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Are These The Top 10 Remaining Free Agents?

Despite the transfer window being shut in England for over a week, there are still a number of players who are searching for a club for the new season after being released back in May.

The likes of Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Jose Bosingwa have joined new teams over the summer, but for others the wait goes on to see whether any managers would be interested in their services for the next nine months.

I have chosen ten players who are still waiting for the right deal to come along.

  • Craig Gordon

In 2007, Sunderland paid a British record fee for a goalkeeper of £9million for Scotland international Gordon. Five years on, though, he is very much in the wilderness and still on the search for a new club after a frustrating few years at the Stadium of Light. A loss of form and an unlucky run of injuries saw the former Hearts stopper replaced by Simon Mignolet as the Black Cats’ number one and he was eventually released by Martin O’Neill at the end of last season. Despite a frustrating couple of seasons the 29-year old would still be an excellent addition to any squad, although he may have to drop to the Championship or return to his native Scotland if he is to get regular first-team football.

  • Owen Hargreaves

England international Hargreaves is arguably one of the most talented midfielders of his generation, but with an injury record that is almost unrivalled in world football, he has failed to live up to much of the promise that he showed as a youngster at Bayern Munich. The two-time Champions League winner was released by Manchester City after another injury-hit campaign and it seems his career at the top table of English football may have come to an end. The 31-year old would be a risk for any club due to the probable high wages and his record with injuries, but a side in the bottom-half of the Premier League could do worse than take a gamble on him should they be struggling in the middle of the park.

  • Emile Heskey

Despite becoming something of a laughing stock amongst English fans, Heskey’s ability and fine career to date cannot be questioned. The former Liverpool striker was released by Aston Villa after a season that was spent mainly on the substitute’s bench under Alex McLeish and has been linked with moves to a number of Championship sides, most notably Charlton Athletic. A transfer to the second tier of English football looks likely for the 34-year old frontman.

  • Somen Tchoyi

Former West Brom midfielder Tchoyi was a big hit at the Hawthorns when he first moved to England due to his knack of scoring crucial goals and creating chances for others but a loss of form in his second season in English football saw him released in May. The Cameroon international has been training with Birmingham City over the summer although they do not seem to be interested in a permanent signing. One of their Championship rivals, though, may take a punt on the exciting 29-year old.

  • James McFadden

 It is difficult to believe that McFadden is only 29 as it seems he has been around forever, but the Scottish forward is still at a prime age for a footballer. His return to Everton last season did not go to plan and it would seem that his Premier League career may well be over. It is something of a shock that no Championship sides have looked into signing the former Motherwell man whilst a return to Scotland is not out of the question.

  • Nigel Reo-Coker

 Midfielder Reo-Coker left Bolton after their relegation to the Championship last season and is still on the lookout for a new club after only a season at the Reebok Stadium. The former West Ham captain seems reluctant to make the step down from the Premier League but he may be hard pushed to find a side at that level to take him on.

  • Harry Kewell

Former Leeds and Liverpool winger Kewell has moved back to England for family reasons after a season in the A-League in his native Australia and has been rumoured with moves to Blackburn and Stoke amongst others. The 33-year old is still hoping to secure a contract in England, with the Championship now his most likely destination.

  • Michael Ballack

German international Ballack was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe when he signed for Chelsea in 2006, but after an inconsistent four years at Stamford Bridge his stock has fallen somewhat. He was released by Bayer Leverkusenat the end of last season and has been the subject of a number rumours regarding Chelsea’s central midfield shortage. Otherwise, he could play out the rest of his career slightly further afield in America or Asia.

  • Akos Buzsaky

After being released by QPRat the end of last season, Buzsaky has been on the hunt for a club who will take him on. The central midfielder showed sporadic form in the Premier League last season but has performed consistently in the Championship in recent years. A possible destination could be Elland Road as the Hungarian’s former manager Neil Warnock has something of an injury crisis in the middle of the park at present.

  • Michel Salgado

Former Real Madrid right-back Salgado has been without a club since his release from Blackburn Rovers and it seems they may end up being his only English club due to his apparent high wage demands. A return to Spain could be on the cards whilst the likes of China and Qatar may also be on his radar.

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