In the latest episode of Football Whispers TV, we identified our Whispers to watch over the closing days of the January Transfer window.
Journalist Patrick Barclay and former Liverpool and Manchester City player Paul Walsh were in the studio to give us their thoughts on potential moves for Jordan Rhodes, Odion Ighalo, Patrick van Aanholt and Bojan Krkic.
With Crystal Palace on the verge of wrapping up the signing of van Aanholt from Sunderland – a move Walsh was particularly impressed with: “Van Aanholt’s a big one,” he said. “He gets forward and creates havoc.” — let’s take a look at the other three Whispers to watch.
Jordan Rhodes – Middlesbrough to Sheffield Wednesday
Scottish international striker Jordan Rhodes has been prolific at Championship level throughout his career, but has failed to produce the same kind of scoring touch in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old has only featured in 208 minutes of action for Boro this seaoson but has failed to find the net, despite maintaining an impressive shot accuracy of 66.7 percent.
Both Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa are hoping to sign Rhodes before next week’s deadline passes.
Odion Ighalo – Watford to West Bromwich Albion
Watford striker Odion Ighalo was outstanding for the Hornets last term, bagging 15 Premier League goals in his maiden campaign in England’s top division.
This kind of form in front of goals lead to interest from Manchester United a year ago, while Watford reportedly rejected a £38million bid from the Chinese Super League for the player over the summer.
But this season has been less kind to the 27-year-old, with him registering just three goals so far. The lofty price tag he carried a few short months ago will have been dramatically reduced by his recent form.
Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic has the technical ability to perform at the very highest level of the game, but there have always been question marks over the 26-year-old Spain international’s consistency.
The arrival of Wilfried Bony at the bet365 Stadium has seen Bojan slide down Stoke City’s pecking order. Although he has found the net three times in just 525 minutes of game time this term, a move away from the Potteries looks to be on the cards.
Middlesbrough are thought to be leading the chase for the three-time La Liga winner, with Celtic and Watford also believed to be interested.
“He’ll have worked out they’re not going down – they’re probably not going to qualify for the Champions League but they’re not going down,” Barclay said. “Karanka’s a manager he wouldn’t mind playng for.
“[Middlesbrough] do need a striker and there he’ll play football. At Stoke, after a blinding start, he’s fallen out of the picture.”