Free agents to tempt Premier League clubs?

The hype and excitement of deadline day may have been and gone but clubs across England still have one last chance to snap up a new player, with a handful of experienced Premier League footballers still available after being released by their previous clubs.

OK, these players are not the best in the world, with most the wrong side of 30. But their experience can be priceless come the end of the season. The likes of Joey Barton, Jonathan Woodgate and Owen Hargreaves have already been snapped up on free deals by Premier League clubs, highlighting the quality that is available with no money needing to be spent.

But with clubs understandably keen to do their business as early as possible into the new season, which free agents are still available and likely to be in demand?

The best example of an experienced player looking for a new club is former England international Sol Campbell. His underwhelming season with Newcastle last year may have put off any potential suitors but Campbell could be a good acquisition for a Championship side looking for strength and leadership within a dressing room. At 36-years-old his impact would be limited but I would not be surprised to see the former Arsenal defender have one last stint in English football.

One of the most eye-catching names on a somewhat limited list of free agents is former Birmingham forward James McFadden. At 28-years-old the Scottish international is a player with plenty more potential years of football ahead of him and he would bring huge international and domestic experience to a club. McFadden spent a year out with a cruciate ligament injury before leaving relegated Birmingham City in the summer. Wolves have been heavily linked with the player in recent weeks and he would be an ideal free acquisition for a number of smaller Premier League clubs, with his fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off the only possible set-back. But if McFadden can prove his fitness, I would expect him to be one of the more in-demand free agents this season.

Former Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann is another player still available after leaving the Premier League club in the summer. At 39-years-old Hahnemann would only be a short-term investment but like Campbell, the experienced American could be an excellent addition to many dressing rooms if managers were looking for leaders in a team.

Defender Pascal Chimbonda left Premier League newboys Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season after playing a limited role in the squad that got promoted back to the top tier of English football. The well-travelled 32-year-old has plenty of Premier League experience and whilst it is easy to question why he moves around so much, Chimbonda would present a free deal that could benefit smaller Premier League teams or maybe Championship clubs.

Few names on the free transfer list will transform a team but for clubs searching to add to their squad with a very limited budget, free transfers present a bargain often worth the risk as managers continue to look for new faces well into the season.

Which free agents do you think are still worth signing? If you want to read more of my bite size, 140 character views and thoughts follow me on Twitter @jennyk5

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