Premier League transfer needs: What’s been done and what’s left to do by Monday?

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The Premier League transfer window will close up for several months on Monday, and it’s possible this pretty inactive window could go down with a resounding thud.

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Louis van Gaal doesn’t expect to do much at Manchester United despite seemingly overwhelming need at the back, and plenty of other clubs have either stood pat or not added major pieces at all.

Let’s take a gander at how things may’ve changed since JPW checked the needs earlier this month.

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source:  Center back Chelsea: Are they really going to bring in Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina? My goodness, the rich would feel uncomfortably richer in a truly “1 percent” sort of way.
source:  Defender/mid Manchester City: They’ve added Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, and both he and Yaya Toure’s returns from the Africa Cup of Nations will feel like a January haul. Could they use depth at holding mid or center back? Perhaps.
source:  Defenders   Manchester United: So far the Red Devils have brought in No. 2 keeper Victor Valdes and an unheard of commodity from semi-pro Salford City. Could they really make it through January without adding a single defender of consequence?!?
source:   Center Back West Ham: Brought in Doneil Henry of Toronto FC while letting Mauro Zarate skate on loan to QPR. Darren Fletcher is having a medical today in what would be a major coup for the Irons. Considering how much they added in the summer, the add would be a big one. They have not addressed the theoretical impending departure of Winston Reid.
source:  Holding Mid Arsenal: Snared 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw before hauling in the big one: Villarreal center back Gabriel Paulista. He’ll give the Gunners good depth behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
source:   Striker Stoke City: They said Peter Crouch could leave town this window, but QPR was rebuffed and the big one has signed a two-year extension. Center back Philipp Wollscheid has arrived on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, but striker depth has not been addressed. Perhaps Bojan Krkic’s season-ending injury could send them late into the market for an attacker?
source:   CB/Striker/GK Everton: No one’s come in yet, and Samuel Eto’o has skipped town. Tim Howard will return soon enough. Can the Toffees find their way without any reinforcements?
source:   Defender/GK Newcastle United: The Magpies have held onto Moussa Sissoko so far, which feels like a victory. But they still are in a predicament at center back, with Steven Taylor out for the year and Fabricio Coloccini matched up with either makeshift Paul Dummett or dicey Mike Williamson. Most of the players linked with Newcastle are the younger crowd, as that’s how chief scout Graham Carr operates.
source:  Striker Burnley: It’s really turned into “Hold onto Danny Ings” at all costs, right? Well so far, the Clarets have done that. Could that possibly be enough for the small club to stay up?
source:   Striker Southampton: Jack Cork has left for Swansea City, and James Ward-Prowse has signed an extension at St. Mary’s. Other than that, we’re waiting to see what further gems Ronald Koeman might unearth.
source:   Winger Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have now watched DeAndre Yedlin come into town, and Kyle Naughton depart for Swansea. Will Mauricio Pochettino add anyone before the end of the window?
source:   Attacking mid Sunderland: Out goes Jozy, in comes Jermain Defoe. It’s a good get for the Black Cats, who gain in Premier League experience and production by the bushel.
source:   Striker/Winger Aston Villa: Fabian Delph is staying put long-term, and now creative midfielder Carles Gil has arrived from Valencia. Darren Bent has left for Derby County, and Scott Sinclair has been freed from Manchester City. Can the latter return to his once promising Premier League form?
source:  CB/Striker  West Brom: Callum McManaman is a sneaky good pickup from Wigan Athletic, and keeping Saido Berahino around will feel like a victory for the Baggies almost regardless of what happens in the next few days.
source:   Center Back QPR: Just a crime scene. Mauro Zarate is in on loan and the criminally used Jordon Mutch leaves Harry Redknapp’s side for Crystal Palace. What in the world is ‘Arry doing over there, and why hasn’t Tony Fernandes pulled the plug?
source:   CB/Striker Liverpool: Bringing Daniel Sturridge back sure is a nice way to end January, but what else? Suso and Oussama Assaidi are gone, and Steven Gerrard will join them. With all the new additions from the summer, Liverpool is still coming together.
source:   Center back Crystal Palace: Look at Alan Pardew go! The man can do no wrong at Selhurst Park, and is bringing in longtime NUFC man Shola Ameobi to help the strike force. Jordon Mutch was a Pardew target back during the kid’s time at Cardiff, and now the manager gets him in here, while Yaya Sanogo arrives to tantalize from Arsenal. Not bad.
source:   Striker Swansea City: Bony leaves for a load of dough, and Garry Monk makes a few shrewd pickups in Kyle Naughton, Kyle Naughton and Jack Cork. Still could use a striker in a hurry, though.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Hull City: Steve Bruce’s club has done very little, and have plenty of holes to fill. It’s unlikely they get that done by Monday. How much trouble are the Tigers in when it comes to relegation?
source:  Defenders Leicester City: Andrej Kramaric and Mark Schwarzer are solid pickups, with the former being a Chelsea target and choosing the Foxes. Can Nigel Pearson snare a bit more help in defense?