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What to expect from Transfer Deadline Day

What to expect from Transfer Deadline Day



January’s transfer deadline day is almost upon us, meaning all the usual bluster, hype and reporters stood in car parks are just around the corner.

An event which is in effect just a mark in a calendar has, in recent years, morphed into an entertainment event in its own right, with rumours and rolling news at its core.

Those sides threatened by relegation and those looking to bolster their squads to meet loftier goals will both be tempted into making a last-minute trolley dash.

This year comes with the added novelty of a full round of Premier League fixtures over Tuesday and Wednesday evening, with 14 top flights sides taking to the pitch in the final hours while deals are thrashed out behind the scenes.

As ever, clubs have until 11pm on 31st January to submit the relevant paperwork to the authorities.

But despite the fixed deadline and added strain of actual football to be played, you can be sure not all clubs will get their business done nice and early – there’s always enough panic, desperation and excitement to go around.

Here are the deals and general occurrences you can expect to form the basis of this year’s incarnation of transfer deadline day.

Ashley Young to finally leave Manchester United

"The only player I'm aware of who could possibly leave,” in the words of United manager Jose Mourinho. Although the Portuguese boss wants to keep Young, he isn’t playing much and might be tempted to make a late switch for game-time.

West Ham, West Brom and Watford have all been mooted as Premier League destinations, while super-rich Chinese team Shandong Luneng – who flirted with Chelsea’s Diego Costa earlier in the window – could also land him.

A goalkeeper merry-go-round

This is a very possible eventuality, but it will either be all or nothing.

Bournemouth want to sign Asmir Begovic as a long-term successor to 36-year-old Artur Boruc, who is out of contract in the summer. However, Chelsea will only sell their Thibaut Courtois back-up option if they can sign a replacement – namely Gordon.

The Cherries have reportedly offered £10m for Begovic, while Chelsea are expected to return with an improved offer for Gordon after a £3m bid was rejected.

An outspoken Serie A supremo playing the pantomime villain

Here’s a complicated one. Napoli have a reputation for being difficult to do business with and it seems they are proving that correct with Manolo Gabbiadini.

Southampton are keen on a new striker after the injury to Charlie Austin and Napoli were happy to sell – that is until Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis put a halt on things.

The Italian club reportedly want €20m plus add-ons. A deal depends on how desperate Saints are and how easy to work with Napoli are.

West Ham win the ‘Most active Premier League club’ award

This one has been in the pipeline for a while and looks likely to cross the line before the 11pm deadline.

Hogan, who has scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for the Championship side this season, is a £13m target for the West Ham, who after securing Robert Snodgrass and cutting Dimitri Payet loose, are confident of reaching a deal.

West Ham have so far signed three players while being at involved in arguably the most high-profile saga of the window: Dimitri Payet’s £25m move to Marseille.

Frozen-out fan favourites being quietly ushered out of the back door

Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic is close to ending a nine-year spell at Chelsea, with manager Antonio Conte green-lighting a move and Zenit close to an agreement.

Ivanovic is no longer needed in the new-look 3-4-3 formation and will leave west London provided the Russian club and get everything together in time.

Wantaway attackers

While Black Cats manager David Moyes confirmed in Monday’s press conference that he is close to signing Everton’s Bryan Oviedo and Darren Gibson, Leonardo Ulloa is further away.

The Argentine striker has handed in his transfer request, but Leicester City are holding out until their valuation is met. A £5m bid ought to do it for the 30-year-old, who has 18 months left on his deal.

This has the feel of a last-minute confirmation.

As does another potential all-Premier League move involving Gaston Ramirez, who is intent on leaving Boro already, despite signing a deal in the summer.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants to bolster his creative options, but a £12m bid has reportedly been rebuffed by Boro.

Aitor Karanka’s side may well drag their heels if Leicester’s improved bid doesn’t take their fancy, meaning Ramirez could be set to stay up against his will for the time-being.

Write-up by Felix Keith for Squawka.com