Why West Ham, Newcastle & Brighton are in a January transfer freeze

Five days left in the January window

Time is ticking down in the January transfer window.

The window slams shut on Tuesday night: the same evening that round 25 of the Premier League gets underway.

The Premier League has already seen some huge transfer complete in the new year.

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan top the billing, having swapped clubs from Arsenal and Man United respectively.

Elsewhere, Ross Barkley has joined Chelsea from Everton, Everton have signed Turkish international Cenk Tosun, and Virgil van Dijk is finally at Liverpool.

But for fans of teams in the relegation mire – there are 12 clubs who are all in fear of going down – business has been far slower.

Problems for West Ham, Newcastle & Brighton

So why have the likes of West Ham, Newcastle and Brighton struggled to do business this January?

The issue is tackled by Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail on Friday.

The jump off point was to hark back to what happened in the January 2017 window. That saw Jose Fonte swap Southampton for West Ham, Saido Berahino left Stoke for West Brom and Jeffrey Schlupp moved from Leicester to Crystal Palace.

Yet deals between the bottom half of the Premier League table clubs aren’t happening in 2018. Martin Samuel explains why:

Andre Ayew looked to be leaving West Ham for Swansea, then Swansea defeated Liverpool and moved to within six points of West Ham. It would be a bold man who did that deal now.  

As the weeks pass, the 12 relegation candidates will be reduced – but not before the window closes on Wednesday. 

At that point, all will still be in play, which is why it is proving considerably easier to extract from Monaco and Inter Milan, than it is to agree a deal between Newcastle and Brighton for Aleksandar Mitrovic who can’t get in Rafa Benitez’s team.   

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

10 Most Likely Players to move to the Premier League this month:

Edin Dzeko to join Chelsea – 1/8
Lucas Moura to join Tottenham Hotspur – 5/4
Boubakary Soumare to join Man City – 11/4
Arthur Masuaku to join Man United – 7/2
Thomas Lemar to join Liverpool – 4/1
Steven N’Zonzi to join Arsenal – 6/1
Nabil Fekir to join Arsenal – 8/1
Samuel Umtiti to join Man City – 8/1
Cristiano Ronaldo to join Man United – 14/1
Gareth Bale to join Man United – 14/1

Also see: West Ham fans celebrate Joao Mario ‘agreement’.

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