The transfer window has opened and a flurry of activity has already taken place, as clubs look to improve their squads for the coming season. Value for money is always something these teams look out for, especially with today's inflated prices.

Here, we look at the five Premier League players who could prove the best value for money, as club's look to save the pennies and bag a bargain ahead of the 2013/14 season.

Florent Malouda - Free agent

It seems amazing that a player who has made 80 appearances for the French national team could fall out of favour so quickly.

Once regarded among the best players in the world during his time at Lyon and his early years at Chelsea, Malouda was completely frozen out last season, playing only with the academy.

Despite being 33-years-old, Malouda is still an incredibly talented player and can make a real impact if played regularly.

Gareth Barry - Manchester City

Barry has been a consistent, if unspectacular performer over the past couple of seasons, yet the fact that he often featured alongside Yaya Toure in the heart of the Man City midfield shows what an excellent addition he could make.

With City planning a mass exodus this year following their failure to defend the Premier League title, Barry could be available for as little as £3.5 million, with Arsenal leading the race for the former Aston Villa man's signature.

Joleon Lescott - Manchester City

Another player believed to be surplus to requirements under new boss Manuel Pelligrini, Lescott has been a solid Premier League performer since signing for Everton in 2006.

With 27 England caps to his name as well, the £22 million man is a quality defender who, at the age of 30 could still perform at the highest level for a couple more years.

Although recent reports suggest he could stay, with only a year left on his contract it seems likely that City will want to recoup a small proportion of the huge fee they paid to bring him to the club.

Franco di Santo - Free agent

After declining to renew his contract with relegated club Wigan, Di Santo could prove to be a valuable squad player with the potential to become a first-team regular at a Premier League club.

Despite a poor goal-scoring record, his physique and pace make him a real nuisance for defenders.

Three caps for Argentina is testament to the 24-year-old's talent, considering he is competing with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi.

Darren Bent - Aston Villa

Having lost his place in the Aston Villa team due to the excellent form of Christian Benteke, it is common belief that Bent will be looking to move on to pastures new.

A consistent goalscorer wherever he has gone, the 29-year-old signed for Aston Villa for a club record £24 million from Sunderland, however according to The Sun he may now be available for a ridiculously low £5 million.

What other players are available for next to nothing this summer? And could your team be about to pick up a bargain in the summer sales? Have your say in the comments box below.

 

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