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5 Potential Premier League arrivals: Morocco ace tipped for top flight

Plenty of business is expected to be done during the January transfer window and we have picked out five individuals that may be heading to the English top flight.

Table-toppers Arsenal are expected to be active as they aim to bring in cover for the injured Gabriel Jesus, while both Manchester clubs and surprise top-four challengers Newcastle may also be prominent throughout.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is looking for a left-back and a right winger, although an injury to centre-back Jonny Evans may force the Northern Irishman tactician to spread out his reach.

Ahead of the winter window, we have picked out five players that could be plying their trade in the Premier League.

Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)

There has been plenty of talk about the future of Mykhailo Mudryk, who has scored seven goals from 12 appearances in Ukraine's top division this season to help Shakhtar into second position.

While his performances on the domestic stage have received praise, it is the 21-year-old's eye-catching displays in the Champions League that have set tongues wagging around the globe.

The forward netted three times from six European outings, this unfortunately not enough to secure a place in the last-16 stage but it did see Shakhtar transfer to the Europa League knockout rounds.

Mega-rich Newcastle are said to be tracking Mudryk, as Eddie Howe looks to add more attacking flair to his side, but it is Arsenal that are believed to be leading the race for his signature.

The Gunners are keen to bring in some cover following the injury to Jesus and Mudryk is said to fit the bill for the league leaders, who may have to £40million to sign a player that still has four years left on his contract.

Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)

'Never buy a player off the back of a good major tournament' - this is the old adage that many clubs do follow, as they are wary of paying huge sums to buy a player that may have been performing above his normal level.

However, Josko Gvardiol looks to be the exception to this rule and it would be no surprise to see him plying his trade in the Premier League in the second half of the campaign.

The 20-year-old centre-back was an integral part of a Croatian side that finished third in the World Cup, beating Morocco in the third/fourth place playoff after being knocked out at the semi-final stage by Argentina.

Gvardiol attracted many admiring glances during the event in Qatar, with reports linking Real Madrid with a move for the RB Leipzig ace, but Chelsea and Manchester City are also believed to be in the race for a player valued close to £80m.

Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina)

Another player that impressed in Qatar was Sofyan Amrabat, who played a starring role as Morocco reached the semi-finals - the first African nation to achieve this feat.

The 26-year-old was a tireless runner in the middle of the park, putting in challenge after challenge and reading the game superbly to help break up the play.

Contracted to Fiorentina until the summer of 2024 with the option of another year, the midfielder would command a decent fee, with somewhere in the region of £25-30m.

At that price he could be worth a punt in January and one club in need of midfield reinforcements is Liverpool, who are desperately trying to get themselves back in the title race - something they can be backed at 33/1 To Win Outright.

Isaiah Jones (Middlesbrough)

As mentioned earlier, Leicester boss Rodgers revealed a new left-back and right winger are on the agenda in January and there is one player in particular that could fill both of those positions, Middlesbrough's Isaiah Jones.

The 23-year-old can play either full-back position, although he favours the right side more, while he has been playing in a more advanced position for Boro, slotting in as a right winger.

Jones, who has scored three Championship goals this season, was believed to be a target for West Ham although that interest is said to have cooled from the Hammers.

The door could be open for the Foxes to pounce and although Boro won't want to sell one of their young starlets, they may find it hard to turn down a bid around the £7.5m mark.

Ben Brereton Diaz (Blackburn)

Chile international Ben Brereton Diaz remains a sought-after player heading into the January transfer window, especially given the fact his contract at Blackburn expires in the summer of 2023.

Promotion to the Premier League for Rovers, which is priced at 6/1, is the only realistic chance they have of keeping the 23-year-old striker, who scored 22 Championship goals last season and has notched nine times this term.

Everton, Leeds United and Newcastle are said to be monitoring his situation intently, while there are rumoured to be some European outfits aiming to get a pre-contract agreement made for a free transfer in the summer.

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