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Premier League transfer needs: What every team must do in January window

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With the January transfer window now open in England from today until Jan. 31, what does each team need?

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Below we take a look at the most pressing needs for all 20 Premier League teams.

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Strikers will be in high demand this January, with plenty of clubs hoping to make the most of the loan market to help them kick on in the second half of the season.

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source: CB Liverpool: With rumors of Neven Subotic potentially arriving at Anfield and both Sakho and Skrtel injury prone, perhaps Klopp should move to add another center back. Let’s see how active he is during his first transfer window in charge. Expect outgoings.
source: CM Manchester City: Fabian Delph hasn’t quite got going at City and Yaya Toure continues to underwhelm when playing as a true center midfielder. Long-term, you can see why they are targeting Paul Pogba but they probably won’t do any business in January.
source: CAM Leicester City: The surprise package of the season so far will look to keep hold of Vardy and Mahrez in January. If they do, adding a creative attacking midfielder may be a nice luxury as Kante, Drinkwater, King et al. are great two-way players but lack creativity at times. No need to spend big and disrupt the balance in the squad.
source: Striker Tottenham Hotspur: Bringing in someone to push Kane all the way and act as a back-up is key. They have Son and Njie who can play centrally but both are better out wide. A solid loan move for a striker would be key. Charlie Austin?
source: Striker Manchester United: Louis Van Gaal needs fresh impetus in attack. Fast. Lambasted for a lack of goals — just 22 in their opening 19 games — United are creating the chances but not finishing them. A loan move for a poacher is highly necessary.
source: DM Arsenal: The imminent signing of Basel’s Mohamaed Elneny is exactly what Wenger needed and subject to a work permit being granted, Arsenal’s main need of a new defensive midfielder has been filled. For once, the Gunners may have done their business early.
source: Winger Everton: With Steven Naismith said to be on his way to Norwich, a spot in Everton’s attack has opened up. Kevin Mirallas has returned recently but real pace out wide should compliment the power of Lukaku and creativity of Barkley.
source: Striker Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew‘s side are solid at the back and have plenty of pace out wide to create chances. Putting those chances away has been a problem all season long. Wickham and Chamakh aren’t prolific. Maybe taking a punt on a top score from the Championship is worth it?
source: ACM Southampton: Ronald Koeman‘s team are well stocked in most areas but you feel like a little more competition in the central attacking role could bring the best out of Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane. Also, a striker could be needed with Graziano Pelle going through a lean patch.
source: CM Chelsea: With Fabregas and Matic struggling to protect the back four, getting a new midfielder to link defense and attack should be key. I’m talking about a true two-way player. A new CB is also a big need but it’s unlikely Chelsea will land their main target in that position, John Stones, until the summer.
source: Striker Stoke City: The Potters have flair in abundance in the final third with Afellay, Bojan and Shaqiri the three attacking midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Having a clinical poacher to finish off the chances would make a huge difference as Arnautovic blows a little hot and cold.
source: Striker West Bromwich Albion: With Saido Berahino on the bench more often than not, WBA are without their best forward due to his ongoing willingness to leave the Hawthorns. Maybe he will end up leaving and the Baggies can bring in a top replacement? They are the third lowest scorers in the PL.
source: CB Watford: Quique Sanchez Flores has worked miracles at Watford and they look healthy in attack with Ighalo and Deeney scoring for fun. At times you wonder if they could upgrade their defense and bringing in a new center back may help them continue their stunning start to life back in the PL.
source: Striker West Ham: Plagued by injuries up top, Slaven Billic’s team are starting to get healthy with Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia nearing full fitness. That said, the Hammers could do with some reinforcements up top. A loan move would be ideal.
source: Striker Swansea City: Okay, so first, they need a manager, but the Swans are the second lowest scorers in the league as Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis have stopped scoring. They look better at the back but adding quality in attack is crucial for their chances of staying up.


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ACM Sunderland: The Black Cats need major strengthening throughout their team and although bolstering their defense should be a priority, adding someone who can win games for them is key. Big Sam has come up with some gems in the past (Jay-Jay Okochoa and Youri Djorkaeff to name a few) and a playmaker could make all the difference.
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ACM Norwich City: If Naismith does arrive from Everton, he will be the man to provide extra attacking impetus and genuine PL quality in the final third. An experienced attacker will help Alex Neil‘s side.
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CB Bournemouth: After adding Juan Iturbe on loan to bolster their attack, the Cherries have moved to take care of their main need. Looking at CB, they still look short and if Elphick goes down again, they could be struggling.
source: ACM Newcastle United: A lack of goals and ingenuity in the final third has plagued the Magpies. If they can get service to Wijnadlum, Perez and Mitrovic then it would boost their chances of staying up.
source:  Striker Aston Villa: When you’re in as dire a situation as Villa, you need one thing: goals. Villa need help to score goals, with Jordan Ayew the only man scoring regularly. Who will want to join a team looking destined for the drop?

Premier League transfer needs: Where does each club need to strengthen?

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Where does each club need to strengthen during the January transfer window?

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Here’s a quick look at all 20 Premier League teams and the business they should do, if possible, over the next few weeks before the window slams shut on February 2.

Let’s get to it, as PL managers and chairman will be scheming on how to shift players on and bring in reinforcements.

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Striker Manchester City: The Citizens have been hit with injuries up top and adding a new forward will bolster their charge in the UCL and the PL. Playing Milner in the false nine role should not be an option. Will Wilfried Bony arrive?
source:  Center Back Chelsea: An injury to John Terry or Gary Cahill would be pretty disastrous right now. Kurt Zouma & Ivanovic can step in, but Jose should look to bolster his slightly leaky backline. Maybe Micah Richards?
source:  Defenders   Manchester United: Well, United certainly do not need forwards. Reports continue to link the Red Devils with Mats Hummels. That would be a perfect buy.
source:   Center Back West Ham: The Hammers are going to lose Winston Reid on a freebie and although they’ve signed Doneil Henry, he’s one for the future. Big Sam has a little work to do.

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CB/Holding Mid ArsenalAh, the Gunners. Every transfer window they should sign a new center back or holding midfielder… then they go and buy another forward. Arsene, never change. Expect for this window, as Morgan Schneiderlin and Moussa Sissoko could arrive.
source:   Striker Stoke City: Mark Hughes’ men are pretty well stocked across the board but they could certainly do with some more goals. Peter Crouch has been linked with a move to QPR. Maybe Hughes can trade him in for a younger, more prolific model?
source:   CB/Striker/GK EvertonRoberto Martinez has spoken about getting a new ‘keeper in during Tim Howard’s injury as Joel Robles has struggled. The Toffees need a new CB and a striker too, as their PL woes continue. They are in the knockout stages of the Europa League, so need reinforcements.
source:   Defender/GK Newcastle UnitedWith Alan Pardew gone and no new manager in place, the Magpies need more than a few new faces. With Tim Krul out, an experienced ‘keeper on loan could do the business. But they must not let Sissoko and others leave.
source:  Striker BurnleyWe all know Burnley have the lowest budget in the PL and probably won’t do much business. If they are going to stay up, against all the odds, they need to score more. Getting a striker in on loan is a must.
source:   Striker Southampton: Saints are set, despite losing a few players to injury and the Asia Cup and African Cup of Nations. They have already signed Eljero Elia on loan and may need one more attacking option in case Graziano Pelle goes down.
source:   Winger Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs are looking decent, with DeAndre Yedlin arriving and Kyle Walker coming back from injury, they look okay across the board. Rumors of Pochettino buying Jay Rodriguez persisted in the summer. Can Spurs afford him? Maybe Delph will turn up?
source:   Striker/Attacking mid SunderlandWith Jozy Altidore likely to head out of the door in January, Sunderland will replace him and need goals. The third-lowest scoring team in the PL have been linked with Brown Ideye from West Brom.
source:   Striker/Winger Aston VillaTalking about low-scoring, Villa have scored 11 times in 20 games this season. Awful. The Villains need a new man to partner Benteke, but all the rumors are about Delph, Vlaar and others leaving.
source:  CB/Striker  West BromTony Pulis is now in charge at the Hawthorns so expect him to wheel and deal this January. Does he get the final say on deals? He should do, as the new guys brought in this summer are struggling. Crouch could arrive, but Berahino may leave.
source:   Center Back QPRGoing forward the R’s look dangerous every game. They just need to shore things up at the back. With Richard Dunne and Rio Ferdinand not getting any younger, is Virgil van Dijk the answer?
source:   CB/Striker LiverpoolThe Reds will need to get another forward in if their recent upsurge is to continue. Balotelli and Lambert just aren’t doing it and who knows how rusty Sturridge will be? Bony and Berahino should be their main targets. Also, another CB and more is needed badly. Work to do.
source:   Striker/CB Crystal PalaceWith Alan Pardew on board, he needs to strengthen his squad to sustain a battle against relegation. Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan has been rumored, another CB would be decent too.
source:   Striker/Center mid Swansea CityBony could leave so the Swans will need to line up another forward. They have Nelson Olivera arriving on loan from Benfica, but he’s young and unproven. With Jonjo Shelvey struggling, they need extra bodies in midfield too.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Hull City: Steve Bruce went for it on the summer window, but not all of those moves have panned out. The Tigers have been linked with Vedran Corluka but have been priced out of a move for Jermain Defoe.
source:   Striker/CB Leicester CityDefoe is the main man linked with Leicester as Nigel Pearson wants to add more goals to his front line (who doesn’t?). Some more experienced bodies here and there will help the Foxes, big time.