With the January transfer window looming on the horizon the best wheelers and dealers in the Premier League are gearing up to grab themselves a winter deal, but in the world of the inflated mid-season window where are the best bargains to be had?
Last January’s transfer window demonstrated value wasn’t exactly at the forefront of most club owner’s minds – but strikers certainly were as Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Darren Bent and Andy Carroll all moved clubs for a staggering £145 million combined fee.
Now with Financial Fair Play all of the rage, GMF lists those five players who are going for a song this winter.
The Bolton centre-back has progressed into the England senior side and has all the hallmarks of being a long-term successor of John Terry with the Three Lions.
Cahill has appeared fallible in recent weeks as the Bolton’s leaky defence threatened to fall apart, and his red card against Tottenham last week (although it was rescinded) demonstrates he is prone to the occasional error, but he remains one of the better centre-backs in the league and should get a move to one of the top six clubs – the fact his contract is up soon only sweetens the deal for prospective buyers.
Who wants him: Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham
Valuation: £7 million
According to a report in the Sunday Times recently, both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are about to be shown the door at Old Trafford.
While Vidic leaving the club at a relatively spritely 30 years of age seems unlikely, Ferdinand recent injury-prone nature means it is a real possibility he may move on sooner rather than later – and whoever he moves to next will still be getting a fine player indeed despite his recent problems.
Ferdinand remains as composed and classy as ever, helping United shore up their defence since the 6-1 defeat against City; Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have shipped just one goal in five Premier League games since then, four of which Ferdinand started in.
The one goal did come after Ferdinand gave away a penalty against Newcastle, but replays showed it was a typical perfectly-timed challenged from one of England’s finest.
If he is available, there won’t be any shortage of takers.
Who wants him: West Ham
Valuation: £5 million
Didier showed there was plenty of life in the old Drog yet with his virtuoso performance against Valencia; the Ivorian combined poise and muscle to brutal effect as he helped ease the heaping pressure on Andre Villas-Boas.
Any man who is able to keep Fernando Torres on the bench well into his thirties deserves credit no matter how out-of sorts the Spaniard is, especially given the fact most observers wrote him off when Torres arrived as destined for the scrap heap.
His contract is up soon and various reports suggested he will leave in January while the man himself refuses to say much on the issue. If he is playing like a man possessed at the moment to earn a two year deal at Stamford Bridge or to attract potential players is irrelevant – he remains almost unplayable on his day.
Who wants him: Tottenham
Valuation: £6-8 Million
The sprightly Canadian-born winger has impressed more than a few people this season with his chalk-on-the-boots wing hugging routine, while he’s also shown he has a eye for the back of the net having bagged three goals this season, one of which was an absolute pearler against Norwich.
Full of pace with excellent agility, Hoilet posseses one of the most in-demand attributes in the Premier League – the ability to beat a man and deliver a perfect cross.
With Blackburn seemingly destined for one hell of a relegation scrap Hoilett may be tempted to move while the going is good.
Who wants him: Tottenham, Arsenal
Valuation: £6-9 million
The enigmatic Bulgarian whose career appears to have stalled at Manchester United once declared his undying love for the Godfather films – and perhaps now it is time for someone to make him an offer he can’t refuse.
With Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney forming an immediate bond chances for United’s top scorer last season have been limited, while the former Tottenham man’s omission from the Champions League final squad altogether last season was certainly a slap in the face.
Berbatov has all the touches and flicks that made him a success at Spurs but has appeared somewhat down on his luck in recent months, perhaps a new club is necessary to re-charge his batteries.
Ferguson appears reluctant to let him go, but the emergence of Danny Welbeck has further pushed him down the order and if the right offer comes in he could be on his way out.
Who wants him: Fulham, Aston Villa
Valuation: £8-10 million