LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: Steven Pienaar of Everton and Clint Dempsey of Fulham battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on April 25, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

English Premier League Transfer Window Round Up: Hits, Misses And Rumors

The Premier League's January transfer window will reach its halfway point this week and while news has been quiet recently, it would be unwise to assume that the deals have finished.

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Manchester City's Roberto Mancini Confirms Fringe Players Can Leave

Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz and Shaun Wright-Phillips both look set to be leaving Manchester City this month with a possibility that Emmanuel Adebayor may also he headed towards the exit door at Eastlands. If Mancini is to be believed, Edin Dzeko will be City's only high profile signing which lends belief to the idea that the remainder of City's transfer window activity may include a number of fringe players leaving.

Wayne Bridge has already completed a loan move to West Ham for the remainder of the season while it seems Mr. Santa Cruz may be headed back to Blackburn Rovers - the club he made 70 appearances and scored 29 goals for from 2007-09. Both Santa Cruz and Wright-Phillips were brought in at City under Mark Hughes so it's no surprise Fulham's name has been linked with both players.

Just where Emmanuel Adebayor will land is not yet known. The Togo international has been linked to various clubs in Italy, including Juventus and AC Milan, but also clubs abroad in England. Mancini is currently waiting on news concerning injured forward Mario Balotelli and whether or not the young Italian will need a knee operation before he makes his mind up on Adebayor.

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Wayne Bridge Joins West Ham From Manchester City On Loan Until End Of Season

With the England international left back struggling to find playing time behind Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov, Wayne Bridge has moved on loan to relegation battlers West Ham United. The Hammers are in a bit of a financial pitch and probably don't have the money to purchase a left back of Bridge's quality, so he will be a welcome addition to Avram Grant's side, even if it's just on a temporary basis. Bridge has made just three league appearances for Manchester City this season.

West Ham have allowed 38 goals so far this year, good for a tie for second worst in the English Premier League. Players like United States international Jonathan Spector and Daniel Gabbidon have played in the left back position for West Ham this year, usually to little success and critical acclaim. One of the Hammers' worst performances of this season was a recent game against Newcastle United, where they lost 5-0 and were torn apart by the rarely seen Leon Best. It's fair to say that the Hammers can find a place for Bridge in their team, even if his best days are possibly behind him.

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Birmingham City Acquire David Bentley On Season Long Loan

Tottenham Hotspur winger David Bentley has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season in search of form and first team football. Having languished on the bench for the majority of 2010, Bentley will now take his trickery to Brum, who sit in 15th position and only a point off the relegation zone.

While the Blues rarely play any form of attractive football, Bentley's forward play, crossing abilities and effectiveness from set pieces will be a welcomed addition to a side often in need of creativity and quality. As much potential as the now 26-year-old does in fact have, he failed to win over Spurs supporters and the idea that Bentley could become the next David Beckham is an idea so foreign, many have forgotten of Bentley as his time at White Hart Lane has largely been spent anywhere but the pitch.

For now, at least, Bentley's headed North with yet another opportunity to reclaim the form Premier League fans witnessed when he was at Blackburn from 2006-08. The supporters in Brum should welcome Bentley with open arms if they hope to beat this year's drop, yet Bentley will have precious time to prove he's a Premier League quality winger if he has any ambition of a future England spot in the years to come.

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English Premier League Transfer Window Round Up: Hits, Misses And Rumors

As England's January transfer window nears its halfway point, there's been enough activity to keep matters interesting yet nothing entirely earth-shattering. Manchester City have thus far made the biggest splash by plucking Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg, but if recent reports surfacing in England are to believed, City's big spending could be a thing of the past.

Tottenham Hotspur on Monday agreed terms with Everton's Steven Pienaar while it's still unclear whether or not Spurs will pay £2M to Everton now, or wait until the summer to secure the South African midfielder. The problem for Everton's David Moyes, however, is that the Scot has been told he needs to sell players in order to fund three separate loan moves he wishes to complete this month in order to strengthen his squad.

If Moyes sells now, he'll have the funds, but will be without Pienaar, whose services are of value to Everton. Should Moyes hold Pienaar until the summer when his contract expires, he risks letting Pienaar go on a free thus receiving no transfer fee from Spurs.

Arsenal may be in the market for a defender as first choice center back Thomas Vermaelen doesn't look set to return to the Gunners anytime soon as a setback to an Achilles problem continues to keep the Belgian sidelined. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated he wants a defender with Premier League experience to fill the whole left in the heart of his defense. Possible targets linked with Arsenal include Bolton's Gary Cahill, Manchester City's Joleon Lescott and Everton's Phil Jagielka.

City's Wayne Bridge looks to be close to joining West Ham with only a medical left to pass before the former Chelsea and England left back will join the Hammers on a season long loan. Boss Avram Grant has had injury concerns at left back with Herita Ilunga out and has called upon a number of West Ham players to deputize while the Hammers fight relegation. Jonathan Spector, Danny Gabidon, Luis Boa Morte and Tal Ben Haim have all seen time at left back this season.

Liverpool are reportedly reading a bid for Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin in their attempts to rebuild for the future and support Fernando Torres in attack. Regarded by many to be the next Theo Walcott, the 17-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlin is said to be a better prospect than Walcott was at 17. When one draws comparisons to Walcott, one also draws interest from Arsenal. It seems for now at least that Arsenal are Liverpool's main rivals as it pertains to the pursuit of Oxlade-Chamberlin.

While Liverpool have yet to make an offer for the attacking midfielder, reports suggest that Liverpool's new owners, Fenway Sports Group, will meet Southampton's valuation for the player at £10M. If Liverpool secure the services of Oxlade-Chamberlin, it's likely the youngster wouldn't feature immediately into the first team yet serve as proof that the new owners are willing to invest in the club who are currently rebuilding for the future.

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