Leading Premier League Stars Available on Free Transfers
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The January transfer window is now open.
While the focus is on the future of big-name players such as Chelsea pair Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, many other Premier League players will be available for a free transfer this summer as well, the Daily Mail reports.
Here we look at a potential bargain five Premier League players, who are available to speak to foreign clubs now.
Mark Schwarzer, Fulham
Mark Schwarzer has been a success at Fulham and Middlesbrough in the Premier League.
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It was his 11-year spell at Middlesbrough from 1997 which brought him to the attention of the Premier League.
The Australia international joined Fulham in 2008 after 367 appearances for the Teessiders, who were relegated in the season after his departure.
Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand has been an inspiration for Manchester United during his time at the club.
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The 34-year-old joined United in 2002 and has been an anchor at the back for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
Ferdinand signed his current Old Trafford deal in April 2008, committing himself to a further five years at the club.
Time waits for no man, however, and Ferdinand has lost some of his pace in recent years while the United defense has become more porous.
Ferdinand, though, remains an astute reader of the game, a trait which still makes him an influential figure on the field.
He still has great positional sense along the back four and calm composure on the ball.
Occasional lapses in concentration can be a costly weakness in the Ferdinand armoury, though.
Regardless, at 34, he would represent great value in helping younger team members at any club.
Sylvain Distin, Everton
Sylvain Distin has been a consistent performer for Everton.
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The former Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain central defender won the Everton Players’ Player of the Year award last season in recognition of his displays at the back for the Merseyside club.
Carlton Cole, West Ham United
Carlton Cole helped West Ham to make an immediate return to the Premier League in 2012.
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The striker, 29, scored his first goal for the club seconds after coming on to the pitch as a substitute in the win over Charlton Athletic.
Cole played his part in helping the Hammers back to the top flight at the first attempt last season with 17 goals in 41 Championship appearances, including the team’s opening strike in the playoff final win over Blackpool in May.
Cole is one of the more honest players in the game, even admitting his miss in the 2-1 win over Norwich on New Year’s Day could have been converted by his mother.
Will any club be able to prise Cole from West Ham after the striker took a wage cut to help the East London club during their season in the Championship?
William Gallas, Tottenham
William Gallas is an integral part of Tottenham's first team.
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William Gallas is one of the more controversial figures in recent Premier League history, especially during his time at Arsenal, but there is little doubt over his ability and his success in the top flight.
The 35-year-old remains a first-choice selection for current Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas with the club targeting a Champions League berth next season.
Gallas' experience across defense and midfield throughout his career would be goldmine for clubs looking to bring through younger players.