With managers in the football league looking to put the finishing touches to their squads for the rest of the season, here is a selection of free transfers well worth considering:
The former German international, now coming to the twilight of his career at 31, was released by Everton earlier this summer. His dogged and determined style of play is similar to Scott Parker and his experience could prove vital. A real bargain for any Championship side.
The Croatian international striker, released by Fulham, enjoyed a positive start to last season, scoring two goals in an emphatic win over QPR. At 32, the former Dortmund frontman would be a shrewd signing on a one year deal.
The son of ex City manager, Roberto, Mancini was released by his fathers club at the end of the season. He is a promising forward and would be a stand out player in Leagues 1 or 2.
QPR saw the veteran striker as surplus to requirements, and although he scored goals in the Championship, Hulse would not be guaranteed first team football behind the likes of Zamora, Johnson and co. Hulse would be an excellent acquisition for any league one side.
The Sierra-Leone international defender had a promising career in Chelsea and England’s youth ranks, but failed to push on in senior football. Would be a strong presence and excellent young signing for a league 1 side.
The Welsh winger has been a consummate professional for Fulham and Peterborough, and would provide a wealth of experience to any football league side. Unlike Jermaine Pennant, (also a free transfer) his quality has not diminished in the latter stages of his career as he has never relied on blistering pace.
David Bentley and Carlton Cole
I have put these two together as they have had similar careers. Both had great potential in their early years at Blackburn and Chelsea respectively, they have failed to cut it on a regular basis in the premier league. Cole has been linked with a move to St. Ettienne while Bentley has been linked with Malaga, but for a club in the higher echelons of the Championship, they might just benefit from a drop down a division.
With financial fair-play rules restricting many clubs in the Football League, free transfers are becoming useful tools to bring in big quality at a small price. Perhaps some of these names will soon be playing at a stadium near you.