January is a big month for Premier League clubs as they look to find the right players to ensure that they have all bases covered for the business end of the season.

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Sides at the top will be on the hunt for players capable of giving them the edge on their rivals in the race for the title or a Champions League place, whilst it is a time for those at the bottom to find inspiration from somewhere.

There will not be major changes among the big clubs, although all of them could do with a bit of tweaking.

Manchester United perhaps need the most surgery. They sit eighth having lost five of their opening 16 games, with central midfield a massive problem area. David Moyes needs to be given cash to sign a world-class midfielder to inspire a recovery in the second half of the campaign.

Manchester City need a centre-half to give them cover for Vincent Kompany, while Chelsea will seriously need to consider adding to a strike-force which has contributed just five league goals.

Leaders Arsenal, too, are in need of a striker to take some pressure off and challenge Olivier Giroud, who has lost his goalscoring touch somewhat of late.

Liverpool and Everton have well-balanced squads, although the transfer window provides them with an opportunity to bring in a player who could be the difference between a good season and a great season.

For Tottenham, January will be more about a new manager trying to mould a talented group of players who are still getting to know one another.

At the foot of the Premier League, Sunderland, Fulham and Norwich will be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, while firepower must be at the top of the wish lists of Crystal Palace, Cardiff and even Hull.

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