The transfer window always brings a sense of excitement for Premier League fans as the rumour mill takes centre stage, but January has so far proven largely a dull affair for all those concerned.
We’re now just over a week away from the transfer window’s deadline and there has been little major activity across the division, a situation many will be hoping to change with a late flurry of winter window business.
As we approach the final days of the window we’ve picked out some stars who could yet be on the move, here are five players we’d love to see move to the Premier League this month:
Isco is a player that seems to have perennially been linked with the Premier League in recent years, with the midfielder once again reportedly being courted by top-flight sides after a frustrating spell at Real Madrid.
The Spain midfielder has struggled to win favour under Zinedine Zidane and has made just three league starts for the season, the star understood to be keen on securing regular first-team football as he bids to make the national side for next summer’s European Championships.
Isco, it seems, has been a popular but ill-fitting piece of the Real Madrid puzzle for some time and his inability to find a defined role has seen him spend long periods on the periphery, including featuring for just 372 minutes across all competitions this season.
Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder, who must surely take an opportunity to secure regular first-team football if it presents itself before the end of the window.
The 28-year-old’s silky style and creativity have seen him previously wanted by some of the continent’s finest sides but he has stagnated of late and must surely look at the success of other outgoing players when weighing up his options.
James Rodriguez has enjoyed an excellent start to his Everton career after swapping the Bernabeu bench for the Premier League, whilst the similarly frustrated Luka Jovic netted twice in just 28 minutes after returning to Eintracht Frankfurt on loan.
Isco is a player too talented to rot on the fringes and Zidane’s continued overlooking of his abilities should act as a clear indication it’s time for pastures new.
His chances of leaving, however, may be damaged by Martin Odegaard’s impending exit with the Norwegian closing in on a loan move to Arsenal.
We all love a pantomime villain, don’t we?
Diego Costa has been linked with a return to the Premier League after leaving Atletico Madrid by mutual consent, with the likes of Wolves and Everton having been linked with the former Chelsea favourite.
Costa was a formidable all-action battering ram during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge, scoring an impressive 52 goals in just 89 league appearances and twice winning the Premier League title.
The 32-year-old is not quite the same powerhouse player of old but could unquestionably add a different dimension to a top-flight side’s forward line, with Wolves, in particular, having lacked a focal point in the absence of Raul Jimenez.
Even if the goals have dried up a little in recent seasons the elite level of shithousery remains, Costa a master of the dark arts and the pinnacle of unsettling opposition players with underhand tactics.
It would be great fun to have the mad bastard back.
Another player understood to be touted around Premier League clubs is Diego’s namesake, Douglas, whose return to Bayern Munich this summer has not worked out as planned.
The Brazil international previously spent two seasons with Bayern before leaving for a successful four-year spell at Juventus, only to return on loan during the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Italian champions.
Somewhat unsurprisingly in a squad containing the talents of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman, the winger has found minutes hard to come by in Germany and has made just three Bundesliga starts for the campaign.
Recent reports have suggested that Juventus have offered the 30-year-old’s services to a number of clubs including both Manchester United and Wolves, and the star could prove a shrewd short-term signing for any side looking for additional forward threat.
Costa would arrive in the Premier League with huge pedigree having won 10 league titles across a career spent at the highest level, and who wouldn’t be excited by the signing of a fleet-footed Brazilian?
Hector Bellerin, perhaps, who may just be dreading the prospect after this wonderful piece of showmanship during a clash between Bayern and Arsenal in 2015.
Douglas Costa has that #FridayFeeling on his birthday 🙌
Remember when he sent Héctor Bellerín for a hotdog?! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/OYlVbDKFri
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 14, 2018
Matheus Cunha has made a huge impact since swapping RB Leipzig for Hertha Berlin last winter, thriving amid regular first-team football in the German capital after a frustrating period at their Bundesliga rivals.
Cunha has impressed in a number of attacking positions this season and has captured attention for his dribbling skills, with only two Bundesliga players having dribbled past more opposition players this season and the 21-year-old averaging 3.6 completed dribbles per 90 minutes.
His form has already attracted the attention of several leading clubs with Inter Milan understood to be keen, whilst his talents have been recognised at international level with a first call-up to the senior Brazil side in October.
Cunha’s exciting style has made him a stand-out talent but there is an end product to his game, scoring six league goals and providing a further two assists in 14 Bundesliga appearances.
The youngster drifts around attacking areas and is more than happy to drop deep to pick up possession, his versatility and movement making him a difficult proposition for opposition defences to contain.
Hertha have struggled this season and currently sit just two points above the relegation play-off spot, the capital club’s ability to keep their prized asset set to be tested in the near future.
West Ham have been linked with a move for Youssef En-Nesyri as the club’s recruitment team once more conduct a striker search, the Moroccan international the latest star linked with providing a regular source of goals at the London Stadium.
Sebastien Haller’s departure to Ajax has left the Hammers short of attacking depth and En-Nesyri could prove the solution to their long-term forward woes, with just three players having outscored the star in La Liga this season.
The 23-year-old signed for Sevilla in a €25m deal from Leganes last January and has impressed in his first full season with the Spanish side, netting 13 goals in all competitions including four Champions League goals in just two starts.
The Morocco international would offer a dynamic presence leading the line and his powerful physical stature seems ready-made for the Premier League, whilst he has shown he can score goals at the highest level including a scintillating hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad on New Year’s Day.
Recent reports have suggested the Hammers have been unwilling to match Sevilla’s demands, though don’t rule out a late swoop with David Moyes desperate to boost his side’s hopes of securing continental football.