Five breakthrough bargains your club could sign in January

Forget Zlatan and Messi, here are the Premier League's best new hopes.

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Ajax in action. The Amsterdam ArenA witnessed a piece of football history. Image Photo Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Whether it’s Jürgen Klopp contemplating which of his flops to replace first, or Arsene Wenger deciding whether to finally risk buying another striker, the January transfer window is the (fairly) exciting bit of post-Christmas.

The trend in recent January windows has seen managers look to the future instead of the present. With many top targets for many clubs saying no thanks, younger under-the-radar lads in Europe have become cheaper alternatives.

But who are the clubs sniffing around right now? More importantly, are they any bloody good?

Our trusted hipster scout has the answers for the best bargains the Premier League should investigate.   

1

Viktor Fischer

The Dane, currently plying his trade at the famed Ajax academy, has raised eyebrows with an impressive seven goals in 14 games for the Dutch side.

The versatile 21-year-old can play across the front three and has impressed on the national stage for Denmark at last year’s European Under-21 championships in the Czech Republic.

Fischer, who is a similar sort of talent to Jack Grealish at Aston Villa, might be a cheaper alternative for the top four clubs. And less likely to get in off-the-field nightclub scrapes.

2

Daniele Rugani

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Italian Stallion Could Daniele be wearing Chelsea blue next season? Image Photo Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

The highly rated Italian defender has been tracked by nearly every top club in Europe but the Juventus defender could take some convincing to jump ship.

Jürgen Klopp will be keeping tabs on the 21-year-old, as he looks to seal the leaky defence left behind by Brendan Rodgers. Similarly, down south Chelsea are on the lookout for a long-term replacement for John Terry and a partner for Kurt Zouma. But Juventus don’t need to sell and are in the pack for Serie A’s absurdly tight title challenge. 

3

Pione Sisto

In his adopted country of Denmark, the Ugandan-born 20-year-old is being compared to Spurs playmaker, Christen Eriksen, and the energetic midfielder could soon be joining his hero after a string of impressive performances with FC Midtjylland.

Many thought Denmark’s player of the season from 2013-14 would already be plying his trade further afield already. He’s previously been linked with Barcelona, Juventus, Milan as well as Arsenal and Manchester City here. Midtjylland have reportedly turned down admittedly small offers of £5m, but how long can Sisto continue in one of Europe’s feeder leagues?

4

Kevin Volland

The diminutive German finisher has been on the radar of European clubs for a while, and after an impressive Under-21 tournament where he finished second in the Golden Boot race, Volland has backed that up with five goals in 15 games for Hoffenheim in the in the Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old has yet to score in five appearances for the full German national side, but would add firepower to any club.

5

José Sá

The Portuguese goalkeeper was named in the team of the tournament for the European Under-21 Championships but has struggled for game time since returning to his mid-table club Maritimo, where veteran French stopper Romain Salin is keeping him out of the side.

Still only 22, Sá is being tracked by many clubs. Any top side on the lookout for a decent prospect as an understudy would be advised to consider him.

 

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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