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January Transfers: Who are the Biggest Targets?

Date Added: January 18, 2019 11:30:42 AM
Author: David
Category: Players
Another transfer window is here and it's fair to say the first half of January has been a relatively quiet affair.

So, let's take a look at potentially the biggest moves of this January transfer window:

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

One of the Premier League's hottest transfer targets this month is Callum Wilson. The Bournemouth striker has emerged as one of the league's most in-demand players, with the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs both believed to be interested in signing a player who is still yet to reach double figures in terms of Premier League goals in a season. Despite not ranking among the division's most prolific strikers, this season has seen Wilson really announce himself as one of the most exciting English forwards, scoring nine goals in the league and catching the eye of Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs.

With goals such a desirable commodity, it's perhaps no surprise the Cherries have placed a L75 million price tag on their striker, four and a half years after paying Coventry L3 million to take Wilson to the south coast. While Bournemouth recently spent L19 million to sign Dominic Solanke from Liverpool, Eddie Howe is under no pressure to sell Wilson, instead preferring to keep his number-one striker and have the likes of Solanke supporting him rather than replacing him.

That said, L75 million is an incredible amount of money for a club who play at a stadium with a capacity of less than 12,000, and the Cherries may decide to cash in on Wilson if a bid of L50+ million comes their way. That figure certainly wouldn't put off Chelsea, who are looking for a forward, with Alvaro Morata widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge this month. The same probably can't be said for Spurs, who didn't sign a single player in the summer and are expected to be apprehensive about spending significant sums ahead of their move into the new stadium.

For Spurs, though, Harry Kane's fitness may yet force their hand, with the England captain struggling with an injury picked up right at the end of Tottenham's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. While we've seen Mauricio Pochettino's men score a hat-full of goals this season, not least against Everton in a game many tipsters from Oddschecker backed Spurs to win comfortably, with Son Heung-min set to join up with his South Korea team-mates in the Asian Cup and Kane struggling with an injury, Wilson may well fit the bill.

Frenkie De Jong (Ajax)

On the continent, Ajax youngster Frenkie De Jong appears to have been linked with every big team throughout Europe at some point this season. Barcelona look to be leading the race to sign the midfielder, with a deal close to L70 million rumored to have been agreed between the Catalans and Ajax, although that hasn't been confirmed by either party and other interested clubs don't appear to have yet given up hope. PSG are another team who have been monitoring De Jong for a while, as have Manchester City, with Tottenham the latest club reportedly set to make an offer.

The Dane has been linked with a move away from North London since the summer, with Real Madrid long-term admirers of the playmaker and being tipped to make a L100 million move for Eriksen. If that happens, Spurs would be desperate to fill the sizeable gap left by the Denmark star, and De Jong has been singled out as the club's first choice. While a move this month looks unlikely, if Tottenham want to beat off the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and PSG they may well feel as though they need to pull out all the stops now rather than wait.

Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)

While he isn't a player being tailed by a host of clubs, Alvaro Morata's future is still one of the most intriguing in this January transfer window. With his time at Chelsea seemingly all but over, it's looking increasingly likely that Morata will be leaving Stamford Bridge this month. Having paid around L60 million to sign the Spaniard in 2017, Chelsea won't be willing to just send Morata on his way without recouping as much of that fee as is possible, which means there will only be a handful of sides even capable of signing the striker, let alone wanting him.

After a prolific start to life in England, scoring eight goals in his opening nine appearances and ending the season with 16 goals to his name, Morata has looked far from happy this year. Despite scoring nine goals in all competitions so far this season, it's hard to remember a time when the Spain international looked happy, and a move away is probably the best for all.
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