With the incoming January transfer window, many a Premier League club will be looking to bolster their ranks and improve their squad before they enter into the business end of the season.

A typical problem of New Year transfers however, is that managers have to settle for what they can get as opposed to what they want, leading to clubs eventually signing well over-priced, completely useless footballers in a bid to resolve their problems, who eventually make things a lot worse.

So here are 15 Premier League footballers who other clubs should avoid at all costs in January or else fall into the trap that the month-long transfer window always presents.

Some are dangerously under-performing, many are over-priced, others are simply rubbish and a few are just far too old.

Click on Stewart Downing to check out the top 15 footballers Premier League clubs should give a wide berth to this January

Stewart Downing, Liverpool winger