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I know it's bullshit anyway but it would honestly take me right out of it if we ended up bringing the literal best player on the planet here in January. Or anyone of that ilk. It would be extremely artificial. I don't even take those opportunities on FIFA career mode. 

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10 minutes ago, Yorkie said:

I know it's bullshit anyway but it would honestly take me right out of it if we ended up bringing the literal best player on the planet here in January. Or anyone of that ilk. It would be extremely artificial. I don't even take those opportunities on FIFA career mode. 

Aye, I've always hated the Mbappe-types of links since this whole saga started. That's clearly not how we'll do things, and it's ridiculous to even suggest that we'd sign someone like Salah or Mbappe. At "best", we might go for "damaged goods" like Coutinho or Ramsey.

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I think we will try and get a fullback, centre back, central midfielder, striker/winger and maybe double up on at least one of those positions depending on what Howe and his team can get from players.

 

  • I think Trippier is a strong possibility, IF a top 6 club doesn't want him. Maitland-Niles could be a possibility too. 
  • Not convinced Sule has any intention of coming here, he would be beastly though. Tarkowski or Ake on loan seems likely for CB, maybe even a sneaky Lloyd Kelly addition with one of those.
  • Boubacar Kamara would be fantastic and someone we have tracked a few years, I am not sure now is the time to bring someone new to the league. Lerma will be an obvious link. Bellingham would be the top of my list but we are two seasons away from getting that kind of a young hyped player imo. I would take Dele Alli here in a shot too. Could be a great move for him under Howe, likewise Loftus-Cheek.
  • Sarr or Zaha would be fantastic but I don't see either club being interested in dealing with us. Eddie Nketia might be an interesting option. He isn't getting a look in at Arsenal this year. Hudson-Odoi maybe. All have great pace.

There are plenty of good domestic options, if clubs will deal with us, likewise in the championship. I would be surprised if we were to be gambling with many signings outside of the UK with the predicament we are in. Pretty sure we will go for premiership experience and potential. 

 

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A striker is an absolute must in January. Assuming we're not yet in the market for any signings that are going to represent our future, I'd take even an unfashionable stopgap on loan - it would make a big difference imo. Even someone out of favour like Tosun or Long or Nketiah someone like that. Just plucking names out of a hat there but the point is, the options currently at the club are so limited, any competent striker is going to add something. Wilson needs pushing and we've no one waiting in the wings for his next inevitable injury. 

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Trying to sign players with expiring contracts in January could be a good strategy. Their clubs are desperate for cash and would like to cash in January rather than losing their assets for free.

 

For midfielders, plenty of options. I quite like Kamara and Tchouameni (both on expiring contracts). It would be easier to focus on Kamara since Tchouameni is heavily linked with Juventus, Chelsea, ManU and the likes. There is also Zakaria from Monchengladbach.

 

As for the striker position, Andrea Belotti has an expiring contract and his aggressive and physical style of play suits the EPL.

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13 minutes ago, Yorkie said:

A striker is an absolute must in January. Assuming we're not yet in the market for any signings that are going to represent our future, I'd take even an unfashionable stopgap on loan - it would make a big difference imo. Even someone out of favour like Tosun or Long or Nketiah someone like that. Just plucking names out of a hat there but the point is, the options currently at the club are so limited, any competent striker is going to add something. Wilson needs pushing and we've no one waiting in the wings for his next inevitable injury. 

 

Nketiah isn't a bad shout for another striker option with prem experience, as he is out of contract in the summer now I believe, and is the kind of young British talent Howe has typically liked. Record goal scorer for England under 21s, but hasn't quite been given enough of an opportunity to come through at Arsenal.

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8 minutes ago, Khalidao said:

As for the striker position, Andrea Belotti has an expiring contract and his aggressive and physical style of play suits the EPL.

 

Looks a powerful player, but was very surprised at how often he went down in the Euros. Didn't seem to relish any kind of contact at all. Made me nervous about him as an option.

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3 hours ago, James said:

Some effective offers may be high loan fees and a guaranteed price subject to confirmation of PL status

 

This might be a wise strategy. Means we can attract better players, without their apprehension of possibly playing in the Championship.

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1 minute ago, Ketsbaia said:

 

This might be a wise strategy. Means we can attract better players, without their apprehension of possibly playing in the Championship.

It would also push those parts of the fees, should we stop up, into next year's accounts.

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I honestly believe the other 19 clubs will refuse to do business with us in January.  Its difficult enough any January but they want us gone from the EPL.  They will probably refuse to do business with use in the Championship as well, if we do go down.  So no loan of EPL fringe players either, so all our business will have to be done in Europe.  What we probably can do though is hoover up all the up and coming Championship and League 1 and 2 prospects for our Academy/U23's.

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No one ever guessed who we would go for when the budget was often just anyone who's on a free. Now that the budget is infinity pounds I don't think we're gonna fair any better like. :lol: Will be really interesting to see the calibre of player they're after. 

 

 

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Most interesting and exciting transfer window in recent memory. Thankfully we’ll be shopping further up the list than premier league rejects. When we start fishing in their waters, making big offers for European talent they’ll soon get sick and start offering us their unwanted. Every which way it bites them in the arse.

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