As many of the world’s top club managers will tell you, it is very difficult to find any value during the January transfer window and it takes a good eye with some astute wheeler-dealering (just don’t tell Harry Redknapp that) to add to a squad without paying over the odds.

Champions League teams will worry about players being cup-tied, other teams may not want to upset any kind of harmony that has developed in their group and others may fear a January signing may not have enough time to settle in to be worth the fee at that time – there are numerous considerations.

However, GMS are convinced that there are some good deals out there in European football for the shrewd football manager, a veritable bounty of talent just waiting to be released from their personal limbo and given a chance to shine.

So, you’ll be shocked to hear, we decided to draw up a list of some of the players that appear as though they may be available to the right bidder, whether it be permanent or loan.

We picked out five who we feel would be the most effective and value for money – just click to start the slideshow to see the stars that should be snapped up...

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