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James McCarthy

Are Everton looking to replace Marouane Fellaini ahead of a potential move to Man Utd? According to the MailOnline, the Belgian midfielder is ready to hand in a transfer request to force through a deadline day move to Manchester, and Everton will be faced with a massive hole in the middle of their midfield if that goes through.

The Mail say that they are already making a move to bolster their midfield, whether that outgoing deal happens or not, as they have agreed a fee with Wigan for James McCarthy, and are currently locked in talks as to how the money is paid to the Championship club.

That deal would be worth 12.5million, after two lower bids were rejected, and McCarthy would join up with former manager Roberto Martinez, if the terms of payment can be hammered out. According to the report, Everton want to pay in smaller installments, but Wigan want a chunk of the money upfront.

According to The Telegraph, the Toffees opening offer came in to Wigan on Friday and was rejected and followed up with an improved bid of around 12 million, which Whelan rejected yesterday. But now it seems the clubs are closer on their valuations, and the next steps can be made to move the player to Merseyside.

Scottish side Hamilton would also be set for a windfall, as they included a 20% sell-on fee for any transfer when they sold the midfielder to Wigan in 2010.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has also rejected what he calls an “insulting” 2.5 million bid from Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace for winger Callum McManaman,

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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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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew offered his resignation in the wake of his side’s 3-2 defeat to Everton in the Premier League last night, according to reports.

The Magpies crashed to their third topflight loss in six games at Goodison Park on Monday night, after Romelu Lukaku scored either side of Ross Barkley’s strike to help sink the Toon.

And though Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy scored in a late rally, the damage had already been done to the north East outfit in the first half.

Pardew is understood to have met with owner Mike Ashley after the game and offered to resign from his post, but was instead issued a vote of confidence and told his job is safe.

That comes despite the fact Newcastle are just two places above the relegation zone having conceded six goals in their last two Premier League games.

The Magpies next travel to Cardiff City at the weekend, followed by a home game against Liverpool and the Tyne and Wear derby against Sunderland.

They also take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup at the end of the month, followed by crunch games against Chelsea and Tottenham.

Pardew signed a bumper contract extension at St James’ Park last September, tying him to the club until 2020.

Is it time for Alan Pardew to leave? Let us know in the comment section, below.

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Anichebe

Sky Sports News have just confirmed that Steve Clarke is currently attempting to bring Everton striker Victor Anichebe to the Hawthorns, to join Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon, who has been subject to a 6m bid.

Clarke has already brought in Morgan Amalfitano in on loan from Marseille for the rest of the season, and is looking to bolster his attacking options further after his side failed to score int he third consecutive game against Swansea yesterday, when they were beaten 2-0.

Last night, MailOnline said that West Brom had made a bid of 3.5million for the powerful Nigerian striker, who is contracted until June 2015.

That bid was turned down, according to MailOnline, but Sky Sports News have just confirmed that the Baggies are in talks with the Merseyside club for the striker. Any deal would have to be permanent, as West Brom have now used up their allocated number of temporary signings.

He would bring explosive pacy to the Baggies front line, and scored 8 goals in 32 appearances during the 2012/13 season, keeping big money signings Nikica Jelavic out of the side around Christmas, and picking up the Young Player of the Season award last year.

Anichebe could replace Peter Odemwingie, who Sky Sports News are also confirming is in talks with Cardiff City about a move.

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Khedira

After a deathly quiet summer of inactivity in the transfer market, it seems that David Moyes’ side have sprung into life, with mooted moves for Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, and according to two Spanish football experts, we can now add a third attacking midfielder’s name to that list.

According to the BBC’s Spanish football writer Andy West, as well as Guillem Balague from Sky Sports, United have made a massive bid for Real Madrid’s German international midfielder Samir Khedira.

West has reported that Spanish radio station Cadena Cope are claiming that Manchester United have made a bid of 40m for Khedira and that the bid was rejected by Real Madrid.

Guillem Balague spoke to Sky Sports News on air to suggest that the deal would not go through, as Real Madrid asked manager Carlo Ancelotti about the player, and were told that the manager wanted to keep hold of the player beyond the transfer window, scuppering any hopes United had of buying him.

West also spoke about the potential deal for Ander Herrera, suggesting that the deal might be held up by tax payments that would be triggered if United meet the 36m buy-out clause for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder. That deal could go through, with Balague suggesting that it could actually go as long as midnight, beyond the end of the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports also say that Marouane Fellaini has officially entered a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to United before 11pm.

Would you be happy with a deal for Khedira? Share your opinions below.

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