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With top-flight clubs on the lookout for a bargain in the transfer window, Goal.com has compiled a list of some of the best talent in the Championship, League One and League Two

ANALYSIS
By George Ankers, Jonathan Birchall & Jamie Dunn

The lack of value in the January transfer window is a topic of annual debate come the New Year, with Premier League managers keen to point out extortionate fees placed on players not worthy.

As such, the hunt for a bargain is heightened and with the likes of Jon Stead and James Beattie having made an immediate impact having gone from the lower leagues to the top flight in Januarys gone by, there is certainly a precedent for managers to look at the Championship, League One and League Two.

Indeed, not all players from the lower leagues settle instantly but examples such as Matthew Kilgallon, Adam Johnson and Leon Best also prove that patience is often rewarded in the long term after a New Year move through the league system.

With less than half of January remaining, we have compiled a list of 10 players who could see themselves being lined up for a move to England's elite competition before the window slams shut.

ADAM LALLANA | Southampton

SEASON STATS
Age
23
Position
Winger
Possible destination Fulham, Wolves
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Season appearances
27
Goals 7
Assists
6
Southampton’s troubles in recent years have, in fact, been timed perfectly for Lallana. On the fringes of the first team as they sank down into League One, the slight drop in quality allowed the skilful youngster, who can play on either flank or behind a striker, to grow into a key role.

He hasn’t looked back since, terrorising Championship defences this season and turning down offers from the Premier League to sign a new five-year deal last January, pointing to his side’s rapid rise as reason to stay.

However, failure to follow through on the Saints’ excellent start to the current campaign could change his thinking.

RICKIE LAMBERT | Southampton

SEASON STATS
Age
29
Position
Striker
Possible destination Newcastle
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Season appearances
28
Goals 17
Assists
7
His club’s talisman ever since his arrival in 2009, Lambert is an intelligent target man who creates space and links up play with flicked headers as well as boasting an incredible knack for scoring.

The Saints’ No.7 has made the step up to the Championship seamlessly and is arguably a better technical player than Norwich’s Grant Holt, who has followed a similar trajectory from League One to the top flight with success.

Alan Pardew, who brought him to St Mary’s, has admitted that he would love to work with Lambert again, though, with the table as it stands, a January transfer is highly unlikely.

NICKY MAYNARD | Bristol City

SEASON STATS
Age
25
Position
Striker
Possible destination
Swansea, West Brom
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Season appearances
26
Goals 8
Assists
2
2012 could prove to be a make or break year for Maynard, with the 25-year-old now into his fourth season at Ashton Gate since becoming the club's record signing for £2.25 million, and looking to bounce back from an injury-blighted campaign last term.

Having been widely expected to join Leicester before now, Maynard and his goalscoring record could potentially be worth a gamble for a Premier League side in need of goals, with his 20-strike haul in 2009-10 proving the former Crewe man's finishing pedigree.

Both Swansea and West Brom have been linked with a move for the forward and it is thought that he would be keen to leave. With only six months remaining on his contract, Maynard could move remarkably cheaply, especially given that The Robins were said to have rejected a £6m bid for his services only last summer.

MATT PHILLIPS | Blackpool

SEASON STATS
Age
20
Position
Winger
Possible destination Bolton, Norwich, Swansea
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Season appearances
27
Goals 13
Assists
1
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has declared that it would take a similar offer to Liverpool’s £20m acquisition of Jordan Henderson to prise away his star man.

The young winger, who scored six in seven games on a short-term loan at Sheffield United earlier this season, has become the most prized jewel in the playoff-chasers’ crown after the summer departures of Charlie Adam and David Vaughan.

The England under-20s youngster has netted two hat-tricks in the last month since putting the tangerine shirt back on, reportedly alerting several clubs to his potential.

NICK POWELL | Crewe Alexandra

SEASON STATS
Age
17
Position
Midfielder
Possible destination Arsenal, Liverpool
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Season appearances
23
Goals 5
Assists
2
Powell is yet another youngster off the perpetual conveyor belt of talent that is Crewe's famed Reaseheath academy but his performances for the Railwaymen, as well as his list of supposed suitors, suggest he could become one of the Alexandra Stadium's finest ever alumni.

A skilful midfielder with a dangerous burst of pace and occasional eye for goal, Powell is one of the country's most exciting talents and has been linked with all of the Premier League's top clubs at some point or another.

Crewe are in no position to ask for a fee of any great significance and with England schoolboy Max Clayton said to be a target for Premier League side, Steve Davis' squad could soon see two of its brightest prospects leave.

NATHAN REDMOND | Birmingham City

SEASON STATS
Age
17
Position
Winger
Possible destination Liverpool, Man City
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Season appearances
14
Goals 2
Assists
1
Redmond has only been used sparingly thus far by Birmingham boss Chris Hughton, but the midfielder's obvious potential has seen him linked with a number of leading Premier League clubs already. The pacey right-winger became the club’s second-youngest ever player in the League Cup in August 2010, and has made his way into the club’s first-team plans since signing professional terms in March 2011.

The Englishman is a pacey midfielder who is able to play on either flank and possesses no shortage of skill, and while Birmingham rate Redmond at £10m, they may struggle to keep hold of him yet.

JORDAN RHODES | Huddersfield Town

SEASON STATS
Age
21
Position
Striker
Possible destination Tottenham, Everton, Blackburn, Newcastle, QPR, West Brom
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Season appearances
27
Goals 27
Assists
3
Since breaking into the Huddersfield Town first team in 2009, Rhodes has never looked back. The Scotland under-21 international broke the 20-goal barrier in each of the last two seasons, but halfway through the 2011-12 campaign, Rhodes has already found the net a staggering 27 times, including back-to-back hat-tricks against Exeter and Preston, as well as four and five-goal hauls.

Huddersfield are keen to keep hold of their man during January, but bids for the striker, who has proved himself to be instinctive, composed and capable of scoring all manner of different goals, are almost inevitable.

JEFFREY SCHLUPP | Leicester City

SEASON STATS
Age
19
Position
Striker
Possible destination Liverpool, Stoke
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Season appearances
17
Goals 5
Assists
2
A product of Leicester City’s youth academy, Schlupp captured the imagination of many with a hat-trick on his full debut for the club in a League Cup victory over Rotherham. Previously, the striker had enjoyed a prolific spell with Brentford scoring six goals in nine appearances with the League One club.

Schlupp possesses British, German and Ghanaian passports and, despite representing Germany at youth level, the 19-year-old has since been capped by the African nation, making his debut as a second-half substitute in a November friendly against Gabon.

JAMES TOMKINS | West Ham

SEASON STATS
Age
22
Position
Defender
Possible destination Newcastle, Tottenham
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Season appearances
23
Goals 1
Assists
1
Having made his Premier League debut nearly four years ago, it's easy to forget just how young Tomkins is. A product of the West Ham academy, the England under-21 international is said to have been targetted by both Newcastle and Tottenham ahead of a move this January but with Sam Allardyce's side flying in the Championship, the Upton Park hierarchy will be reluctant to see their man leave.

The interest of the Premier League teams is understandable, with Tomkins having shown a maturity in the centre of defence that has often belied his tender age. Strong performances against Derby County and Portsmouth at the turn of the year will have only served to confirm his status. West Ham may have a fight on their hands to keep him.

WILFRIED ZAHA | Crystal Palace

SEASON STATS
Age
19
Position
Striker/Winger
Possible destination
Liverpool, Man United
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Season appearances
32
Goals 5
Assists
5
Born in the Ivory Coast but an England under-19 international, Zaha is gradually pinning down a first-team spot at Selhurst Park this season. Fleet-footed and thrilling, the young forward is known to be admired by Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson, both of whom have been in touch with Palace boss Dougie Freedman, who insists that he is going nowhere.

A £10m bid was reportedly lodged to bring him to Anfield last week but colleagues at the London club believe that continued development in the Championship would suit him best.

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