5 Premier League Players That Might Move This Month

Posted on January 4, 2011

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So…this was meant to be the third of 3 postings on the start of the transfer window. The first was yesterday on players who won’t be transferred in the window; and since then one of my picks has been given more weight by Owen Coyle putting the prohibitive price-tag of  £20 million or more on Gary Cahill. The final blog will be players I do expect to see move in the next few weeks.

The reason this one is being pushed up ahead of schedule is that there’s an awful lot of speculation around number 3, and if I leave this post too long, he might spoil it by making his mind up in the meantime. And yes, this is exactly the kind of prognosticating crap I was decrying earlier, thanks for noticing. I’m really just taking the opportunity to add my entirely needless opinion to the already oversaturated debate.

1. Milan Jovanovic

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It’s not really his fault when you think about it. And I’m not just saying that because I quite like the man. He was brought to Liverpool by an outgoing manager and has never really been in the first team plans of Roy Hodgson. At 29 years old, Liverpool have only so many opportunities to make any money from the bench-warmer. Hodgson’s refusal to play him in his natural striking role has prevented him from reaching his full potential in his limited number of appearances.

His last premier league start was against Birmingham on September 12th. Since then he’s been resigned to a smattering of substitute roles, a few matches in the Europa league and, of course, that fateful night against Northampton.

Liverpool are unlikely to lose any big stars in January (that mass exodus will probably be summertime) but I’d be surprised if they don’t lose at least one of their fringe players (Jovanovic, Babel or maybe Dani Pacheco). They’re all candidates but to avoid making this look too phoned in, I’m limiting myself to one player per club.

2. Tuncay Sanli

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The Stoke player is widely liked by the team’s fans, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to convince Tony Pulis to play him regularly. Only 2 Premier League starts this season alongside reports that he would look to leave the club if he didn’t get regular action. Whether any club will table a satisfactory offer for the 28 year old Turkish striker is uncertain,  but it would be hard to begrudge the player a rumoured return to his native Turkey, with Fenerbahce and Besiktas being linked to a move.

Will he leave the Potters? Maybe. Should he leave them? Unless he has some strong guarantees from Tony Pulis, definitely.

3. David Beckham

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Okay, maybe he isn’t a Premier League player (yet), but I just can’t ignore this story but since it’s still just one of a long line of rumours surrounding Beckham, I’m not going to dignify it with a full post. Will he move to Spurs? Or some other club. Blackburn have already shown that the supposed ‘£5 million to get to 5th place’ nonsense that has been touted in barely-hidden jingoistic terms is nonsense by starting the bidding at £6.2 million for Ronaldinho. So even if the Tottenham deal doesn’t go ahead, there’re still plenty of teams interested in Beckhams caliber.

To take Tottenham though for starters. This is a side so stuffed with players that the injured Jonathan Woodgate had to be left out of the 25 premier league squad. And although there will probably be some movement in the side, the team is already very attack heavy. With Modric, Lennon, Van Der Vaart and Bale, Harry Redknapp has moulded the best attacking midfield in the league. Not to mention players like Jenas, Palacios, Huddleston, Kranjcar and summer acquisition Sandro. This is a team bursting with midfield talent. Beckham could certainly be of benefit as a role model and mentor, but other than his dead ball talents, I don’t see what he would bring to the team. If you’re looking for an article centered on Beckham, try here.

As for any other team, I’m not sure if Beckham would gain enough from the experience. Maybe at an Aston Villa or an Everton where he could play a similar role to Landon Donovan last season, but he has already ruled out Everton and I have to suspect that Aston Villa will be looking to bring in players for the long term.

4. Stephen Ireland

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When it became apparent that James Milner was to become a City player, Ireland seemed like such a good choice. Both were creative attacking central midfielders capable of scoring goals. And to get him in a swap alongside a big pile of Eastlands’ money struck me initially as a great deal for the Villains. But he has clearly struggled to fit in under Gerard Houllier and it may already be time for him to move on. He’s still only 24 and, considering he was essentially free for them as part of the exchange, it may represent good value for Aston Villa if Houllier is looking to raise funds to build his own team rather than just play with the one left by Martin O’Neill.

5. Carlos Vela

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May 21st 2010 was probably a bad day for Carlos. It was the day that Arsenal announced that they had bought Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer. Up until that point, his prospects had been relatively rosy. Eduardo was clearly on his way out of the club, and Robin van Persie was not back up to full fitness following a long lay-off and Nicklas Bendtner was the personification of inconsistency. But the addition of a new striker meant that Vela would be right back to 4th choice, with the oldest of the other 3 being only 27. Clearly simply outlasting them isn’t an option, and the small handful of appearances he’s made this year suggests that he isn’t outdoing them in training either. It may be time for the young Mexican to try another club, with reports of interest from Bolton, Chievo and Valencia. One option that has been mooted is a loan move to Bolton, where Owen Coyle is looking to add some depth to his team beyond Kevin Davies and with Elmander’s future uncertain. After spending time at Bolton last season Jack Wilshere went from being a bench-warmer to a regular starter, so if Vela still fancies his chances at Arsenal, that may be his preferred option.

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