Transfer Talk: Siem de Jong to Newcastle; Peter Odemwingie to QPR; Mohamed Diame to Arsenal

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

Player: Siem de Jong

Club: Ajax

Possible move to: Newcastle

Time left on deal: Two years

The story: Newcastle desperately need to add some firepower to their squad to save their season. De Jong can play as a striker or deeper, offering versatility and is available for around £9million.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Peter Odemwingie

Club: West Brom

Possible move to: QPR 

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: Harry Redknapp is reshaping his squad to try and stay in the Premier League and he knows he needs goalscorers. Rangers have already had a £2million bid turned down and clearly have the money to return with an improved offer.

Chance of moving: Four stars

 

Player: Loic Remy

Club: Marseille

Possible move to: QPR

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

The story: Harry Redknapp flew to France 10 days ago armed with a salary package for Remy to blow any Premier League rivals out of the water, and it appears to have worked. Newcastle thought they had Remy at the weekend by an £80,000-a-week contract is out of their budget and the forward will have a medical today.

Chance of moving: Four stars

 

Player: Mohamed Diame

Club: West Ham

Possible move to: Arsenal

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

The story: Diame has a release clause at just £3.5million following his move from Wigan in the summer. West Ham want a new clause, Arsenal want a powerful midfielder and Diame has certainly looked that.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Player: Wilfried Zaha

Club: Crystal Palace

Possible move to: Arsenal

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

The story: Manchester United are confident they sit in pole position for the 20-year-old, who has become one of the most coveted players during the January transfer window. Arsenal would like to land Zaha but it's an outsider's bet.

Chance of moving: Two stars

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