HomeBetting TipsThe forgotten crowd: five free agents to look out for this January

The forgotten crowd: five free agents to look out for this January

For some reason or another – injury, not wanted or just unlucky – there is often a plethora of free agents doing the rounds looking for a club.

Bookmakers are currently offering a plethora of markets and free betting picks on the transfer window and with the January transfer window coming to an end, here are five free agents to look out for.

Fabio Coentrao

Once of Real Madrid, Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao is currently without a club having left boyhood team Rio Ave at the end of the 2018-19 season. Capped 52 times by his national side, the diminutive figure is still only 31 and would still be an influential and experienced figure in the dressing room.

Having made a last-minute u-turn from signing with Greek side PAOK, Coentrao is still available and with two La Liga titles and two Champions League successes, he shouldn’t be short of admirers.

Ignazio Abate

Once a stalwart of AC Milan, 33-year-old Ignazio Abate is now without a club having captained the Rossoneri in his last game at the end of the 2018-19 season.

With pace to burn, an experienced head – he earned 22 caps for the Italian national side between 2011 and 2015 – and a tenacity which is infectious, Abate certainly still has something to offer a number of sides.

Hatem Ben Arfa

A frustrating yet world-class player on his day, Hatem Ben Arfa has never fully realised his potential. He played over 60 games for both Lyon and Marseille before moving to Newcastle, first on-loan then permanently in 2011 where he became a popular figure, capable of magic.

12 goals in 72 appearances followed before troubled moves to Hull, Nice, PSG and Rennes got him to where he his now – without a club at 32. Capped 15 times for France, Ben Arfa would bring a wealth of experience and, hopefully, more maturity.

Wilfried Bony

A move to Swansea City in 2013 transformed Wilfried Bony into a prolific striker. Following 26 goals in 54 games, the Ivorian was snapped up by Manchester City ahead of the 2015 season.

However, just six goals in 36 appearances condemned Bony to the wayside and, after a loan spell at Stoke City and a move back to Swansea and a loan to Qatari side Al-Arabi, the striker now finds himself without a club.

Bony is still only 31 and can still offer teams a different attacking outlet going forward.

Ivan Strinic

The 49-times-capped Croatian international is currently a free agent after being released by AC Milan in summer 2019 with no appearances to his name. Having starred for Hadjuk Split, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Napoli and Sampdoria, left-bac Strinic has still a few years left in him at 32 and could well become the rock at the back for a team that likes to gamble.

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