31 Jan 2013 07:00

Darren Lewis makes some bold predictions

Premier League clubs have until 11pm on Thursday night to buy new players for the remainder of the season.

Which managers will be making like errant husbands buying flowers from a garage forecourt on the way home to an anniversary dinner?

Here's Darren Lewis' guide to the last minute movers to watch out for...

1) Tom Ince

Tom Ince: Swansea-bound?

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Liverpool's move for Coutinho almost certainly spells the end for Tom Ince's chances of moving to Anfield as they appear not to have the cash to do both deals (although you never know). Swansea have been in the Reds' slipstream throughout, however, and are set to pounce to add Ince's goals from midfield to their creativity.

2) Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie Pete Odemwingie: 'See ya!'

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The transfer request is in and the West Brom striker has left his club in no doubt about the fact that he wants out. QPR wait patiently in the wings with open arms. Although West Brom have turned down that second offer of £3million the two clubs are talking.

3) Jack Butland

Jack Butland: this one's a keeper!

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Birmingham's talented keeper needs a new home and his club desperately need the money. Chelsea want him but he wants to play. Liverpool head the other clubs interested. Stoke have also entered the fray.

4) Jonas Olsson

Defenders: Jonas Olsson (West Brom) Defenders: Jonas Olsson (West Brom)

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Harry Redknapp has insisted he doesn't expect West Brom to sell but the QPR boss will still give it one last go for the Swedish defender he has a lot of time for.

5) Brede Hangeland

Brede Hangeland of Fulham celebrates victory in the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage on April 21, 2012 Brede Hangeland: On Harry's wishlist?  

Another that Harry is in for. A second bid turned down by Fulham but the Cottagers have a problem in that Brede has just six months left on his contract and there is no sign a new one being, er, signed.

6) Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper: singing like a Canary

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It is turning into a battle for the 24-year-old striker who just cannot stop scoring goals. Spurs like him but don't like to spend money. Norwich want him but, despite two offers, have not reached the magic number as far as Celtic are concerned.

The Canaries have since moved for Kansas City striker Kei Kamara. But there is still time for Hooper. He will move - he has turned down Celtic's final contract offer - but will Norwich get him?

7) Etienne Capoue

Etienne Capoue Etienne Capoue: Bonjour!

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Having lost out to Rubin Kazan in the race for Yann M'vila and Newcastle in the hunt for Moussa Sissoko, Harry Redknapp does not intend to be beaten in the chase for the Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue. He is 24, he can play as a defensive midfielder or a defender and he is a quality player.

His club, however, are hinting they could fight to keep him after seeing Sissoko go. This one could go to the wire.

8) Pierre Emerick Aubemeyang

Pierre-Eme Aubameyang Pierre-Eme Aubameyang : flipping heck!

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As if he didn't have enough French speakers at Newcastle, Alan Pardew wants the Gabon striker to beef up his strike force. Aubemeyang's club want £10m for the 23-year-old who wears crystal-encrusted boots. Not sure his eight goals this season justify such a big outlay but the deal should get done.

9) Willian

Willian: hair-raising!

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Sticking my neck out with this one but I think Spurs will wait until the final furlong before trying to seal this deal. Shakhtar Donetsk want a staggering £20million for the Brazilian but he has just 18 months left on his contract which is why there is no chance of Spurs paying that much. If Shakhtar wait until the summer his price will plunge even further. I think they will sell now.

10) Tom Huddlestone

Tom Huddlestone: even more hair-raising!

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Fulham have made their move but Stoke are not giving up even though his agent has already admitted he doesn't fancy a move up there. Don't rule out QPR either, especially if Toulouse dig their heels in and refuse to sell Etienne Capoue.

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