Jose Fonte, Memphis Depay and Saido Berahino's January transfer odds assessed
By Tim Clement
Last Updated: 10/01/17 5:16pm
We look at which Premier League players are expected to be on the move this month according to Sky Bet's transfer odds.
Big deals have been at a minimum so far, but Sky Bet's markets imply there is business to be done before the transfer window closes at 11pm on January 31.
While the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Wanye Rooney and Virgil van Dijk are long odds to complete speculated moves, here are six players odds-against to still be at their current clubs come February...
Southampton fans are familiar with losing their best players, but one man they might have expected to remain loyal was their captain, who has led them to the Premier League from the third tier. However, 33-year-old Fonte seems to have his heart set on leaving St Mary's in January, having submitted a transfer request last week.
Suggestions that his days on the south coast are numbered were supported by his absence from Claude Puel's squads for their FA Cup and EFL Cup ties. Having signed no less than five of Southampton's star players since 2014, Liverpool were understandably installed as the favourites to secure his services, but it is former club Crystal Palace who have now emerged at the head of the betting at 2/1.
As if Marco Silva's job was not difficult enough at Hull, he faces the added challenge of retaining the player who is almost single-handedly keeping their survival hopes alive. Boasting seven goals and two assists in the league this season, the Scot has been involved in more than half of Hull's goals, with defender Michael Dawson their second highest scorer.
West Ham (11/4) offered £3m for Snodgrass' services last week, which was rejected by Hull. Last month, the Tigers took up the option to extend the 29-year-old's contract to 2018, but it is Middlesbrough (5/4) who are deemed the most likely side to make a reasonable offer in January.
Jose Mourinho appears to be working out who he does and doesn't need at Old Trafford, and Depay is one of those seemingly surplus to requirements, but only on a permanent deal. The 22-year-old, who arrived from PSV for £25m in June 2015, has played just 20 minutes of Premier League football this season and was not even included in the squad for their FA Cup clash with Reading despite a haul of changes.
With Yannick Bolasie sidelined for the rest of the season, punters are backing Everton (10/11) to move for the Dutchman, while Nice (9/4) appear to be their main rivals for his services.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis revealed last week that Berahino is refusing to sign a new deal with the club, but the question for now is whether he departs in the current transfer window. The odds suggest so, with staying at the Hawthorns a 5/1 chance, although the bookies have got it wrong a fair few times before with the 23-year-old's future.
Stoke (1/3) are the current favourites to secure his services, and Sky sources have told us they have made a formal bid. West Ham (15/2) are considered the most likely alternative, while Rangers seem to have emerged as unlikely suitors at 18/1.
Rhodes has found playing time limited at Middlesbrough this season, starting just twice and making four more substitute appearances, with Alvaro Negredo favoured up front. The arrival of Rudy Gestede has added to the feeling that Rhodes is no longer part on Aitor Karanka's plans, with the odds on him still being at the Riverside come February lengthening.
However, an obvious suitor is yet to emerge, with the favourites currently Sheffield Wednesday (2/1), where his father Andy is currently employed as goalkeeping coach.
The former England international may have enjoyed more playing time this season but an exit is considered even more likely, with his odds on remaining currently 13/2. The winger has made seven successive substitute appearances after being a regular starter and is being well backed to reunite with Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.
The Eagles, who are also reportedly chasing Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp, are just 2/7 to secure his services, with former club Aston Villa deemed the most likely alternative at 11/1.