The winter transfer window in England is set to close Feb. 1, but there’s been little movement with some of the Premier League’s top clubs. With plenty of holes to fill among the title-chasers’ squads, it never hurts to suggest players these contenders should be targeting. Keep in mind, these are merely suggestions … not necessarily transfers we expect to happen. So, with deadline day looming, here’s a look at some potential transfer solutions. – FOXSoccer.com’s Alex Dowd
Eder (Sampdoria to Leicester City)
Why it makes sense: Leicester City have been the surprise of the Premier League this season, yet doubts about their depth remain. The one-two punch of Jamie Vardy up top and Riyad Mahrez in midfield has been a revelation for the Foxes, but the drop off in production behind the duo is mighty precipitous. Shinji Okazaki has deputized for Vardy to fair success, but a bit of fresh blood could go a long way. Lacking the financial might of their title-hungry rivals, Leicester City’s best bet appears to be snapping up Sampdoria forward Eder for a reasonable price. There is a catch: Inter Milan are rumored to be interested in the Brazilian-born striker, who is tied for second in Serie A with 12 goals scored.
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John Stones (Everton to Manchester City)
Why it makes sense: If Man City have designs on reclaiming the Premier League title (and they should), they need to shore up their backline. Captain Vincent Kompany is too often injured, and thus unreliable. Recent big-money signings Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala haven’t adjusted to the EPL quickly enough to be consistently relied upon. Why not splash the cash for a solid, young centerback in Everton’s Stones? The 21-year-old is already acclimated to the rigors of the Premier League and only figures to improve. If the Toffees can be persuaded to let the Englishman go, and that’s a big if, this is a no-brainer.
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Alvaro Morata (Juventus to Arsenal)
Why it makes sense: It could be argued Arsenal’s biggest need is at defensive midfield, but Francis Coquelin’s return ought to boost them there. With few holes elsewhere in the Gunners squad, we return to the position Arsenal fans were clamoring for an addition to back in August: Forward. Arsene Wenger isn’t known to open up the purse strings, but Juventus misfit Morata could be worth the price and risk. At just 23 years old, Morata still has room for improvement -- despite a poor run of form (and matches) this season.
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Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk to Tottenham)
Why it makes sense: Spurs may very well be the most well-rounded team with a shot at the Premier League title. That said, a splash of creativity wouldn’t go unnoticed in north London. Up top, Harry Kane seems to have rediscovered the form that made him a household name last season. Assuming he isn’t driven into the ground by overuse, Kane would stand to benefit from the addition of Shakhtar winger Alex Teixeira. Spurs haven’t been linked with the dynamic Brazilian, to our knowledge, but the purchase would make sense. An ancillary benefit if Teixeira were to join Spurs: Son Heung-Min could rotate with Kane at the top of the attack, offering the striker a few more breathers.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St. Germain to Manchester United)
Why it makes sense: United are on the outside looking in when it comes to competing for the title, so why not go for gusto? Ibrahimovic’s contract with PSG is set to expire at the end of the season. If the Paris side can’t get an extension for Zlatan worked out, they might as well garner a transfer fee for him. Ibrahimovic is no spring chicken, but he’s just the type of signing that could invigorate a fan base at Old Trafford that has grown increasingly restless with the product on the field. And yes, Ibra has had a checkered past with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, but who doesn’t at this point?