The player most likely to leave EVERY Premier League club in the January transfer window
Arsenal: Theo Walcott
Huge things were expected of Walcott when, as a 17-year-old, he was called up to Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England squad for the 2006 World Cup. Over a decade later, things haven’t gone exactly to plan.
He’s had his moments, scoring over 100 goals for the Gunners, but the former rising star of English football is now a bona fide bit-part player at the Emirates. Walcott has failed to start a Premier League game so far this season for the Gunners, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring Alex Iwobi as his stand-in man. Yet at age 28, he'll still have something to offer the right club.
Who’s interested? Southampton, Bournemouth, Newcastle, West Ham
Bournemouth: Harry Arter
After starting the season as a regular in Eddie Howe’s side, Arter has found himself in and out of Bournemouth’s midfield over recent weeks.
The resurgence of Dan Gosling - who popped up with a couple of goals for the Cherries in December - has been the primary reason for Arter’s change in fortunes. But with Lewis Cook and Andrew Surman also both staking strong claims for a starting spot, the man signed for only £4k in 2010 could fancy his chances looking elsewhere.
Who’s interested? West Ham
Brighton: Sam Baldock
A key member of Chris Hughton’s promotion-winning side of last season, Baldock was ruled out of the early part of the campaign with a calf injury, but has failed to reclaim his place since returning to fitness.
The English striker is yet to feature for the Seasiders in their inaugural Premier League season, but made his first appearance of the campaign off the bench in Brighton's FA Cup win over Crystal Palace on Monday night. With reported interest in Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, the outlook looks bleak for the former MK Dons star.
Who’s interested? Cardiff
Burnley: Dean Marney
Turf Moor cult hero Marney’s long-awaited return to Burnley’s squad on Boxing Day was greeted with rapturous applause from the travelling fans at Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old made the bench for Sean Dyche’s side after 11 months sidelined through injury, but his return is likely to be short-lived. Burnley have been the league’s surprise package this season, and although sentiment calls for it, there appears to be no space in Clarets’ midfield for Marney.
Who’s interested? No one as yet, but he’d make a handy Championship addition
Chelsea: Michy Batshuayi
Seven starts and as many goals for £33m Michy Batshuayi this season makes for decent reading, but the striker is still no closer to Antonio Conte’s first team.
‘Batsman’ has already voiced frustrations at his lack of game time at Stamford Bridge, and with a World Cup around the corner the young Belgian will want to ensure his ticket to Russia with Belgium. A January loan move could be ideal for both player and club – provided that Chelsea can get a replacement.
Who’s interested? Sevilla, Monaco, Newcastle