With many strikers beginning to show their worth in the premier league, it’s no wonder that there is so much speculation surrounding some of these stars moving on.
With big clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal being constantly linked with strikers all over the world, the question is, will they buy a striker who has proved themselves at the elite level in English football, or will they look elsewhere around the globe for that finishing touch?
Where else to start but with the most talked about and arguably the best striker so far this season in the English Premier League, the record breaking Jamie Vardy of Leicester City. When you look at the start he’s made to the season it’s no wonder why he is at the centre of some outrageous transfer speculation. One reporter stated that Manchester Utd were looking to lodge a £30 million pound bid for the English goalscorer, which anyone with sense would agree is way too much for a 28 year old who last January, Van Gaal wouldn’t have even picked up the phone to. Altogether I do not believe Vardy will be moving this January, but you never know with Van Gaal and Manchester Utd.
Surprise surprise, Manchester Utd have been linked with another player who is bang in form this season. The Belgian goal machine has been on fire so far, now joint top scorer with the before mentioned Jamie Vardy. But will the former Chelsea man be making the switch from the blue side of Merseyside to the red side of Manchester? Reports suggest that the deal would be worth around £37 million for the 22 year-old. A price tag which seems realistic given the age and potential of the Everton striker.
The Watford captain has been another surprise candidate tipped for a big money move this January. After helping lead his team to promotion from the championship last season, the Englishman has been a more than helpful hand in Watford’s scintillating start to the season which sees them sitting above Stoke, Everton and Chelsea. With 6 goals and 5 assists so far it’s no surprise that Deeney is on the radar of bigger clubs. Now, it wouldn’t be a transfer window without Arsenal being linked with a million strikers around the world. Reports suggest that the Gunners are preparing a £20 million bid for the striker, but would he be able to cope without his lethal strike partner, Odion Ighalo with whom he has torn through some of the Premier League’s toughest defences this season.
More bad news for Watford fans as many reports are suggesting that some of the Premier Leagues biggest forces are set to battle it out for the Vicarage Road star. Although despite all the speculation, the man himself insists he is going nowhere, at least not for now. But could Watford turn down big money should the giants of Manchester Utd, City or Arsenal come knocking? With 14 goals to his name this season, the Nigerian is the 3rd top scorer in league and a vital part of Watfords survival this season, but would the Hornets survive should Troy Deeneys partner in crime move on to better things.
Tottenham’s golden boy and last years top English scorer, ‘The Hurrikane’ has been constantly linked with a big money move to Manchester Utd. A bid in the region of £50 million is said to be the starting point of transfer discussions between the 2 clubs, but can Spurs afford to let another one of their stars go? Especially after the loss of Gareth Bale which is still causing many fans to sit and wonder what could have been should the Welshman have not followed in the footsteps of Luka Modric.
Striker, winger, attacking midfielder? You decide. All we know is that the Senegalese saint has been heavily linked with yes, you guessed it, Manchester Utd. The striker was left out the squad that faced Norwich last week for ‘disciplinary’ reasons after the player was late to a meeting, seems very well timed considering this was the first game of which was played in the transfer window. Mané was the centre of plenty of speculation last summer after he netted 10 times throughout Southamptons 2014/2015 campaign. Could the saints forward be making the 227 mile journey from St Mary’s to the theatre of dreams this January?
Could the Frenchman have made his last appearance for Chelsea after plenty of speculation spiralling around his future. Loic Remy’s Chelsea has never really kicked off since his £8 million move from Queens Park Rangers in 2014. Many people questioned the move, considering the likes of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba were always going to be higher in the pecking order than him. A return to Tyneside is highly likely for the lethal speedster after reports suggest he has been offered a move to Newcastle on loan with a possibility of a permanent deal at the end of the season. The 29 year-old has already endured a successful loan spell with the toon army 2 years ago in which he scored 14 goals.
Van Gaal has admitted that he is short of attacking options, but which goalscorer will he choose as his next target? Will Arsenal finally sign a big money striker? Can Watford hold on to their deadly duo? Or will the premier league’s top teams go elsewhere to find their next star striker? All shall be revealed throughout the January of 2016.