Transfer Talk: Frank Lampard to Manchester United; Marouane Fellaini to Chelsea; Wilfried Zaha to Tottenham

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

Player: Frank Lampard

Club: Chelsea

Possible move to: Manchester United

Time left on deal: Six months

The story: Who wouldn't fancy Frank Lampard for nothing? Lampard has still managed a goal every other game in the Premier league this season for Chelsea but they will not renew his contract. Lampard will be 35 in the summer but that will not frighten Sir Alex Ferguson. Hard to see him being offered much more than a one year deal but that may still appeal.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Marouane Fellaini

Club: Everton

Possible move to: Chelsea

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

The story: Fellaini has emerged as a major force in the Premier League since he moved to Goodison Park. He signed a new deal in 2011 but his admission in September that he could leave has set the sharks circling. The possibility of a £22m clause in that new deal being activated by interest from a Champions League side will worry those at Everton ahead of a possible summer move.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Hope Akpan

Club: Crawley Town

Possible move to: Reading

Time left on deal: Six months

The story: Brian McDermott wants new energy in his struggling side and believes the 21-year-old midfielder can add that to his team. Akpan impressed when the sides met in the FA Cup and could sign this week.

Chance of moving: Five stars

 

Player: Wilfried Zaha

Club: Crystal Palace

Possible move to: Tottenham

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

The story:  Zaha is the most coveted young player in English football and Spurs are desperately trying to steal a march on Manchester United. Old Trafford bosses are confident they lead the chase but Spurs are attempting to start negotiations and will offer the player back on loan to Palace if they sign him this month.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Victor Anichebe

Club: Everton

Possible move to: Reading

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

The story: Reading need goals. Anichebe is starting to look like the player people thought he could be, adding consistency and goals to his power. Anichebe has scored five goals this season but David Moyes is ready to fight to hold onto the 24-year-old.

Chance of moving: Two stars

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