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EPL Transfers: Five Last Minute Deals that Could Happen in England


Celtic striker Gary Hooper-Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Speculation has been swirling around almost every Premier League team this January and as the window comes to a close, there still remain a few key deals to be finalized.

Already, we have seen Demba Ba move to Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool, and Harry Redknapp attempt to spark life into relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers by signing Loic Remy, Tal Ben Haim, and being linked to a host of other names.

But, with the transfer window not due to close until Thursday, who will make the next move? Could it be the best is yet to come? Or have the major transfers already occurred?

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are still searching to supplement their attacks, while Manchester United seem content with their current squad. Legend Frank Lampard has yet to confirm his end of the season destination. And, could a shock move see David Beckham rejoin the Premier League to see out his storied career?

Here are five more transfers that could happen last minute:

Mohamed Diame to Arsenal

Current West Ham United player Mohamed Diame recently spoke out about his interest in joining Arsenal, and new reports have surfaced that he may indeed leave Upton Park before January concludes.

According to BBC Sport, manager Sam Allardyce recently stated, “There are certain situations where, yes, we might lose the player.  I hope we don’t,” most likely referring to the Diame situation.

Arsenal could benefit if the Senegal international is to join the Gunners with his exceptional strength and talent. Surely, the penny-pinching Arsene Wenger would not pass up the chance to sign the midfield enforcer.

Leandro Damiao to Tottenham

The Internacional forward has been linked with a move to White Heart Lane all throughout this winter transfer window and it looks as if Andre Villas-Boas is keen as ever to sign the Brazilian.

The 24-year-old is reportedly worth £15 million and would add an additional striking force to  the Spurs’ attack. With Emmanuel Adebayor still at the AFCON, and Jermain Defoe coming back from a severe pelvic injury, the Brazilian could make an immediate impact.

Damiao currently has 17 goals in all competitions for the club and is highly praised for his creativity in the final-third.  If the ex-Chelsea boss succeeds in signing such a talented striker, Tottenham may just be able to secure a Champions League birth next season.

Peter Crouch to QPR

Could a fifth reunion be in order for Harry Redknapp and Peter Crouch?

According to The Guardian, Redknapp wants the 6′ 7” forward to rejoin him in the hunt to keep Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League for another season.

Crouch first joined Redknapp in 2002 at Portsmouth, then in 2004 with Southampton, in 2008 with Portsmouth again, and then finally at White Heart Lane in 2009.

The 31-year-old striker currently plays for Stoke City and has four goals and three assists in 20 league appearances. The Englishman would most definitely add height to the Loftus Road side and could provide a more technical approach going forward as his skill on the ball is exceptional for a big front-man.

Gary Hooper to Norwich

According to The Mirror, Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has already seen two bids for Gary Hooper denied. But, could he prove lucky on the third attempt?

The 25-year-old would become the Canaries most expensive signing if a bid of £8 million is accepted.  Hooper would add additional firepower to the side as current striker Grant Holt only has four goals in league play this season.

The Celtic front-man has proven in both the Scottish Premier League and the Champions League that he can produce memorable moments.  With two Champions League goals this campaign and another 21 in all other competitions for Celtic, he has shown the world he is a true finisher.

Kim Shin-Wook to Everton:

Although Everton boss David Moyes is quite content with his current squad, a shock move for Kim Shin-Wook may be in order to bolster the Toffees’ attacking prowess.

The Ulsan Hyundai striker has been touted as the next “Peter Crouch” because of his 6’5”  height and his skill on the ball.  In four seasons in the K-League, the 24-year-old has recorded 33 goals.

If Moyes really wants the South Korean forward, he must fashion a move quickly as Harry Redknapp is reportedly interested, as well.

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