Monday, December 31, 2012
The transfer window opens tomorrow, allowing Barclays Premier League sides one last chance to tinker with their squads for the rest of the 2012-13 season.
Here, London24 assesses the potential arrivals and departures at each of the London clubs in the top flight.
Manager Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen across the board to breathe fresh life into Arsenal’s push for a top four finish. A striker tops Wenger’s shopping list, with David Villa a possible target.
Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Andre Santos, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez has all but confirmed Chelsea are trying to sign a new striker but it remains to be seen whether they will spend big on the likes of Radamel Falcao or look for a cut-price alternative, such as Demba Ba, David Villa or Alvaro Negredo. A new midfielder could also arrive.
Daniel Sturridge, Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun.
The departures of Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey late in the summer window have left Fulham light, meaning a central midfielder and centre-back are vital additions.
Pajtim Kasami, Brede Hangeland, David Stockdale, Csaba Somogyi and Mickael Tavares.
Where do we start? QPR’s miserable season is due in no small part to their completely unbalanced squad. Nicolas Anelka is being targeted to fill the large void in attack, while central defence is another area requiring improvements.
Jose Bosingwa, Esteban Granero, Hogan Ephraim, Rob Hulse, Jay Bothroyd.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas says he will not be active in the transfer market, but he only has two recognised strikers and could therefore make a move for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian, Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente or Loic Remy of Marseille.
Carlo Cudicini, Heurelho Gomes, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Rose, Tom Huddlestone.
Manager Sam Allardyce has already been linked with big-name players such as David Beckham and Nicolas Anelka but knows the club’s wage structure could scupper such deals. A loan move for an attacking player could go ahead following Yossi Benayoun’s return to parent club Chelsea.