Ins and outs: What the fans want in January
Who and what does each club need in the transfer window and who would supporters gladly see moved on? James Mariner asks those that count – you
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.
Friday 30 December 2011
What does your club need? Leadership and defensive solidarity is still an issue. It's also only a matter of time till Man City, Barça or Madrid come knocking for Mr Van Persie. Wenger should show some resolve and make him the highest-ever paid player at the club.
Who would be your dream buy? Eden Hazard. Mario Götze seems exciting and a big-name European signing is essential to keep the current crop of talent at the club.
Who do you want out and why? Andrei Arshavin has to go. He just doesn't seem interested and hasn't done all season. From his general body language to his lack of goals, I wouldn't be surprised if he went back to Russia in January.
Jonathan Cox, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? Many would say Alex McLeish to leave immediately. He is now demonised by almost all for his boring style of play, negative tactics, bewildering use of Heskey in midfield, the wasting of our youth and his bizarre praise of shambolic defenders like James Collins, Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock.
Who would be your dream buy? Perhaps someone with a fancy name – Villa fans love a mysterious flop. We have been crying out for one since Ulises De La Cruz. It adds festive cheer to an otherwise boring squad.
Who do you want out and why? McLeish is the obvious answer, but hopefully Saint Martin [O'Neill] will take back the £20m of unused clutter still bleeding our resources dry.
Dan Yeomans, lifelong supporter
What does your club need? We desperately need a pair of full-backs. Martin Olsson is wasted there, Michel Salgado looks like he's running in cement and Jason Lowe is getting the confidence knocked out of him.
Who would be your dream buy? Andy Johnson. He's a proven goalscorer who's got the pace that the Yak lacks. He also knows the League and from his time with Palace and Fulham what it means to be at the wrong end of the table.
Who do you want out and why? Er... Steve Kean? Actually it's Venky's that need to get out. They haven't realised that football is more than just a business and have ripped the heart out of the club.
Michael Butler, lifelong supporter
What does your club need? We need some new blood – a cheeky loan signing would be nice. In the past two seasons we've had Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge; hopefully we can get Josh McEachran, someone with a winning mentality to drag us out of this mess.
Who would be your dream buy? We're so poor in defence – someone like Brede Hangeland, but we simply couldn't attract a player like that at the moment. I would love to take Lewis Dunk from Brighton, he's a real prospect. Stuart Holden would be like a new signing if he can get fit.
Who do you want out and why? I might be signing my death warrant here, but Gary Cahill needs to leave, just to clear the air around the Reebok.
Dan McMillan, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? I would like to see some width added to Andre Villas-Boas's squad, which is an area we are lacking in at the moment. A bargain buy has been Oriol Romeu, who sneaked into Stamford Bridge but recent performances have cemented his place in the first team.
Who would be your dream buy? Someone like Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, but not at the prices of £30m to £40m that were being quoted in the summer! I would have liked David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Who do you want out and why? Alex, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou and Henrique Hilario.
Peter Sampson, www.CFCnet.co.uk
What does your club need? A striker, desperately. We've actually been playing some quite good football but failing to finish off the chances we have made. We have recently been linked with French club Sochaux's American international Charlie Davies, who was on loan at DC United last season. Who?!
Who would be your dream buy? To buy anyone would be a dream. We didn't buy anyone in the last transfer window, which was scandalous. A real dream signing would be Thierry Henry – it would never happen, though!
Who do you want out and why? Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is rubbish, considering he was the last player of note Everton have bought!
John Gad, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? Stability and the end to these rumours that strikers Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora will be sold.
Who would be your dream buy? Barcelona's Lionel Messi – who else? Then the next George Best, Rodney Marsh or Alan Mullery. I would hate to see us bring in some ageing has-been who just wants one last pocket-bulging move. We missed out on any good signings last summer – all the bargains had gone by the time we entered the market late.
Who do you want out and why? Portuguese striker Orlando Sa has been a waste of cash.
Andrew Joyce, www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk
What does your club need? A pacy winger who can actually beat a man. Stewart Downing hasn't done it so far. Also a poacher to convert our chances into goals as Luis Suarez isn't a natural finisher. Jose Enrique has solved our long-running left-back issue.
Who would be your dream buy? After the English-buying policy, I would quite enjoy an almost unknown foreign player. I would love one of the Real Madrid players who can't hold down a starting berth – Sergio Canales, Gonzalo Higuain or Sami Khedira would be perfect.
Who do you want out and why? I know he's on loan at Milan, but we should sell Alberto Aquilani as he is simply not cut out for the Premier League.
Andy Williams, lifelong supporter
What does your club need? We don't really need anything new. It's important we continue to do what we've been doing all season. A bargain buy was Gaël Clichy at £7m. I'm disappointed we missed out on Alexis Sanchez, who went to Barcelona.
Who would be your dream buy? Cristiano Ronaldo – despite his United history.
Who do you want out and why? Wayne Bridge, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz off the wage bill. The player I would least like us to buy is Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Milan – we don't need any more egotistical strikers!
Matthew Greenwood, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? We need to bring in two or three world-class players, definitely a creative midfielder. A bargain buy has been Phil Jones, who we signed for just £16m from Blackburn.
Who would be your dream buy? Andres Iniesta, of Barcelona, would fit the aforementioned role perfectly. And we were rumoured to have made a bid for Wesley Sneijder a few years ago.
Who do you want out and why? Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker just doesn't suit our style of play. A least welcome arrival would be somebody who hasn't got Champions League experience, as we have a lot of youngsters.
Christian Brooks, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? To keep the momentum going. I would not say there's a particular position that needs strengthening – apart from maybe the centre of defence. I'd have loved it if we'd signed Shane Long in the summer.
Who would be your dream buy? Ignoring money it would be Lionel Messi – obviously – but failing that I'd take anyone that could stop us leaking so many goals. We can't sign anyone who would disrupt the harmony we already have.
Who do you want out and why? Nobody, although there are a number of players nowhere near the first team that would probably benefit from a loan spell, like Scottish midfielder Simon Lappin.
Michael Dilley, www.norwich.vitalfootball.co.uk
What does your club need? Strengthening in both defence and midfield, although signing Yohan Cabaye for £4.6m was fantastic business.
Who would be your dream buy? Andy Carroll. The team is still a striker short of being a real threat and if we could bring back our local hero I would be ecstatic. And missing out on Swansea's Neil Taylor has actually come as a surprising blow.
Who do you want out and why? Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands – the latter because I think he could still have a very good career in the Championship. The worst signings would be Carlton Cole or Bobby Zamora.
Fraser Bell, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? An attacking midfielder and some general defensive cover. I would like to see Peter Whittingham heading down the M4 from Cardiff.
Who would be your dream buy? We don't do dreaming any more – this is for real. And I would not want any "big-time Charlie", they just wouldn't fit in.
We already have one real bargain buy – not just for Swansea, but the Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm at £1.5m is regarded by many as the Premier League bargain buy of the summer.
Who do you want out and why? We have a number of fringe players who are just not getting a look-in at this level. Their wages could be put to better use.
Alan Lewis, www.swanstrust.co.uk
What does your club need? Probably two strikers. Sebastian Larsson has been a great arrival – he has been our best player this season by a mile.
Who would be your dream buy? Danny Welbeck, who did so well for us on loan from Manchester United last season. Any goalscorer really – if we'd had a decent one already we wouldn't be in this mess now. Jermain Defoe perhaps? Martin O'Neill buying Emile Heskey again would be the dreaded signature.
Who do you want out and why? Lee Cattermole – he's a liability and his ability is much more suited to the Championship.
Adam Capper, writer for fanzine www.a-love-supreme.com
What does your club need? We desperately need back-up for wide midfielders Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant.
Who would be your dream buy? Scott Parker of Tottenham. He's a brilliant footballer and would suit Stoke down to the ground. Peter Crouch, coming from the same club, has been a great signing. Albert Adomah from Bristol City – he plays on both wings and at the right price he'd be a fine signing. The fellow we really don't want at the Britannia is Carlos Tevez, he's exactly the sort of character who wouldn't fit in.
Who do you want out and why? Centre-half Danny Collins, who has been out on loan at Ipswich.
Tom McKeon, www.stoke.vitalfootball.co.uk
Queen's Park Rangers
What does your club need? Two new centre-backs. Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall and Matt Connolly simply don't cut it in the Premier League. We also desperately require a talismanic striker who will score 15 a season.
Who would be your dream buy? Darren Bent. He fits the bill perfectly for the kind of forward that we need. There have been whispers too, so watch this space.
Who do you want out and why? Adel Taarabt did fantastic last season but his attitude is atrocious. He has great ability but no defensive capabilities and very little acceleration or pace. These deficiencies were acceptable in the Championship, but glaringly obvious at the highest level.
Niall Farmer, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? Cover at right-back – Vedran Corluka just doesn't cut it any more – and a new striker as back-up for Emmanuel Adebayor. The best signing has been Scott Parker in midfield.
Who would be your dream buy? Adebayor – turning his loan deal from Manchester City into a permanent move is important. I'd also like to see Newcastle's Tim Krul arrive as the long-term first-choice keeper. Luis Suarez is the signing I wish we had made.
Who do you want out and why? David Bentley. He never remotely lived up to his £15m fee and has become a long- term financial liability.
Tim Davies, season-ticket holder
What does your club need? A striker – 15 goals in 18 League games just isn't enough.
Who would be your dream buy? Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Demba Ba, of Newcastle United, is a signing I wish we had made. Roberto Martinez said at the time when he went up there from West Ham: "Ba is a Marks & Spencer signing, I can only afford to shop on the internet." Dave Jones, the midfielder signed on a free from Wolves in the summer, has been a bargain.
Who do you want out and why? The dead weight have already been shifted by Martinez, so I wouldn't want to lose any of our current squad. The signing I really wouldn't want us to make is Joey Barton from QPR.
Barry Worthington, www.wigan.vitalfootball.co.uk
West Bromwich Albion
What does your club need? An attacking midfielder to replace the injured Zoltan Gera. At the moment, free transfer Gareth McAuley is proving a bargain. Little doubt that Shane Long would be our best signing of the last window.
Who would be your dream buy? Someone for the aforementioned role, like a Rafael van der Vaart. Scott Dann would perhaps have been a good signing.
Who do you want out and why? Roman Bednar. Rotting in the reserves with no chance of a game. And I don't want to see Eiji Kawashima, that Japanese keeper we're always linked with, arrive.
Sean Calvert, lifelong supporter
What does your club need? A centre half – Roger Johnson has been poor since we brought him in from Birmingham in the summer. Best buy has to be Jamie O'Hara – at £3.5m he has to be our bargain. An excellent player on his day.
Who would be your dream buy? Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur. He would add quality and commitment to any team's midfield. I know that Thomas Hitzlsperger had a look around in the summer – he would have been a good signing.
Who do you want out and why? Stephen Hunt – all effort and zero quality. And the player I would least like us to sign is Joey Barton.
Craig Spillard, www.wolvesforum.co.uk
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