Transfer Window: The Big Name Players Still Without a Club

Paul ReeceContributor IISeptember 1, 2011

Adriano on way to Newcastle?
Adriano on way to Newcastle?Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Last night saw the English Transfer window close until January 1st, but not everybody found a club before the 11pm deadline.

A number of a high-profile former Premier League stars are still searching for a new club as we enter September, and can still make moves even though the window has shut.

Among those players are former Everton and Birmingham City forwards James McFadden and Marcus Bent.

The pair were released by relegated Birmingham this summer and, despite numerous links and sightings, they have yet to land a new club.

Scotland international McFadden, who cost Birmingham £5million from Everton, has been linked with a return to the cash-strapped Toffees this summer.

With Jermain Beckford and Mikel Arteta leaving on deadline day, a return to Goodison Park may still not be an impossibility, especially as McFadden was rumoured to have snubbed a deadline day approach from Scottish side Aberdeen.

Veteran journeyman Bent, meanwhile, is searching for his 15th professional club after finishing last season on loan at Sheffield United, and was linked with Football League newcomers AFC Wimbledon.

Another big name yet to relocate is veteran defender Sol Campbell.

The former England international has been without a club since he ill-fated spell at Newcastle United, yesterday he was linked with a stunning deadline day move to Newcastle's non-league neighbours Gateshead.

Gateshead chairman Graham Wood and manager Ian Bogie were both quick to rubbish any link, and the former Arsenal defender may have played his last game as a professional.

Newcastle failed to sign a striker before the window closed yesterday, and rumours have today linked them with Brazilian Adriano following his release from Roma.

The striker was once valued at over £40million before his career at Inter Milan stalled leading to a return to home country Braziil which saw the striker rediscover his best form.

The Magpies have also been linked with experienced forward James Beattie, who has been without a club since his release from Rangers.

The former England forward spent the end of last season on loan at Blackpool, and could join on a deal similar to the one that took Shefki Kuqi to St James Park last season.

Elsewhere, Welsh international midfielder Jason Koumas is also yet to find a new club following his release from Premier League survivors Wigan Atheltic.

The former West Brom man failed to impress during his spell at the JJB and, following his loan spells with Cardiff City in recent seasons, he may return to the Championship.

McFadden, worth a deal?
McFadden, worth a deal?Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Jlloyd Samuel is also still on the look out for a new club after his release from Bolton Wanderers.

The defender returned to training at the Reebok last season after trials with Leeds United and West Ham came to nothing.

Another veteran who may be on the verge of hanging up his boots in Bolo Zenden.

The former Dutch International was released from Sunderland after two years at the Stadium of Light, and is beleived to have retired after a glittering career playing for the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona and Chelsea.

One player who may find it tougher then most to find a new home is Premier League bad boy El Hadji Diouf, who was released by Blackburn Rovers on deadline day.

The former Liverpool and Bolton man had spent the second half of last season on loan at SPL giants Rangers, but new boss Ally McCoist decided against signing the controversial forward on a permanent deal.

Another former Birmingham player, Maik Taylor, and former Blackpool keeper Richard Kingston, are among the shot stoppers who have yet to find a new club this summer.

Taylor found himself behind Ben Foster at St Andrews last season, while Kingston played 20 games for Blackpool but was released following the Seasiders' relegation. 


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