Five Premier League defenders looking for loans this week, where they could go

Jose Enrique

Could these Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion outcasts be Championship-bound?

The emergency loan window closes for what could be the final time on Thursday, leaving the clock ticking for a number of Premier League defenders who've found themselves out of favour this season.

With that in mind, we at HITC Sport have peered into our crystal balls and picked out a handful who could be looking for moves this week:

Jose Enrique (Liverpool) - The Spaniard has been out of favour for the past two seasons and his only appearances this campaign have come with the Reds on their knees in terms of injuries. His contract expires this summer and success elsewhere could put him in the shop window.

Sebastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) - Arguably the biggest victim of Tony Pulis' hatred of full-backs. Even with Chris Brunt (who's actually a winger) out injured, the Belgian still struggles to get a game, and was left out entirely against Norwich.

Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) - According to Transfermarkt, the Jamaican cost Palace £2.6million three years ago, but he's set to leave for nothing this summer with 46 appearances under his belt. Only four of those have come this season and a short-term move give him a head-start on finding his next club.

Liam Moore (Leicester City) - Rated as one of the Football League's best defenders two years ago, Moore has struggled for opportunities since the Foxes' promotion. He's behind Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Marcin Wasilewski and Daniel Amartey at the minute, and is unlikely to feature in his side's title run-in.

Kyle Bartley (Swansea City) - The 24-year-old hasn't made a single matchday squad under Francesco Guidolin and with a year left on his contract, could be looking to move on this summer to avoid a repeat campaign. A loan spell would surely aid his quest.

Where could they go?

Derby County recently allowed Stephen Warnock to depart, despite having Craig Forsyth out for the campaign, so either Pocognoli or Enrique could be good short-term options for them, while Queens Park Rangers have been playing right-footer James Perch there of late. According to Dean Smith in quotes published by Get West London this month, centre-back is one of several positions where Brentford could freshen up, while Fulham haven't kept a clean sheet for 28 matches. Either Mariappa, Moore or Bartley could address both clubs' issues.

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