EPL Transfers: The Top 10 Bosman Transfers of the Summer

Ryan RodgersContributor IMay 15, 2011

EPL Transfers: The Top 10 Bosman Transfers of the Summer

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09:  Michael Owen of Manchester United looks on during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 3rd round match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 9, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Get
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    A Bosman transfer allows a player to leave at the end of his contract. Passed in 1995 by the European Court of Justice, several high profile players have since moved on for free, including Edgar Davids and Steve McManaman.

    Considering that times are tough, and money is scarce.  Everyone is tightening their wallets, and searching for bargains; even EPL clubs.

    Although some clubs don't know what financial hardships mean, most clubs are feeling the effects of the faltering global economy.

    Clubs also feel the wrath of the hyper-inflated fees for mediocre players.  Every club is willing to pinch every single penny for their in-demand player in order to generate the most profit, proving that Harry Redknapp and Steve Bruce aren't the only wheeler-dealers in the business.

    Clubs will be looking to acquire the most talent for the least price, also referred to as the value-menu strategy. 

    Here is the list of 10 players who will be available on a free transfer when the transfer window opens up on June 1st, 2011.

John Carew

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    STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: John Carew of Stoke in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium on February 5, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    In January, John Carew joined Stoke until the end of the season.

    As stated in the EPL rule book under M.6 7.2, "During the period of the Temporary Transfer of his contract registration a Player shall not play against the Transferor Club."

    However, on April 23, 2011 Carew would have been eligible to play against his parent club had he made the lineup.

    Aston Villa canned Carew's contract, which left him playing on a season loan deal with Stoke. With nowhere to return to at the end of the season, Carew is up for grabs. 

    At 6'4" and only 31, Carew fits Stoke's modus operandi of playing to a target man.  Tony Pulis will surely jump at the chance to land this established attacker.

    Current Club: Stoke

    Most Likely Club: Stoke

Manuel Almunia

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  Manuel Almunia of Arsenal looks dejected after defeat in the FA Cup sponsored by E.On Sixth Round match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on March 12, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason
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    There is some dispute as to Almunia's actual contract length.

    In 2008, Almunia signed a long-term contract; however, details of the length were not made public.  It was believed that Almunia signed on until 2012, but there has been no definite consensus.

    Almunia has mentioned the remaining year on his contract, while Gunners insist that his time is up.  While it is wishful thinking on at least one side's part, Almunia will most likely depart this summer. 

    If he does not leave on a free transfer, I'm sure his fee won't be over £1 million.  Which in my opinion is £1 million too much.

    Current Club: Arsenal

    Likely Club: The only club that Eric Djemba-Djemba could gain minutes at, Qatar SC.

Sebastian Larsson

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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Birmingham player Sebastian Larsson (r) battles with Shola Ameobi during the Barclays Premier League game between Newcastle United and Birmingham City at St James' Park on May 7, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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    Sebastian Larrson has been speaking about his desire to join Newcastle United since the start of the season.  Larrson might get his desired move, as Newcastle seem to have a serious interest in him.

    A great dead ball specialist, Larrson lacks speed and pace in the attack.  Despite his lack of speed, Larrson would be a great addition to any mid-table club.

    This transaction seems rather straightforward, and with Larrson out of contract, Newcastle are highly likely to acquire the services of Larrson.

    Current Club: Birmingham City

    Most Likely Club: Newcastle United

Jonathan Woodgate

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    BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 04:  Jonathan Woodgate of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at Ewood Park on April 4, 2009 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald
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    Type in Jonathan Woodgate's name into the database, and the only pictures of him playing in matches are from 2009.

    A good player on his day; however, it has not been Woodgate's day for a couple of years now.

    I don't see any club willingly picking up this liability, despite being available on a free transfer.

    Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur

    Most Likely Club: His couch

Rob Green

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Robert Green of West Ham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground on February 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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    Rob Green, despite what some think, managed to have a decent season given his circumstances at West Ham.

    He may be prone to some careless mistakes, but more often than not he has saved West Ham from being in even worse condition than they are now. 

    At only 31, Robert Green has a few more years in him.  With Green out of contract in the summer, and seemingly intent on remaining with the Hammers, a host of clubs will be interested in the England shot-stopper.

    Current Club: West Ham

    Most Likely Club: Aston Villa

Owen Hargreaves

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    LONDON - SEPTEMBER 21:  Owen Hargreaves of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on September 21, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    Similar case to Woodgate, aside from his one appearance for five minutes earlier this year, Hargreaves cannot be found in EPL action since 2008.

    It's a shame Hargreaves will most likely never feature for the Red Devils.  A real talent when he was fit, Hargreaves has not been able to recover from injuries since his £17 million transfer to Manchester United.

    There aren't many clubs who will be willing to land Hargreaves' signature, despite the free transfer.  Manchester United also don't seem to be willing to continue waiting around for their crocked midfielder to come good.

    Current Club: Manchester United

    Most Likely Club: Toronto FC

David Vaughan

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: David Vaughan of Blackpool on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool at Ewood Park on March 19, 2011 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    Charlie Adam has been the Blackpool player catching all the headlines. 

    But David Vaughan has been the spark-plug that keeps the Adam engine going.

    A tough tackling, great passing, box-to-box midfielder, Vaughan is a true battle tested player.  Currently there are not many midfielders with Vaughan's all around ability, which make landing the 28-year-old Welshman for free even more attractive.

    Current Club: Blackpool

    Most Likely Club: Stoke/ Bolton

Johan Elmander

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Johan Elmander of Bolton Wanderers on the ball during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On Sixth Round match between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers at St Andrews on March 12, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDo
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    Johan Elmander showed impressive abilities earlier this season.  He propelled Bolton to new heights with some inspirational performances, but has since cooled down.

    Having delayed contract talks all year with Bolton, it is highly unlikely that Elmander will stick around the Reebok.

    Current Club: Bolton

    Most Likely Club: Liverpool/ Juventus

Matthew Upson

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Matthew Upson of West Ham chases the lose ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United at Ewood park on December 18, 2010 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulo
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    It's not so much a question of if but when for West Ham's future in the Championship.  Unfortunately West Ham has no Carlos Tevez this time to rescue them from the drop.

    Having worked so hard to establish themselves as a formidable club with the addition of key players, West Ham is certain to face a massive exodus of current players.

    Leading the charge will be captain Matthew Upson.  Upson may have his critics at times, but he is still a relatively decent center back and would make a great addition to teams lacking leadership and a spine.

    Current Club: West Ham

    Most Likely Club: Arsenal

Michael Owen

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Michael Owen of Manchester United applauds the fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on April 9, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Image
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    At one time Michael Owen was regarded as the future of English football.  However, that was back prior to 2004 when he was lighting it up at Liverpool.

    An unsuccessful stint at Real Madrid, followed by a lackluster Newcastle cameo, than a handful of Manchester United appearances, have failed to get Owen anywhere near the pinnacle of his early career.

    Owen is not as useless as Hargreaves, but he still a gamble nonetheless.  United are in the process of rejuvenating their squad, and Owen is not a vital part of that process.

    Unfortunately I can't see any other clubs queuing up for Owen's signature, unless of course it is to stir the pot.

    Current Club: Manchester United

    Most Likely Club: Everton.  However, don't rule out Owen submitting a transfer request for Jonathan Woodgate to make some room on his couch, which seems far more likely.