Christmas Wish List: What if every Premier League club could have one new signing?

24th Dec 2018

Christmas is just around the corner and Premier League football fans are gearing up for a flurry of festive fixtures.

Supporters will be hoping for plenty of goals – and points – as both the title race and battle to beat the drop hot up over the holidays.

But, as every child on Santa's naughty list knows, you don't always get what you want.

Football can be cruel and thousands of supporters up and down the country will be left disappointed by their team's displays between now and New Year.

Thoughts will soon turn to the January transfer window but – once again – it's rare for fans to get exactly what they desire.

However, what if each Premier League club's wish came true and they could get one *realistic* January signing for Christmas?

We asked a fan of each top-flight club to find out who they would love to find under their tree.....

Daily Football Tips

Liverpool Fan

Neil Perry: "I would go for James Maddison at Leicester. I think he would be a very 'Klopp signing' and could give us another option in midfield."

Manchester City Fan

@SuperbiaProeIia: "As a City fan, we've always had that one thought in the back of our minds. Fernandinho is our only defensive midfield player and we have no back-up for him.

"So we'd love to have Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele. City fans had the chance to see him in action against us in the Champions League and we saw what he's capable of.

"His physicality and presence in midfield is similar to that of Fernandinho, in addition to that he has the workrate and stamina to play multiple games a week."

Tottenham Fan

Dean Smith: "Adrien Rabiot. With Mousa Dembele coming to the latter stages of his career and Victor Wanyama perpetually injured, Spurs are in desperate need of a central midfielder.

"Rabiot is a player we've been linked to for some time and, with his contract up in the summer, he should be available for a cut-price fee which will no doubt alert Daniel Levy.

"Despite only being 23 he has plenty of big-game experience and Mauricio Pochettino would no doubt eventually look for him to develop into the box-to-box role once carried out by Dembele in his younger days."

Chelsea Fan

Harry Edwards: “If Maurizio Sarri wants to carry on with the false nine system, he need to bring in someone made for the role - as Eden Hazard has hinted he is not happy there.

“Dries Mertens has been linked with reunion with Sarri and it would make sense for that to happen in January, even if it’s with a short-term hat on given the Belgian’s age. Mertens is accomplished in the role and the link up with Hazard would be a dream.”

Arsenal Fan

Tom Dodd: "Looking at recent results and performances it's quite clear that the area Arsenal must improve upon is central defence.

"It's notoriously difficult to buy quality players in January, but one player that could be on the market is Andreas Christensen at Chelsea, who has not been able to break into the first team despite an impressive season under Antonio Conte.

"He has the qualities that Unai Emery looks for in a player and if we can tempt Chelsea to sell to us again he could be the signing that shores up our dodgy defence."

Manchester United Fan

Alex Leggate: "Well everyone knows our defence is probably our biggest concern - although the same players last season had the second best defensive record in the league.

"So I would definitely go for a centre back, and for value and experience Toby Alderweireld with his contract running out looks like a perfect fit."

Watford Fan

@AndyLewers: "The owners at Watford are ambitious, they don't want to stand still and aren't content with simply surviving in the Premier League year after year. However, if we want to become a side challenging for Europe rather than sitting in mid-table, we need to spend the money to get us there.

"Too often this season we've dropped points because we didn't take our chances; that's why I'd love to see Watford go for Luka Jović in the January transfer window. The current top scorer in Bundesliga has attracted attention from Spurs and Chelsea, however, these clubs wouldn't be able to guarantee playing time, unlike at Watford, who also have a good reputation for giving players the stepping stone they need in order to further their careers." 

Bournemouth Fan

@CherryChimes: "We are in big need of a central midfielder with Lewis Cook being out for the season. 

"Rubens Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea fits the bill with his power and strength and would really match up well with Jefferson Lerma to make us a more feared team.

"Would Chelsea sell? And forget about an exchange with Callum Wilson!"

Leicester Fan

@Vardesque: "Ademola Lookman. He's a level above Demarai Gray in every area. The Everton forward has much better end product, higher intelligence and would create more."

Wolves Fan

James Edwards: "The priority is to keep hold of our best players but in terms of bringing someone in, I'd like to see us go for Liverpool's Divock Origi."

Everton Fan

Chris Smith: "Everton definitely need a striker to take the goalscoring burden off Richarlison and allow him to move back to the left wing - Callum Wilson from Bournemouth would be ideal."

West Ham Fan

@Irons_Home: “Realistically we need to strengthen our full-backs, in particular the left-back position.

"I’d look no further than Ryan Bertrand. He's consistently solid, good at defending and excellent in attack. He would be a great addition to our squad."

Brighton Fan

Ryan Varney: "Chris Hughton has suggested that we're going to have a quiet month – but I'd be disappointed if we didn't get a couple of bodies through the door.

"It could be the difference between climbing towards the top 10 or being dragged back into the relegation dogfight.

"I'd like to try and get Jay Rodriguez from West Brom to give us a bit more firepower up top."

Crystal Palace Fan

Matt Woosnam: "Michy Batshuayi. Palace desperately need a striker with Christian Benteke injured and previously out of form, and Batshuayi has a history of scoring goals, and is a good age at 25."

Newcastle Fan

@NewcastleFansTV: "It's clear we need goals. Salomon Rondon is doing the business of late, however, we can't rely on just him.

"We've been starved with the owner not prepared to buy. Every member of the Toon Army would say another striker and a no.10 is needed.

"Whether or not Miguel Almiron is the answer is another thing, we're not too sure with the fee being taunted. However, a realistic signing would be Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi, someone who won't cost loads and doesn't play too much."

@100PctMAGS: "I would have Kenedy from Chelsea. He's amazing on the ball and can really run at teams so who I would pick."

Southampton Fan

Jack Sear: "Dayot Upamecano. The Saints must stop leaking goals and look like they’re in need of some defensive reinforcements.

"Upamecano played under Ralph Hasenhuttl at RB Leipzig and is rated as one of Europe’s most promising young centre-backs."

Cardiff Fan

@TheGrangeEnd: “I’d probably have to go for Nathaniel Clyne on loan. We’re a bit short at right-back at the moment with Bruno Manga playing out of position, so Clyne would be perfect.

"Although he doesn’t feature for Liverpool often, there is no doubt that there’s a quality player in there somewhere.”

Burnley Fan

@TurfyTopper: "Neal Maupay from Brentford would certainly look to improve our attacking options. This season's lack of goals could be solved by the championship’s second top goal scorer.

"Burnley also have a history of doing good business with Brentford too after securing both Andre Gray and James Tarkowski from the west Londoners."

Huddersfield Fan

@TOTT_htafc: "I’d have to go with Danny Drinkwater. Whilst strikers are certainly needed, the prolonged absence of Aaron Mooy has to be addressed.

"If Town could bring Drinkwater in on loan, he would provide guile, tenacity and playmaking ability as well as invaluable know-how in a relegation dogfight from his time with Leicester."

Fulham Fan

@FulhamNiceGuys: "Personally the single most important thing for Fulham right now is to stop shipping goals.

"There’s been a lot of names handed around, but a realistic target would be Gary Cahill, who would bring welcomed experience to our defence."

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