Signings to save teams from relegation

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Liam Bridcutt and a striker

Five Premier League games into the season and Sunderland decided enough was enough. The controversial Italian Paolo Di Canio was shown the door after a tyrannical reign to say the least which lasted only 13 games in total, and he left Sunderland down at the bottom in 20th.

Since then, manager Gus Poyet has done fantastically well to lift the morale of the under confident players, and at times his side have played fantastic football. Most notably wins against Chelsea and Manchester United at home, and Everton away who had not lost a single game at Goodison Park up till that point.

However, despite Poyet doing a brilliant job, he himself has admitted that the squad lacks technical ability, and he wishes to add to his squad during the window.

To help his team, Poyet must sign his former player Liam Bridcutt. Poyet himself rates the midfielder extremely highly, and once said he's 'good enough' to play for Real Madrid. Bridcutt would slot into the role Lee Cattermole is playing at the moment, and would offer much more defensive stability to the midfield and won't give the ball away as much.

Sunderland need a type of player who will always get on the ball and look to create opportunities, whilst also holding the midfield line. A player who does that role extremely well in the Premier League is Michael Carrick for Manchester United, and Bridcutt would do the job extremely well for Sunderland.

Another top priority for Poyet's side would be a goalscorer. With the additions of Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore in the summer to support Steven Fletcher, many believed Sunderland would pose a real threat in terms of goals. However, they've struggled. Instead, Borini is utilised out on the left, Altidore has struggled for goals, and Fletcher has been injured for the majority of the season so far.

To aid Fletcher, a goalscorer has to be on Poyet's wishlist for January to push for Premier League survival.

West Ham

Lacina Traore, Ishak Belfodil, central defender

It has been a dreadful season for Big Sam's West Ham, and not many would have predicted it. After being promoted from the Championship in the 2011/12 season, West Ham finished in a very respectable 10th place with 46 points, 10 points off relegation, a brilliant place to finish after just being promoted.

However, it has been the complete opposite this season as West Ham have failed to build on the successful season they experienced last term. They started off the summer with a bang after sealing a permanent £17 million pound deal for England striker Andy Carroll, but failed to build on it and didn't make key signings to help them through the season.

West Ham were slapped in the face when they found out Carroll's injury return date was extended until the New Year and has yet to make an appearance for the Hammers this year. As a result of this West Ham are in desperate trouble, and goals have been a real problem.

So far in this window, West Ham have bolstered their ranks by signing Wolves defender Roger Johnson on loan until the end of the season.

However, with the injuries they have and the situation they're in, West Ham require another top defender, someone like Joleon Lescott to help them in the relegation battle. An experienced defender like Lescott can be a huge plus for the Hammers, and they should dip into the market for a defender.

On the other hand, the main problem has been of scoring goals this season, and they have obviously struggled without their record signing Andy Carroll. Carlton Cole was signed on a short-term deal, and Modibo Maiga was also given the chance to impress up front. Yet Allardyce has often opted to play without a striker.

This is why West Ham need a forward to support their relegation cause, and they're in talks to sign both Ishak Belfodil and Lacina Traore on loan, players who will definitely improve the team.

Allardyce looks to be doing some business this window, and if he acquires the right players, he could lead West Ham out of the bottom three for good.

Crystal Palace

Scott Dann, Nikica Jelavic, Joe Ledley, Peter Crouch, Demba Ba

After coming up from the Championship, staying in the Premier league would never be an easy task, and Crystal Palace found that out. After a horrendous start to the 2013/14 campaign, manager Ian Holloway decided to step down as manager to give another man a chance at keeping the Eagles up in the Premier League.

After searching far and wide for a new manager, and being in talks with coaches such as Dan Petrescu, Steve Parish opted for former Stoke city manager Tony Pulis to take the club forward, and help save them from relegation.

Immediately, results began to change, and Crystal Palace fans began to believe yet again. The main change that Pulis enforced was to get the partnership of Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome firing.

He moved Chamakh's position to behind Jerome, which started making wonders. Despite this, Pulis has admitted he would like to add to his squad, but has stated that he only wants players who can "work hard" and doesn't want players who will "jog" through until the end of the season.

With the exception of a goalkeeper, Pulis would like to improve his squad in defense, midfield, and his attacking options.

Blackburn defender Scott Dann would be a fantastic addition for the Eagles, as he would bring discipline, leadership and character to this team and fits the mould for the players Pulis wants to bring in this window.

It might be difficult, but Dann would be a brilliant signing for Palace if Pulis can manage to bring him to the club. Secondly, a midfielder should be on Pulis' shopping list, and Joe Ledley would also be a good fit for Palace.

His hard working nature, his energy rates, desire to attack and defend mean that he is the right player and has the right attitude to succeed at Selhurst Park. Some people may argue that the Premier League is a whole different game to the SPL, but Ledley is ready for the step up.

Lastly, a proven striker should be on the wishlist of Pulis as well. They need a goalscorer who has experience in the Premier League. Nikica Jelavic is a good option for the Eagles, but they may have to act quick as Everton have agreed a fee with Hull City for the services of Jelavic, and it seems as if he will be heading to Yorkshire.

Peter Crouch is also a name that has popped up, and Pulis has worked with him before, so there is a possibility of that transfer. Demba Ba may be a longshot, but Crystal Palace will need to sign a proven goalscorer, and Pulis will know that, as he has gone through this relegation process time and time again.

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Nikica Jelavic
Peter Crouch
Liam Bridcutt
Michael Carrick
Scott Dann
Joe Ledley
Demba Ba
Joleon Lescott
Lacina Traoré

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