Top five: Free transfer bargains

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As the curtain prepares to come down on another exciting Premier League campaign this weekend, attention will quickly turn to preparation for next season, with this summer's transfer window set to be another busy period for numerous clubs up and down the country.

Speculation is already rife with endless amounts of players linked with potential moves, but the impending introduction of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play model, means big-spending clubs may be forced to quell their current transfer tactics, in favour of more astute value-for-money acquisitions.

The FFP scheme will force clubs to take a more cautious approach in the market, bringing an end to the dominance of the Premier League cash-cows. Now, with the transfer window fast approaching, GiveMeFootball identifies five free transfer bargains for clubs to fight over this summer.

Didier Drogba

The Chelsea striker has shown in recent weeks there is still plenty of life in the old Drog yet - and the fact that his current contract has been allowed to run down to within weeks of its expiry date could mean the Blues lose their fans' favourite for nothing this summer.

At 34, the Ivorian international boasts vast experience, and has been one of the most consistent forwards in the Premier League over the past few years.

Drogba will command substantial wages, but the fact he could be signed with no transfer fee makes him an attractive option for a number of clubs this summer.

Tottenham have been credited with an interest in bringing him to White Hart Lane, but they will almost certainly face competition for his signature, after it was revealed by Drogba's representatives that he has had various offers from around Europe and the Middle East.

Junior Hoilett

The 21-year-old Canadian international has been one of the few positives to come from Blackburn Rovers' disastrous season, and now that the Ewood Park outfit have been relegated, Hoilett is certain to leave the club this summer.

Having attracted interest from a host of Premier League sides, including Arsenal and Tottenham, the forward is also a reported target for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Interest was high in Hoilett last summer, but Steve Kean refused to discuss the sale of one of his star players, despite knowing full well the player would not sign a new deal beyond his existing contract.

Blackburn will be entitled to significant compensation for a player who signed for their academy when he was just 13, although they will not benefit from a bidding war between the interested clubs now that Hoilett's deal is nearing expiry.

Robert Green

The West Ham United goalkeeper may have played in England's second tier this season, but the 32-year-old has plenty of top-flight experience under his belt.

Green is expected to make the plane with England for Euro 2012 this summer, and is out of contract at Upton Park in June. If the Hammers secure promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs then the stopper could sign a new deal, but failure to do so will almost certainly result in his exit.

Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in signing Green as a long-term successor to Brad Friedel, but the reliable custodian will prove an attractive option for a number of clubs looking to strengthen at the back.

Green is currently one of the top earners at West Ham, and has also been the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Spain, with La Liga side Malaga reportedly keen to land him.

Hugo Rodallega

Despite scoring only two goals for Wigan this season, the 26-year-old Colombian international will be an attractive option for a number of Premier League clubs, after Latics boss Roberto Martinez confirmed Rodallega will leave the DW Stadium this summer.

The striker was a club-record £4.5million buy when he first arrived in January 2009, and his winner against Stoke on the final day of last season kept Wigan in the top flight.

However, after extensive talks over a new deal continued to stall throughout the campaign, Martinez has now accepted defeat in his attempts to secure his long-term future.

"I don't know if he has another club lined up but he will go with our blessing," said Martinez. "I can't praise him enough for his attitude. He's been very unselfish. I think everyone will look at the time he had at the club as a success."

Royston Drenthe

The 25-year-old midfielder may have had his season-long loan contract with Everton cancelled early due to a number of off-the-field discretions, but in his brief time at Goodison Park, Drenthe proved he has ability in abundance.

Deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, the former Feyenoord star looked comfortable in the Premier League, and despite having been recently linked with a move to Merseyside rivals Liverpool this summer, the Dutchman could yet have a number of different options to consider.

Drenthe will not be afforded anywhere near the riches he has at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the opportunity of regular first-team football, in a country he has already warmed to, would be enough to grasp his attention.

Overlooked by Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk for Euro 2012 this summer, Drenthe is reportedly keen on a return to his homeland with Feyenoord showing interest in bringing him back to Rotterdam after a five-year sabbatical, and hope to lure him with the offer of Champions League football.

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