Wolverhampton Wanderers have recently announced they have been unable to reach an agreement with former Newcastle United stalwart Shola Ameobi.
The Nigerian international was available on a free deal after leaving Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace after a short spell at the club. He had been training with Kenny Jackett’s side, but terms could not be agreed for the player.
With Wolves struggling down the wrong end of the table, having won just twice in seven attempts thus far, this news will come as a blow.
Despite often being viewed as a somewhat comedic character, Ameobi would have represented an ideal free transfer – a wealth of experience at the top flight and the ability to pop up with a few goals.
With Bakary Sakho now departed, and Benik Afobe a £10m target for the likes of Norwich, Wolves must act quickly or risk turning their early season lull into something far more disastrous.
Here are six other free agents able to push the club up the league…
The Irish international is available on a free after leaving Ipswich Town.
A former Wolves striker, the 34-year old could represent an astute signing, able to provide at least some of the energy missing since Sakho joined Crystal Palace.
A short term addition no doubt, but he could provide something going forward. He’s always likely to put a shift in, and Wolves need all the help they can get right now.
Another Irish international available on a free is former Reading full-back Stephen Kelly.
He could certainly provide reliability in defence, as well as the occasional bomb forward. With Afobe up front, some extra service in from wider positions may be welcome.
A full-back the quality of Kelly is not be turned down lightly.
It’s hard to believe Kevin Nolan is still without a club. Despite his age, the former Bolton man was a Premier League captain only last year, still popping up with vital strikes.
In the attempt to sign Ameobi, those behind the scenes at the club have proved they are after proven players, probably able to operate at a higher level than the club are currently.
So, a move for the 33-year old is not out of the question. He would provide welcome support for the front-line, and could be a great foil for Afobe.
Like Nolan and Ameobi, Carlton Cole may be another ambitious target. However, should Premier League clutches come back in for main man Benik Afobe, some money would be freed up in order to bring the former West Ham to the club.
A physical presence, the one-time England striker would tear up the Championship and give Molineux fans something to cheer about.
He’s currently training with Celtic, though no decision has yet been made surrounding his future. Should he stay available, Jackett should pounce.
The vastly experienced, Champions League runner up is another who could help replace Sakho. After a long career plying his trade for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Birmingham, the 32-year old is available on a free after leaving Wigan.
He actually played for Wolves briefly in a loan spell during the 2012-13 season while at Stoke. Known for his prowess on the wings, he could be a good short term addition and provide another option.
Manager Kenny Jackett doesn’t seem to have settled on a first choice ‘keeper so far, with Carl Ikeme and Arsenal loanee Emiliano Martinez being interchanged.
41-cap former England stopper Paul Robinson is without a club after leaving Blackburn recently, and could provide an alternative.
Despite a sour end to his Three Lions career, the 35-year old is dependable when called upon and has a shed load of experience.
Should Jackett continue to tinker with his options between the posts, the former Spurs man could offer a happy medium.