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Coral rate five potential winter window 2015 deadline day transfers

| 02.02.2015

As January transfer windows go, this one has been eerily quiet, with just a smattering of activity that has seen Victor Valdes join Manchester United on a free transfer and Gabriel Paulista swap Villarreal for Arsenal.

The biggest move of all so far has been Wilfried Bony joining Manchester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £27m.

Therefore, deadline day could prompt a flurry transactions. All it takes is for one deal to be agreed, which often sparks a domino effect.

Also, it wouldn’t be deadline day without seeing Harry Redknapp hanging out of the window of his Range Rover as he makes his way into his club’s training ground. And who can forget Liverpool’s sensational £35m move for then Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll this time four years ago?

With excitement increasing, Coral discuss five potential moves that could happen on the last day of this January transfer window, and rate their of chances out of five of being completed, with 1/5 being the least likely.

Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea: 5/5
Should be a mere formality. The Colombia winger’s move could even be announced before deadline day, after Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella confirmed that a £23.3m fee had been agreed.

Furthermore, personal terms are said to have been sewn up, with Cuadrado having reportedly completed a medical. Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is likely to go in the opposite direction on loan for the rest of the season (and maybe next), as part of the deal.

Gunners legend Thierry Henry has said that Cuadrado, 26, is a special player, and Chelsea’s strikers will love being part of the same team as him, due to his ability to beat opponents and deliver crosses.

Jay Rodriguez to Tottenham: 2.5/5
This hangs in the balance, with England cap Rodriguez still recovering from a serious injury. Still on Southampton’s books, but as yet to return to first-team action, he has been linked with a move to Spurs, where his former boss Mauricio Pochettino presides, though any switch depends on passing a medical.

Spurs have put some consistent performances together, largely thanks to Harry Kane’s goals and some Christian Eriksen magic. A couple of additions will help them challenge effectively for a place in the Premier League top four.

Marquinhos to Manchester United: 2/5
Brazilian centre backs seem all the rage at the minute. It is clear that Louis van Gaal’s side need a centre half, though the manager has said they are unlikely to spend in January, which as we have seen throughout history means nothing.

Is a 20-year-old like PSG’s Marquinhos, although talented, really the answer to fix their defensive frailties, though? Waiting until the summer, when more options will be available could be their best option, with long-term target Mats Hummels likely to be available.

Aaron Lennon to Hull City: 4/5
According to reports, the Tigers have agreed a to take the Tottenham winger on loan, though boss Steve Bruce admitted Lennon may change his mind following the club’s 3-0 defeat to Newcastle.

With chances limited at White Hart Lance this season, however, and the opportunity to link up with former teammates Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, Lennon could be tempted to the KC Stadium.

Neil Taylor to West Bromwich Albion: 3/5
Baggies boss Tony Pulis is said to be tracking Swansea City left back Taylor, with Norwich City’s Martin Olsson linked with replacing him at the Liberty Stadium.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.