A guide to every Premier League club’s top January transfer target

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December 31, 2012 by backofthenetjl

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Premier League clubs are known to go out and splash the cash in the transfer window and with the January window looming, that is expected to happen once more. It’s the time when we all get excited to see if our club can strike up a top deal and many are anticipating some really big deals. A lot of different clubs will be looking to acquire different types of players but they will all be hoping that their mid-season business will have done the job come the end of the season, whatever the outcome. So let’s see who is top of every Premier League club’s wish list this January.

Arsenal

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Midfield has been an area that clearly needs strengthening at Arsenal, as their back four simply does not get enough protection. Mikel Arteta is an excellent player but it is clearly he is not a defensive minded player, yet he is still chosen in that role by Arsene Wenger. So the gunners will be looking to bring in somebody with good defensive abilities, but who can also easily fit in with their fluid passing football. Another area where Arsenal may want to sign a player is in attack. Olivier Giroud has performed rather well since signing but he does not possess a large goal threat and Arsenal may turn to the likes of Demba Ba to bang in the goals upfront.

Top Target: Mohamed Diame

Value: £5-10 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Everyone can see what a terrific player Diame is and Arsene Wenger will surely be desperate to try and lure him away from West Ham. He is an incredibly strong player who is difficult to knock off the ball; just the sort of player Arsenal need. He can play as a defensive midfield where he is able to dictate play, but is also capable of surging forward in an attacking midfield role and his versatility could be useful at the Emirates Stadium. Diame also has two great feet and is comfortable in possession; a trait that we would expect Arsene Wenger to look for in a player. Similarly to fellow African footballer Yaya Toure, he is a real handful to deal with and his physical presence is something that most players can’t cope with. Although he only arrived at West Ham in the summer, a move across London could possibly be on the cards.

Chances of deal happening? 6/10

Aston Villa

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Paul Lambert’s young guns have been hit and miss this season and sometimes you don’t need which type of performance they are going to produce. With a seriously young squad, you would expect Villa to bring in someone with a bit of experience to lift the players and get them away from this relegation scrap they find themselves in. Skipper Ron Vlaar has been absent for a few games and the Villa defence has been leaking goals everywhere, conceding 15 against Chelsea, Spurs and Wigan respectively. But Paul Lambert is adamant on acquiring more young talent and it is likely he will dip down into the football league to bring in a few players, with a midfielder and a defender a real possibility. In order to move away from the relegation dogfight and climb up the table, Villa may have to spend a little bit of cash in the January Window.

Top Target: Liam Bridcutt

Value: £2-3 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: As a defensive midfielder, Bridcutt could be a key signing for Villa as it is a position they lack in. Villa have been extremely inconsistent this season and lately they have been conceding a high amount of goals. But Bridcutt could prevent goals from flooding in because he offers a great deal of protection to those behind them. He is an accomplished passer of the ball, so there is a chance he could improve their ability to keep the ball and not be rather wasteful on the ball. At 23, Bridcutt is still very young and it’s no surprise Paul Lambert is keen on bringing him to Villa Park, especially with the potential that he has. The Villains will be desperate to avoid relegation this season and if they land Bridcutt, come the end of the season they may well look back on a crucial bit of business.

Chances of deal happening? 7/10

Chelsea

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Well with a recent change in manager, it is almost certain that Rafa Benitez will want to reinforce changes into this Chelsea side and bring in players who he believes will add something to the side. Fernando Torres has come under heavy criticism this for failing to regularly come up with the goods, so many are adamant that Atletico hot-shot Radamel Falcao is the man being lined up in January to strengthen Chelsea’s attack, though with a hefty price tag, Chelsea may have to cough up a fair bit of cash. Marouane Fellaini is also a name who has been popped up quite a bit and that it is a deal that could possibly go through. Expect Chelsea to secure a few deals this window and strengthen in midfield and attack.

Top target: Radamel Falcao

Value: £40 – 50 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: It’s almost obvious what Falcao would bring to Chelsea. Goals, goals and more goals. He simply scores goals for fun. He is considered to be the best striker in the world at the moment and you can see why when you watch some of his goals for Atletico. He has incredible movement within the penalty area and can always be called upon for goals. With players like Mata,Oscar and Hazard at their disposal, Chelsea are certain to provide some kind of top quality service, so if Falcao was to join the blues, you would expect him to continue his goal scoring exploits. Falcao would bring a lot to Chelsea and it would be fantastic if they could lure him to Stamford Bridge.

Chances of deal happening? 7/10

Everton

Where will they be looking to strengthen? The toffees have a tendency to make some tidy acquisitions in the January transfer window and you can sense they will do that once more in this upcoming window. Over the years Everton have landed some crucial signings on loan in the January transfer window and that has proved dividends come the end of the season. So after a promising start to this season, Everton will be hoping to build on that by bringing in extra quality in a couple of departments, mainly in midfield; especially in the wide positions.

Top Target: Nacer Chadli

Value: £7 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Obviously Everton have already got a few Belgium players in their ranks and they have one more on their radar; with their sights reportedly set on FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli. Chadli is an incredibly gifted footballer equipped with pace and skill; attributes that are important for any winger to have. They have got a fairly big squad but the so called ‘fringe’ players that they have aren’t really able to produce what their regular starters do. But Chadli would be a smart signing for Everton as he would create chances from the flanks and if one of their wingers suffered an injury, then Chadli would be a great replacement. The only stumbling block Everton have in making the deal happen is the lack of funds they have, so expect a player to be sold if they are to attempt to strike up a deal for Chadli.

Fulham

Where will they be looking to strengthen?

Top Target: Martin Stekelenburg

Value: £8 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Stekelenburg is a very steady and assured goal-keeper who would provide great competition for current number 1 Mark Schwarzer. Schwarzer is coming to the end of his career and this season has seen him make a few mistakes and errors which have cost the team points. Stekelenburg himself has been around for quite a while now but has lost his place in the Roma squad, so it would be the ideal time for Fulham to take advantage and strike up a deal for the Dutch shot-stopper.

Chances of deal happening? 5/10

Liverpool

Where will they be looking to strengthen? It’s clear to say that it is in attack where many believe Liverpool are struggling and even with the sensational Luis Suarez as their only registered front man, it still looks as if a new striker is needed should Suarez suffer from injuries or suspensions. A deal for Daniel Sturridge is incredibly close and there a host of other players being linked with the Reds; most notably former Liverpool youngster Tom Ince, who Liverpool are keen on buying back from Championship side Blackpool. With a Champions League place in Brendan Rodgers sights, there’s no doubt that Liverpool will spend some money in the window.

Top Target: Tom Ince

Value: £6-8 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: After failing to make the cut at Anfield, Ince has taken the Championship by storm with Blackpool, earning rave reviews from many pundits, fans, managers and players. Predominantly a right-winger who is left-footed, he is an expert at cutting inside on the trusty left-foot that he has and despite being a winger, Ince is no stranger to goals, having scored 13 times this season which ranks him in 4th position in the Championship goalscoring charts. Ince is never afraid to beat a man and can deliver a good final ball; something Liverpool have lacked at times this season. Under Rodgers guidance, Ince could improve, develop and ultimately flourish, though he has already admitted he would not want to be a bit-part player, so he wouldn’t be content being frequently used as a sub.

Chances of deal happening? 8/10

Man City

Where will they be looking to strengthen? With almost unlimited funds at their disposal, you would expect City to make a few additions in the window in a bid to retain their Premier League title. Seen as though they have four top strikers in their ranks, you can only see them signing a forward if one of their striker’s depart the Etihad, but that is one area that City may want to strengthen in; to add extra firepower to their star-studded squad. Danielle De Rossi; a long term target of the blues, was a name mentioned throughout the summer and having failed to replace Nigel De Jong in the previous window, they may look to bring in a new defensive midfield and it is almost certain that De Rossi would be top of their wish list. There may be several departures but also a few new arrivals at City in January and the number of players brought in may depend on how many are shipped out.

Top Target: Danielle De Rossi

Value: £20-25 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: De Rossi has already accomplished himself as one of the best defensive midfielders around and his magnificent passing range would improve City a lot. He’s also a very experienced professional who has played at the top for quite a few years; something that City would surely benefit from. The Italian is an extremely versatile player capable of playing in Midfield and also as a ball-playing centre-back; which could prove quite useful if Roberto Mancini persists to occasionally play with three at the back; a formation De Rossi is already familiar with, having played in that system for both Italy and Roma. It will be a signing that will be difficult to secure, but one that could prove to be shrewd if it goes through.

Chances of deal happening? 5/10

Man United

Where will they be looking to strengthen? At a huge club like Man United, we often see a host of players linked with the Red devils in transfer season, but unfortunately few of their actually happen. It must be at times frustrating to be a United supporter in the transfer windows as it’s not often that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen on bolstering his squad, especially in mid-season’s window’s. If anything, they’ll be looking to strengthen in wide areas with Nani’s Old Trafford future uncertain and possibly in attack; even though it is not a position they need better quality in. A lot of names have been mentioned but in all truth none of them are really likely to happen but the majority of united fans will be hoping that the Reds do some business in this window in a bid to win the title back from arch-rivals City.

Top Target: James Rodriguez

Value: £25-30 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: It’s not a deal that is likely to be pulled off during the January window, but if it does come off, it would surely be a fantastic signing. Rodriguez is your typical modern day winger equipped with pace accompanied with exceptional ability on the ball. The Colombian has already had comparisons drawn between him and Cristiano Ronaldo and with United having previous success in importing talents from Portugal’s top tier, they may have added one more to their collection, should Rodriguez move to Old Trafford. The 21-year-old has been persistently linked with a move to United and his ability to play on either wing may prove to be useful for the Reds. He is a massive talent and despite his huge price tag, Rodriguez would be an exciting signing, though it is highly unlikely that the deal will happen.

Chances of deal happening? 4/10

Newcastle

Where will they be looking to strengthen? After an un-convincing start to the season, Newcastle will look to bring in a few acquisitions to help them move up the table. Boss Alan Pardew has already stated that he would like to bring in more defenders, but if Demba Ba was to leave The Magpies, it would be wrong not to bring in a replacement. Newcastle were heavily linked with full-back Mathieu Debuchy in the summer window and failed to secure his services, which may mean Newcastle will be desperate to sign him this time round. The Toon have failed to hit the high heights they reached last season and a couple of deals this window should lift them to mid-table at least.

Top Target: Loic Remy

Value: £10-15 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: With reports circulating around that star striker Demba Ba is one the verge of leaving the club; a sensible replacement would be Marseille’s Loic Remy. Remy is now 25 and has already featured quite a lot for France; his country. Ironically, he is a fairly similar player to Ba as he is blessed with a great deal of pace and his finishing is clinical and lethal. A number of clubs are interested in Remy, so Newcastle would have to pay a good amount of money to bring the Frenchman to the North East. It’s been talked about a lot that Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are simply not able to play together, but it appears that Remy’s qualities would possibly develop a good partnership with Cisse. Marseille are not intending to sell Remy but at the same time are prepared to listen to any offers. Remy would offer a different dimension to Newcastle’s play, though his move could depend on whether Demba Ba’s release clause is activated.

Chances of deal happening? 6/10

Norwich City

Where will they be looking to strengthen? It was a difficult start to the season for the Canaries, as Chris Hughton’s men were condemned to heavy defeats at the hands of Fulham, Chelsea and Liverpool and there was a real concern that Norwich would be relegated. But a remarkable turn-around followed and Norwich have been in fantastic form, beating both Arsenal and United at home and combining their attacking qualities with a real solidness at the back. Their squad looks very good on paper as they have options in all departments but with Grant Holt’s future still uncertain, they may want to bring in one more striker to push on to the top half of the table in the second half of the season.

Top Target: Danny Graham

Value: £4 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Everyone noticed that Graham was a vastly underrated striker lasts season in the Premier League; where he scored a few goals and contributed to a successful season for Swansea. However, this season Graham has failed to cement a place in Michael Laudrup’s starting eleven because of the excellent displays that Spaniard Michu has produced. Graham arrived at Swansea from Watford and though he fitted in rather well with the fluent passing philosophy, he provided a different style of play due to his fantastic movement and his ability to be in the right place at the right time; something all strikers can only dream of. And because he is somewhat surplus to requirements at Swansea, you can sense that there will be a few clubs interested in snapping him up and Norwich appear to be most interested. Grant Holt is reportedly still after a move away from Carrow Road and Graham would be the perfect player to replace him and could suit Norwich’s style of play. His finishing is exceptionally good, so if given the service, Graham could be an instant success at Norwich.

Chances of deal happening? 5/10

QPR

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Quite frankly, QPR have been woeful this season and must bring in quality players in the January window or relegation looks a real possibility. On paper, their squad looks capable of mid-table mediocrity, but on the pitch their players haven’t gelled and it has cost them massively. New manager Harry Redknapp has always been one to spend money in the transfer window and he will be almost forced to in this mid-season window. Most clubs at the bottom always look like they will concede goals but can always be expected to score goals, yet QPR have failed to do that on a consistent basis. It is quite surpising because they do have good attacking options, but they need to find a player that will score goals and contribute to the side, because if they don’t, relegation appears to be on the cards.

Top Target: Nicolas Anelka

Value: £6 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Anelka has spent the best part of his career in the Premier League and during that time we’ve seen what a terrific player he is. He’s had a lot of different challenges whilst playing in the Premier League with title chasers like Arsenal and Chelsea and also clubs who looked destined for relegation such as Bolton and even Manchester City during his time there. But his playing style has never changed at all and even with him coming to the end of his excellent career, he has still got that class about him. He possesses two great feet which will score goals on a regular basis and if he is snapped up by Harry Redknapp and QPR, Anelka could potentially save them from relegation.

Chances of deal happening? 8/10

Reading

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Even though they topped the Championship table last season, Reading have found life difficult back in the Premier League and a lack of top-flight experience is costing them dearly. Their squad is of a reasonably good size but they players in their ranks aren’t really familiar with playing in the Premier League. Only a minority of the players they have spent time in the Premier League before like Nicky Shorey, Ian Harte, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Jason Roberts and in this transfer window, they must bring in players with Premier League experience. They look rather good going forward with four decent strikers and their defence has improved in recent games, but their midfield does not have much, if not any players with experience in the top tier, so we might see Reading strengthen their midfield with players who have previously been in the top flight.

Top Target: Tom Huddlestone

Value: £4 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Though he’s still quite young, Huddlestone has been in the Premier League for quite some time now and has Premier League experience on his CV; something Reading would seriously benefit from. There are not many midfielders better than him at striking the ball from distance, but that is not all of the qualities that the 25-year-old has. He is very good on the ball, has tremendous vision and generally keeps the ball well; which Reading haven’t been too impressive at this season. Apart from what he’ll bring to the side off the pitch, he could also come with a big lift behind the scenes; because a player who comes in with Premier League experience could give install a sense of belief and confidence in the whole Reading camp. Huddlestone appears to be struggling to break into the Spurs side and it would be the ideal time to capitalise on that and lure him away from White Hart Lane.

Chances of deal happening? 7/10

Southampton

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Southampton have been a little hit and miss this season and we’ve seen quite a lot of their strengths as well as their weaknesses. There have been games which they should have had in the bag and let their lead slip and there have been games where they have very much outplayed their opponents. Nigel Adkins has got the Saints playing exciting and attractive football and with the players they have, you always feel they have goals in their locker, but at times they have been suspect defensively. In Rickie Lambert they have a player who will score goals if given the service and if Southampton are to beat the drop, they must find a player who will consistently provide top quality service for their talisman and in wide areas is where they could look to strengthen.

Top Target: Will Buckley

Value: £2-4 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: On his day, Buckley is one of the best wingers in the Championship and has all the right attributes of an old-fashioned winger. He does the simple stuff but it’s effective and ultimately productive. He is a tricky winger with good pace and a fantastic cross in the bag. Buckley is direct and will always look to deliver crosses in to dangerous areas and that is something that Southampton and in particular Lambert could expert. Lambert’s movement is probably the strongest part of his game and his capability of getting into good offensive positions could be met by the accurate cross from Buckley. The Brighton man is still only young so has plenty of years ahead of him and it looks like he is a future Premier League player, but whether he will be ready to step up this season is something we will only find out if Southampton manage to capture the 23-year-old.

Chances of deal happening?

Stoke City

Where will they be looking to strengthen? It’s been a very strong start to the season from Stoke and their summer acquisitions; particularly in midfield have proved dividends and The Potters are on course for a top-half finish if they can continue they have shown in the first half of the season. The strikers they have all contributed to what has been a great few months for Stoke, but with Michael Owen again having difficulties with his match-fitness, a new striker may need to brought in. Midfield options are very good and defensively Stoke are purely solid and that is why they have kept so many clean sheets this season. They’ve also improved their style of play this season and have good variation, meaning that are not all just ‘hoofing’ the ball as we have seen them do in their other season’s in the division. They won’t go out and splash the cash but there may be a few additions here and there and attack is where they look most likely to strengthen.

Top Target: Mauro Zarate

Value: £8-10 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Zarate is currently plying his trade for Lazio in Serie A, but hasn’t featured regularly this season and reports suggest he is desperate to move away; with the Premier League his preferred destination. He has already had a spell in the Premier League with Birmingham in 2007/08 season where he scored 4 goals in 14 appearances but couldn’t save them from relegation. Surprisingly, he isn’t the sort of player you’d expect to be linked with Stoke, but Stoke’s respectable start to the season could tempt him to join the club. The Argentine is a versatile player who can play as a winger or a striker and his goal scoring record is exceptional for a player who is still only 25. He has pace, vision and good movement and he could be used effectively for Stoke should he join. Stoke are known to previously sign big physical players and even though he is just 5 ft 9, Zarate could potentially add something a little different to Stoke’s play and it would appear to be a smart signing if Stoke could cough up the required amount of money.

Chances of deal happening? 4/10

Sunderland

Where will they be looking to strengthen? It would be fair to say that Sunderland have dramatically under-performed this season, especially when you see that they spent quite a bit of money in the summer on good players as well. The Black Cats have been hanging around the relegation zone and in all truth, with the players they have, they shouldn’t be there; mid table should be where they are. It’s been incredibly tight at the bottom, so a string of losses or victories can change the whole picture. There’s been an improvement in the last few games, but star striker Steven Fletcher is being depended on too heavily for the goals and when the former Wolves man isn’t on form, there needs to be another striker who can step in and that’s why Sunderland may look for a new striker in this transfer window.

Top Target: Jeramie Aliadiere

Value: £3 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Aliadiere would come to Sunderland as a player who has already played in the Premier League with Arsenal, West Ham and Middlesbrough. He isn’t the most technically gifted of footballers but his finishing is clinical and clinical strikers are what save’s you from relegation. He is good in the air and can link up well with other players. He wouldn’t be expected to be Sunderland’s number 1 choice as a striker but could be used in certain games or brought on as an impact player if thinks aren’t going too well and if Steven Fletcher isn’t on song. With the transfer fee expected to be around £3 Million it wouldn’t be the biggest transfer we’ve ever seen but it could in fact be a useful one if Sunderland can pip other club’s to his signature.

Chances of deal happening? 6/10

Swansea City

Where they’ll be looking to strengthen? When Brendan Rodgers left Swansea for Liverpool in the summer, many had feared that was them finished. That they would be sussed out this season and whoever was appointed as Rodgers’ successor would not be able to bring that exciting football created by Rodgers with help from previous managers Paulo Sousa and Roberto Martinez. How wrong they were. Michael Laud up inherited a great side and brought in a number of gifted players whom he was familiar with and whom he believed were able to adapt to the exciting brand of football that Swansea play. How right he was. Swansea are going strong and are in a better position than they were last season; life after Rodgers was better than ever. After a superb start to the season, Swansea will look to build on that by strengthening their attack, despite it not been able to be improved too much!

Top Target: Iago Aspas

Value: £3-4 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Not many people who don’t watch Spanish Football won’t be aware of Aspas, but Michael Laudrup might be about to sign another Spanish Star. Absolutely no-one had heard of Michu until he arrived in South-Wales but he has become an instant revelation. He is a very different player to Macho, however he is still a player who would suit Swansea’s style of play as well as posing a huge goal threat. Like fellow Spaniard Michu, Aspas is capable of playing as a striker and his arrival could signal the moving Michu to his predominant role of an attacking midfielder. Aspas is quick and his finishing is brilliant, having scored 23 goals last season for Celta Vigo. Danny Graham has failed to land a place in Swansea’s starting eleven in the majority of games this season and it is reported that he could well be on his way and that would mean Aspas would be top of Swansea’s wish list. Aspas is still only 25, so has time to improve and if he manages to swiftly adapt to the Premier League, Swansea would finish the season as strongly as they started it.

Chances of deal happening? 5/10

Tottenham Hotspur

Where will they be looking to strengthen? Having endured a difficult start to the season, Spurs have now firmly found their feet and look like a side capable of finishing in the top four. But if they want to secure Champions League football at White Hart Lane next season then they may well have to strengthen in midfield. Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele were signed in the summer by Andre Villas-Boas and though Dembele has been superb, Dempsey is been very inconsistent. Dembele has been taken a backwards role at Spurs as a defensive midfielder and Dempsey hasn’t been too productive in that number 10 role. This window may see Spurs search for a new number 10 who alongside Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, can provide excellent service for the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and the free-scoring Jermaine Defore.

Top Target: Wesley Sneijder

Value: £15-20 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Spurs wouldn’t want to pay over the odds for a new attacking midfielder and Sneijder’s price tag isn’t too hefty for a player blessed with unbelievable technical ability and vision. He may be getting on a bit but he definitely still has what it takes to be playing regular football even if Inter Milan thinks otherwise. The Dutchman has found himself frozen out at Inter and he does not seem to be part of their plans, which may mean the Italian side will look to offload him in this window and it is just the right time for Spurs to take advantage. Spurs have had many top Dutch players at the club namely Edgar Davids and Rafa Van Der Vaart and it wouldn’t be foolish to go for another one, when you consider the experience at the top level that Sneijder has and all the qualities he would bring. His vision is superb; which allows him to spot passes that nobody else can see and with Bale, Lennon and Defoe running into space, goals would surely come. This signing could be one of the biggest of the window and a fantastic signing for Spurs if they could reach an agreement.

Chances of deal happening? 7/10

West Brom

Where will they be looking to strengthen? n/a

Top Target: n/a

Value: n/a

What he’ll bring to the side: n/a

Chances of deal happening? n/a

West Ham

Where will they be looking to strengthen? The Hammers have made a respectable start on their return to the top flight and will want to make sure they remain in the league in May. West Ham have been in scintillating form at Upton Park, recording an emphatic victory over Chelsea and also picking up a few valuable points, notably in a 0-0 draw against Champions Man City. The style of play that West Ham are used to has come under an enormous amount of scrutiny for being very negative, but although it is not the so called ‘West Ham way’, it is effective as results have shown. It’s been a start to the season that Sam Allardyce and the majority of West Ham fans will be satisfied with and now they will look to strengthen mainly in midfield, hoping January signings can help them strive towards a top-half finish.

Top Target: Joe Cole

Value: £2-5 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Having previously been a youth team product at West Ham, Cole would add a little spark and creativity from the middle in a side that largely focuses on creating chances from wide areas. He’s been around a while now and it’s a shame he hasn’t been able to play regularly in recent years because in his earlier days, the talent he had was quite incredible and he had the complete package. When at both West Ham and Chelsea Cole was dribbling past players with ease and busting all sorts of tricks, yet now everyone seems to have forgotten about him. He did very well on loan at Lille last season but is clearly not wanted at Liverpool, so why don’t West Ham save him from his Infield night-mare? Some might say his days are numbered and that Cole is finished but if West Ham moved for Cole, we would begin to remember what a top player he was in his prime and it would prove he is still capable of playing regular Premier League football.

Chances of deal happening? 6/10

Wigan Athletic

Where will they be looking to strengthen? When you’re down there near the bottom it is vital you are capable of scoring goals and for Wigan that has been the main problem. They have two very talented players in Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo, but neither are consistent goalscorer’s and attack is a department that the Latics may well look to strengthen in. Tricky players like Maloney and Jordi Gomez have created plenty of chances but forwards have been unable to thrive on the service that those behind them provide. At the end of the day, goals are pivotal in keeping you up and Wigan must bring in a striker to finish those chances and ultimately keep them in the Premier League.

Top Target: Luciano Becchio

Value: £4-5 Million

What he’ll bring to the side: Well it’s pretty simple what Becchio would offer Wigan and that is goals; vital goals that could keep them in the Premier League. Wigan have previously survived a relegation scrap by the skin of their teeth and with it looking a little difficult this time round, Becchio could be the difference between relegation and survival. The Argentine is a prolific goal scorer who is so clinical when it comes to taking chances. He has been quite sensational this season, scoring a fantastic amount of goals and it would be great to fantastic to see him in the Premier League and he surely is good enough to make the step up to the promised land. Wigan play an exciting brand of football but scoring goals has been a key problem and Becchio could be the answer. Leeds boss Neil Warnock has insisted his striker is not for sale, but if Wigan cough up the required amount, Becchio could be on his way to the DW Stadium.

Chances of deal happening? 4/10

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