Three players you need to know in this year’s transfer window

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Do you want to sound like an expert during the transfer window but never have time to research the names doing the rounds?

Fear not, we’ve produced a quick guide to three left-field stars who could be wearing your team’s shirt for the rest of the season.

So, the next time you’re down the pub you’ll be sure to win the respect of your fellow fans when you call for one of these signings.

KEVIN – ATLETICO MINEIRO

You will of course know Kevin from that infamous 2016 goal against Palmeiras which made him an overnight YouTube sensation, but can the Brazilian wonder kid do the job in the Premier League?

Sure, his form since that fateful day when he beat all 10 opposing players, nutmegged the referee, flicked the ball up and overhead back heel volleyed in into the roof of the net via both posts hasn’t been quite what he would have hoped, but how can you ignore that kind of talent?

While naysayers will suggest that the physicality of English football may be too much for five-foot three Kevin, they seem to have forgotten his second most famous goal against Bahia which saw him ably shoulder barge a horse released by opposition fans en route to rounding the goalkeeper and scoring.

At his breathtaking best, Kevin can beat six men while juggling the ball on his shoulder, but his work ethic is questionable as he’ll often fail to track back when required, sometimes even taking a seat on the bench sulkily until his team-mates regain possession.

He’d be a gamble for any Premier League side, but back home he’s seen as the next Mesut Ozil.

ALF OLE OLAV MAGNUS FLO – TROMSO

He’s been prolific this season in the Norwegian Tippeligean with 89 goals in 14 games, a record that is particularly impressive when you consider he spent the first half of the campaign as a centre-back and took a sabbatical for two months to retreat to a remote cottage and write a dark mystery novel.

A true target man, at seven foot three, Flo has a surprisingly good touch, but experts will point out that every goal in his career has come from a header.

Sam Allardyce is known to be a big admirer of the 28-year-old and Burnley have sent scouts to watch him both on the field and writing his disturbing yet profoundly moving prose.

RYAN GRUDGELEY – SPENNYMOOR TOWN

For those wanting to look a little closer to home, there’s up and coming non-league goal machine Ryan Grudgeley.

An old-fashioned striker in every regard, Grudgeley is not just hungry for goals, he’s addicted to them – a problem that he is trying to work through with professional help after hitting rock bottom last year when he was found to be leading a double life playing up front for a local Under-9s side.

There will also be question marks over Grudgeley’s temperament after he was sent off for repeatedly hitting a fourth official over the head with a substitution board, earning him a three-game ban.

Wolves were strongly linked with Grudgeley back in the summer but their interest waned after a video emerged of the player insulting each and every member of the squad circulated on social media.

Sam Allardyce is known to be a big admirer of the 22-year-old who is now said to be attracting interest from Burnley.

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