The January transfer window is tantalisingly close, with the faint aroma of hair gel and drying ink waiting to engulf your senses. While children anticipate the visit of Santa Claus, football managers await the arrival of new blood, in the hope they can revive ailing fortunes or cement their status at the top.
The Premier League’s swarm of scouts have been toiling away, like elves in a workshop, analysing potential targets and scouring the globe for that diamond in the rough. Some players already have one foot out the door but the majority will need to be coaxed out with a lucrative offer. Either way, it looks like being an incredibly interesting transfer period.