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We're looking towards January and doing some match-making. We think Robbie Keane would get on with West Ham, sparks would fly between Emmanuel Adebayor and Inter and...
10) Michael Owen to Aston Villa
We know Gerard Houllier has denied this one...but the match is just too delicious to ignore. Owen is currently injured but he's unlikely to feature too much more for Manchester United even when fully fit, partly thanks to Javier Hernandez being a younger, sharper version of himself. John Carew and Emile Heskey need a foil, Houllier has worked with Owen before and Villa's need for a proven goalscorer is glaringly obvious. It might all hinge on Gaby Agbonlahor's successful (or not) return and Owen himself deigning to play for a team not challenging for titles after what happened at Newcastle.
9) Scott Parker to Tottenham
When putting together this list we tried to come up with moves that would suit all parties but it's fair to say that West Ham would not be happy bunnies if Parker went to Spurs. We made the exception because the Hammers' talisman could easily make this happen by making it clear that he could not possibly turn down Champions League football for a relegation fight. And West Ham would find it difficult to justify turning down £5m or more for a 30-year-old. Parker would be a perfect fit for a Spurs side shorn of the injured Tom Huddlestone and struggling to get any kind of form from Wilson Palacios. Not cup-tied, not expensive, utterly motivated - pretty much the definition of the January 'tweak' Redknapp mentioned.
8) Ryan Shawcross to Chelsea
There has been talk of David Luiz but Luiz would cost the kind of money that fits uneasily with Chelsea's recent transfer policy. Assuming Carlo Ancelotti is happy with his first-choice pairing of John Terry and Alex, they seem highly unlikely to spend upwards of £20m on a third-choice centre-half. Young and English seems a better fit as a long-term replacement for John Terry and Shawcross is a defender very much in the Terry mould - brave, no-nonsense and uncompromising. He is loyal to Stoke right now, but title challenges and inevitable England call-ups would be near-impossible to resist. As would the £10m Chelsea could slap on the table to tempt the Potters.
7) David Bentley to Sunderland
When Harry Redknapp talks of needing to sell fringe players before he can buy in January, you sense his eyes fall upon Bentley in training every day before he curses his latest hairstyle, wonders when he can get rid and who will give him a few quid for the old new David Beckham. We pondered Everton and thought Moyes too sensible before a 'Eureka' moment involving Sunderland, who have a history of taking Tottenham rejects to the frozen north. You can imagine Steve Bruce fancying his chances of following his Darren Bent success with the rejuvenation of David Bentley's career, and you can imagine Bentley enjoying the adoration on offer in the goldfish bowl of north-east football.
6) Roque Santa Cruz to Fulham
There's no doubt that the Paraguayan is on his way out of Eastlands this January and there's no doubt that Mark Hughes would welcome him with open arms at Fulham, having bought him twice before. With Bobby Zamora sidelined until well into the New Year, the Cottagers are desperate for firepower as Andy Johnson looks a shadow of the player who tormented defences for Crystal Palace. The question will be whether Hughes will be given the money to bring in Santa Cruz on anything other than a loan, while other clubs in Europe might take him off City's hands and wage bill for good. Of course, no article mentioning Santa Cruz can ever be allowed to pass without us saying something about his dishiness. So, isn't he dreamy?
5) Johan Elmander to Liverpool
Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he has no need to sell, but he might well find his club wavering if Liverpool put a few quid on the table in January, knowing that the Swede could leave for bugger all in the summer. Liverpool need a goalscorer to take the pressure off Fernando Torres and Elmander is acclimatised to the Premier League, relatively cheap and in phenomenal form. The Trotters may be higher in the league but only a fool would dare argue that a switch to Anfield would not be a no-brainer for a journeyman striker.
4) Hulk to Manchester City
With two or possibly three strikers depating Eastlands in January, there is more than enough space for the goal machine that is Brazilian striker Hulk. Porto claim they won't be selling before the summer, but it seems unlikely that they are awash with so much money they could afford to turn down Manchester City's millions. He's already scored 16 goals in 16 games this season and those are the kind of figures - along with talk of Hulk wanting to test his mettle in a more high-profile league - that make him a likely candidate for the revolving door at City. You never know, he might even persuade Roberto Mancini to play two strikers...
3) Emmanuel Adebayor to Inter Milan
If you've been thinking that Manchester City are over-reliant on Carlos Tevez, take a gander at what's been occurring at Rafa Benitez's Inter Milan, where Samuel Eto'o has scored 16 of the Italian giants' 25 goals in all competitions this season. And as Adebayor himself has cleverly worked out, if you had to choose a league to suit his languid style, it would be the slower-paced, far-less-frantic world of Serie A. And Inter are one of the few clubs who could get close to affording Adebayor's monstrous Man City wages. Roberto Mancini would probably help him back his bags and give him a kick up the a*** on his way out of the door. Someone should.
2) Niko Kranjcar to Everton
We've long been fans of Kranjcar, who seems a thoroughly nice chap as well as being an excellent footballer. You sense that he would not be agitating for a move unless he had reached the end of his quite considerable tether. But one Premier League start all season - thanks to rather impressive alternatives in Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart - has pushed Kranjcar to the point where he needs regular football to keep his place in the Croatian national team. Step forward Everton, who will have a creative gap once the itchy feet of Stephen Pienaar waltz out of Goodison. Kranjcar's cheapish price tag would certainly suit the necessarily tight David Moyes.
1) Robbie Keane to West Ham
Another player cluttering up the Tottenham training ground who looks like a broken man after being summarily rejected by Liverpool and then gradually, but painfully rejected by Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. Keane needs to find his mojo again and West Ham might be just the place. Since Davids Sullivan and Gold arrived at Upton Park, they have been casting around for a big-name signing to sell shirts and fill seats - Keane could come in on loan in January, save them from relegation and return to the hero status he briefly enjoyed at Celtic. His first Premier League goal since November 2009 looks highly unlikely to come in Tottenham colours.
Has our star-gazer got her predictions spot on? Will any of her matches prove to be made in heaven? Have your say by filling in the feedback form below...
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David Bolderson (Stoke City fan) says...
Firstly i cant see Robbie Keane going to West Ham he could walk in to teams that are looking at Europe not the championship (if things dont turn around for them) Secondly Shawcross to Chelsea for only 10 million, Stoke told Liverpool no when they enquirer d about him and they were looking at paying Stoke 15million so why would Stoke drop 5million just for Chelsea? And as you said ' they seem highly unlikely to spend upwards of £20m on a third-choice centre-half' and i dont think Shawcross will go to a team to be a third choice when he is number one at Stoke and he is the captain of the team. Yes he will go to a top four team in the next few years but he will only go if he is going to be in the first team week in week out.
Posted 10:15 26th November 2010
Jf Kehoe (Manchester United fan) says...
Greg makes some valid points regarding SG. I don't expect to see him land at one of the top 4-5 clubs since he could help, big time, in winning the P-ship. He will be dealt to a mid pack team though it would be grand to see him with the red devils. Regarding RK Villa as we all no is a real possibility. And Robbie was not summarily rejected by Liverpool. The fans, his team mates were strongly with him the manager wasn't.
Posted 20:44 25th November 2010
Sam Tippen (West Ham United fan) says...
West Ham would find it hard to justify turning down £5 million for a 30 year old...Really? Im not so sure about that one as i personally wouldnt weigh up relegation as being worth £5 million and any West Ham fan who has been to a game this season will tell you staright away that relegation is exactly what we would be getting with the sale of Scott Parker. I cant think of one constructive thing we could do with that £5 million. Even if it was added to the £10 million Grant is getting in January we wouldnt be able to bring in anyone fit to shine Parker's boots. I would go as far as to say we would be on zero points if we hadnt had Parker from the start of the season and selling him for any fee would be suicidal. Lucky for us Hammers our owners actually seem to realise this and if they want to sell in January they should look no further than Carlton Cole. We should have jumped at the chance to get rid of him for anywhere near £10 million in the summer and should Liverpool still be interested, Cole should be the first out of the door. I personally dont think he would be missed at all as Piquionne and Obinna are more than capable of out shining any performance Cole has put in this season and i dont see an improvement from Carlton coming this season if he stays with us. Cole should be the first of a few to leave in January including the likes of Spector, Faubert, Boa Morte, and though i am a fan of Behrami as a footballer, he is injury prone and it seems he is intent of leaving and being one of our more sellable players, he too should be off. hopefully with those sales, we would have around £17 million to spend in January to improve our team which should be built around Parker. I would welcome Robbie Keane to the Boleyn with open arms and would certainly like to see a couple a passionate playes the likes of Jamie O Hara bought in. We definately are in need of a left back, left mid and centre back thats for sure.
Posted 17:38 25th November 2010
Jason Campion (Liverpool fan) says...
Elmander to LFC....No thanks
Posted 11:06 25th November 2010
Nick Clark says...
Everton to do straight swap....Pienaar for Bentley/Kranjcar
Posted 20:55 24th November 2010
Phil Clark says...
You're totally right Josh, why would Elmander possibly want to play infront of 45 thousand fans every week, get paid probably twice as much as he's on now, not have to relocate, and maybe play in one of the european competitions this and next year if Liverpool get there heads sorted. So other than all that, i have no reason why he would want to go to Liverpool. Easy decision if you look at it as a neutral!
Posted 19:39 24th November 2010
James Roberts (Bolton Wanderers fan) says...
@josh... you must be the fool that was mentioned then, because Johan would jump at leaving us, and I wouldn't blame him. Liverpool would pay him ridiculous money. Thats not to say I wouldnt be angry with him... there was a lot of talk of players "owing" their clubs, especially recently with the Rooney Saga... Rooney was signed as a kid really, and he's given united a lot of very good seasons. He didn't owe them a thing. Signing Johan for 10 mill, and him only really giving 5 or 6 good games in 3 years. He does owe us. He may be getting the plaudits now but us Bolton fans have spent a long time watching him be useless. So I'm praying he has an ounce of loyalty for the farce that he was when he arrived and repays us with another couple of seasons in this form.
Posted 19:19 24th November 2010
Alan Jones says...
one rumour already doing the rounds is lescott to go to wolves on loan from man city and also robbie keane following him back to wolves , those 2 would really save the wolves from the dreaded drop
Posted 19:17 24th November 2010
Greg Cameron says...
Shay Given will be on the move in January. Roberto Mancini has given the green light for a move during the Winter. Whether this would be permanant or only on loan is unclear. Celtic are big fans of the Irishman having had his as a young boy before letting him go. A move north of the border may off less glamourous ties but he would emmulate Robbie Keane in being a cult hero with Celtic and their strong Irish following. Also, like the Keane deal, Celtic's majority shareholder - Dermot Desmond - would fund the wages out of his own personal pocket and, if the fee was reasonable enough, even the entire amount City are asking for Given's permanant signature. In other news, former Celtic magician, Lubo Moravcik, has been talking to Rangers' Vladimir Weiss about a potential cross-city switch to Celtic in the Summer. Lubo and Vladimir are lifelong friends after the Moravcik helped Weiss' career in Slovakia. He had previously tried to get the youngster to join his former club in Scotland before he opted for their bitter rivals due to the draw of European football. This would tear the city in two and mark of Weiss as a figure of hate in the blue side of the city and it wont sit well either with Celtic fans after they were originally snubbed. Would be a dangerous move for the young lad if he were to listen to his old mentor's advice. Both of these have been mentioned in The Scottish Sun newspaper.
Posted 18:44 24th November 2010
Limaan Hamid says...
Villa Need Owen, We Need A Good Striker That Can Hit A Ball. Owen Will Do Good For Us. Experienced Players Can Back-Up Our Younger Player A Lot! Owen To Villa!
Posted 18:12 24th November 2010
Daniel Kelly-midwinter says...
Bolton fans clearly don't want Elmander to leave.....but would you rather get a few million for him now or leave it until the summer when bigger clubs could tempt him with european football and possible silverware. Also lets not forgot this article is purely speculation....so no facts are required.
Posted 18:11 24th November 2010
Patrick Corley says...
Agree with Stephen above. United have first refusal for Shawcross...can't imagine them allowing him to go to Chelsea...especially with Evans slightly losing his way.
Posted 17:56 24th November 2010
Stephen Ladley says...
Shawcross to Chelsea when Man Utd have a first refusal clause. Pulis has openly admitted this on Goals on Sunday. If you honesty think Fergie will stand by and watch this then I think you'd be mistaken.
Posted 17:35 24th November 2010
Josh Bramwell says...
*Read number 5* Bolton would not sell Elmander to Liverpool, and Elmander wouldn't want to move. Kevin Davies has been brilliant for Elmander, giving him plenty of goal scoring oportunities this season, so only a fool would think that Elmander would leave us! Get your facts right before publishing storys!
Posted 17:11 24th November 2010
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