Six bold transfer predictions for January 2014

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.

If you're around my age and you support Manchester United even though you've never been to Manchester just like the stereotype there's nothing wrong with that because it's irrelevant if you support the team - it's only upholding that stereotype and reinforcing it if you suddenly can't be bothered to sing because the team's not winning. Some fans support rubbish teams and they follow all over the world watching them lose - that's what it means to be a supporter.

Cheer them on even when they play poorly – the fans’ support gives the team and the players and the manager confidence and they need the fans now more than ever. It’s always the way that find out who your real mates are when you’re down on you luck and need some help so cheer louder now than you did when they won the title and they’ll repay the faith back in time. It’s a period of change – roll with the punches.

Be United

Under times of pressure and stress and confusion and discontent, fans often turn on each other, on the players and on the manager out of despair, but posting on Twitter about how rubbish Marouane Fellaini is isn’t going to make him perform any better is it?

It says a lot that one of the most viewed articles I’ve had on United this term has been one listing potential replacement managers for Moyes if the unthinkable happened – it says Manchester United on the badge and that ought to be extended to everyone; every fan, every player and every employee, including the manager and his signings. Stick together in 2014.

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