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Six Players That Have 12 Hours To Seal Deadline Day Transfers

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The January transfer window closes at 11 pm on Tuesday night, bringing an end to the rumour carnival for another few months.

In truth, it’s been a quiet window generally, with the title chasers happy to stick with what they have and relegation battlers thwarted in their attempts to strengthen (with the exception of Hull, who have signed four and look set to add several more before the deadline).

However, with a number of deals left hanging in the air going into the final 12 hours, there is a possibility at least that Tuesday could bring some level of excitement.

For various reasons, certain players either need to leave to further their career, to get first-team football, or because they’ve torched some bridges on the way out.

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Ashley Young (Manchester United)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Ashley Young of Manchester United takes on Roy Beerens of Reading during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on January 7, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Linked With: West Brom, Hull, Everton, Shandong Luneng

Limited to just two Premier League starts all season, it would be in Young’s interests to find a new club on Tuesday. The 31-year-old barely features on José Mourinho’s radar, and with a number of clubs reportedly vying for his signature, he would be expected to move on this month.

Mourinho has said that he would like Young to stay, but would understand if he wanted to leave.

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Robbie Brady (Norwich City)

Derby, ENGLAND- November 26: Robbie Brady of Norwich City and Alex Pearce (l) and Bradley Johnson (r) of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Norwich City at iPro Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Linked With: Burnley, Crystal Palace, Hull, Swansea, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Sunderland, Leicester

Brady’s importance to the Ireland national side has grown exponentially in the past eight months due to his Euro 2016 heroics, which in turn has led to increased interest from a number of Premier League sides.

Burnley have emerged as the frontrunners to sign him this month, and Norwich have said that the 25-year-old can go in this window providing they receive the right offer, and if they have time to find a replacement.

The smart money would still be on Brady being a Burnley player by Tuesday night, but it could be a close one.

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Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champion after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Linked With: Sunderland, Alaves

Ulloa’s relationship with Leicester and manager Claudio Ranieri has deteriorated dramatically in the past few weeks, stemming from his desire to leave in search of regular football. The Foxes’ refusal of three offers for the Argentine striker, one from Alaves and two from Sunderland, has led to Ulloa taking to Twitter to pretty much kill off any hope he had of playing for the club again:

Amazingly, there’s still no guarantee that he’ll be leaving the King Power on Tuesday, so he could find himself training with the reserves on Wednesday.

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Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)

during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Anfield on December 12, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

Linked With: Crystal Palace, Swansea, Southampton, Stoke, Inter Milan, AC Milan, PSG, Lille, Sevilla

Sakho’s Liverpool career has imploded in dramatic fashion in less than 12 months. A provisional drugs ban and multiple breaches of club discipline have led to manager Jurgen Klopp washing his hands of the defender. Attempts to move him out on loan in August proved fruitless, and now they want him gone permanently.

Sky Sports reported on Monday night that Crystal Palace had entered into talks the sign the centre-back. Liverpool’s £20m asking price could yet prove to be a stumbling block but Sakho will almost certainly be leaving Anfield (be it permanent or on a loan deal) in the next 12 hours.

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Asmir Begovic (Chelsea)

PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Goal keeper Asmir Begovic #1 of Chelsea in action against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Linked With: Bournemouth

With a £12m fee agreed and Begovic desperate to join Bournemouth, this deal should have been pretty straightforward. However, any transfer is dependent on Chelsea finding a replacement for the Bosnian international – and is proving to be something of a challenge.

Celtic have rejected a £3m bid for Craig Gordon and Newcastle aren’t minded to allow Karl Darlow to leave, so unless the Blues can work something out then Begovic will be forced to remain at Stamford Bridge.

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Scott Hogan (Brentford)

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Scott Hogan of Brentford celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on April 30, 2016 in Brentford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

Linked With: Aston Villa, West Ham, Crystal Palace

The Irish-qualified striker has been in fine form for Brentford this season, scoring 14 goals in 25 Championship games. This has led to strong transfer interest from clubs in both the first and second tier, with West Ham already having a bid of around £10m knocked back.

The Hammers have since dropped their interest in Hogan but Crystal Palace made an enquiry as to his availability on Monday, and by Tuesday morning Sky had made Aston Villa the favourites to sign the 24-year-old.

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