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It’s that time of year again. The January transfer window is open for business and all 20 Premier League sides are looking to strengthen.

As with every season motives are different. Some clubs are trying to stave off relegation, others advance their lot by pushing for Europe. The title race and four Champions League spot remain as wide open as they have in years at the top.

Some managers are known to dislike the winter window, but love it or hate it only the brave or foolish ignore it. Certain teams desperately require strengthening to realize their ambitions and others need to have a quiet month, ensuring they hang on to their prized assets.

Players seeking moves may have extra motivation to do so this January as we are now in a World Cup year. Competition to make the plane to Brazil will be cut-throat for many of the 32 countries involved in the greatest sporting show on earth.

National coaches want their players getting regular football in the run-up to the World Cup. That can cause crazy winter gambles by outsiders to force their way back into the fold in time for June.

All these considerations have been weighed up by the WhatCulture sports team. So, for your delectation we have gone through all 20 English top flight teams, assessed what they need, who they have been linked with and who we would like see join them. We proceed alphabetically, so click next to start with Arsenal.

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Date: 8th December Venue: Craven Cottage Kick off: 1:30pm

Aston Villa visit Craven Cottage as Rene Meulensteen looks for his first win as Fulham boss.

Team News

Brede Hangeland remains Fulham’s main injury concern, with their captain doubtful for the match due a sciatic nerve problem.

The centre back has been absent for over a month now and the Cottagers are still unsure when he will return.

Aston Villa will have to contend without Charles N’Zogbia (achilles) and centre-back Jores Okore (knee).

Key Stats

Aston Villa have the third best away form in the league after picking up 12 points in seven games on the road.

Fulham have the joint worst home defence in the Premier League having conceded 13 goals at home this season.

The London side are also on a six game losing streak after losing 2-1 to Tottenham at home in midweek.

Aston Villa’s top scorer Christian Benteke is without a goal since since September and was dropped for the side’s 3-2 victory at Southampton.

Likely Line-Ups

Fulham

Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Kasami and Berbatov

Aston Villa

Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Delph, Weimann and Kozak.

Match Preview

Aston Villa’s impressive away form makes this a difficult second game in charge for Meulensteen.

Fulham’s new manager lost his first game at the helm against Tottenham on Wednesday, despite the Cottagers going 1-0 up.

After are poor performance away to West Ham last weekend there were at least some positives for Meulensteen following the defeat.

His side demonstrated a willingness to fight and compete against Spurs, an attitude that will be crucial if they are to survive this season.

Aston Villa come into this encounter off the back of an impressive victory over high-flying Southampton.

This Villians won 3-2 at St.Mary’s, meaning they have now won more games away from home than at Villa Park.

The big talking point from Paul Lambert’s team’s triumph was the dropping of top scorer Benteke for Libor Kozak.

The Czech striker scored against the Saints and therefore can expect to keep his place on Sunday.

While Aston Villa have been lethal away from home, Fulham looked to have improved under Meulensteen and they should be good enough for a point.

Prediction: 1-1

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Demba Ba

Aston Villa have identified Chelsea’s Demba Ba as the replacement for Christian Benteke this summer, according to the Daily Star.

Villa look set to lose Benteke just one year after signing him from Genk, after he handed in a transfer request earlier this week.

The Midlands club will now listen to offers starting from 25 million, with Tottenham thought to be favourites for the 22-year-old’s signature.

With that in mind, Villa have already stepped up their pursuits for a replacement, and have been trailing Ba, who is available for just 7 million after joining the Blues in the January transfer window from Newcastle.

The former Magpies ace does not factor into new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans at Stamford Bridge and will be allowed to call time on his short stay in West London.

While Villa could afford the transfer fee, the Senegalese striker’s wage demands could be an issue, according to the same report.

The 28-year-old is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and despite fears about his record for knee injuries, Newcastle took a chance on him and he scored 29 goals at St James’ Park.

Intriguingly, Chelsea, who are also interested in Benteke, could offer Ba-plus-cash for the highly-rated Belgian international, but Mourinho is thought to have other transfer targets further up his wishlist, such as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

Benteke also knows he would likely get more playing time at White Hart Lane than at Stamford Bridge and, with a World Cup year coming up, that could prove crucial when he decides on his next career move.

Whatever happens, Villa have told the player they are not prepared to be messed about this summer – and Lambert has warned the starlet that any business must be concluded by the start of next month or all bets are off.

Benteke has not travelled to Germany with the rest of the squad as they begin their three-game tour of the country.

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