These players definitely won't be leaving their clubs in January

Andy Carroll Warms Up

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Aston Villa and West Ham United all currently have players who may or may not be considering hasty exits. Regardless it doesn't matter as thanks to FIFA Regulations it cannot happen...who are they?

There have been a number of transfer rumours doing the early rounds ahead of the opening of the shopping window in January. Some seem plausible, others laughable and then there are the ones that are simply impossible.

It is harder to think of a FIFA Rule being quoted more than Chapter III: Registration of Players, Article 5.3:

‘’Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs. As an exception to this rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping seasons (i.e. start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season, provided he has fully complied with his contractual obligations towards his previous clubs. Equally, the provisions relating to the registration periods (article 6) as well as to the minimum length of a contract (article 18 paragraph 2) must be respected.’’

So that leaves four players absolutely assured of being with their current club come February, unless they fancy sitting in the stands for six months.

Hugo Lloris

Things haven’t been rosy for France’s captain after his move from Lyon. He has had a battle with Brad Friedel for the number one spot at White Hart Lane and his international manager is intent on sticking his unwanted oar into Spurs’ business at every given opportunity.

Some sources started to quote Lloris as wanting to move away in January with some even mooting The Emirates as a potential destination. Before he moved to London he featured in Ligue 1 against Troyes and Evian so a move is impossible and after being giving the nod for the North London derby it seems he is moving into the number one spot anyhow.

Andy Carroll

He was linked with a move to Newcastle United and even Tottenham Hotspur recently but as he has now featured for his parent club Liverpool and West Ham United since the start of the most recent transfer window this unfortunate fate will not befall either side. You can thank FIFA Spurs fans, although The Toon Army would likely welcome their old favourite back with open arms at the right price.

Either way they will be waiting till the summer.

Scott Sinclair

Admittedly I am connecting my own dots on this one as there have been no official or unofficial reports of Sinclair looking for an exit. However he can’t be happy with his complete lack of first-team opportunities no matter how hefty his pay-packet is. He featured against QPR on the opening day for Swansea so a loan move away would see him forfeit the rules and is therefore unlikely.

Unless he goes back on loan to Swansea that is? As far as I see there are no regulations against such a move; however I am more than open for an intrepid fan to read through FIFA’s documents and prove me incorrect.

Christian Benteke

Aston Villa fans were upset to see reports in some papers that said Benteke had made his intention to play for Arsenal very clear. Of course the papers had misconstrued what he really said which was simply that he is an Arsenal fan. Not exactly the harshest transfer rumour around.

Anyway it doesn’t matter because before signing for Villa he had already took to the field for Genk so he isn’t going anywhere just yet.

Who else do you think may want a move but simply cannot do so?

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