The January transfer window is about to open in the English Premier League, and with it a number of the league’s African stars are rumoured to be on the move. This is always an exciting time of the year to keep an eye on the big European leagues and player movements, so here’s a look at the African EPL players who could be in new uniforms by the end of the month.
There are numerous reports suggesting that a deal sending Nigerian national star and Lazio central midfielder Ogenyi Onazi to Liverpool is imminent. And this is a deal that makes a great bit of sense for a Liverpool club that has a lot of strength up top but has failed to set up its top players to excel. Heading into the recent Liverpool v. Swansea match, Bet Fair posted a somewhat ominous preview that described Liverpool as “like a rock band who had a massive hit album, but then the bad-boy frontman left.” The article seemed to be referring to the departure of Luis Suarez after his sensational 2013/14 season, and while Onazi does not carry the ability or star power of Suarez, his arrival could better position the Liverpool strikers to thrive. Onazi would provide
a presence that is stabilising, creative, and desperately needed in the midfield at Liverpool.
With summer signee Mario Balotelli so far unable to make a major impression at Anfield, Liverpool are also rumoured to be chasing more help up front. And one of the names that has continued to surface in this cause is that of Burundi native (but English national team player) Saido Berahino. According to ESPN FC, Berahino has managed a fairly impressive seven goals in 19 games for a West Brom club that is near the bottom of the EPL in goals scored. And Metro reports that this performance has the talented striker close to signing a £23.5 million deal to move to Anfield. The club has been something of a mess thus far this season, but this move could salvage the campaign and have Liverpool at least competing for a top-four finish.
No full transfer rumours are surfacing for the young Egyptian winger, but the Daily Mail has reported that Salah may end up out on loan this January. He’s failed to make a significant impact with Chelsea, and it seems that Inter Milan is hopeful of landing Salah in an 18-month, £12 million loan that would essentially refund Chelsea’s initial purchase of the player. At this stage, it would probably be a beneficial move for Salah, who could look to establish himself with more opportunity with Inter Milan.
Though he hasn’t done much with his time in the EPL playing for QPR, Adel Taarabt remains a talented midfield and wing option, and he’s an interesting story with regard to potential transfers this January. He apparently had the chance to move to Atalanta despite his poor showing for QPR, and yet Taarabt is said to be holding out for a transfer to AC Milan, where he played on loan a year ago. In fact, Mirror reported that QPR has now approved of a transfer to the Italian club, meaning Taarabt will likely be back with Milan.