Premier League: January Transfer predictions

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The Premier League transfer window might be more than three months away, but already potential moves are starting to take shape in the English top flight.

With contracts expiring, managers unhappy and players simply under-performing, it's no surprise that thoughts have already turned to the New Year, and what a new player might be able to do for the top teams.

Manchester City's title challenge has been a slow-starter, whilst a defensive injury-crisis threatens to derail Manchester United. Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is short of striking options, whilst Liverpool need a boost in a number of areas on the pitch.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is still trying to make his mark at White Hart Lane, whilst Arsene Wenger is looking to build a squad capable of winning the title. It all makes for an intriguing New Year, and GiveMeFootball attempts to predict the switches that could happen....

Theo Walcott - Arsenal to Manchester City

The England international winger has revealed this week that he'd love to emulate Thierry Henry and become an Arsenal legend. He hasn't signed a new contract.

That's what matters, and with his current deal set to conclude at the end of the season, Arsene Wenger will have to cash-in on the player or risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Such a scenario is unlikely to play out at the Emirates Stadium, and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini appears to be an admirer after a summer of interest in the former Southampton starlet.

Javier Hernandez - Manchester United to Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo made an enquiry for the Mexican striker in August, and after the signing of Robin Van Persie in the summer, 'Chicharito' has fallen down the pecking order.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have a lack of striking options at Stamford Bridge, with Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge the only recognised forwards in west London.

And, despite the first knock-back from Sir Alex Ferguson, a decent bid in the New Year might be enough to force a move.

Marouane Fellaini & Leighton Baines - Everton to Manchester United

The Everton duo have started the season in fantastic form, helping David Moyes' side to the top of the table with an impressive brand of passing football.

Fellaini has been the fulcrum for the Toffees, with a swagger and style that helped brush the Red Devils aside when they visited Goodison Park at the start of the season - it's no wonder Ferguson is keen.

Baines has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, and with question-marks over the long-term future of Patrice Evra at the club, the England international might be the right man for the left at Old Trafford.

Yohan Cabaye - Newcastle United to Arsenal

The French international was hugely impressive in his debut season at St. James' Park, leading to a late move from Arsenal for the player in the summer transfer window.

Whilst Cheik Tiote has also been linked with the Gunners, it's Cabaye who would sit best in Arsene Wenger's system, with the former Lille star composed on the ball as well as tenacious off it.

An ideal fit following the exits of Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates Stadium over the last couple of years, it will be up to Wenger to splash the cash if he wants to add the player to his Arsenal ranks.

Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea to Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool

Despite a lack of forward options at Chelsea, striker Sturridge has found his opportunities limited under Roberto Di Matteo, and may have to look elsewhere if he wants regular first team football.

When Andre Villas-Boas was in charge on the King's Road, he regularly used the England international as a wide forward in a 4-3-3 formation. And, the former Porto boss might look to do the same at White Hart Lane.

New Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers is also thought to be keen on the player, and at the end of the summer transfer window, he was linked with a move to Anfield.

Spurs were claimed to be on his radar at the start of the summer transfer window, and it would be no surprise if the link to both clubs returned in January.

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