During any transfer window, the headlines are usually dominated by big money moves and stellar signings. There is another side to the market, however, as there are always a number of free agents and players approaching the end of their contract who can be signed for nothing by rival clubs. World class players such as Ronaldinho, Adriano and former Valencia midfielder Jonas have all been available on free transfers during the last six months, and there are even more available on the existing marketplace.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at three of the best players that are available for free this month.
Sami Khedira (Real Madrid)
German World Cup winner Sami Khedira has been the source of intense transfer speculation since the summer, especially after his club side Real Madrid signed his countryman Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee. This has created a huge amount of confusion surrounding Khedira’s future, and the news that he has yet to sign a contract extension with Madrid has altered Europe’s leading clubs to a potential transfer. This means that the player has been able to sign a pre-contract arrangement with a rival club since January 1st, and if the Madrid hierarchy does not act quickly they may well find one of their prize assets leaving for nothing before the end of the month.
Jack Collison (Free Agent)
If you were to access the Freebets transfer rumour generator to create your very own story, former West Ham United academy graduate and first-team player Jack Collison would be unlikely to feature. Having been surprisingly released by the Hammers during the summer after making more than 120 appearances for the club, he is now available on a free transfer and offers a wealth of experience and quality to any potential suitor. Versatile, comfortable on the ball and blessed with excellent top flight experience, Collison would make a valuable addition to almost every Premier League squad.
Joseph Yobo (Free Agent)
The former Nigeria captain and Everton stalwart has endured a difficult twelve months, after spending last season on loan at Norwich City, retiring from international football and cancelling his contract with Turkish club Fenerbahce. He is now out of contract, but with more than 200 Premier League appearances and seven years of top flight experience under his belt he is the ideal signing for any club in need of a defensive leader. While he may lack the pace of old, his positional sense is excellent and he has enough strength to serve as a dominant force for any club struggling at the bottom of the league.