11 Premier League players who need to leave their clubs this month

Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool

Greg Lea picks out some top-flight stars who may be eyeing a mid-season switch before the market closes for business

1. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

After 15 months in charge, it’s clear that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t fancy the England international

Three seasons ago, Sturridge starred alongside Luis Suarez as Liverpool eased to a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford. On the Reds’ most recent trip to the home of Manchester United last weekend, however, the 27-year-old was an unused substitute.

After 15 months in charge, it’s clear that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t fancy the England international, who must be desperate for regular first-team football. Whether another club of Liverpool’s stature will be interested in the striker is a different matter entirely.

Jurgen Klopp, Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge simply doesn't fit the profile of striker that Klopp wants at Liverpool

2. Ola Aina (Chelsea)

A loan move, either to another English side or abroad, would allow Aina to get some valuable game time under his belt

Chelsea's 20-year-old full-back Aina has made two appearances in the Premier League this season, featuring as a late substitute in the Blues' 3-0 home wins against Leicester and Bournemouth.

Given that Antonio Conte’s side are hunting down the title, however, there will probably be few opportunities in the run-in for an inexperienced defender. A loan move, either to another English side or abroad, would allow Aina to get some valuable game time under his belt ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

3. Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

The 21-year-old left-back hasn’t been involved in a Premier League match in almost three months

Jose Mourinho has never been afraid to make an example of a player early on in his tenure at a new club; Bastian Schweinsteiger was the Portuguese’s first target upon taking charge at Old Trafford, but it’s Shaw’s future which is now in most doubt.

The 21-year-old left-back hasn’t been involved in a Premier League match for almost three months, a barren stretch which has contributed to him slipping behind Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand in the England pecking order. A transfer away from Old Trafford might be for the best – and if reports are to be believed, it looks like he might get one soon. 

Luke Shaw, Jose Mourinho

Shaw and Mourinho have had a rocky relationship since the latter's appointment

4. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)

The Spanish winger has been included in Ronald Koeman’s XI on just four occasions in the Premier League in 2016/17

Deulofeu’s stock has fallen in the last few years, and he’s in danger of letting his talent go to waste at Everton this season. The Spanish winger has been included in Ronald Koeman’s XI on just four occasions in the Premier League this season – that’s fewer starts than each of Aaron Lennon, Kevin Mirallas and Yannick Bolasie, the players he’s competing with for a spot in the team.

Milan saw a loan bid for the 22-year-old rebuffed on Thursday, but Deulofeu may still secure a switch away from Goodison Park in the next couple of weeks.