The season of goodwill is upon us, and that means only one thing, the January transfer window is only around the corner.


High-profile signings are one thing, but spotting a lower league talent, ready to make their mark in the big time, is something entirely different.

James Maddison

Plenty have made the step up in recent years, with James Maddison and Daniel James among those to have been scooped from England's second tier in recent times to great success.


So, what bargains are there to be had this year? Here, 90min takes a look at a current Championship XI who could have what it takes to grace the bright lights of the Premier League...


Jack Butland (GK)


True, the former England international has not been at his best this season and he even lost his Stoke starting berth to Adam Federici for five games, when Nathan Jones was still at the helm.

Jack Butland

However, new manager Michael O'Neill has since recalled Butland to the starting lineup and the 26-year-old is firmly back in the shop window. 


​West Ham, given their own keeper troubles, have emerged as favourites to land him in January, according to the ​Stoke Sentinel. 


Nathan Ferguson (RB)


The 19-year old's future has been a question haunting West Brom since the beginning of the season when it emerged that Ferguson hadn't signed a new deal.

Adam Armstrong,Nathan Ferguson

His current contract expires at the end of the season but Premier League clubs are on high alert, ready to snag the defender for a cut-price fee.


The highlyrated teenager has established himself as a first-team regular this season, filling both full-back berths, showing not only maturity but versatility too.


According to the Express and Star, Tottenham and ​Crystal Palace are among potential suitors as are a couple of Europe's elite - even ​Atletico Madrid have been mentioned.


Ben White (CB)


The Leeds centre-back is one of the main reason's why Marco Bielsa's team have the best defensive record in the Championship this season.

Ben White,John Swift

It may also explain how the on-loan Brighton star has come to the attention of Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp, according to reports.


White has all the qualities of a modern defender, he has a pass completion rate of just shy of 86% and is dribbled past on average, 0.2 times per game.


​Liverpool have been linked with a move for him, but it remains to be seen whether the Reds show their hand in January or wait until the summer.


Rico Henry (LB) 


The left back was touted as a possible Kieran Tierney replacement at Celtic after the Scotland star's £25m move to Arsenal in the summer.

Samy Morsy,Rico Henry

However, Henry stayed and Bees fans are glad he did. This season, Brentford boast the third-best defensive record in the division, having only conceded 13 goals in 18 games and Henry has played in every game. 


The defender would likely provide a very solid option for any middle of the road ​Premier League team.


Säid Benrahma (RM)


​Aston Villa boss Dean Smith looks set to launch a January bid for the Brentford winger after failing to land Benrahma in the summer.

Said Benrahma

Smith brought the Algeria international to Griffin Park from Nice during his time at Brentford and the Villa manager appears keen to link up with Benrahma once again.


According to the ​Birmingham Mail, the Bees value their star man at £20m and it's easy to show why he is valued so highly.


Last season, Benrahma registered 15 assists from out wide, more than any other player in the Championship. 


Kalvin Phillips (CM)

The 26-year-old has been Marco Bielsa's star man this campaign and his combative midfield displays have helped guide them to second in the table behind leaders West Brom.

Kalvin Phillips

His performances have really caught the eye and even Manchester United have ​been linked with ​a possible move for him in January.


Leeds were reported to have turned down a £27m bid from ​Spurs in the summer and they may have to bat away a few more bids for their prized asset in the upcoming window. 


Jude Bellingham (CM)


It's easy to forget that Bellingham is just 16 years old such is the maturity he shows at the heart of Birmingham City's midfield. 

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham burst onto the Championship scene by scoring in back-to-back games for the Blues.

First, he scored the winner in a 2-1 home victory against Stoke City and then bagged the only goal away at Charlton.


Since those matchwinning turns, Bellingham has been a regular starter at St Andrew's and there is no doubt, this teenager is destined for the top. 


Back in September, 90min learned that Liverpool are leading the chase for the Birmingham star.


Eberechi Eze (CM) 


Eze has been the man pulling the strings in the centre of the park for QPR this season, and the midfielder has an eye for a goal too.

Gavin Whyte

The 21-year-old has a strike rate of one in three, having struck six times in 18 league games for Rangers.


Add to that, four assists and Eze is an all-round attacking force who would be welcomed by many a team in the top tier of English football. 


Karlan Grant (FWD)


The Huddersfield forward tasted the top flight less than a year ago and his form this season appears that he is on a one-man mission to return to the Premier League.

Karlan Grant

The 22-year-old has 10 goals and two assists for the Terriers since the start of the campaign made all the more impressive by Huddersfield's lowly position of 19th in the table.


Scoring goals in a struggling team is always a good sign, and it's not unlikely that a team in the bottom half of the Premier League takes a gamble on Grant in January.


Ollie Watkins (ST)


The third Brentford player on the list, they sure know how to spot talent at Griffin Park! Watkins has profited from former Bees teammate Neal Maupay's transfer to ​Brighton in the summer.

Ollie Watkins

The spotlight fell on Watkins but he has thrived since Maupay's departure after reverting to a more central role to fill the void left by the Frenchman. 


Watkins has scored 11 times for Brentford in the league so far and with a goal return like that, he may well be following Maupay to England's top division in January.


Jarrod Bowen (ST)


The 22-year-old has kicked on from where he left off last season, in a campaign that saw him score 22 league games and end up in the Championship Team of the Year.

Jarrod Bowen

Bowen is on course to beat last season's tally, having already notched 12 goals in 18 games for Hull City this term, and his form has attracted interest from the likes of Aston Villa and ​Newcastle United.


Hull City's owner Assem Allam has told ​HullLive that he will ignore offers in January, even fees of up to £20m, but suitors won't be put off easily if Bowen continues to bang in the goals.