As the January transfer window opens, Manchester United will look to buy to try and close the gap on Manchester City as much as possible and also to improve the squad for next season. So, which players could be likely to be heading to Old Trafford?
- Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos has been linked with a move to Old Trafford with Real Madrid wanting to get rid of the German international in order to get some money for an audacious bid for former Barcelona star, Neymar. Kroos could also massively help out United’s midfield with Pogba already being injured twice this season and Fellaini looking to be on his way out, refusing to sign a contract extension.
2. Alex Sandro
The left-back position is one that José Mourinho really needs to sort out, with Luke Shaw being out of favour with the Portuguese manager and Ashley Young not being a natural number three. Sandro has been linked with the Red Devils, but Juventus have said that for him, they must pay £61m, a world record for a full-back. Mourinho’s former club Chelsea have also been linked with the Brazilian.
3. Riyad Mahrez
Mahrez, as well reported, wants to leave Leicester City, while another right midfielder at Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not being played and is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Mahrez would be an ideal replacement for Mkhitaryan as he is capable of fitting in any team and has been playing magnificently for the last few seasons at the very top level.
Manchester United fans would you like to see Kroos, Sandro and Mahrez join your club? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…
Bolton Wanderers return to the Championship has been a struggle, but back to back victories against Sheffield United and Hull City respectively has seen the Trotters move out of the relegation zone and up to 20th in the league table.
Despite the victories, Bolton are struggling in front goal as they have only found the back of the net on 25 occasions in 26 games in the league, with striker Gary Madine the leading goalscorer on 9 goals but he need’s support up top if the club are to stay up this season. With that in mind, Bolton should look to sign Forest Green striker Christian Doidge in the January transfer window.
Christian Doidge – The Forest Green striker has found the back of the net on 12 occasions this season so far, with the club only scoring 25 goals in total, showing just how prolific Doidge is.
The Welshman helped fire Forest Green to the Football League last season finding the back of the net on 25 times in the National League and is highly rated by the clubs supporters, but a move to the Championship could be too big an opportunity to turn down if it came along.
Bolton fans would you like to see Christian Doidge at the Macron Stadium? Could he help fire you to Championship safety? Let us know in the comments section…
Manchester City have been absolutely brilliant under Pep Guardiola so far in the 2017/18 Premier League season. Blasting past opponents and suffering only one defeat in all competitions so far, City find themselves 12 points clear of Manchester United, in second place, with a game in hand.
However, City have been without skipper Vincent Kompany for most of the season and the City man only lasted ten minutes against Newcastle, suggesting that Guardiola can’t count on the Belgian for long periods of time. City have John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi who have been solid this season but with Mangala as their only reliable back up Guardiola may need to bolster his defensive options. We have out lined three that they should be looking at.
1. Aymeric Laporte
Laporte reportedly snubbed a move to both Chelsea and Manchester City in the summer but Guardiola may be keen to back to the young centre back. The Athletic Bilbao defender would be the perfect long term partner for John Stones as he is only 23 years of age and loves to play on the ball which is exactly how an City like to play. Laporte, who is yet to be capped by France, won’t come cheap and with rumours that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen City will have a fight to land him.
2. Inigo Martinez
Another defender from the Spanish La Liga that could tickle Guardiola’s fancy is Real Sociedad star Inigo Martinez. City again require a centre back who is comfortable playing the ball out from the back and Martinez certainly fits the bill, with the versatile defender also able to play at left back – another problem position at the Etihad.
3. Johny Evans
Another player who has constantly been linked with the blue side of manchester although he is a product of Manchester United’s academy. It seems that Evans could be available for a lot less than in the summer with his contract expiring in just 6 months time. The West Brom defender would be perfect and reliable cover for Pep Guardiola and he shouldn’t wouldn’t push the wage bill up by too much.
Who do you think City should sign to cover their defenders?
West Brom had been sailing along comfortably over the past three seasons under the tutelage of Tony Pulis. The midlands club had secured their status as a mid-table Premier League club, and were perhaps beginning to think about how to progress to the next level. However, after a poor run of results Pulis lost his job. His replacement, the opinion splitting Alan Pardew, has failed to improve the current situation. The situation facing the club has made this transfer window vital to the Baggies chances of staving off relegation, who should they target? and why?
Troy Deeney- West Brom are in desperate need of a striker, after Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriquez have only managed four league goals between them. A perfect target could be Watford captain Troy Deeney, he has not featured as often for Watford this season, (only starting seven league games) and has proven over the past two seasons he is more than capable of scoring goals in the top flight. With 15 goals in 21 league games, the addition of Troy Deeney could be the difference between relegation and survival.
Aden Flint- Defensively West Brom are very solid and have only conceded 28 goals in their 21 league games. However, with the imminent departure of Jonny Evans, West Brom may be looking for defensive reinforcements. Bristol’s Aden Flint has been in sensational form this season, and was part of the giant killing side that stunned Man United in the League Cup. The 28 year old is in the prime of his career and deserves a chance in the Premier League.
Andreas Samaris- The Greek centre midfielder came close to joining the Baggies in the summer in a £20 million pound move, but Benfica blocked the move. Alan Pardew is reportedly in the market for another defensive midfielder with on loan PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak possibly being axed to free up funds. The classy Samaris would fit in perfectly at the Hawthorns with his hard working approach and could go along way to ensuring West Brom’s Premier League status.