7 Premier League Stars AC Milan Could Look to Sign in January to Strengthen Their Struggling Side

AC Milan sent shockwaves around world football with their business in the summer transfer window, as their new billionaire owners went about overhauling the sleeping giants in spectacular style - shelling out over €200m on exotic new signings.

Among their recruits were legendary Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, dynamic wing-backs Ricardo Rodríguez and Andrea Conti, as well as the likes of Portuguese forward prodigy André Silva and Turkish midfield gem Hakan Çalhanoğlu.

Unfortunately for I Rossoneri, the new purchases have failed to deliver the goods on the pitch, and Vincenzo Montella's men currently sit in seventh place in the table - after painful losses to Roma, Lazio and Sampdoria.

It is likely that the club's owners will spend big again in January, as they will be unwilling to see their investments fail to yield a substantial return, while number of English Premier League stars will also be looking for a way out of their current club hell. 

Here are seven wantaway Premier League stars who could be a match made in heaven for AC Milan.

1. Moussa Sissoko - Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United fans will recoil in horror as they recall Moussa Sissoko suddenly springing into action for France like a dormant volcano in Euro 2016 - engulfing Europe's finest in fiery footballing lava after a season of abject anonymity at St James' Park.

Since his subsequent big money move to Spurs, Sissoko has become somewhat of a forgotten man - consigned to bench-warming duties due to the quality attacking players ahead of him in the pecking order.

AC Milan and San Siro could be just the grand stage Sissoko needs to flourish again.

2. Ross Barkley - Everton

Ross Barkley's transfer deadline day antics at the end of the summer highlighted the apparent dilemma the player finds himself in. Desperate to leave Everton but seemingly unwilling to commit to another Premier League side, the future of the 23-year-old is somewhat of a conundrum.

AC Milan could be the perfect opportunity for the talented midfielder to finally hone his trade, without the watchful eye of the British press scrutinising his play.

3. Jamie Vardy - Leicester City

Jamie Vardy's rise from the depths of English football's lower leagues to become a Premier League champion with Leicester City is nothing short of inspirational.

With the Foxes now moving into a rather anti-climactic era, 30-year-old Vardy has been widely tipped to leave the club and pursue a further step up the ladder.

The challenge presented with AC Milan's push to recapture their former glories is mouthwatering, and Vardy may just fancy being a part of it.

4. Alexis Sánchez - Arsenal

It's fair to say that Alexis Sánchez's chances of remaining an Arsenal player beyond the end of this season are about as likely as Britain remaining a part of the European Union.

Sánchez's refusal to sign a new contract with the Gunners is indicative of his frustration with the club's lack of title-winning success, and a move to join an exciting project such as AC Milan's resurgence could well tempt the tenacious Chilean.

Milan are weak on the left side of the pitch, with Fabio Borini the preferred starter. Sánchez would give the team an instant hit of quality.

5. Alberto Moreno - Liverpool

There is a strange, largely unspoken phenomenon in football - the fact that players who are absolute flops for Liverpool seem to find a new lease of life in Serie A, seemingly transforming into sensational players.

The evidence? Suso at AC Milan, Luis Alberto at Lazio, Alberto Aquilani at Fiorentina, etc.

Milan's new left-back Ricardo Rodriguez has been largely ineffective since his big money move to the club in the summer. Alberto Moreno, who despite a moderate resurrection (if such a thing exists) at the start of this campaign, looks likely to lose his starting spot to Andrew Robertson in the long run. 

6. Jack Wilshere - Arsenal

Another Gunners entry. Jack Wilshere needs to leave the club, if he stands any chance of rekindling a career that's stalled more regularly than a petrified learner driver.

Once one of the most promising young talents in English football, injury has continually blighted the midfielder's development. Now 25, Wilshere needs to start showing signs of maturity as a player, as well as conquering his injury woes.

Milan's midfield has failed to gel so far this season, while Wilshere could prove the missing piece in the puzzle that makes the system click into place.

7. Anthony Martial - Manchester United

While Anthony Martial seems to have patched up his previously fractious relationship with boss José Mourinho, the talented Frenchman is still seen as a super sub rather than a starter.

Martial is exactly the kind of technically gifted, attacking player missing at Milan, and his skilful talents could work wonders for Montella's often creatively barren side.

With Zlatan Ibrahimović closing in on making his glorious return for United, and the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford in formidable form, it's hard to see Martial getting a starting spot at Old Trafford any time soon.