Six bold transfer predictions for January 2014

Leighton Baines

With New Year upon us here are my five bold transfer predictions, including Manchester United, Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

1) Leighton Baines to Manchester United

The 29-year-old England fullback is certainly David Moyes’ top target this January after failing with numerous bids in the summer – Everton held out but I think they will be likely to let Baines go so long as they can tie up a deal for his long-term replacement…

2) Luke Shaw to Everton

18-year-old Southampton prodigy Shaw is widely regarded as the next big thing and I would imagine if Baines does go to United, Everton will turn to him as the elder Englishman’s replacement for the future.

3) Wilfried Zaha loan to Newcastle

Meanwhile, United youngster signed from Crystal Palace in January of this year has been unable to break his way through to the first team at Old Trafford and Moyes has suggested he’ll consider letting him leave on a temporary basis and, at present, Newcastle are favourites to sign him on loan for the rest of the season.

4) Jermaine Defoe to the MLS

Tottenham striker Defoe has been behind new signing Roberto Soldado in the pecking order at White Hart Lane this season and at 31 years of age he’s linked with a move to the MLS where I expect he’ll move to see out the twilight years of his career, making room for Tim Sherwood to sign some fresh new blood to help Spurs up front.

5) David Luiz to Barcelona

The 26-year-old Brazilian is a favourite of Chelsea fans but unfortunately he is out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho and rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona in the summer have lingered and I suspect he’ll be on his way out the exit at Stamford Bridge ahead of the World Cup in homeland next summer.

6) Juan Mata to PSG

Another Blues fans favourite is this 25-year-old Spaniard who is also not on the favourites list with Mourinho and with such immense competition for places in Spain’s midfield, the playmaker will have plenty of cause for concern about his status for the national team ahead of the World Cup and PSG remain the favourites to sign him in January.

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