The summer transfer window slammed shut days ago, with over £450 million spent by Premier League clubs during three months of bedlam. Major transfers included Eden Hazard to Chelsea, Robin van Persie to Manchester United and Joe Allen to Liverpool.
However, the chance for teams to improve their sides has not totally passed, as free agents are still able to sign contracts at any time.
Here’s a summary of the best players that the free transfer market has to offer, and what they could still offer a struggling side in the English top flight - or a club look to challenge for trophies...
Michael Owen: Owen has been linked with a sensational return to former club Liverpool, as they lack substantial reinforcements in that area. Although Brendan Rodgers has not confirmed that a move for the ex-Manchester United, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Reds striker is likely, it shouldn’t be dismissed as an option. Other possibilities for Owen include: Stoke City, Everton and Sunderland, according to Sky Sports.
Emile Heskey: Unfortunately for Heskey, he has somewhat harshly been tarnished with mockery over recent years. Heskey has never claimed to be a scoring machine, however his ability to bring others into play around him is exceptional. Released by Aston Villa, he could surely do a job for a lower Premier League club?
Alessandro Del Piero: The Italian magician would be a fantastic prospect in the Premier League, despite his age. The qualities that he possesses do not require pace, which is the first to decline as you reach the age that Del Piero is. With Liverpool in desperate need of some firepower going forward, could we see a shock move for the former Juventus star? Southampton have also been linked.
Del Piero would add experience. (©GettyImages)
Tuncay: Released by Wolfsburg, the Turkish international striker is a veteran of the Premier League. Former spells at Middlesbrough and Bolton showed that he has the talent to cut it at the top level. At only 30 years of age, with 80 international caps to his name, could we see Tuncay return to the Premier League this season?
Nigel Reo-Coker: The former Bolton midfielder has been released as a new contract failed to be a agreed with the now Championship club. Reo-Coker has never fully lived up to the expectations that saw him linked with a move to Manchester United during his time at West Ham.
Owen Hargreaves: A fantastic midfielder on his day. Unfortunately dogged by masses of injuries during his career, we have yet to see his best in the Premier League. Spells at Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City are not the worst ways to spend your career. Could he be due another spell in the Premier League? It would be a gamble, given the fitness track record.
Could Hargreaves still perform in the Premier League? (©GettyImages)
Florent Sinama Pongolle: The former Liverpool forward has maintained a high level of football since leaving the Merseyside outfit. Released by Sporting Lisbon in the summer, the 27-year-old forward has a solitary French international cap to his name and could prove a shrewd addition for a Premier League side.
Thomas Hitzlsperger: Known as ‘Der Hammer’ for his thunderous left-footed strike, the German midfielder has an impressive international pedigree behind him with 52 caps. Add to this spells at Aston Villa and more recently West Ham, Thomas could be an effective midfielder once more in the Premier League.
Harry Kewell: A former Leeds and Liverpool winger, the Austrialian international has been the poster boy of football Down Under for many years. At 33, Kewell may not have the pace and stamina required to cut it in the Premier League any more, however.
John Mensah: Linked strongly with a move to West Ham, Mensah had a very successful spell at Sunderland in recent years. The Ghanian international has 78 caps and has played at eight clubs in his varied and journeyman-like career. Not going to be a show-stopper when he makes a move, but could still be a solid central defender for a lower Premier League side.
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