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The transfer window opens in the United Kingdom on January 1: Getty Images

Welcome to the London Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the winter transfer window.

Business hours open in the United Kingdom on January 1, but clubs around the country are already mapping out their plans as we enter the busy festive fixture schedule.

With Manchester City leading the Premier League by a whopping 11 points, their rivals may opt to try and buy their way back into contention – though securing a spot within the top four appears a far easily obtainable feat.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham will all be linked with moves, while at the bottom, the likes of Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham will surely be looking to preserve their place in the division with fresh recruits.

Stay tuned for all of the transfer news, rumours and gossip from the Premier League right here.

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When is the winter transfer window open around the world?

Country Active
Argentina January 8 to February 7
Australia January 3 to January 31
Austria January 7 to February 6
Belgium January 1 to January 31
Brazil January 10 to April 2
China January 1 to February 28
Colombia December 11 to February 9
Denmark January 5 to January 31
England January 1 to January 31
France January 1 to January 31
Germany January 1 to January 31
Italy January 3 to January 31
Mexico January 1 to January 31
Netherlands January 3 to January 31
Northern Ireland January 1 to January 31
Norway January 8 to March 31
Poland February 1 to February 28
Portugal January 3 to February 2
Republic of Ireland December 1 to February 22
Russia January 23 to February 22
Scotland January 1 to January 31
Spain January 1 to January 31
Sweden January 8 to March 31
Switzerland January 16 to February 15
Ukraine January 31 to March 2
USA February 7 to May 1
Wales January 1 to January 31

Current Premier League standings

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Man City 18 17 1 0 44 52
2 Man United 18 13 2 3 27 41
3 Chelsea 18 12 2 4 18 38
4 Liverpool 18 9 7 2 18 34
5 Arsenal 18 10 3 5 11 33
6 Burnley 18 9 5 4 4 32
7 Tottenham 18 9 4 5 13 31
8 Leicester 18 7 5 6 1 26
9 Everton 18 7 4 7 -6 25
10 Watford 18 6 4 8 -6 22
11 Huddersfield 18 6 3 9 -14 21
12 Southampton 18 4 6 8 -7 18
13 Brighton 18 4 6 8 -9 18
14 Crystal Palace 18 4 5 9 -13 17
15 West Ham 18 3 5 9 -15 17
16 Bournemouth 18 4 4 10 -9 16
17 Stoke 18 4 4 10 -20 16
18 Newcastle 18 4 3 11 -11 15
19 West Brom 18 2 8 8 -11 14
20 Swansea 18 3 3 12 -15 12