UDINE, ITALY - AUGUST 26: Joachim Andersen of UC Sampdoria looks on during the serie A match between Udinese and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Friuli on August 26, 2018 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

6 Things to Know About Arsenal, Tottenham & Man Utd Target Joachim Andersen

We're approaching the midway point in the season which can only mean one thing: the January transfer window is almost upon us!

As such a whole host of names are already being thrown about in connection with a number of different clubs. However, one name appears to be on the radar for a number of Premier League managers - Joachim Andersen.

The Sampdoria defender has impressed heavily since his summer move to Serie A, and is already being linked with a move to some of England's top clubs - most notably Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United

Here are six things fans need to know about Andersen ahead of his potential move to the Premier League.

1. Following in the Footsteps of Some of Europe's Top Talents

Sampdoria have produced a number of top players in recent seasons, few better than Mauro Icardi. The striker spent time with both the youth and senior team before securing a move to Inter, where he has become one of the most deadly strikers in Europe. 

On a slightly more relatable note for Andersen, fellow central defender Shkodran Mustafi also learnt his trade at the Serie A club before moving to Valencia. 

Andersen is certainly in the right environment to learn the game of football and get valuable first team experience, before he hopefully moves onto a bigger club and ultimately reaches the heights people are tipping him to reach.

2. On the Verge of an Senior International Call Up

Andersen has represented Denmark at five different youth levels, most recently with the Under-21s for whom he won 14 caps. Now, he's being hotly tipped to receive his first senior call up with national team coach Age Hareide a clear admirer of the defender.

It's a great time to be a Danish footballer after what was a promising World Cup campaign, and Andersen is one of a number of youngsters coming through the Danish youth ranks who promises to have a glistening career.

3. A Real Presence at the Back

Standing at 6ft 4in, Andersen clearly has a height advantage over many of the opposition he faces. Effective at both defending and attacking set pieces, he's also a real asset to have on your team at both ends of the pitch.

The Premier League is notorious for its physicality and many players who move there are known to have crumbled under the league's demands, however Andersen looks to fit that style of play perfectly.

4. Posseses a Wide Passing Range

Central defenders who are good with the ball at their feet and who can play out from the back are becoming more and more valued in modern day football, and Andersen can do just that.

So far this season, he's ranked just outside the top 10 in Serie A for passing accuracy and is ranked inside the top 20 for most completed forward passes. It's a trait not many centre backs posses, however Andersen is more than content with the ball at his feet and there's no doubt many clubs would benefit from having that in their back line.

5. One of Serie A's Hottest Prospects

Andersen is being widely viewed as one of the best young talents currently playing in Serie A - a league which historically has produced some of the finest defenders in the sport's history - and will only get better.

He still has plenty of improving to do and knowledge to learn, however in a league with plenty of young talent to offer, he has been labelled amongst the best currently in Italy's top flight of football.

6. Quick to Settle Into First Team Environment

In his debut season last campaign, he managed just seven league appearance as he was still viewed by many as a hot prospect. However in his first season as a starter for Sampdoria, he has made an instant impact.

He's played every single minute of football for his tea so far and has kept five clean sheets in his first 12 Serie A games this season. Sampdoria's goals conceded per game rate has decreased from 1.57 last year to 1.0 this season, and that's no coincidence with Andersen entering the fold.