Chelsea – Victor Moses
Moses’ loan stint with Stoke came at the perfect time because, combined with the evidence of his spell at Wigan, it demonstrated that though he might not be quite well-rounded enough to thrive at either Chelsea or Liverpool, he can be the most threatening player on the pitch at a mid-table club.
The Nigeria international’s apparent reluctance to sign permanently for the Potters – who are [1.94] to deliver a third successive top-half finish – is strange, but there is a decent chance of that outlook changing over the next eight weeks if alternatives don’t emerge.
Manchester City – John Guidetti
We’ve had to cheat with Manchester City because they have already done a lot of squad trimming, and those that remain are either going to be required in 2015/16 or searching for European football, so our selection is the recently released Guidetti.
The 23-year-old has been held back by a debilitating virus after his breakout 20-goal season on loan at Feyenoord in 2011/12 and criticism of his attitude – he has a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-sized ego (and is just as entertaining) without the accomplishments.
However, his potential is enormous, as he proved again by spearheading the Sweden U21 attack that won the European U21 Championship this summer, and it is no surprise that links to the likes of West Ham, Newcastle and Everton have surfaced.
Arsenal – David Ospina
Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny might not quite be of Petr Cech’s calibre, yet both are goalkeepers who would command a starting spot at most Premier League sides, with Lukasz Fabianski’s success since joining eighth-placed Swansea highlighting what can be achieved.
Whichever one is least enthused about the prospect of being Cech’s understudy wouldn’t be short of Premier League interest if they announced their intention to leave, and Everton should be tracking developments given that Tim Howard is now 36 and suffered a dip in form last term.
Manchester United – Rafael da Silva
Louis van Gaal isn’t subtle about not being a huge Rafael fan, allocating him only six Premier League starts in 2014/15 and converting Antonio Valencia into a right back to sideline him.
With reports claiming that the [7.0]-rated title candidates have agreed a fee for Torino’s Matteo Darmian, the Brazilian’s time at Old Trafford appears to be up. Plenty of Man United supporters remain admirers of the 24-year-old, who has made over 100 league appearances for them.
Galatasaray, Napoli and Fiorentina are keen, but if he fancies staying in England then Southampton, Swansea, West Ham and – if the Red Devils do come back in for Seamus Coleman – Everton would be wise to properly investigate accommodating him.
Tottenham – Emmanuel Adebayor
Spurs considered loaning Adebayor out in the winter window and nothing has happened since to make a parting seem any less likely. While he is no longer needed at White Hart Lane, any player with 96 Premier League goals behind him should be able to find work in the division.
The obvious move – provided financial demands can be satisfied – is to Aston Villa, who are [1.14] to lose Christian Benteke and are managed by Tim Sherwood, who encouraged Adebayor’s most purple patch at Tottenham, with the Togolese forward scoring 14 times in 24 outings for him.
Liverpool – Rickie Lambert
This writer still has faith in Fabio Borini establishing himself in the Premier League, though there is no denying that Lambert is the safest and most affordable choice of Liverpool’s bench-warming striker troupe having netted 13-plus goals in two of his three top-flight campaigns.
He was playing at the World Cup a year ago, yet is 33 and, after a season in which the Reds were rather blatant about the fact that he doesn’t feature prominently in their plans, their negotiating position isn’t the strongest.
It is arguable that there isn’t a club outside the top six that wouldn’t be tempted to do business if the price was right.
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