Free and easy! Some of the players Liverpool could get on the cheap
21:00 GMT, 3 September 2012
With the transfer window closed, that is the end of the signings for Barclays Premier League clubs, right Wrong.
They can still sign free agents and there are some tasty names on the list. Some of them have seen better days – well most of them – but many of them come with an international pedigree and are desperate for a chance to prove themselves.
That means there could be some decent pay-as-you-play deals. And even Liverpool might be able to sign someone. Lots of these names are familiar and come with trophy cabinets as big as their reputations.
Here Simon Jones and Sam Cunningham have produced the list of the best out there. They may be appearing at a club near you soon…
ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO (Italy) Age: 37 Caps: 91.
Biggest transfer: 19 years at Juventus, 513 games.
Released by: Juventus.
MICHAEL OWEN (England) Age 32, caps 89. Biggest transfer: 16m, Real Madrid to Newcastle 2005 Released by: Manchester United.
Freebies: Owen (left) and Del Piero (right) are both available
EMILE HESKEY (England) Age 34, caps 62.
Biggest transfer: 11m, Leicester to Liverpool 2000. Released by: Aston Villa.
HARRY KEWELL (Australia) Age 33, caps 58.
Biggest transfer: 5m, Leeds to Liverpool 2003.
Released by: Galatasaray.
IVAN KLASNIC (Croatia) Age 32, caps 41.
Biggest transfer: Three moves on a free, 78 games at Bolton. Released by: Bolton.
MIKAEL FORSSELL (Finland) Age 31, caps 81.
Biggest transfer: 3m, Chelsea to Birmingham 2005. Released by: Leeds.
TUNCAY (Turkey) Age 30, caps 80.
Biggest transfer: 5m, Middlesbrough to Stoke 2009. Released by: Wolfsburg.
NIGEL REO-COKER (England) Age 28, caps 0.
Biggest transfer: 7.5m, West Ham to Aston Villa 2007. Released by: Bolton.
Experienced: Nigel Reo-Coker
OWEN HARGREAVES (England) Age 31, caps 42.
Biggest transfer: 17m, Bayern Munich to Man Utd 2007. Released by: Manchester City.
AKOS BUZSAKY (Hungary) Age 30, caps 20.
Biggest transfer: 500,000, Plymouth to QPR 2008. Released by: QPR.
JOHN MENSAH (Ghana) Age 29, caps 78.
Biggest transfer: Eight different clubs, 34 games at Sunderland. Released by: Lyon.
JASON KOUMAS (Wales) Age 32, caps 34
Biggest transfer: 5.3m, Cardiff to Wigan 2007
Released by: Wigan.
EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN (Iceland) Age 33, caps 67.
Biggest transfer: 8m, Chelsea to Barcelona 2006. Released by: AEK Athens.
JAMES BEATTIE (England) Age 34, caps 5.
Biggest transfer: 6m, Southampton to Everton 2005. Released by: Sheffield United.
Ice man: Gudjohnsen (left) has several years of Premier League football under his belt
FLORENT SINAMA PONGOLLE (France) Age 27, caps 1.
Biggest transfer: 8m, Recreativo to Atletico Madrid 2008. Released by: Sporting Lisbon.
CRAIG GORDON (Scotland) Age 29, caps 40.
Biggest transfer: 9m, Hearts to Sunderland 2007. Released by: Sunderland.
JAMES McFADDEN (Scotland) Age 29, caps 48.
Biggest transfer: 4.75m, Everton to Birmingham 2008. Released by: Everton.
THOMAS HITZLSPERGER (Germany) Age 30, caps 52. Biggest transfer: Seven clubs, 99 League games at Aston Villa. Released by: Wolfsburg.
ANDREAS HINKEL (Germany) Age 30, caps 21.
Biggest transfer: 1.9m, Seville to Celtic 2008.
Released by: Freiburg.
PER KROLDRUP (Denmark) Age 33, caps 33.
Biggest transfer: 5m, Udinese to Everton 2005.
Released by: Fiorentina.