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Premier League: Free agents XI

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When it comes to transfers, you don't always have to fork out millions to sign a good player, especially when there are plenty of free agents about - and this summer promises to be no different.

In fact, this summer could see an abundance of Premier League stars made available on free transfers as their current contracts at their respective clubs are running down.

This is the best and the worst of the potential free agents for the summer ahead.

Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen | West Ham

Not quite the same goalkeeper he was when he was playing for Bolton, but still has two of the safest hands in the Premier League. Despite his advancing years, the West Ham keeper can still put in sensational performances and remains a highly-rated goalkeeper.

Defender: Kolo Toure | Manchester City

The Manchester City defender has been a solid performer in the Premier League ever since joining Arsenal, but in recent years he has not been making enough appearances. Reads the game exceptionally and with games under his belt, he could regain some of the form he showed in his early days.

Defender: Rio Ferdinand | Manchester United

A solid centre-back despite his age. Not as quick as he was a few years ago, but is still solid at the back and can read the game exceptionally. Recently re-called into the England squad - only to pull out - it shows that Ferdinand is still capable of performing in the big matches. Despite speculation that he will be offered a new contract, he hasn't as of yet and could leave Manchester United on a free.

Defender: Brede Hangeland | Fulham

A centre-back that has been one of the most consistent performers for the last few years. The Fulham defender has been chased by big clubs in the past, but has failed to match his previous performances this season. However, he could still be a good signing for any club as he brings experience and is very strong technically.

Defender: William Gallas | Tottenham

Not many players play for three teams in the same area, but that is something Gallas has achieved. Lost a lot of his natural talent that once upon a time made him one of the greatest centre-backs in the Premier League and is only getting worse. Slow, injury prone and a walking error at the back is something no team needs.

Midfield: Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Surely one of the best free agents of all time. The Chelsea midfielder has just scored his 200th goal for the club and is still yet to be offered a new contract by the club. It doesn't look like one is coming his way, either. Despite not getting any younger, Lampard can still control the midfield and would be a great signing for any club.

Midfield: Yossi Benayoun | Chelsea

Surprisingly still at Chelsea after falling out of favour at the club, Benayoun desperately needs to leave Stamford Bridge in order to rejuvenate his career. A mediocre loan-spell at Arsenal wasn't enough to see him sign permanently with the Gunners.

Midfield: Jermaine Pennant | Stoke City

Never really achieved his potential after coming onto the scene as a youngster at Arsenal. Quite a talented player, but his attitude has held him back and might put potential buyers off.

Midfield: Andrey Arshavin | Arsenal

Excluding his first season at Arsenal, Arshavin has been a waste of £15m. No doubt he has the talent, but he also has a terrible attitude and is too lazy to be the player he could have been. Exceptional for Russia, but has never quite managed to do it at Arsenal. Doesn't have the right attitude to compete anymore.

Striker: Franco Di Santo | Wigan Athletic

Left Chelsea a few seasons back to gain first-team football and found himself at Wigan Athletic, where he still hasn't really become the striker he could have been. Not got the greatest scoring record, but can still be a handful at times for opposition defences.

Striker: Carlton Cole | West Ham

Very similar to Di Santo, Carlton Cole hasn't got the best scoring record, but his physicality has proven a handful in the past for opponents. Good in the air, strong on the ball and pacy at times, Cole has all the attribute to be a dangerous striker.

 

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