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Five Northern Ireland internationals who could be on the move in January

By Gareth Hanna

The transfer window is open for business and with it come the inevitable rumours about which players are off where.

So which Northern Ireland players have been involved in all the discussions? We've found five that could be set for a turbulent month, which may well end in a move.

Here they are:

1. Jonny Evans (West Brom)

We'll start with the obvious one. Evans has long been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns with Premier League leaders Manchester City said to be interested along with his old club Manchester United and rivals Arsenal. The latest news this week was that Jose Mourinho was willing to shell out £20 million to bring the central defender back to Old Trafford. It's already been a big month for Jonny as he turned 30 on Wednesday. Happy birthday, Jonny!

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Jonny Evans joined West Brom from Manchester United in 2015.

2. Lee Hodson (Rangers)

The right-back has made 22 appearances for Northern Ireland, more than he's made for his current club in the league since his arrival at Ibrox 18 months ago. He has started only 15 Premiership games for Rangers since joining from Kilmarnock with one further appearance off the bench. Perhaps it's not entirely surprising then that the Scottish Sun this morning named him in a list of players that boss Graeme Murty is prepared to see move on this month.

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Northern Ireland's Lee Hodson and Germany's Leon Goretzka in action during the World Cup Qualifier at Windsor Park in Belfast on October 4th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

3. Ryan McGivern (Free agent)

The 27 year-old hasn't pulled on the Northern Ireland shirt in a competitive fixture since 2014 but he was back in Michael O'Neill's squad at the start of the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign and took to the pitch in the friendly defeat to Croatia in 2016. He is definitely on the move after being released by League One side Northampton Town after a short spell at the club he signed for as defensive cover in November. He made only two starts during that time.

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Ryan McGivern (centre) was back in Northern Ireland training in 2016.

4. Conor Washington (Queen's Park Rangers)

The forward has netted three goals for Northern Ireland in 16 appearances and despite scoring four Championship goals for QPR so far this term, there have been rumours that he could be on his way out. His overall record is 11 goals in 81 Championship games for the club and rumours have claimed that he could be used in QPR's attempts to bring in Peterbrough United forward Jack Marriott. Washington joined QPR from United, and the rumours claim that Peterbrough may part with their prize forward if they were to get Washington back as part of the deal. Washington also, remember, now has a certain Paul Smyth to compete with for a starting spot at QPR.

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Conor Washington

5. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock)

Jones impressed on his Northern Ireland debut in the crucial away leg of the ill-fated World Cup play-off against Switzerland. He's been in sterling form for his club too and as a result, the Daily Mail have claimed that Championship strugglers Hull City could be prepared to bring the former Middlesbrough man back across the border. Jones has netted three goals and contributed three assists for Kilmarnock this season.

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Jordan Jones has made one appearance for Northern Ireland.

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