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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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Tottenham’s start to the season is rather hard to gauge. Spurs currently sit in fourth, tied second, five points behind the league leaders Arsenal. All this having scored only nine goals in 10 games.

A stoic defence, which has kept a dazzling seven clean sheets in 10, has kept Andre Villas-Boas’ men in contention for the Champions League places. However, with Liverpool having joined the fight this season, and both Manchester City and Manchester United sure to regain their usual form under their new managers, the lilywhites cannot get ahead of themselves.

The lack of goals and goal scoring opportunities remains a concern, and the painful three-nil loss at White Hart Lane to London rivals West Ham remains in the Spurs conscience. The Hammers displayed the perfect game plan to thwart AVB’s men, keeping players behind the ball and looking to exploit counter attacks and set pieces. Spurs needed a dodgy penalty to overcome Hull a fortnight ago, while a first half of domination at Goodison Park on Sunday drew yet another blank.

Here we examine five changes the Portuguese manager might want to consider to truly make Spurs title contenders.

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas expects Gareth Bale back in training on Tuesday if his transfer to Real Madrid is not completed by then, according to the BBC.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Spanish champions all summer and has become the subject of a world-transfer record bid of 86 million.

Real made two separate offers for Bale at the weekend, the first of 86 million to be structured over three to four years and the other of 70 million-plus-player in part exchange.

Last season’s La Liga runners-up are still waiting to find out if either bid has been accepted, and when asked, Spurs boss Villas-Boas revealed they could have their answer within the next 48 hours.

“Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days.

“But, at the moment, there is nothing I can tell you.”

Bale has yet to feature for Tottenham this season and was not at White Hart Lane for yesterday afternoon’s 1-0 win over Swansea, but Villas-Boas says there is no cause for alarm.

“We allowed him two days off.

“It’s not the first time this has come up. We never force non-selected players to come to our games. I decided that last season.”

In Bale’s absence, new summer signing Roberto Soldado has been banging the goals in and picking up where the Wales international left off.

The Spaniard has now hit four goals in three games, form which has impressed Villas-Boas.

“He is really adding to our game because he brings that life and spark.

“When he receives the ball in space, he has one objective, which is to beat the man.”

Should Bale join Real, he will become the world’s most expensive player with the Spaniard’s set to pay more than the 80 million they gave United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

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