Transfer window rumour ratings: Theo Walcott, Joleon Lescott, Lewis Holtby, Demba Ba, Joe Cole

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Our football writer rates this month's possible moves

Theo Walcott

Club: Arsenal

Possible move to: Liverpool

Time left on deal: Six months

The story: Walcott has kept his cards close to his chest and so far refused to sign an extension to stay at the Emirates. The recent re-signing of five team-mates on new deals, including Jack Wilshere, has increased Arsene Wenger's hopes of keeping the England forward.

Chance of moving in the window: Two stars

 

Joleon Lescott

Club: Manchester City

Possible move to: Everton

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: Strange fall from favour at the Etihad. Lescott has gone from an important player in a title-winning squad to bit part in a matter of months. Knows he needs to play to stay in favour with Roy Hodgson but still not 100 per cent certain his time is up at Man City. His salary would be a problem for his former club.

Chance of moving: Two stars

 

Lewis Holtby

Club: Schalke

Possible move to: Spurs

Time left on deal: Six months

The story: Holtby is hot property. A German international, just 22, with a dad from England and the always enticing fact he's in the final six months of his contract. Arsenal also like him, which makes things even more interesting, but Spurs believe they've sneaked ahead in the race to sign him.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Demba Ba

Club: Newcastle

Possible move to: Any club in Europe!

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: The clause that haunts Newcastle entices would-be buyers at a bargain £7.5 million. Chelsea, Liverpool and keep an eye on QPR, who are paying for their future this month, are all possibles. Newcastle still haven't given up but their offer is beneath what the hit man wants.

Chance of moving: Three stars

 

Deal of the day: Joe Cole

Club: Liverpool

Possible move to: Queens Park Rangers

Time left on deal: 18 months

The story: "I'd like to bring Joe here," said Harry Redknapp and that usually means business. Cole is on a £120,000-a-week deal at Liverpool and they would happily off load. QPR can't pay that but they've proved already that hitting around £80,000-a-week is in their budget and Cole would welcome a move back to the capital.

Chance of moving: Four stars

News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
News
i100
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup