Transfer Talk: David Villa to Manchester City; Leandro Damaio to Tottenham; Razvan Rat to West Ham

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Player: David Villa

Club: Barcelona

Possible move to: Manchester City

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: City need a replacement for Mario Balotelli and Villa would add a touch of class to their hopes of retaining the Premier League. But Arsenal have been down this road in January and failed to land the striker.

Chance of moving: Three stars


Player: Leandro Damaio

Club: Internacional

Possible move to: Spurs

The story: Internacional could be ready to let the striker leave if Tottenham can put a £15m bid on the table. Villas-Boas wants more firepower.

Time left on deal: Four-and-a-half years

Chance of moving: Three stars


Player: Danny Graham

Club: Swansea

Possible move to: Sunderland

The story: Martin O'Neill will push ahead with his £5.5m bid to land the striker, despite the hostile reception from Sunderland fans on Tuesday night when the two teams faced each other.

Chance of moving:  Five stars


Player: Scott Parker

Club: Spurs

Possible move to: QPR

Time left on deal: Two-and-a-half years

The story: Harry Redknapp wants a complete new feel to his team by the time window closes on Thursday night. He will have a fight to land Parker, who is finally fit again.

Chance of moving: Two stars


Player: Razvan Rat

Club: Shakhtar Donetsk

Possible move to: West Ham

Time left on deal: Six months

The story: Sam Allardyce still needs defensive support as he bids to end West Ham's poor recent run and Rat is available.

Chance of moving: Three stars

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