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World Cup: Stars set to light up January transfer window and beyond

Performing well in a World Cup is often a catalyst to a transfer move for any player and there have been some star performances already in Qatar.

Strong showings on the world stage will inevitably lead to clubs queuing for players' signatures and here are five of the biggest superstars from this World Cup who may find their names sprawled across the back pages over the coming months.

Jude Bellingham 

At just 19-years-old, the England midfielder already has the ability to dominate games and it does not appear like there is any weakness in his game. 

The Borussia Dortmund man got England's campaign underway with a header against Iran in the 6-2 group match opener and has often been cited as the Three Lions' best-performing player in this World Cup so far. 

He is fantastic at driving forward with the ball while he is a good passer, has an eye for goal and can do the dirty work in midfield as well. 

Being an Englishman playing abroad, Bellingham is naturally going to be linked with a return to his homeland, two-and-a-half years after leaving Birmingham for the Bundesliga. 

Liverpool have been strongly linked with their midfield showing signs of aging, while Manchester City always seem to be in the running for promising young English talents. 

One thing is for certain, he will not come cheap and could even command a nine-figure fee if his performance levels are sustained.

Cody Gakpo 

The Dutch forward has had an outstanding tournament and he was already earmarked as one to watch for the future. 

So, he has done his chance of securing a move from PSV Eindhoven the world of good. 

Gakpo scored a late header against Senegal in the Netherlands' opener, popping up late to help secure the three points. 

He then managed to find the net in each of their other group matches against Ecuador and hosts Qatar. 

Gakpo's ability to cut in from the left and get strikes away means he is one of the most dangerous attacking players in the tournament and is following on from his impressive club form. 

Manchester United are thought to be interested with the obvious Dutch connection to Erik ten Hag and PSV are probably resigned to losing him at some point - if not now then maybe in the summer.

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Goncalo Ramos 

Ramos was expected to be a benchwarmer for Portugal for most of the tournament but he exploded into life during their 6-1 annihilation of Switzerland in the round of 16. 

With boss Fernando Santos not taking kindly to Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction to being substituted against South Korea and subsequent media comments, Ramos was handed a chance to make a name for himself against the Swiss and duly delivered. 

He scored a stunning hat trick that showcased a multitude of finishes - a thumping effort from a narrow-angle, a flick at the near post and a dink over an advancing goalkeeper. 

Ramos is likely to lead the line for Portugal going forward and the Benfica man, who has scored 14 club goals this season, could find himself at the centre of a bidding war if carries on.

Sofyan Amrabat 

Morocco's World Cup success has been based on a very strong and sturdy midfield and defence with a bit of stardust sprinkled up top. 

One of their most impressive players has been Fiorentina man Amrabat, who has provided the grittiness needed for Walid Regragui in midfield. 

His energy levels have helped Morocco when under the cosh and he has proven to be a master at winning the ball back and playing short and simple passes to more illustrious team mates. 

The 26-year-old has been with La Viola since 2020 and may be on the move in January if he can continue to showcase his best form.

Mohammed Kudus 

The Ghana midfielder was excellent in the group stage and came away with lots of credit despite the black Stars' failure to advance into the knockout stages. 

He gave great energy and presence to the Ghana midfield and was the star man in their 3-2 win over South Korea, grabbing a brace for his country. 

The 22-year-old is currently at Ajax who have a tendency to develop players before selling them for a large fee and Kudus may look to be the next one to roll off the conveyor belt.

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