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January transfer news LIVE: Man Utd target Felix loan

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Transfer window preview: What each Premier League club needs this JanuaryAfter an awful summer window, Leicester’s season turned around dramatically when their only signing, the defender Wout Faes, was installed into the heart of the defence. Leicester’s form before the World Cup break was impressive but Brendan Rodgers still has work to do to improve his squad, especially with James Maddison linked with a move away and Youri Tielemans entering the final six months of his contract. Leicester are one of a number of Premier League teams linked with the Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi after the 22-year-old’s eye-catching displays at the World Cup.Need: Striker, central midfielder, centre back, goalkeeperLinked with: Azzedine OunahiThe Reds made the first big move of the January transfer window by agreeing a £37m fee with PSV for Cody Gakpo, one of the stars of the World Cup. In doing so, Liverpool got ahead of competition from Manchester United and Newcastle, while the 23-year-old offers another attacking option for Jurgen Klopp following injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota this season. The priority for Liverpool, though, remains a central midfielder, and Jude Bellingham’s name is the one on everyone’s lips.Need: Central midfielderLinked with: Jude Bellingham, Enzo FernandezIt will be hard for the Premier League champions to match last summer’s transfer window, following Erling Haaland’s astonishing start to life in England. Pep Guardiola’s side are also said to be interested in Jude Bellingham, while they are short of cover in the full-back positions. RB Leipzig and Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol has been strongly linked following his excellent performances at the World Cup.Need: Left backLinked with: Jude Bellingham, Josko GvardiolCristiano Ronaldo’s exit left Erik ten Hag needing a striker, before Liverpool swooped to sign one of Manchester United’s targets in Cody Gakpo. Ten Hag has faith in his existing options, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scoring in the win over Nottingham Forest, and the Manchester United manager is unlikely to move in the market unless a top striker becomes available.Need: Striker, right backLinked with: Goncalo Ramos, Jonathan David, Joao FelixThe top four and Champions League football is in sight for Newcastle, so will Eddie Howe gamble on a big-money January signing or try to finish the job with his current squad? Newcastle are set to be boosted by the return of Alexander Isak from injury, but James Maddison has been strongly linked after the Magpies tried to sign the Leicester midfielder in the summer.Need: Central midfielder, right backLinked with: James Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic, Marcus Thuram, Goncalo Ramos

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