With the January transfer window set to swing open on Wednesday morning, Footyblog.net takes a look at some of the potential transfer that may happen over the course of the next month.
Leighton Baines to Manchester United
Manchester United and David Moyes look set to renew their interest in Everton left back Leighton Baines, a player they made a move for in the summer. Baines was of course brought to Everton by Moyes and at 29, could favour a move to one of the big sides ahead of the 2014 World Cup and whilst he remains at the top of his game.
However, Everton will not be too keen to sell and Baines will not come cheap for United who under Moyes have already signed Marouane Fellaini from his former club for big money.
Shane Long to Spurs
Shane Long is a player who is out of contract at West Brom in the summer and Spurs may look to cash in on the 26 year old West Brom striker as Jermaine Defoe looks set to leave the club in the near future.
As mentioned, Long’s contract is up in the summer and it is unlikely that West Brom will stand in the way of the Republic of Ireland front man if he is interested in a move to White Heart Lane.
Mario Balotelli to Chelsea
This one could be a bit of a surprise. Chelsea are in the marked for a striker and Mario Balotelli’s representatives have confirmed that he is able to leave the club in January and a return to the Premier League could be on the cards, a year after he left it.
Everyone knows what Balotelli is about on the pitch but will his temperament clash with the personality of Jose Mourinho?
Erik Lamela to Inter Milan
Lamela has found things really tough since joining Spurs for big money from Roma in the summer and could be loaned back to Italy to help him develop as a footballer. At only 21 years of age, he has a lot of time to learn the game and a loan move could benefit Spurs in the long run.
Under Tim Sherwood, Spurs have moved to playing a four four two formation and Cristian Eriksen and Andros Townsend have been preferred on the wings, meaning Lamela will have less opportunity for first team football.
Demba Ba to Arsenal
With Chelsea in the market for a striker it seems inevitable that Demba Ba will leave the club in January and Arsenal is a likely destination for the former Newcastle and West Ham striker. Whether it will be a loan or a permanent move is still up for debate but Arsenal will go back to the player they were heavily linked with in the summer.
It is clear Arsenal need a striker if they are to challenge for the title and Ba could be the perfect fit for the North London club.