The January transfer window is open and in full swing, but it’s fair to say it’s been a quiet one so far.
The late closing of the summer window – which ended in October rather than August – and the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has seen many clubs keep the spending to a minimum this month.
Sebastien Haller left West Ham for Ajax in one of the biggest January deals so farGetty Images – Getty
There have been some incomings – Arsenal, Manchester United and West Brom all concluding signings – but most of the Premier League business has involved players leaving England’s top flight.
But what could happen in the second half of January as the window draws to a close?
talkSPORT’s transfer insider, Alex Crook, joined Kick Off on Thursday evening to update listeners with the latest transfer news and he revealed gossip involving West Ham, Manchester United and Leicester.
We take a look at Crook’s latest insider knowledge, below…
West Ham’s striker search
The Hammers are eyeing a new centre-forward having sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month, and they’ve identified a possible signing in France’s Ligue 1.
“[Haller’s exit] has left West Ham a bit short up front, with Michail Antonio their only recognised striker,” said Crook.
“Their attentions this evening appear to be turning towards Boulaye Dia, the Reims forward; a £15m bid is being mooted.
“They had taken a look at Red Bull Salzburg’s Zambian forward Patson Daka, but he’s proving a bit more expensive at around £20m.
Boulaye Dia has been in great form this season and he could soon be heading to the Premier LeagueAFP or licensors
“Dia has scored 12 goals in 17 games this season and appears to be more of a David Moyes type player than Sebastien Haller.
“So that could well be a bid that is taken formally in the next few days.”
Manchester United departures
On the Red Devils, Crook spoke about further Old Trafford exits following Timothy Fosu-Mensah already leaving United for Bayer Leverkusen.
Crook continued: “I think Marcos Rojo will leave, and Sergio Romero has been told he can move on as well.
“Two homegrown players are also attracting a bit of interest.
“The first of those is Jesse Lingard; my understanding is he has distanced himself from a move to Sheffield United as he doesn’t want to join the Premier League’s bottom club.
“Nice over in France are showing some interest as well, but I don’t think that will necessarily suit his personal situation.
Lingard has been linked with a January departure from Manchester UnitedGetty Images – Getty
“And I don’t know if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will actually let him go anyway.
“And it’s the same for Brandon Williams, who is wanted by Southampton; but Southampton, I have been told today, are running out of patience with that particular deal.
“They tried to sign him last summer but Solskjaer wouldn’t let him go then.
“We could see this pattern over the next few weeks, of fringe players wanted by other clubs but managers being reluctant to trim their squads because it’s a very congested season and there is the added complication of possible positive COVID-19 tests.
“So I think a lot of managers will keep fringe players in-house just in case they lose any of their established stars.”
Williams appears likely to remain at Old Trafford despite being linked with a Premier League switchGetty Images
Leicester target Celtic ace
And finally, Crook discussed another possible Premier League arrival with Leicester interested in one of the Scottish Premiership’s best strikers.
“One player we are told is possibly a target is Odsonne Edouard, the Celtic striker,” the transfer insider finished.
“Obviously Celtic are going through some problems so Leicester could get him for a snip at around £25/30m.
Edouard has a fine goal record for Celtic – is he set to leave Scotland this month?Getty Images – Getty
“He’s got 18 months left on his contract and has scored 72 goals in 151 games for Celtic, which is almost one every two games.
“I think he’d be a good addition for Leicester; a different option to Jamie Vardy as Kelechi Iheanacho doesn’t cut the mustard.
“Whether that happens this month or is possibly revisited in the summer we will wait and see.”