As 2019 clicked into 2020, we detailed a transfer need for every club. So how is everybody getting on with two days of the window remaining?
ARSENAL – centre-back
Dots and crosses are inked now Pablo Mari has joined on loan from Flamengo with a view to a permanent summer move. Tick.
ASTON VILLA – centre-forward
And that was even before Wesley got injured. Villa absolutely had to act and absolutely did; they spent £10m on Mbwana Samatta. Tick.
BOURNEMOUTH – full-back
“Days are running out. Being honest, I’d probably say it looks doubtful. But never say never,” said Eddie Howe this week. So no full-backs, and Danny Rose is heading north to Newcastle.
BRIGHTON – full-back
The use of Steven Alzate at right-back illustrates their pretty desperate need for back-up to Martin Montoya, but interest in Kyle Walker-Peters and Matty Cash has yielded nothing so far.
BURNLEY – central midfielder
Still nothing but links with Bristol City’s Josh Brownhill persist. They really could do with new recruits; surely Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood cannot play every game. They have a combined age of 103.
CHELSEA – centre-forward
‘Now Chelsea are free to spend all the money, Frank Lampard can finally address the shortage of centre-forward options at his disposal.’ Actually, it turns out that when Chelsea are free to spend all the money, they actually spend nothing. Plenty have been linked – Edinson Cavani, Krzysztof Piatek, Dries Mertens – but Chelsea are still a striker light.
Chelsea have no creative midfielder.
Chelsea have no suitable left-back.
Chelsea have no suitable deputy striker.
Chelsea have no commanding goalkeeper or competition.
Chelsea have no commanding centre-back.
Giroud x Pedro are on holiday.
But yeah, save it all for the summer.
— MAH (@matissearmani) January 18, 2020
CRYSTAL PALACE – striker
Done. And Cenk Tosun has already scored more Premier League goals for Palace than Christian Benteke this season.
EVERTON – centre-back
There have been links with midfielders and strikers aplenty, but Carlo Ancelotti seems oddly happy about having just three centre-backs in Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane.
LEICESTER – centre-back
Southampton have knocked back an offer for Jannik Vestergaard while Preston’s Ben Davies has also been linked. Nobody is happy with Wes Morgan as Leicester’s man on the bench, least of all Brendan Rodgers.
LIVERPOOL – back-up forward
Done. Though he does have to improve.
Minamino just wants to play one two’s but no one wants to play with him ☹️
— Bubbles (@bubbIxs) January 26, 2020
MANCHESTER CITY – centre-back
Even with Aymeric Laporte back and Eric Garcia proving an able deputy, Man City surely still need a centre-half for the latter stages of the Champions League. Milan Skriniar is the latest to be linked.
MANCHESTER UNITED – central midfielder
Bruno Fernandes is on his way for what could be a MASSIVE or insignificant amount depending on whether you believe the PR. The timing could be better but United do seem to have pulled something off.
NEWCASTLE UNITED – forward
Right now, the need for a left-back might be stronger, but a 0-0 draw with Oxford only served to underline their need for a goalscorer. Hence fanciful links with Paco Alcacer and Krzysztof Piatek. Jarrod Bowen seems rather more likely.
NORWICH CITY – centre-back
Wrong, says Daniel Farke. “We are covered in this position,” says the Canaries boss when quizzed. They now have Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmerman and Ben Godfrey fit so have brought in only midfielders.
SHEFFIELD UNITED – striker
Dutch striker Richairo Zivkovic is on his way after scoring a whole barrel-load of goals in the Chinese second flight. Oh and he’s rapid.
Welcome to the Lane Richairo Zivkovic. pic.twitter.com/avTqrUtTdF
— Jonzyy (@Jonzysufc) January 29, 2020
SOUTHAMPTON – full-back
Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters has signed up for a loan spell on the south coast, allowing Cedric Soares to leave for Arsenal. Which is nice.
TOTTENHAM – right-back
Max Aarons and Joao Cancelo have both been linked, which suggests that the only criteria for their new right-back is ‘can play right-back’. Arguably, their need for a striker is now greater after Harry Kane’s injury, but they are ambling towards a solution, if at all.
WATFORD – left-back
Reims’ Hassane Kamara, Danny Rose and Joe Bryan have all been linked but so far, Watford have only strengthened at the other end of the pitch. Perhaps the form of Adam Masina has convinced Nigel Pearson that they can muddle through until the summer.
WEST HAM – central midfielder
Tomas Soucek is that man. Eight goals from 17 league games this season suggests that the Czech international could provide much-needed dynamism in the Hammers midfield.
Tomas Soucek 24 years old…
A giant 6ft 4in midfielder who can protect the back four with his reading of the game but he’s also able to play as a box-to-box player and possesses a strong passing range.
He has also hit 12 goals in 26 games this season.
Sounds promising ⚒ pic.twitter.com/VTH9Jc74hM
— West Ham Gossip (@westham_gossip) January 28, 2020
WOLVES – centre-back
The return of Willy Boly to the bench has seen Wolves turn their attention to the striker department instead. They’re alright at the back, Jack.