Transfer Talk: Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool; Jamie Mackie to Fulham; Jack Butland to Chelsea

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

Player: Peter Odemwingie

Club: West Brom

Possible move to: QPR

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: Aside from booking a taxi to Loftus Road, Odemwingie could not be doing any more to generate a move to QPR. Redknapp wants him, he wants to move. West Brom appear to be fighting a losing battle to keep the striker.

Chance of moving: Four stars

 

Player: Gary Hooper

Club: Celtic

Possible move to: Norwich

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: Norwich's desire to land the Celtic forward grows with their poor form. Norwich need a striker who can score goals in a hurry and Hooper has still to pen a new deal at Celtic Park.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Jamie Mackie

Club: QPR

Possible move to: Fulham

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

The story: Harry Redknapp is ready to clear some of his squad to make space for at least three new arrivals this week. Mackie could be one to make way and Fulham need a lift.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Jack Butland

Club: Birmingham

Possible move to: Chelsea

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

The story: Birmingham are in serious financial trouble and have to sell some star assets to ease the burden. Butland is their brightest talent and Chelsea are poised to swoop.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Philippe Coutinho

Club: Inter Milan

Possible move to: Liverpool

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

The story: Liverpool appear to have hit the spot with a £9m bid. Expect the player to move to Anfield within the next 48 hours to lift some of the FA Cup gloom.

Chance of moving: Five stars

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