Who makes our squad looking for a fresh start in the transfer window?

Dele Alli could be heading to join former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG while Manchester United are facing a triple exodus, but who else makes our squad looking for a fresh start in the January transfer window?

  • A number of fringe players at Manchester United are looking to move away
  • Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Odion Ighalo are not in the first-team plans
  • Free agent Daniel Sturridge has not been with a club since leaving Trabzonspor
  • Liverpool cult hero Divock Origi is another one who could look for pastures new
  • Sportsmail picks a matchday squad of players looking for a new challenge  

The January transfer window opens this Friday as teams look to strengthen just four months into the 2020-21 season. 

It offers the chance of a new beginning for a number of frustrated players who are yearning for a fresh start. 

Here, Sportsmail selects a matchday squad from just some of the names that are eager for the new year to open a window of opportunity.

Daniel Sturridge is still a free agent and will be looking for a fresh start come the new year

Tottenham pair Danny Rose and Dele Alli are not in Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans currently

GK – SERGIO ROMERO (Manchester United)

Out of United’s squads and out of contract in the summer, the 33-year-old has had interest from Everton and Valencia. 

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero has not featured for Manchester United once so far this season


Starred in the Bundesliga on loan at Schalke but has struggled to convince Carlo Ancelotti and is looking to leave. 

CB – JAMES TOMKINS (Crystal Palace)

Palace are willing to listen to offers for Tomkins who is fit again after injury troubles and has had interest from West Brom. 

CB – MARCOS ROJO (Manchester United)

Has interest from Sheffield United and Newcastle if they can find a financial package to tempt him away from Old Trafford.

Marcos Rojo is interesting Premier League clubs including Sheffield United and Newcastle

LB – DANNY ROSE (Tottenham)

Out of Jose Mourinho’s plans, has been playing with Tottenham’s Under 23s as his contract ticks down and he waits for the right move.


Former England international turned down moves last summer but is ready to consider more options to get career back on track.

Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater is considering options as he looks to get his career back on track

CM – JAMES McCARTHY (Crystal Palace)

McCarthy is out of contract in summer and has interest from Celtic among others who can begin talks on a cross-border transfer. 

CM – DELE ALLI (Tottenham)

Mauricio Pochettino’s pending appointment at PSG will fuel the prospect of a January move to Paris for the misfiring midfielder. 

Dele Alli has been inked with a move to PSG with Mauricio Pochettino’s impending move

FW – ODION IGHALO (Shanghai GS/Man United)

Has had little chance to make an impact since Edinson Cavani’s signing and United will look to end his loan from Shanghai next month. 


Ex-Liverpool striker eager to allay fears over his reliability fitness-wise. Has unfinished business in the Premier League but has interest from Germany, Italy and USA after his spell at Trabzonspor came to an end earlier this year. 

FW – DIVOCK ORIGI (Liverpool)

Belgian has struggled for game time and Liverpool will sell for around £20m. Has interest from Schalke and Wolves though latter would prefer a loan. 

Liverpool are reportedly open to selling Divock Origi, who is interesting Schalke and Wolves

SUBS: Paulo Gazzaniga (Tottenham), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Troy Deeney (Watford), Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan).

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