The season of goodwill is upon us, and in the footballing world that signals only two things; watching Boxing Day matches in the freezing cold with the obligatory poultry-saturated hangover, and the January Transfer Window is just around the corner. As with your high street New Year sales, you have to see which shops are offering the best merchandise at the lowest possible price, and you must say, it seems as if Eastlands could see a flurry of interest in the early moments of 2011.
As with all teams with cash to burn and an insatiable appetite for quick success, Manchester City have spent fast and loose since Sheikh Mansour purchased the club. This means one of two things; either the new players will fit into the team, meaning others that were previously pivotal to the starting eleven will become surplus to requirements (for example Stephen Ireland). Or those that have been bought will not gel with the squad, perhaps seeking pastures new. Either way, clubs will certainly be keeping a close eye on proceedings at Eastlands over January as there will be a few top-class players looking for first-team football;
The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper was a star acquisition when he was purchased from Newcastle in 2009. With his rival for the number 1 shirt at Eastlands, Joe Hart, going out on loan to Birmingham for all of last season it seemed his place was safe. But with Hart impressing hugely this season for City, Given may well be looking for the exit, with many sides interested.
Returning to City in 2008 having been surplus to requirements at Chelsea, Wright-Phillips looked to be settling in nicely. But with Roberto Mancini coming in as manager, and the likes of Adam Johnson and James Milner taking his place in the City side, the England international may be looking to re-ignite his career elsewhere.
After whinging his way out of Arsenal in the summer of 2009, the Togolese striker is discontented once more, this time with life at Eastlands. A lack of opportunities in the City first team has left the 26 year-old unhappy and wanting away from the blue half of Manchester,
With City reported willing to listen to offers for many other players, including Roque Santa-Cruz, Jo and Wayne Bridge and the club looking to streamline its squad, Eastlands could be a hotbed of activity over January, with most of it involving exports.