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A host of big-name top flight stars are out of contract at the end of the season and Goal.com gives you the top five bargains who will be snapped up for absolutely nothing

ANALYSIS
By Ed Aarons

With the dust already settling on the magnificent 2011-12 Premier League season, it is time to say goodbye to some familiar faces and look forward to the arrival of some new blood.

But while most of the headlines this summer will be made by the latest multi-million pound superstar to be ushered through the gates at the Etihad Stadium, there is every chance there is a free transfer out there who could even emulate the exploits of Newcastle United striker Demba Ba - snapped up by Alan Pardew for absolutely nothing last year.

Most clubs have already released the list of players who are surplus to requirements for next season, with Martin O'Neill's Sunderland and QPR boss Mark Hughes among those managers preparing to indulge in a spot of major rebuilding.

Now, Goal.com takes you through the top five free transfers available at a ground near you this summer and the rest of those players who will be looking for new employment at the start of July.
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5. NIGEL REO-COKER


The former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder invoked a relegation release clause in his contract after just failing to save Bolton from the drop despite some heroic performances.

Owen Coyle's loss will certainly be someone else's gain, however, with several managers likely to attempt to lure the former England Under-21 captain this summer. Still only 27, Reo-Coker has forged a reputation as a no-nonsense enforcer and his battling qualities are already rumoured to be interesting his former club, with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce thought to be weighing up an approach.

The south Londoner has also attracted interest from Spanish side Sevilla in the past and with his chances of a senior England call-up now diminished despite almost making the 2006 World Cup squad, do not be surprised if he bucks the trend and heads for pastures new.  

4. MICHAEL OWEN


As England's fifth most prolific goalscorer of all time, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United player certainly looks a bargain on paper after being released by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The trouble is that these days Owen is more likely to pass on a killer tip for the horses than find the back of the net, although there are still likely to be plenty of suitors for the 32-year-old. Stoke are the early front-runners to take a risk on a player who has made just over 30 appearances in three years at Old Trafford, although Everton boss David Moyes might fancy his chances of resurrecting Owen's career.

A career total 149 Premier League goals is certainly not to be sniffed at but with injuries having taken a severe toll on his body over the years, it may just be one gamble too far for most.

3. SALOMON KALOU


The Ivorian came in from the cold at Stamford Bridge to play an integral part in Chelsea's historic Champions League triumph, yet Kalou is still likely to be on his way this summer.

Having arrived at Stamford Bridge from Feyenoord in 2006, the forward has been used sparingly by most of his managers in west London despite his decent goalscoring record. Roberto Di Matteo brought him back into the team at the start of his reign and Kalou showed exactly why a whole host of top clubs will be in the hunt for his signature.

The promise of a regular starting berth for a player who has won every major honour in England at the age of just 26 will be the major priority, with Arsene Wenger thought to be lining up a swoop.  


2. JUNIOR HOILETT

 
The Canadian-born forward has made no secret of his desire to jump the sinking Blackburn Rovers ship for some time now and his patience should pay off this summer with a move to a major outfit.

A slight dip in form towards the end of the season as Steve Kean's side slid through the Premier League trapdoor has not stopped German giants Bayern Munich from reportedly expressing an interest, although it seems more likely that Hoilett will stay in England. His return of seven Premier League goals for Blackburn showed that the 21-year-old has developed into a potent attacking threat who can be used as a winger or in a more central role.

That - and the lack of a transfer fee - may prove an attractive proposition to Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp as he bids to compete for the top four once again next season.

1. DIDIER DROGBA


After a century of goals and his heroics in Munich, Drogba rounded off his season with a reminder of why the Blues will miss him so badly - slotting home the winning penalty in the Champions League final.

As things stand the talismanic striker will be on his way this summer after eight years' loyal service, with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua apparently the front-runners to sign him. Drogba's pledge not to join another Premier League club may have been sincere, yet the 34-year-old will surely be a target for several of the Blues' main rivals - especially one willing to match the riches on offer in the Far East.

Sentimentality will probably be the deciding factor in the end, although a call from his old friend Jose Mourinho offering a swansong in Madrid could tempt the old warhorse to stay in Europe a while longer.

Here is Goal.com's comprehensive guide to all the players who are out of contract this summer:


ARSENAL
   
Manuel Almunia 19 May 1977 Goalkeeper
Lukasz Fabianski 18 Apr 1985 Goalkeeper
Vito Mannone 2 Mar 1988 Goalkeeper


ASTON VILLA    
Brad Guzan 9 Sep 1984 Goalkeeper
Andy Marshall 14 Apr 1975 Goalkeeper
Habib Beye 19 Oct 1977 Defender
Carlos Cuellar 23 Aug 1981 Defender
Emile Heskey 11 Jan 1978 Striker


BLACKBURN
   
Michel Salgado 22 Oct 1975 Defender
David Dunn 27 Dec 1979 Midfielder
Herold Goulon 12 Jun 1988 Midfielder
Vince Grella 5 Oct 1979 Midfielder
Josh Morris 30 Sep 1991 Midfielder
Nick Blackman 11 Nov 1989 Striker
Junior Hoilett 5 Jun 1990 Striker


BOLTON
   
Jussi Jaaskelainen 19 Apr 1975 Goalkeeper
Ricardo Gardner 25 Sep 1978 Defender
Sam Ricketts 11 Oct 1981 Defender
Paul Robinson 14 Dec 1978 Defender
Gretar Steinsson 9 Jan 1982 Defender
Sean Davis 20 Sep 1979 Midfielder
Martin Petrov 15 Jan 1979 Midfielder
Robbie Blake 4 Mar 1976 Striker
Ivan Klasnic 29 Jan 1980 Striker
Tope Obadeyi 29 Oct 1989 Striker


CHELSEA
   
Henrique Hilario 21 Oct 1975 Goalkeeper
Jose Bosingwa 24 Aug 1982 Defender
Didier Drogba 11 Mar 1978 Striker
Salomon Kalou 5 Aug 1985 Striker


EVERTON
   
Marcus Hahnemann 15 Jun 1972 Goalkeeper
James McFadden 14 Apr 1983 Striker


FULHAM
   
Csaba Somogyi 7 Apr 1985 Goalkeeper
Zdenek Grygera 14 May 1980 Defender
Stephen Kelly 6 Sep 1983 Defender
Danny Murphy 18 Mar 1977 Midfielder
Andy Johnson 10 Feb 1981 Striker


LIVERPOOL
   
Fabio Aurelio 24 Sep 1979 Defender


MAN CITY
   
Stuart Taylor 28 Nov 1980 Goalkeeper
Owen Hargreaves 20 Jan 1981 Midfielder


MAN UNITED    
Tomasz Kuszczak 20 Mar 1982 Goalkeeper
Michael Owen 14 Dec 1979 Striker


NEWCASTLE
   
Steve Harper 14 Mar 1975 Goalkeeper
Tamas Kadar 14 Mar 1990 Defender
Danny Guthrie 18 Apr 1987 Midfielder
Alan Smith 28 Oct 1980 Midfielder
Peter Lovenkrands 29 Jan 1980 Striker


NORWICH
   
Declan Rudd 16 Jan 1991 Goalkeeper
Adam Drury 29 Aug 1978 Defender
Zak Whitbread 4 Mar 1984 Defender
Aaron Wilbraham 21 Oct 1979 Striker


QPR
   
Radek Cerny 18 Feb 1974 Goalkeeper
Danny Gabbidon 8 Aug 1979 Defender
Fitz Hall 20 Dec 1980 Defender
Clint Hill 19 Oct 1978 Defender
Bruno Perone 6 July 1987 Defender
Danny Shittu 2 Sep 1980 Defender
Lee Cook 3 Aug 1982 Midfielder
Hogan Ephraim 31 Mar 1988 Midfielder
Patrick Agyemang 20 Sep 1980 Striker
Alessandro Pellicori 22 Jul 1971 Striker
Angelo Balanta 1 Jul 1990 Striker


STOKE
   
Carlo Nash 13 Sep 1973 Goalkeeper
Jonathan Woodgate 22 Jan 1980 Defender
Danny Collins 6 Aug 1980 Defender
Salif Diao 10 Feb 1977 Midfielder
Matthew Lund 21 Nov 1990 Midfielder
Tom Soares 10 Jul 1986 Midfielder
Michael Tonge 7 Apr 1983 Midfielder
Rory Delap 6 Jul 1976 Midfielder
Ricardo Fuller 31 Oct 1979 Striker
Mamady Sidibe 18 Dec 1979 Striker


SUNDERLAND    
Craig Gordon 31 Dec 1982 Goalkeeper
Nyron Nosworthy 11 Oct 1980 Defender
Jordan Cook 20 Mar 1990 Striker
Ryan Noble 11 Jun 1991 Striker


SWANSEA
   
Vangelis Moras 26 Aug 1981 Defender
Ashley Richards 12 Apr 1991 Defender
Ferrie Bodde 5 May 1982 Midfielder
Thomas Butler 25 Apr 1981 Midfielder
David Cotterill 4 Dec 1987 Midfielder
Mark Gower 5 Oct 1978 Midfielder


TOTTENHAM
   
Carlo Cudicini 6 Sep 1973 Goalkeeper
Heurelho Gomes 15 Feb 1981 Goalkeeper


WEST BROM
   
Luke Daniels 5 Jan 1988 Goalkeeper
Marton Fulop 3 May 1983 Goalkeeper
Nicky Shorey 19 Feb 1981 Defender
Joe Mattock 15 May 1990 Defender
Paul Scharner 11 Mar 1980 Midfielder
Somen Tchoyi 29 Mar 1983 Midfielder
Jerome Thomas 23 Mar 1983 Midfielder
Roman Bednar 26 Mar 1983 Striker
Marc-Antoine Fortune 2 Jul 1981 Striker


WIGAN
   
Mike Pollitt 29 Feb 1972 Goalkeeper
Chris Kirkland 2 May 1981 Goalkeeper
Maynor Figueroa 2 May 1983 Defender
Mohamed Diame 14 Jun 1987 Midfielder
David Jones 4 Nov 1984 Midfielder
Hendry Thomas 23 Feb 1985 Midfielder
Hugo Rodallega 25 Jul 1985 Striker


WOLVES
   
Jody Craddock 25 Jul 1975 Defender

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