere is on the treatment table again and even his apologists no longer believe he will become the player he promised as a youngster. 

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Aston Villa - Henri Lansbury 

If they're to survive, Villa must keep hold of Jack Grealish at all costs. Villa could, on the other hand, get rid of Lansbury, who has barely played but could still earn them a decent-ish fee purely by having Arsenal and an alright spell at Nottingham Forest on his CV. 

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Bournemouth - Jordan Ibe 

The Cherries are in terrible peril right now and the last thing they need to contend with is Ibe's poor form and off-field court case. Even with all their injuries in attack, the former Liverpool forward is doing them no favours and they may as well sell now rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season. 

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Watford - Dimitri Foulquier

Etienne Capoue is the subject of interest from Lyon, but the Hornets simply can't afford to lose any of their better players if they're to stay up. Foulquier is an obvious choice to sell, even if he'll only bring in a couple of million. 

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Norwich - Max Aarons 

What?! It might seem counter-productive to sell one of their best players, but the full-back is also the player who is most likely to procure Norwich a small fortune as clubs like Manchester United hover. The Canaries' financial position is better than what it was, but they aren't in a position to turn down £20m. 

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All of this is, of course, mere speculation. Clubs have a whole host of factors to take into consideration when deciding who to part ways with. 

If any of the above did move on, though, few would be surprised. 

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