With only a few days left of the winter transfer window, any deals that are in the pipeline arguably need to be close to being done at this point, for fear of the clubs and players involved running out of time.
As always at this time of year, there has been plenty of talk about who might end up where, but what are the deals that could genuinely see the light of day this January?
Let’s take a look…
The Manchester United outcast still has the option of waiting until the summer to earn himself a lucrative signing-on fee and contract elsewhere, and in any other year, that would be the likely scenario.
In a World Cup year, not so much.
With Newcastle United (8/13) strongly linked and ready to pay good money, the Magpies may not be Lingard’s first choice, but if he wants to earn an England recall, just as he did after a stunning loan at West Ham (8/1) this time last season, then it’s his only choice.
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What on earth has happened to the 25-year-old? Once one of the best players in the Premier League, the former England international has hit rock bottom.
He could do a job for Newcastle in midfield, though it’s debatable that even they would want to take a punt on him given the situation they are in.
With Tottenham willing to sell, there’ll surely be someone ready to loan him for six months at the very least.
The player seemingly wants to join Arsenal and the Gunners want him in order to provide some creativity in their midfield.
The issue at present is that Juventus only want to either sell him permanently or loan him with an obligation to buy.
How desperate the North Londoners are will become clearer as the clock ticks down on the window.
Brighton and Hove Albion haven’t come out and publicly suggested that Bissouma isn’t for sale, so that would say that their star player could be sacrificed this month, and he’ll have no shortage of suitors.
In the past, Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked, with Aston Villa and Newcastle also mentioned in dispatches this month.
The player’s own wishes aren’t clear, but one suspects that if a decent enough offer came in, Graham Potter would wish his man well and send him on his way.
The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is nearing the end of his contract and is an attractive proposition for clubs this January.
Juventus and Bayern Munich have been linked, though he remains one of Manchester United’s top targets and Liverpool have been taking a keen interest too.
Clearly much in demand, either of the Premier League clubs will have to get their finger out if they want him to sign on the dotted line.