|ALEX | Chelsea, Defender, 29|
Chelsea confirmed earlier this month that they have accepted a transfer request from the Brazilian defender after he grew tired with a lack of opportunities under Andre Villas-Boas. The pair have fallen out to the extent that the Blues manager has overlooked Alex despite an injury crisis among his central defenders.
Juventus are believed to have shown the most interest in signing the former PSV man, who has become popular with the Chelsea fans for his strength in the air and his long range shooting ability. Chelsea are understood to be hoping for at least £5m for Alex in January but they would be lucky to get half that – especially as interest from Arsenal and Tottenham is lukewarm at best.
|ANDREY ARSHAVIN | Arsenal, Forward, 30|
The diminutive Russian made a stunning start to his Arsenal career but has failed to get anywhere near that standard in the last two-and-a-half seasons, frustrating Gunners fans with his apparent lack of workrate. With his cutting edge missing, Arshavin has found himself having to settle for a role on the Arsenal substitutes' bench and has made just six starts this term.
The Russian playmaker is desperate to play a key role for Russia at Euro 2012 and a return to his homeland in January is appearing increasingly likely. His former club, Zenit St Petersburg, have received encouragement from Arsenal regarding a potential deal, and the Gunners have their eye on potential replacements including Mario Goetze and Eden Hazard. "We are always interested in Arshavin," Zenit director Igor Korneyev said earlier this week.
|GARY CAHILL | Bolton, Defender, 26|
The England international is now widely expected to join Chelsea in a £7m deal when the transfer window opens, with Blues boss Villas-Boas making little secret of his interest by describing Cahill as an “extremely interesting” player. Cahill was the subject of bids from Arsenal and Tottenham during the summer but neither club are willing to match the £100,000-a-week wages on offer at Stamford Bridge.
Bolton rejected a £13m bid from Spurs in August for the former Aston Villa man, but their hand has been forced by Cahill's refusal to even talk about a new contract, meaning he could leave for nothing when his current deal expires next summer. Bolton are in precarious financial position with debts of more than £110m while Owen Coyle's side are preparing for a relegation battle in the second half of the season as they sit 19th in the Premier League.
|MAROUANE CHAMAKH | Arsenal, Striker, 27|
The Morrocan international appeared to settle well at the Emirates Stadium after joining on a free transfer in the summer of 2011, scoring 10 goals in his first 21 games for Arsenal. Chamakh's form, however, has completely deserted him ever since and he has lost all confidence in front of goal and has struggled to fit into Arsenal's passing style of football.
He has also lost the trust of Arsene Wenger, who has handed the striker just one Premier League start so far this season. Chamakh has fallen well into Robin van Persie's shadow and said earlier this month that he cannot remain a bit-part player 'forever' at Arsenal. He is set to head to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, meaning a summer move is more likely, with Bordeaux interested in bringing him back to the club where he spent seven successful years.
|GIOVANI DOS SANTOS | Tottenham, Forward, 22|
The enigmatic Mexican has endured a nightmare time at Tottenham since joining in 2008 and could finally get his move away from White Hart Lane in January. Dos Santos is so desperate to join Sevilla that he rejected a £10m move to Udinese during the summer – a bid way in excess of the £3m on offer from the Spanish club.
Spurs forced Dos Santos to stay at the club, partly in the hope that he might realise the talent he has shown at international level, but the winger has failed to impress manager Harry Redknapp with his performances in the Europa League and his attitude in training. Spurs are ready to re-open negotiations with Sevilla in the New Year, with all parties confident that a deal will be concluded.
|ALEJANDRO FAURLIN | QPR, Midfielder, 25|
The elegant Argentine has been one of the stars of the season so far for QPR, eclipsing the likes of Adel Taarabt and Joey Barton with his composure on the ball in midfield. The problem emerging for Rangers, however, is that Faurlin wants a £50,000-a-week contract to reflect his importance to the team.
His excellent form this season has sparked interest from a number of big clubs, including London neighbours Arsenal and Tottenham, while Inter are long-term admirers having tried to sign him before he joined QPR in 2009. A January transfer is unlikely but QPR boss Neil Warnock is expecting bids worth up to £10m next summer which will test the club's resolve.
|JUNIOR HOILETT | Blackburn, Winger, 21|
In what has been a miserable start to the season for Blackburn, the Canadian winger has been the shining light, earning Blackburn points with his pace, trickery and intelligent passing. It has not gone unnoticed by a number of Premier League rivals, with Tottenham leading the race and planning a £7m bid when the transfer window opens.
Such an offer may well be successful, as Hoilett will be out of contract and Blackburn can ill afford to risk losing him on a free transfer next summer. Ewood Park executives remain hopeful of convincing the academy product to sign a new deal but Hoilett has already decided that his future lies away from the club. The potential obstacle to a January move is the possibility of Blackburn pricing him out of a move while the threat of losing £30m due to relegation could also scare Rovers' into letting him run down his contract.
|FLORENT MALOUDA | Chelsea, Midfielder, 31|
The French winger has been an important player for Chelsea for many years, but there is a feeling at Stamford Bridge that his best is behind him and the club should now be looking elsewhere. Malouda still possesses a sweet left foot, but he has lost half a yard of pace and and his influence on games has waned.
At 31, Chelsea could well consider cashing in on Malouda should the rumoured interest from Anzhi manifest itself in a bid in the region of £10m. Villas-Boas is looking to cut the average age of his squad and Malouda's status is now that of a squad player due to the form of the likes of Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge.
|ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO | Tottenham, Striker, 30|
There was something a little mischievous about the way Redknapp questioned where he could find a better striker than the Russian after his winning goal against Sunderland last weekend. The reality is that Redknapp is fed up of Pavlyuchenko's lazy attitude and poor displays, while the player himself is simply going through the motions as he waits to leave the club.
Spurs have stopped talks over a new contract and are now actively trying to encourage bids for Pavlyuchenko, particularly from wealthy clubs in Russia. A return to Moscow – either Lokomotiv or his former club Spartak – appears a real possibility for January although Spurs are hoping to line up a replacement first, which could have an impact on any deal.
|JACK RODWELL | Everton, Midfielder, 20|
The versatile midfielder has long been touted as one of the most exciting prospects in English football and has been in the best form of his career so far the season, which resulted in an England debut last month. A composed passer of the ball and excellent reader of the game, Rodwell has settled into the Everton midfield and has added some much-needed bite to his play.
His form has also ramped up interest from leading Premier League clubs, particularly Chelsea, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard and are ready to make a bid in the New Year. Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, is also a huge admirer of Rodwell's talents but has previously been put off a move by the player's slow development. As revealed by Goal.com on Wednesday, Rodwell will seek talks with Everton manager David Moyes over his future and is keen to give himself the best possible chance of making the England squad for Euro 2012.
|ADEL TAARABT | QPR, Midfielder, 22|
The colourful Morocco international has previously expressed his belief that he should be playing for the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona – but at the moment he can't even make the QPR team. Public criticism from team-mates and spats with his manager have followed after a summer in which he was denied a move to PSG and lost the Rangers' captaincy to new signing Barton.
Taarabt has spoken of his desire to leave Loftus Road in January and will attract interest from clubs who watched him tear the Championship apart last season. Neil Warnock has warned Taarabt to worry about football, not money, but finances could be the major obstacle to a January transfer. QPR are unlikely to drop their £12m valuation of Taarabt because they will have to pay a 40 per cent sell-on fee to Tottenham, his former club.
|CARLOS TEVEZ | Manchester City, Striker, 27|
Manchester City are currently in talks with AC Milan as they look to reach a compromise deal to remove Tevez from their payroll and grant the Argentine his desire to leave the Etihad Stadium. Milan have proposed a loan deal in January with a clause to make the move permanent for £17m next summer – but City are holding out for a permanent deal in the New Year.
Tevez has been essentially on strike in Argentina since November 8 after his high-profile bust-up with City boss Roberto Mancini, but the former Manchester United man is believed to have agreed terms with Milan and is now hoping that his advisor, Kia Joorabchian, can broker a deal. City are understood to want to draw a line under the issue with a £22m deal and have also been made aware of interest from Juventus. PSG have also been linked with Tevez but have not followed through their interest with City officials.
|CHEIKH TIOTE | Newcastle, Midfielder, 25|
There is little surprise in Newcastle that the Ivorian has been touted as a potential signing to plug gaping holes in the Liverpool and Manchester United midfields. Tiote has been a huge success on Tyneside since signing for £3.5m in August 2010 and has established himself as one of the most ferocious defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
Liverpool are in the market for a midfielder due to the knee injury that will keep Lucas out of action until next season, while an injury crisis at Old Trafford means Manchester United may accelerate their plays to improve the squad by making a rare foray into the January transfer market. Tiote is under contract until 2017 after being rewarded with a new deal in February, meaning he will not come cheap. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has refused to rule out selling Tiote in January but added: "He's a big target because he's a great player, and great players are going to be targets. We realise that to us, he is very, very important and it would be very, very difficult to get him out of here."
|BOBBY ZAMORA | Fulham, Striker, 30|
Zamora could be heading out of Fulham after the disintegration of his relationship with manager Martin Jol. The pair have had disagreements over the manager’s decision to rest Zamora for some Europa League matches and the player is also believed to be unhappy about the progressive overhaul of the team’s tactics.
Reports this week that Zamora was forced to train with the reserves have only added to the feeling that the powerful striker could be heading out of Craven Cottage. Fulham are believed to want £5m for Zamora but the player's options are limited as he wants to stay in the south east. Nevertheless, new Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is interested in a January move as is Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish. One shock possibility would be a drop down to the Championship to play for his former club West Ham.