Top 10: South American stars on Premier League transfer radar

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South America has always had a reputation for developing an exciting crop of young footballers, with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, the most revered hotbeds for up-and-coming talent.

Over the past couple of years we've seen an increasing number of players from that part of the world arriving in the Premier League, completing big-money moves to some of the country's most prestigious clubs.

Historically, England's top-flight is considered a difficult platform for some of South America's most highly rated stars, with the physically demanding rigours of English football, an unnatural environment for traditionally lightweight, flair players.

However, the successful transition of the likes of Gilberto Silva at Arsenal, Carlos Tevez at West Ham, Manchester United, and Manchester City, and Luis Suarez at Liverpool, we're starting to see a shift in opinion, with more and more stars from a relatively untapped continent, making the move to Europe.

Chelsea for example, have a growing contingent of Brazilian internationals at Stamford Bridge, with Ramires, David Luiz, and Oscar all established in the Blues first-team.

Their impressive form has seen a rise in interest from other Premier League clubs, looking to negotiate deals, not only for Brazilians, Argentines or Uruguayans, but players from countries all over South America.

In some cases, clubs are looking for a value-for-money acquisition, which tends to be a player with a smaller European profile, but still with bags of potential. Other examples are stars that are already plying their respective trade in Europe, and have built a reputation for themselves.

Either way, whenever a South American star is linked with a switch to the Premier League, fans tend to get pretty excited. And, with numerous names once again making headlines, ahead of proposed moves during the January transfer window, GiveMeFootball brings you the top ten talents that could be on their way here this month…

Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid

The Colombian international has attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, but is unlikely to leave for less than the £48million release-clause written into his current deal.

Leandro Damiao | Internacional

Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be planning a £15million bid for the Brazilian striker this month, as Emmanuel Adebayor prepares for Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Taison | Metalist

An £11million deal for the Brazilian attacking midfielder to join Chelsea was believed to have been wrapped up, but the Ukrainian club are yet to accept an offer, despite being set a deadline of January 10.

Willian | Shakhtar Donetsk

Chelsea and Tottenham are the clubs credited with an interest in the 24-year-old Brazilian winger, who has particularly impressed in the Champions League this season.

Diego Rolan | Defensor Sporting

The 19-year-old winger currently plays for Uruguay's U20's side, and has attracted interest from Manchester United in recent months.

Paulinho | Corinthians

Chelsea firmed up their interest in the Brazilian midfielder after seeing him at close quarters in the Club World Cup. Manchester City are also keen, but he won't leave without a fight, says Corinthians president Mario Gobbi Filho.

Edinson Cavani | Napoli

The Uruguayan forward has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, with the reigning Premier League champions ready to replace Mario Balotelli, with a £45million bid for Cavani.

Lucas Biglia | Anderlecht

Arsene Wenger has been linked with an £8million bid for the Argentine international, to add some much-needed steel to Arsenal's midfield, that has been lacking since the summer sale of Alex Song.

Nicolas Gaitan | Benfica

The Argentine midfielder has been a long-term target for Manchester United, but according to his agent, Gaitan has received no offers so far this month, and is happy to remain in Portugal.

Bernard | Atletico Mineiro

The 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder is another player attracting interest from Chelsea, which the youngster admitting in December it would be a dream to move to Stamford Bridge.

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