12 Suitable Premier League Targets for 12 Championship Clubs in Need of a Boost

The end of the January transfer window is now upon us and the race for Championship promotion - and survival - is hotting up and it's certainly make or break for a number of the second-tier sides.


So here's a look at 12 suitable Premier League targets for 12 in-need Championship clubs...

1. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Michel Vorm - Tottenham

The Championship's leaders, who are currently 12 points ahead of 2nd-placed Derby County  at the time of writing, have looked unstoppable since the start of the season - both offensively and defensively. 


It's hard to pinpoint how or where you would improve Nuno Santo's Wolves team. One player who has, at times, looked a little shaky is veteran John Ruddy, who Wolves signed on a free from Norwich in the summer. 


34-year-old Michel Vorm could be a solid signing for the league leaders. The Dutchman has only played a total of 180 minutes of football for Spurs this season, but he would still be quality in the Championship. 


With his contract running out in the summer, Vorm wouldn't cost Wolves much in the way of transfer fees and, if he's willing to take a pay cut, he could turn out to be an absolute bargain. 

2. Derby County: Bakary Sako - Crystal Palace

Derby look like they could be about to make a long-awaited return to the Premier League this year. The Rams, who are second in the table, have rarely benefitted from their expensive transfer policy, but Melvyn Morris seems to have finally found the right balance and his side has a new-found resilience which has been sorely lacking in previous years. 


With Derby reportedly in for a winger - Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako could be the ideal signing. Sako has already proven what he's capable of in the Championship, when he ripped it up with Wolves. The 26-year-old has, understandably, struggled to displace Zaha in the Eagles' starting lineup, making just the 12 Premier League appearances so far this season. 


With his contract set to expire in the summer, the 26-year-old shouldn't cost Derby too much. 

3. Cardiff City: Callum Hudson-Odoi - Chelsea (On Loan)

With the Bluebirds perched unexpectedly in third place, Neil Warnock has done an excellent job with Cardiff City this year. The Welsh side has a host of physical players capable of doing the 'dirty work', but they also have quality all over the pitch, most notably in attack with in-demand striker Kenneth Zohore. 


One player who could add to Cardiff's physicality and quality is Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 17-year-old starred in the summer as England under-17 won their World Cup. 


The winger might not be as well-known as fellow under-17 teammates Phil Foden or Jadon Sancho, but, like the latter especially, he is fast and skilful - and the Chelsea winger is probably ahead of them both physically. 

4. Bristol City: Robert Huth - Leicester City

Bristol City's Lee Johnson has rung true the saying that good things come to those who wait. Last season, City fans were calling for Johnson to be sacked following a torrid run of form: this season, with the Robins fourth in the table, the former Bristol City player is a hero amongst the Ashton Gate faithful. 


Centre-back Aden Flint has, once again, been instrumental to City's promotion charge - both in defence and in attack. The 28-year-old has attracted attention from the Premier League, and if he were to leave then Leicester's Robert Huth could be a cheap short-term replacement. 


33-year-old Huth is getting on now, but the man-mountain has buckets of experience which would help Bristol City solidify their quest to the Premier League. 

5. Aston Villa: Charly Musonda - Chelsea (On Loan)

5th-placed Aston Villa finally look like they could be returning to the Premier League. Steve Bruce's side have performed better than last season, and the Villans will be hoping to add some quality in January as they set their sights on automatic promotion. 


Chelsea's Charly Musonda would be an excellent signing and a massive coup for Bruce's side. The in-demand winger, who has bags of pace and trickery, would help electrify the Villans charge towards the top-tier. John Terry may even help convince the 21-year-old to join the Championship side.

6. Sheffield United: Lewis Grabban - Bournemouth

The Blades got off to a blistering start to the season, but have struggled a little recently. Having scored 15 goals, Leon Clarke has performed better than many people might have expected. The 32-year-old, and United, will probably need some reinforcements going forward though, and another quality striker would help unburden the load. 


Lewis Grabban can be inconsistent, but the Bournemouth player scored an impressive total of 12 goals for relegation-threatened Sunderland earlier in the season. The 30-year-old could be the player to give the Blades that required extra push. 

7. Leeds United: Kyle Bartley - Swansea City

Leeds had an excellent first-half to the campaign, but things have somewhat unravelled since. A lack of discipline has massively impeded progress - with star player Samuel Saiz banned for six games after spitting at an opponent, while Liam Cooper and Eunan O'Kane were both sent off in their last two league fixtures. 


Defensively, Pontus Jansson hasn't hit the heights of last season, and United seem to be missing a leader. Kyle Bartley shone for the Championship side on loan last year, and he could be exactly what Leeds need to reinvigorate their dwindling Play-off challenge. 

8. Brentford: Nahki Wells - Burnley

Brentford suffered a surprise 1-0 home loss to Norwich over the weekend. The defeat reiterated how the Bees still require some quality additions if they are to maintain their hunt for a play-off place. Lasse Vibe has rediscovered his goalscoring touch this season, but the 30-year-old will need some help in the final third. 


Burnley's Wells helped Huddersfield gain promotion to the Premier League last season, and the 27-year-old could help the Bees do the same this season. Wells has struggled to break into  the Clarets starting lineup since his move, and the Premier League side could be willing to sell if they receive a suitable bid. 

9. Ipswich Town: Bersant Celina - Manchester City

Ipswich have had a mixed season thus far, although, ultimately, it looks like it will once again end in disappointment with mid-table mediocrity beckoning. Mick McCarthy looks set to depart Portman Road in the summer, and most Town fans will be looking forward to the fresh start.


Hopefully, that fresh start will consist of Manchester City loanee Bersant Celina. With his dazzling runs and thunderous strikes, the diminutive winger has been a constant rare source of excitement for the Tractor Boys this campaign.


The Kosovan international is still a raw talent, and his decision-making can be questionable at times, but the 21-year-old would undoubtedly be an excellent signing, and one Marcus Evans will hopefully be able to facilitate in the summer. 

10. Norwich City: Angus Gunn - Manchester City

Norwich had been going through a transitional period under head coach Daniel Farke. The German revolution hasn't worked out as well as some people expected it to prior to the start of the season however, and Norwich don't really look like threatening the play-offs. 


One bright spark, along with James Maddison, has been keeper Angus Gunn - who is on loan from Premier League leaders Manchester City. The England U21 has connections to the East Anglian club through his father Bryan Gunn, and Norwich fans will be hoping that the club can convince Angus to stay beyond the end of the season, when his loan is due to expire. 

11. Burton Albion: Freddie Woodman - Newcastle United (On Loan)

Bottom of the League Burton Albion look like they may well be heading for League One. Nigel Clough's side have conceded a whopping 52 goals - the most in the division, while offensively they have only scored 21 times in 28 games. 


Recent signing Darren Bent will help the Brewers add to their goals tally, but defensively they are yet to really strengthen. Newcastle youngster Freddie Woodman could be the ideal solution. Highly rated Woodman helped England's under-20s win the World Cup last year, and Newcastle could look to send the 20-year-old out on loan to gain some first team experience. 

12. Sunderland: Ethan Ampadu - Chelsea (On Loan)

Sunderland look in real trouble towards the bottom of the Championship table. While no one really expected them to finish high up in the Championship, few people expected the Black Cats to suffer successive relegations. 


Since his arrival, new manager Chris Coleman has steadied the ship somewhat, but the former Wales manager will need the help of Sunderland owners if he's to stave off a relegation battle.


Ethan Ampadu, who was handed his international debut by Coleman, may not have much first-team experience, but the midfielder would add some much-needed exuberance to the Stadium of Light. The 17-year-old midfielder is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge but, like with most Chelsea youngsters, his playing has been limited.

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