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The end of the season usually brings with it a lengthy holiday in a sun-kissed resort for most footballers, or a trip to Poland and Ukraine for the better ones.

 

However its not all sun, sea and sand for a band of players that will be more concerned with finding a new club having been released by their former employees.

 

That may be bad news for the players themselves, but teams looking to get on the right side of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play may look to the free transfer market in order to add to their squads on the cheap – with that in mind GMF brings you an entire first team XI your club could sign for absolutely nothing this summer.

 

Craig Gordon

 

Sunderland’s £9 million goalkeeper broke the transfer record for a British ‘stopper when he headed towards the Stadium of Light in 2007. Now released by the Black Cats, the Scottish international is looking for a new club.

 

Gretar Steinsson

 

Bolton’s experienced right-back is a free agent after being released by the Trotters last week.

 

Steinsson cost £3.5 million when he signed on the dotted line at the Reebok Stadium in 2008, and made 26 appearances this term while also scoring against Liverpool in January.

 

Zat Knight

 

Zat Knight's contract is soon to expire with Bolton, and the defender looks like heading towards the exit this summer.

The former Fulham man should have his fair share of suitors if that is the case, with West Ham amongst those interested.

 

Ricardo Gardner

 

Another Bolton defender to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League, Gardner spent 14 years with the Trotters making almost 300 league appearances in the process. The 33-year-old also spent time on loan with Preston this season.

 

Peter Ramage

 

Ramage was released by QPR today having made almost 70 appearances for the Super Hoops, while he also previously enjoyed time in the north east with Newcastle.

 

A defender who promised much when he broke through, at 28 he still has plenty of time to show what he can do.

 

Nigel Reo-Coker

 

Reo-Coker informed Bolton last week that he would be exercising a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away from the club following their relegation, meaning the former West Ham midfielder is now a free agent.

 

Aston Villa paid West Ham £7.5 million for his services in 2007, with a Premier League side sure to snap up the 28-year-old before long.

 

Mohamed Diame

 

Diame will leave Wigan this summer as he runs down his current deal with the Latics.

 

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the 24-year-old, who came to the Premier League from Rayo Vallecano.

 

Salomon Kalou

 

Kalou is another whose contract expires in the summer, with Chelsea expected to let him leave Stamford Bridge.

 

The Ivorian may be leaving the Blues, but will do so with his head held high after claiming a Champions League winner's medal on Saturday.

 

Junior Hoilett

 

The Canadian-born winger is amongst the most in-demand youngsters in the Premier League, with Tottenham and Arsenal reportedly interested in securing his services.

 

His contract is up this summer, and while Blackburn would like to keep him, Hoilett is expected to leave for free, although Rovers would be entitled to compensation.

 

Didier Drogba

 

His last kick for Chelsea may have been the most important in the club’s history as his penalty helped the Blues secure their first ever Champions League trophy.

 

The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer and free to talk to other clubs, although Chelsea may baulk and offer him the two-year-deal he seeks.

 

Hugo Rodallega

 

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed Hugo Rodallega will leave the club when his contract expires next month.

 

The Colombian was a club record £4.5 million buy in 2009 and reportedly attracted interest from Tottenham in the January transfer window.

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