El Shaarawy shines but Holtby & Huntelaar fail to fire: How the Premier League's January transfer targets fared this week

Marseille lost a crucial match at the top of Ligue 1 against Bordeaux but there was success for the likes of Karim Benzema, Andre Schurrle and Kevin Strootman in other leagues
By Oliver Platt

The January transfer window edges ever closer and with strengths and weaknesses in Premier League squads starting to tell, the division's managers will be keeping a close eye on targets plying their trade abroad.

Goal.com brings you brings you both the best and worst individual displays throughout the week as we track those who could be moving to Premier League clubs when the window re-opens for business.


Manchester City target Stephan El Shaarawy continued to prove his value to AC Milan by scoring two goals to cancel out Napoli's advantage and secure the visitors a 2-2 draw at the San Paolo.

Gokhan Inler and Lorenzo Insigne had given the title contenders a two-goal lead but El Shaarawy pulled away from Edinson Cavani to become the top scorer in Serie A and earn the struggling Rossoneri a point.

Recent rumours have suggested that Karim Benzema could be involved in a swap deal with Manchester United's Chicharito and the France international was on form in Real Madrid's 5-1 demolition of Athletic Bilbao. Benzema scored the second goal in the rout of Marcelo Bielsa's struggling team.

After being linked with Chelsea for much of the summer, reports resurfaced suggesting that Andre Schurrle could move to Arsenal in the January transfer window. The winger was in good form on Saturday, scoring the decisive first goal in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 victory over Schalke.

Kevin Strootman, a long-term target of Manchester United, is enhancing his growing reputation by leading PSV Eindhoven's title charge and the midfielder scored in the Dutch club's 6-1 thrashing of ADO Den Haag.

Ajax won the Eredivisie title last season but under Dick Advocaat, PSV have established a three-point cushion at the top. They have won 11 of their 13 league matches so far this season.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Wilfried Bony's continued goalscoring exploits have reportedly attracted the attention of Chelsea and Liverpool. The 22-year-old scored two more as Vitesse beat NEC Nijmegen.

Heung-Min Son of Hamburg has stalled on signing a new contract in recent weeks amid interest from Anfield and was on the scoresheet again in the German club's narrow 1-0 victory over Mainz.


In-demand forwards Lewis Holtby and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could not find the target as Schalke slipped to defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.

For only the second time in the Bundsliga this season, Bayern Munich failed to win, drawing 1-1 against Nurnberg, but the Gelsenkirchen club failed to take advantage. They now trail the league leaders by eight points.

Marseille lost out in a similarly important clash against Bordeaux in Ligue 1. The south-coast club have slipped to fourth in a neck-and-neck race for the title, with seventh place Rennes only three points behind leaders Lyon. Loic Remy was injured but Andre Ayew started in the defeat.

Liverpool target Andreas Granqvist's woes with Genoa continued as the Serie A club suffered defeat in the Derby della Lanterna against Sampdoria. Both sides were on dreadful losing runs but the home side was able to pull away from the relegation zone, while Genoa sit bottom of the pile.

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