West Ham may delve into free agent market

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Despite the transfer window slamming shut on Monday evening West Ham could still get some more business done if Sam Allardyce feels it is necessary.

There are numerous quality players who failed to find themselves a club over the summer and the Hammers could be tempted to delve into the free agent market in order to bolster their squad further.

It wouldn’t be the first time Allardyce landed himself a freebie – he re-signed Carlton Cole last season – so it would not be a surprise to see him bring in a bargain in the coming weeks.

Possible options

There are some big names without work at the moment and, despite probably requiring steep wages, they would be extremely influential at Upton Park, both on and off the pitch.

The Hammers most need a defender to add some depth in the centre-back department, however they could be tempted to bring in more attacking quality too.


The legendary Brazilian, to our discontent, has never graced the Premier League with his wonderful wizardry.

Despite his advanced years the 34-year-old still possesses his silky skills and an arrival of that magnitude in east London would not only light up West Ham, but the whole of England.

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The former Ballon d’OR winner is without a club after leaving Atletico Mineiro in July and has been linked with a move to Benfica all summer as well as a host of other clubs from the newly-formed Indian Super League.

While it is most unlikely that Ronaldinho would move to the Hammers, who probably couldn’t meet his wage demands, it’s nice to think that he could as he is still without a club, and after all football is rather unpredictable, isn’t it?

Mario Yepes

West Ham would certainly like to bring in another centre-back and there are none quite as experienced as Yepes.

The Colombia captain took his side to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in the summer and at 38 he is showing no signs of slowing up just yet.

Yepes has enjoyed spells with River Plate, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan but after leaving Serie A side Atalanta at the end of last season he is now a free agent and is reportedly keen on a move to England.

He is more than capable at performing at the highest level, as he demonstrated in Brazil, and he would be a great addition to the Hammers squad.

Joseph Yobo

The former Everton man has a wealth of experience in the Premier League and could be a good back-up to West Ham’s back line.

Yobo endured a disappointing spell on loan at Norwich last season as they suffered relegation and the 33-year-old is now available on a free transfer after permanently departing from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in the summer.

Allardyce could do a lot worse than a man with over 200 Premier League appearances to his name and his wage demands would not be excessive.

Although West Ham have already enjoyed a successful transfer window and are not desperate to bring in any more players, if the right option emerges for a good deal, you can bet on Allardyce to seize it.

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Joseph Yobo
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