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Ron Vlaar and the free agents who Premier League clubs must sign

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The transfer window is in full swing, money is being spent like there's no tomorrow and Premier League clubs are striving to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season.

In a time when huge fees are the norm it's easy to forget the out of contract Premier League stars that are available for nothing this summer.

Here, we give you five of those who could strengthen Premier League squads.

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RON VLAAR

The Netherlands international has not signed a new contract at Aston Villa, meaning he's available for nothing this summer. He's be linked to Manchester United in the past, but they look set on bigger names this summer. However, there will be no shortage of suitors for Vlaar.

Who could use him?

Toby Alderweireld's decision to move to Tottenham instead of Southampton has left the St Mary's club looking weak in the centre of defence. For a team that prided itself on it's defensive stability last season, the lack of options in the centre of defence is concerning.

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At 30 Vlaar still has a lot left to give and would be an excellent partner for Jose Fonte. The opportunity to link up with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman may also be attractive.

ESTEBAN CAMBIASSO

It came as a big surprise when Leicester brought in Esteban Cambiasso last summer. Naturally many dismissed him as being old and past it. However, he proved any doubters wrong last season. The experienced Argentine was crucial to Leicester's survival, which makes it all the more disappointing that he's not extended his contract with the club.

Who could use him?

Leicester for starters. Despite being 34 he was one of their most important players last season. Unfortunately for them he looks unlikely to return, though bringing him back would certainly enable Claudio Ranieri to win the fans approval. 

Aston Villa would also benefit from having a player of his experience in their squad. He would be someone that Villa's young contingent of players could learn a lot from. With Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley gone the centre of midfield needs strengthening, Cambiasso may be getting on but he'd go a long way towards doing that.

JOEY BARTON

Though his career has been shrouded in controversy he was one of the few that really gave it his all last season at QPR. People see his off the field antics and tend to forget that the Englishman is actually a decent footballer. He's by no means top drawer, but at 32-years-old he's still got something to offer in the Premier League.

Who could use him?

Leicester's attempts to persuade Cambiasso to stay look set to be unsuccessful, meaning they'll have to consider other options. While Barton is obviously not at the same level as the Argentine he would still strengthen the Foxes' midfield.

Having lost Delph, the experienced Englishman might well be worth a punt for Villa. He would bring plenty of Premier League experience to any club in England's top division.

JONAS GUTIERREZ

Seeing Jonas Gutierrez battle back from cancer to pull on the black and white of Newcastle again was truly inspirational.

This makes the club's treatment of the player all the more sickening. To release a player who has been through so much over the phone is simply shocking. The midfielder couldn't be more deserving of another chance in the Premier League.

Who could use him?

West Brom are quite thin on the ground in terms of wingers ahead of the new season. Chris Brunt, James McClean and Callum McManaman are the only recognised wingers currently at the club, so Tony Pulis' side could certainly do with the cover.

Newly promoted Norwich City could also use him. The winger had a loan spell with the club during the 2013/14 season, however injury restricted him to just four appearances. That said, the club were at least willing to give him a chance during a very difficult period in his life. With Josh Murphy the only natural left midfielder at the club a move for Gutierrez would be good business.

JUSSI JAASKELAINEN

The Finnish goalkeeper is 40-years-old now, so even by goalkeeper standards he's getting on. Despite being released by West Ham he looks set to continue his career.

The former Bolton 'keeper was once regarded as one of the league's best stopper, but he struggled for game time last season due to the performances of Adrian. Nonetheless he could still be an adequate backup option for a club next season.

Who could use him?

With Ben Foster out injured West Brom look set to start the Premier League season with Boaz Myhill as their only senior goalkeeper. If something should happen to Myhill then Pulis could find himself in a sticky situation. 20-year-old Jack Rose has no first team experience. Thus a move for Jaaskelainen to serve as backup to Myhill wouldn't be a bad move.

Football fans, who are the best free agents who could join Premier League clubs? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Aston Villa
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Jonas Gutierrez
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Jussi Jaaskelainen
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