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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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The January transfer window is just around the corner, so bigger cubs in the Premier League will be beginning to think about the targets they want to bring in for the remainder of the season to bolster their options or cement their positions in the upper echelons of the division. In contrast, the smaller clubs in the league will be focused on holding on to their best players who will no doubt be targeted by more cash rich clubs.

In this slideshow, the focus will be on those defensive players that have already excelled in the league this season, statistically speaking, who some might deem to be playing currently at “lesser” or “smaller” clubs in the Premier League. Obviously, generally speaking, those clubs as a whole are having mixed success on the pitch.

Some of those clubs will be excelling in the league, while others are just trying to keep their heads above water. It’s always a matter of debate which scenario makes it more vital to hold onto the key defensive man – though the fact that we now see defensive players brought in for the kind of money that Paulinho joined Spurs for ( 17m according to The Guardian.)

A strong finish in the EPL can result in serious riches as well prestige if a European place can also be secured, but the down the bottom relegation can result in big financial losses, so the window is invariably comes with some debate as to whether clubs can afford to hold on to their most saleable assets, or if they can afford to ignore bids for them.

So, which defensive players deserve to attract attention this January? For the purposes of this article it’s important to note that within defensive players, I am also including midfielders that operate in that protector role.

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If Crystal Palace are two remain in the Premier League, it will be critical for the Eagles to start picking up wins soon otherwise they will find themselves falling too far behind the rest of the pack.

After what was a battling performance against Arsenal, albeit to a 2-0 loss, stand-in manager Keith Millen will be disappointed his team did not build on that performance and get a result against West Brom, again losing 2-0 on this occasion.

This leaves the South London outfit rock bottom of the table, losing 10 out of 11 games in all competitions – including an embarrassing 2-1 lose to League 1 side Bristol Rovers and their only victory a 3-1 triumph over fellow strugglers Sunderland – where both of those teams proving that revolution to a squad can be quite destructive.

And the loss of Algerian Adl ne Guedioura will not do anything to boost morale at Selhurst Park and with the crowd becoming frustrated at a lack of results – Palace will have to deliver soon.

As for Everton it is important to negotiate a potential trip-hazard it their race to achieve a place in Europe – in which looks to be a highly contested battle so far.

Last week’s 0-0 draw with Spurs will be a satisfactory result for Roberto Mart nez as his team continue to consistently pick up points at a steady rate – a 3-1 loss at the Eithad the only blotch on Everton’s record this season.

A lot of credit has to go to Mart nez who has recognised Everton’s weakness up front – bringing in Romelu Lukaku to lead the line for the season which has been widely accepted as one of the best pieces of transfer business in the summer, and also bringing in Gareth Barry and James McCarthy who’s partnership has already faded memories of Marouane Fellaini.

You would expect Everton to take all 3 points back to Goodison Park Saturday, although if Palace manage to repeat the heart of their performance versus Arsenal an impressive point a least could be their reward.

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