As the January transfer window unfolds, the footballing world is building with anticipation and speculation as clubs across England’s Premier League seek to add reinforcements to their squad. The mid-season transfer window provides the perfect opportunity for teams to address problems, strengthen key areas, and add depth to those that are lacking. Christopher Sleator and Alfie Smith take your through every team’s best signing.
With that said, let’s dive into the one signing each Premier League club should look to make in 2024’s January Transfer Window. Here we go, as transfer enthusiasts might say.
The January Transfer Window
Liverpool– Joshua Kimmich.
Many football fans will describe Joshua Kimmich as an aggressive pressing machine. This is why he would be perfect for Klopp’s monster side
With PSG interested, Liverpool would need to act quickly if they wanted to sign one of the best midfielders in the world. Although Endo, Mac Allister, and Szoboszlai have been good signings for the Reds, we think Kimmich could be the key difference between first and second place this season.
Aston Villa– Kyle Walker-Peters.
Aston Villa has proved to be a pleasant surprise to the Premier League this season. Unai Emery’s men have been fantastic and have risen to second in the table.
If they want to solidify their position in the table and hunt for European football, then they should be looking to enhance their squad depth. Kyle Walker-Peters has been a regular for Southampton, but with Ezri Konsa having to deputise at right-back for Villa, there is definitely room for improvement and to back up Matty Cash.
Manchester City– Michael Olise.
With the likes of Bernardo Silva getting older, Michael Olise would be the perfect young signing for Pep Guardiola’s men. The left-footed star can either play as a number 10 or on both wings and would be a great player in Guardiola’s system competing with Phil Foden for that starting place.
Arsenal– Ivan Toney.
Arsenal need to splash out this January if they are looking to push on for their first title since the 2003/04 season. With Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah struggling for consistent goals, there is only one name that should be top of Arsenal’s radar. Toney will come as an expensive purchase but could be the missing piece to the puzzle. One of the best strikers in Europe before his ban, Ivan Toney can fire The Gunners to the top.
Tottenham– Radu Drăgușin.
Confident on the ball, a tall, physical warrior. In other words, a perfect center-back for Tottenham. The young Romanian defender has often been compared to the likes of Virgil van Dijk, and with Cristian Romero and van de Ven already in the squad, the Genoa man could be the perfect addition to Ange Postecoglou’s side.
And the current links and speculation point towards this move happening.
West Ham United– Ian Maatsen.
Out of favour left back Ian Maatsen at Chelsea could provide a quality bit of depth for The Hammers. Maatsen excelled for Burnley in the Championship last season but has seen chances few and far between to try to break into the Chelsea XI despite injuries to Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella.
However, at the moment, it seems the Dutchman is on his way to Borussia Dortmund. Although, it could be a potential summer signing for West Ham.
Brighton– Valentín Barco.
Included in The Guardian’s “Next Generation” list for 2021, Barco has always been known for having a bag full of potential. The left winger is full of flair and skills, and with Roberto De Zerbi known for improving his players at Brighton, Barco could become the next big thing.
It also looks like a deal has already been agreed. We all know how good Brighton is at scouting.
Manchester United– Jean-Clair Todibo.
Varane is always injured, Maguire is never consistent, and Jonny Evans is 35 years of age. Manchester United is desperate for a center-back, and with the new owners (INEOS) also owning OGC Nice, Todibo would be a perfect signing. The ball-playing defender would be well suited to Erik ten Hag’s style of play and a perfect replacement for Raphael Varane when he decides to leave.
Newcastle United– David de Gea.
Newcastle have been plagued with injuries this season. One of the latest to be added to that list has been star goalkeeper Nick Pope. David de Gea has been without a club since parting ways with Manchester United last summer, and a 6-month contract could suit all parties.
He may need to waive his high-wage demands, even if the Saudi cash injection means the club can afford it.
Chelsea– Viktor Gyökeres.
Pochettino’s men have had an underwhelming first half of the season. Inconsistencies all over the pitch have landed the Blues in 10th position, and something must change. Sweden international Viktor Gyökeres has lit the Liga Portugal alight this season. 11 goals and 7 assists in 15 appearances is certainly nothing to be snubbed at.
It was a surprise no major European club made a move for him in the summer, but maybe they have seen they were wrong to dismiss him.
Wolves– Morgan Whittaker.
Gary O’Neil is desperate for another attacker, and who better than the joint second-leading goal scorer in the Championship this season?
The counter-attacking threat would be perfect for Wolves. With Neto on the left and Whittaker on the right, Wolves would be dangerous in every attack, and he could potentially take them from midtable to fighting for Europe.
Bournemouth– James Justin.
The Cherries have exceeded many people’s expectations so far this season and have been one of the surprise packages. However, squad depth is a real issue, and a potential buy of Leicester defender James Justin could provide backup on both flanks of defence.
170 games for Fluminense, 4 games for Brazil, all at the age of 22. The young, strong midfielder has already become one of the leading players in his side’s team due to his superb passing and dribbling. Although Tom Cairney has been on top form recently, André and Palhinha together could become revolutionary for Marco Silva’s side.
The Brazilian attracted concrete interest from Liverpool in the summer, but with the Reds cooling their links, it could be a shrew signing for the Cottagers.
Crystal Palace– Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
There are lots of reasons why this makes sense.
- Out of favour at United
- Valued at just €20 million euros
- A former player coming back to sure up the Eagles’ defence
To us, it is a no-brainer. Wan-Bissaka is almost certainly an upgrade on both Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Ward. Now, as a more mature player, he would make an excellent signing for Crystal Palace.
Nottingham Forest– José Sá.
With Nottingham Forest not having a goalkeeper who performs week in and week out, José Sá could be perfect for Nuno’s side and could take them from relegation fighters to a mid-table team. With Wolves highly unlikely to let him go, Nottingham Forest would have to pay a convincing figure that could free Wolves from their Financial Fair Play troubles.
Brentford– Trevoh Chalobah.
Brentford has looked very out of sorts defending this season, and adding Trevoh Chalobah, even for a loan deal, would help settle any nerves Thomas Franks’s men may be having heading into the second half of the season. Good on the ball. Versatile. Solid in the air. The out-of-sorts Chelsea man moving to Brentford could suit all parties involved.
Everton– Hannibal Mejbri.
Looking to be surplus to demands in Erik Ten Hag’s struggling Red Devils. Hannibal Mejbri would be a perfect fit for The Toffees. Energetic, young, hungry, and not afraid to get stuck in. Dyche could do a lot worse for his side.
Luton Town– Jordan Henderson.
Jordan Henderson has expressed his desire to leave Saudi Arabia and return to playing football in England. Luton could do with someone who has exceptional experience in the Premier League and is willing to do the dirty work in midfield to let playmakers like Ross Barkley and Alfie Doughty support in attack. Wages could be a massive issue for the Hatters, but it would make a brilliant deal if they could get this over the line.
Perhaps Henderson’s leadership could be enough to secure another season in the Premier League.
Burnley– Kalvin Phillips.
A loan deal for Kalvin Phillips could be enough to get struggling Burnley out of the relegation zone come the end of the season. It fits all parties. Phillips gets game time, and City could get a potential boost in his value to sell on in the summer window.
Sheffield United– Cédric Kipré.
Sheffield will be hoping to pull off a miracle to stay afloat in the top flight of English football. However, they may have to face what’s in front of them and start planning for life in the championship. Kipre has championship experience in abundance at West Brom and formally Wigan Athletic but could be interested in a move to the pinnacle of English football.