Five Premier League transfers likely to happen in January
With the January transfer window now open, Europe’s football clubs have the opportunity to reinforce their squads ahead of the second half of the season.
English teams are renowned for being busy in the mid-season window, with the Premier League set to welcome some new faces over the next month.
Here are five deals that seem likely to happen this January.
Mohamed Elneny - Basle to Arsenal
Arsenal finished 2015 on top of the Premier League table and have an excellent chance to become English champions for the first time since 2004.
However, Arsene Wenger’s side have been hit by injuries to key players, with the French manager’s options in the center of midfield thin on the ground.
As such, Arsenal are being linked with a switch for Egyptian enforcer Mohamed Elneny, who has impressed at Basle in recent years.
The latest reports suggest that the 23-year-old has passed a medical and is close to being unveiled by the Gunners.
Shani Tarashaj - Grasshoppers to Everton
Everton are believed to have offered a four-and-a-half year contract to Grasshoppers striker Shani Tarashaj, who is regarded as a burgeoning talent in Switzerland.
The 20-year-old has a lethal strike rate at age-grade level for his nation and is expected to pen a deal to join the Toffees over the next month.
He may well be loaned back to his current employers for the remainder of the current campaign.
Steven Naismith - Everton to Norwich
Scotland international Steven Naismith has found first-team opportunities limited at Goodison Park this season and as such looks set to move to Norwich to link up with compatriot Alex Neil.
The former Rangers winger netted a hat-trick against Chelsea earlier this term but has only started four Premier League games in 2015-16.
Lamine Kone - Lorient to Sunderland
Ligue 1 side Lorient have confirmed that they have accepted an offer from Sunderland for powerhouse center-half Lamine Kone.
Sam Allardyce recently admitted that his priority in the window was the acquisition of defenders, with the Ivory Coast international close to securing a switch to Wearside.
Felipe Anderson - Lazio to Man United
Manchester United have had real issues in attack this term, with Lazio’s Felipe Anderson believed to be a significant target for Louis van Gaal’s men this month.
Old Trafford is reportedly ready to activate the Brazilian playmaker’s $51 million clause in an attempt to freshen up their offensive options.