Let's look through the transfer window

The January sales begin on Thursday, so which top-flight managers are most desperate to wheel and deal?
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What they need: Maybe a centre-half, definitely a midfield player now Cesc Fabregas is out for months.

Fantasy buys: Pato (Milan), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool).

Possible buys: Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Gokhan Inler (Udinese), Yaya Touré (Barcelona), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Brede Hangeland (Fulham).


What they need: Cover in midfield and attack as long season including a Uefa Cup campaign wears on.

Fantasy buys: Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea).

Possible buys: Craig Bellamy (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Stephen Appiah (free agent).


What they need: Access all areas, especially defence and midfield, with Sam Allardyce tempting his former Bolton boys.

Fantasy buys: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Didier Drogba (Chelsea).

Possible buys: Nicky Hunt, Tal Ben Haim (both Bolton), Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City), Marc Janko (Red Bull Salzburg).


What they need: A winger to supply Kevin Davies and the improving Johan Elmander.

Fantasy buys: David Beckham (LA Galaxy).

Possible buys: Kieran Richardson (Sunderland), Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool), Mark Beevers (Sheffield Wednesday).


What they need: A striker unless Didier Drogba knuckles down, a centre-half if Alex goes and a better wide player than Florent Malouda.

Fantasy buys: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester Utd), Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Possible buys: Luis Fabiano (Seville), Orlando Sa (Braga).


What they need: A proper winger and cover all round.

Fantasy buys: Michael Owen (Newcastle).

Possible buys: Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool), Roger Johnson (Cardiff), David Nugent (Portsmouth), Eljero Elia (Twente).


What they need: A more defensive midfielder than Danny Murphy and a striker to help Andy Johnson.

Fantasy buys: Claude Makelele (Paris St-Germain), Didier Drogba (Chelsea).

Possible buys: Rasmus Elm (Kalmar FF), Kevin Doyle (Reading), Luis Boa Morte (West Ham), Tore Reginiussen (Tromso).


What they need: A striker to take some weight off loanee Marlon King.

Fantasy buys: Fraizer Campbell (Manchester Utd).

Possible buys: Darius Vassell, Ched Evans, Dean Sturridge (all Manchester City).


What they need: A full-back, and experienced back-up in attack.

Fantasy buys: David Villa (Valencia).

Possible buys: Emile Heskey (Wigan), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea).


What they need: A centre-half or two, left-back, defensive midfielder and striker instead of Jo.

Fantasy buys: Where does fantasy end? Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).

Possible buys: Kolo Touré (Arsenal), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn), Emile Heskey (Wigan).


What they need: Replacements for Ryan Giggs and probably Owen Hargreaves, plus Carlos Tevez to make his loan permanent.

Fantasy buys: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

Possible buys: Zoran Tosic (Partizan Belgrade), Carlos Tevez (on loan).


What they need: To keep to their best players and sign a central midfielder.

Fantasy buys: Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

Possible buys: Ben Watson (Crystal Palace), Hayden Mullins (West Ham), Mark Randall (Arsenal, loan).


What they need: A centre-half as a minimum and to hold on to Michael Owen after this summer.

Fantasy buys: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Michael Owen (new contract).

Possible buys: Matthew Upson (West Ham), Alex (Chelsea), Michael Turner (Hull).


What they need: An all-round midfielder to replace Real Madrid new boy Lassana Diarra; and not to answer any phone calls from a certain Harry Redknapp.

Fantasy buys: Patrick Vieira (Inter).

Possible buys: Marvin Elliott (Bristol City), Gary O'Neil (Middlesbrough), Jimmy Bullard (Fulham), Didier Zokora (Spurs), Blaise Matuidi (St Etienne).


What they need: A centre-half, and a winger to supplement long throws to their big strikers.

Fantasy buys: John Terry (Chelsea), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth).

Possible buys: Calum Davenport (West Ham), Danny Shittu (Bolton), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Aruna Dindane (Lens), Andre Bikey (Reading).


What they need: To get a few players off the wage bill and find a solid centre-half.

Fantasy buys: Charlie Hurley (formerly of Sunderland), Roy Keane (unattached).

Possible buys: Calum Davenport (West Ham), Elano (Manchester City).


What they need: Goalkeeping back-up, full-backs, centre-half, wide-left midfielder, striker.

Fantasy buys: Joe Cole (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Aston Villa).

Possible buys: Any Portsmouth player plus Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea), Steve Finnan (Espanyol), Nicky Shorey (Aston Villa), Michael Turner (Hull), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Craig Bellamy (West Ham).


What they need: A goalscorer to help them forget ghastly error in allowing Kevin Phillips to leave.

Fantasy buys: Kevin Phillips (Birmingham), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth).

Possible buys: Jay Simpson (Arsenal, loan), David Nugent (Portsmouth).


What they need: Some genuine width, and a striker while Dean Ashton finds some fitness and Carlton Cole some confidence.

Fantasy buys: Adriano (Inter).

Possible buys: Stephen Appiah (free agent), Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool), Kevin Doyle (Reading).


What they need: A midfielder and striker, depending on whether they manage to cash in on Emile Heskey, Wilson Palacios or Luis Antonio Valencia.

Fantasy buys: Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes (both Manchester United).

Possible buys: Darius Vassell (Manchester City), Marcus Bent (Birmingham), Dave Kitson (Stoke), Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool), Hugo Rodallega (Necaxa).