The transfer window might be closed until January but that does not mean Premier League clubs are prevented from adding new players to their squads. Players who are free agents are able to negotiate with teams and, as long as a club has room in their squad to register them, they can do so despite the window being closed. Here are some of the top free agents on the markets for Premier League teams to consider.
6 free agents for Premier League clubs to consider
Former Arsenal wonderkid Wilshere has been training with Serie B side Como as he tries to earn a deal for the 2020-21 season.
Wilshere’s injury issues are well-documented but he claimed in a recent interview that he has been free of knocks for the last 18 months. The former England midfielder might still be considered a risk as a result of those historic injuries, yet if he can stay fit he would surely be an asset for many Premier League squads. Perhaps a pay-as-you-play deal would make sense.
Wilshere did not pull up trees in a spell in the Championship with Bournemouth last term but, at the age of 29, he still has plenty of time to get his career back on track.
All Premier League clubs crave a regular goalscorer, so it seems strange that nobody has yet taken a punt on Sturridge. The 32-year-old, like Wilshere, has seen his career disrupted by injuries while a ban for breaching betting regulations also affected Sturridge in recent times.
Sturridge, who won 26 caps for England between 2011 and 2017, has been posting updates on social media about his determination to return to the professional game after a year away. Sturridge scoring in friendlies behind closed doors might catch the eye of some of the Premier League teams that have been struggling to find the net in the first few weeks of the season and he is certainly one of the free agents who could yet tempt a Premier League club to take a chance.
Tottenham’s capture of Emerson Royal from Barcelona left Aurier out of favour and the right-back’s contract was cancelled as a result, leaving him free to find a new team.
Aurier, 28, is reportedly keen to stay in England and has even said he would be willing to join Spurs’ local rivals Arsenal, who are reported to be looking for a new right-back option.
Such a move would be controversial, with Aurier following in the footsteps of players such as Sol Campbell who played for both Spurs and Arsenal during their careers.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Ex-Newcastle United star Ben Arfa is among the most creative free agents out there and would surely welcome a return to the Premier League.
The 32-year-old is looking for a new team after a short spell with Bordeaux failed to work out and the Ligue 1 side opted not to take their option to extend his contract by another year.
Ben Arfa’s talent on the pitch has never been in doubt but the mercurial playmaker has a reputation for being tough to manage, which could make signing him risky, even for free.
At 34, Romero is far from over the hill for a goalkeeper and there are plenty of Premier League clubs he would improve.
Manchester United bringing Dean Henderson back to the club pushed Romero down the pecking order and he left Old Trafford at the end of last season as a result
The Argentina stopper – who has 96 caps for his country despite often being second-choice for clubs – has been linked with teams including La Liga side Grenada but remains on the market.
A nostalgic return to Newcastle did not work out for Carroll, who was released having managed just a single Premier League goal over the past two seasons.
The ex-Liverpool and West Ham target man is something of a throwback but could still be a handy Plan B for desperate Premier League sides to throw off the bench when chasing a game and considering the free agents on the market.
Dropping down to the Championship is more likely for Carroll but the former England international would surely relish the chance to prove his critics wrong in the top-flight.
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