A disappointing first half of the season means there is pressure on Alan Pardew and his scouting team to find players who can mirror Papiss Cisse’s impact last year, with the Newcastle manager admitting they should have made more signings in the summer.
As Freudian slips go it is a ludicrously easy one to make. Arsène Wenger's great friend and former sidekick David Dein used regularly to trot out the line that "with a name like that he was always destined to manage Arsenal".
Alan Pardew admitted that Newcastle are not too good to be relegated from the Premier League after they were beaten 2-0 at Brighton of the Championship in the third round of the FA Cup, with the manager insisting he must be allowed to bring in players this month.
Arsenal's Johan Djourou is joining Hannover on loan until the end of the season, subject to a medical. The Switzerland defender has played 144 times for the north London side since 2004, but the 25-year-old has made only two senior appearances this season, both in the League Cup.
How Suarez and Sturridge will set up for Liverpool has been a matter for debate since the English striker signed from Chelsea, but there should be more focus on how the influence of Suarez could develop Sturridge into a better player.
An detailed assessment of Manchester United's January potential incomings and outgoings.
Swansea City will be looking for their third win on the bounce against Arsenal this weekend in the FA Cup.
Manchester City could usually be expected to be one of the big players in any transfer window, but uncertainty around their manager and the quality they already have in the squad could mean they are one of the quieter sides this January.
Michael Laudrup's Swansea City have produced some really good performances this season with the 2-0 win away at Arsenal being the standout of those but inconsistency continue to be the problem.