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January Transfer Window Special: 20 Players Who Could Be On the Move This Month

by Mad Dog and Glory


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Twenty players who could well make moves in the transfer window.

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Jack Butland (Birmingham City)

Liverpool have been eyeing up teenage keeper Butland for some time and Brendan Rodgers may well look to make an offer for the talented youngster in January.

The Anfield side are clearly looking to the future and have given the likes of Suso, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom good runs in the first team and Butland is a player who has a very bright future. Birmingham City’s financial position may lead to offers under the £6m quote used by this source.

Though Brad Jones has looked fairly decent as an understudy to Pepe Reina, Rodgers may feel that the St Andrew’s youngster is too good a prospect to overlook when the transfer window re-opens next month.

Butland received a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2012 squad despite at that time having not even made a first team appearance for Birmingham City. He has since gone on to represent Team GB at the Olympics and has started all 26 of his side’s Championship fixtures this season.

Toby Alderweireld (Ajax)

Both Tottenham & Arsenal appear very keen to land the adaptable Ajax defender and having seen a number of his team-mates leave the Eredivisie side the Belgian international may feel it’s time to move on.

Alderweireld may be drawn to moves to either Arsenal or Tottenham as both sides have former team-mates plying their trade with their respective defences.

Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen both play alongside the 23 year old at international level and the intelligent defender could well be of use at both the Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane and he would be the latest in the long line of Belgians making an impact in then English top tier.

Alderweireld can play at either centre or right back and having won back to back domestic titles he may feel he has achieved as much as he can with his Amsterdam side and having been knocked out of the Champions League a move in January is a distinct possibility.

Joao Moutinho (FC Porto)

Having failed with that £24m bid over the summer it seems clear that Andre Villas-Boas is indeed very keen on reuniting with his former FC Porto charge but one wonders just how much the Portuguese side is looking to earn from the potential sale of the talented playmaker.

Tottenham are arguably still to fill the void left by Luka Modric’s departure to Real Madrid as neither Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey are like for like replacements for the Croatian, whereas Joao Moutinho is probably as close a type of player to the former White Hart Lane man as is available on the market.

James Rodriguez (FC Porto)

21 year old Colombian James Rodriguez has been a huge success since his move to FC Porto from Argentine side Banfield and Sir Alex Ferguson will have been dismayed to hear the youngster’s asking price increase so drastically so moves to use Portuguese winger Nani as part of any deal to land the goal-scoring winger may be a wise way to get a deal completed.

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