If there’s anything which will help get you through dinner with the in-laws this Christmas, it’s the knowledge that the January transfer window is just days away.
The winter period helps teams at the top of the table increase their chances of winning silverware, while everyone else is given the chance to shift one or two turkeys out of their squad.
Transfer rumours have been flying off the shelves in recent weeks, so here are few that might have flown under the radar in the build up to Christmas.
6. Cottagers ‘Keen’ on Raiding Bournemouth for Striker Lys Mousset
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has shortlisted Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset ahead of the January transfer window in an attempt to relieve the goalscoring burden off of Aleksandar Mitrović’s shoulders.
Mousset has started just seven games since joining the Cherries in 2016, and Sky Sports claim the Frenchman could be given a new lease of life in a relegation dogfight at Craven Cottage.
The 22-year-old has scored just four goals since leaving Le Havre, half of which have come in the Premier League.
5. Liverpool Hunt for Roberto Firmino’s Understudy
Israel striker Moanes Dabbur has found himself on the transfer shortlist of Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old scored six goals during RB Salzburg’s Europa League group stage campaign and is almost at double figures in the league, where Marco Rose’s side remain unbeaten.
Football Whispers explain that Liverpool have a ‘serious interest’ in the Israeli striker, and that chief scout Barry Hunter has frequently traveled to Austria to watch Dabbur in action.
4. Aston Villa Close On £7m Croatian World Cup Star
Aston Villa are looking to build from the back in their hopes of returning to the Premier League this season and they’re closing in on a £7m deal for Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić, according to the Telegraph.
The 28-year-old was part of Croatia’s World Cup that reached the final in Russia, although the Villa target only made one appearance and played second fiddle to Danijel Subašić.
Kalinić reportedly had a medical with the club on Thursday and will soon put pen to paper over a permanent deal, which is expected to be finalised before the new year.
3. Daniele Rugani Leaves Chelsea With Transfer Blues
The 24-year-old has been on Chelsea’s radar ever since Antonio Conte was appointed at the club, and their interest hasn’t wavered since Maurizio Sarri took charge during the summer as the Italian worked with Rugani during his time at Empoli.
However, Goal report that the defender is set to sign a new long-term contract in Turin as he prepares to take over the reigns from Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.
2. Man City Line Up Long-Term Fernandinho Replacement
Manchester City are focusing their attention on Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar as they don’t want to enter a bidding war over their other midfield target, Frenkie de Jong.
The Frenchman recently impressed during the Champions League group stages against Manchester City which even warranted special praise from Pep Guardiola.
The Sun claims that Guardiola is now ready to launch an offer for Aouar as they look to tie down a long-term option in their midfield, although Lyon will demand a high price due to the 20-year-old’s long-term contract.
1. Chelsea & Tottenham Consider Moves for Wantaway Star Mats Hummels
The World Cup winning defender’s ability on the ball appears to be what interests Sarri, who is silently looking for a player who can fill the Kalidou Koulibaly role in his squad in west London.
Spurs, meanwhile, look likely to be losing Toby Alderweireld next season and are looking for a like for like replacement in the heart of their defence.