We’re halfway through the transfer window and there are still plenty of deals to be done as clubs look to push on with still plenty to play for in the Championship. Here’s a look at some players who are likely to be on the move this January:
Hull City have already let Tom Cairney go on a permanent deal to Blackburn, and now they are ready to allow another loanee to leave with Jack Hobbs, currently at Nottingham Forest, sparking interest from fellow Championship rivals Reading. Hobbs has been an integral part of Forest’s defence this year and Billy Davies will be loath to see him go but Hull have warned Forest that Reading have made a ‘substantial offer’ for the for 25 year old and Forest will need to bid for the defender now to keep him. It is believed that Hobbs would prefer to stay at the City Ground and surely it is a matter of time before Forest bid. If not, an excellent defender is available and teams should move quickly.
The former West Brom defender is currently a free agent and with both Millwall and Doncaster both interested, the Romanian looks like he will be back in England once more. The much travelled centre back was at CFR Cluj just a few months ago but left after a pub incident and didn’t end up playing for them. But the 30 year old is an experienced defender and would improve most Championship sides. Being a free transfer, whoever gets snaps him up will be getting a bargain.
Another one of Reading’s targets is included in the list as the Ghanaian midfielder looks for first team football ahead of the World Cup this summer. The defensive minded centre midfielder came to England in the summer to sign for Fulham, and doesn’t seem to be part of new manager Rene Meulensteen’s plans. He has only played three times in the league this year. A loan deal for the 30 year old would represent good business for a team looking to strengthen their midfield. Watford are also rumoured to be interested.
Adam le Fondre:
Reading look like they will be busy this January and that includes outgoings with Adam le Fondre looking set for an exit from the Madjeski. Despite being his teams’ top scorer with seven goals, it seems Nigel Adkins can’t find a place for the former Rochdale hitman in his team. Despite his lack of appearances, starting only nine games this season, Adkins doesn’t want to lose le Fondre. Leeds and Forest have both been linked, but it wouldn’t surprise us if most Championship clubs would love the 27 year old striker to be on their books.
Why not? The 40 year old advertised himself on Soccer AM this past week and surely most Championship teams would take a punt on the forward. He has insisted he would prefer a move to a Midlands club with him being a family man now, and a move to Leicester has been speculated this weekend. Phillips has experienced plenty of promotions in his career and he will want one more as he looks to further his career for a few more years.
Remember him? Once reportedly interesting Arsenal and Juventus, the Wolves forward has since suffered successive relegations with his club. The former Reading man is on Premier League wages at League 1 Wolves, who have been trying to get the Irishman off their wage bill since the summer. However not everyone will want to match his wages, and with 18 months of his contract remaining, Wolves may have to come to a compromise and pay a portion of them. Middlesbrough are the latest club to be linked with the 6ft striker and if he can re-discover his best form, he will be an excellent signing for any club.