The Real Footie Analyst

Best EPL Bosman free transfers still available

There are some clubs across Europe that just don’t have the spending power to be compared with the likes of Manchester United & City, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona.  So if no major investment came in clubs are forced to look elsewhere as a means to bring in new players and thankfully there is something called a Bosman free transfer. For those that don’t know what that means read it up here – it basically allows players that have reached the end of their contracts to discuss possible transfers to other clubs.

Here we look at some quality and proven English Premier League players that may be of interest to smaller clubs:

Owen Hargreaves

Hargreaves has seen his time at Old Trafford ravaged by injuries but it is thought Sir Alex Ferguson will offer the former Bayern Munich man a pay-as-you-play deal. If he can regain his fitness, his passing ability would be a major asset to any side.

Pros: Quality performer who has played at the highest level for both club and country.

Cons: Injury prone – major concerns around how long he will be able to play the game after suffering continuous knee injuries.

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Sebastian Larsson
Birmingham have been trying to convince their midfielder to sign a new deal for months, but to no avail. Was instrumental in the Blues’ Carling Cup triumph and offers pace and skill to any team. Newcastle have been frequently linked with a swoop.

Pros: Proven ability who can offer width and attacking options through the middle. A product of the Arsenal academy.

Cons: None.
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Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate’s time at Spurs has followed a sadly familiar course, i.e. spending too much of his time in the treatment room. Boss Harry Redknapp has hinted that a new deal may not be forthcoming but the former England defender’s chances of finding a new club will depend much on his fitness.

Pros: A cultured centre-back who was once on the books of Real Madrid.

Cons: Injury and fitness concerns make him a liability in a key position for any team.
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Matthew Upson
Upson failed to reproduce his commanding defensive displays on a consistent basis this campaign and with West Ham looking to cut the wage bill, the former Arsenal man could be heading for the exit.

Pros: An experienced campaigner who has been reliable over the years as captain for West Ham.

Cons: Age – he is on the wrong side of 30.
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Manuel Almunia
The Spanish stopper has slipped down the pecking order thanks in part to some high-profile mistakes as well as the emergence of Wojciech Szczesny. The return of veteran Jens Lehmann, who has hinted he may stay on at the Emirates, could see Almunia looking for pastures new this summer.

Pros: An experienced keeper with a few years still left in the tank.

Cons: Error-prone and lacks confidence at times.
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Lee Bowyer
Bowyer has continued to produce all-action displays and has been rewarded with a new contract. But the 34-year-old has yet to put pen to paper, perhaps considering his options with the Blues having dropped down to the Championship.

Pros: A battle-hardened midfielder who will get stuck in when needed, which is a must for EPL clubs.

Cons: Border-line disciplinary record and past can sometimes get the better of him.
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Patrick Vieira
The French enforcer has signalled that he would like to stay on at Manchester City but no deal has yet been agreed. This season he proved he could still put those lanky legs to good use, meaning he won’t be short of suitors if he is shown the Eastland’s exit.

Pros: A player and leader with all the atttributes, despite his age, that can help younger players with his knowledge and guile. Can be groomed for a player-coach role as well.

Cons: Of course his age and the demands of a full EPL season will take it’s toll.
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Eidur Gudjohnsen
Spending time on loan at Fulham this season, the Icelandic forward seems to have settled back in west London. Rumoured interest from newly promoted QPR might not be out of the question while it is also thought the Cottagers will offer him a permanent deal.

Pros: A wealth of experience and has scored important goals for the likes of Chelsea & Barcelona. He may be worth the 10-15 goals needed to avoid the drop.

Cons: None.
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Rob Green
Green managed to put the disappointment of last year’s World Cup behind him to prove a shining light in a dismal Hammers team. A capable pair of hands, Green should remain in the top flight.

Pros: A proven shot-stopper and has international experience to make him a first-choice selection.

Cons: The odd mistake can creep in but he is only as good as his defence in front of him.
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