The economy is far from what it used to be. Now, more than ever, spenders are clinging to those pennies found under the couch like never before.
For some time, it seemed as if the football community was immune to the terrible effects of the recession and to a large extent, it still is. However, a bargain buy is always appreciated and the 2011-12 season was an exemplary sample of how they can be taken advantage of in the Premier League.
Demba Ba, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Pavel Pogrebnyak were all instrumental in making the best of the campaign for Newcastle United, Swansea City and Fulham, respectively. The trio have two things in common, one being that they all have pasts playing in the Bundesliga.
The other? All of them cost next to nothing as far as transfer fees are concerned.
So, with our wallets firmly clutched to our sides and an exciting summer transfer period ahead of us, we’ll look at some of the top candidates that are available for nothing in the coming months.