Premier League out-of-contract XI

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It is at this stage of the year where players start to move between clubs for hefty price tags; price tags that seemingly just continue to rise, and rise, and then rise again to scarily new heights.

We've just seen Ayoze Perez move to Leicester City from Newcastle United for £30m, which considering last season was the first time he hit double figures, is quite a staggering fee. Although, in today's market, that has become the norm and at 25 years of age the Spanish front man still has plenty of years ahead of him in the top-flight; it could in fact turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business from the Foxes.

Yesterday, we listed all of the business completed by Premier League clubs during this summer's window so far, but there are still plenty of bargains to be had for sides looking to strengthen their squad's on a limited budget.

Below, we've compiled a PL starting-eleven made up entirely of players available on a free right now, after being released by their respective employers.

Would you take any of these at your club?

Goalkeeper: Adrian

After six seasons playing for West Ham, Adrian's time at the London Stadium has now come to an end. At 32, he's still got a fair few years left in him in the top-flight and could definitely do a job for somebody, either as first choice, or, most probable, as a back-up between the sticks.

Having made 150 appearances for the Hammers, the Spaniard has a wealth of experience in the Premier League and turned in some really good performances for the club throughout his tenure in east London. The form of Lucasz Fabianski unfortunately put an end to his career, though, but that's not to say we've seen the last of him..

Adrian

Right-back: Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson has been released by Leicester City upon the expiry of his contract and is now available to a good home. With over 100 top-flight appearances to his name, the former Manchester United full-back - who counts Newcastle, QPR and Sunderland among his previous employers - would be a fantastic addition to a lower-half Prem side's squad in need of defensive reinforcements.

Simpson was a mainstay in the Foxes team that clinched the league title back in 2015-16 under Claudio Ranieri. He understands the league well and is strong in attack as well as defence. He became surplus to requirements at the King Power under Brendan Rodgers thanks to the scintillating form of Ricardo Pereira, but we could still see him doing a job at a club like Burnley or Sheffield United next season.

Danny Simpson

Centre-back: Gary Cahill

Ex-England defender Gary Cahill's career at Chelsea was littered with success, as he won no more than seven major trophies with the Blues since joining from Bolton in 2012. Cahill has a wealth of experience at the very top and is still in peak physical condition despite now entering the twilight stages of his career. The 33-year-old won't be short of options this summer, with the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham and Arsenal reportedly interested in capturing his signature.

Former club Aston Villa could well be his chosen destination, though. The Villains are in need of some cover in the heart of defence and with former team-mate John Terry on the coaching staff at Villa Park, a move back to the West Midlands could well be on the cards for the 2012 Champions League winner.

Gary Cahill

Centre-back: Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams' career has taken a bit of a downturn in recent seasons. At Swansea, the Wales international was one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League, but since making the step-up to Everton, his performances started to decline as he was found out on numerous occasions. Williams turns 35 next month so this move will definitely be his last, but who is willing to take a gamble on him?

He spent last season on loan at Stoke City in the Championship, which is most likely his level now, but with reported interest from sides in Asia and the MLS, we wouldn't be surprised to see him make the switch to a totally different continent before retiring.

Ashley Williams

Left-back: Alberto Moreno

Alberto Moreno started to became a figure of ridicule at Liverpool, mainly due to the sheer quality of his replacement, Andy Robertson. Moreno is rash, there is no doubting that but he also possesses a great deal of attacking qualities, which of course is important in a division like the Premier League.

At 27, the Spaniard is now entering his peak, and though it is evident he is not good enough for a top-six side, we still feel he could do a job for a smaller side in the top-flight. It does however look likely that Moreno will return to Spain with Villarreal, and should that happen we'll be sad to see him leave; Liverpool's 'banter era' has officially ended and it's a huge shame.

Alberto Moreno

Right-wing: Bakary Sako

Unsurprisingly, Bakary Sako has been released by Crystal Palace after a far from impressive spell in south London. The former Wolves wide man scored just five goals for the Eagles in 47 appearances and spent the first-half of last season playing for West Brom after he was released by Palace, but failed to make an impact at the Hawthorns and re-joined the Selhurst Park outfit in January until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old demonstrated his quality at Wolves and has blistering pace in the locker; he's more suited to a Championship side, but will anyone take a gamble on him? Personally, we think he's worth a one year deal at a side looking for reinforcements in the final third due to his versatility; Sako can operate on either flank or up front, would you take him as a squad player at your club?

Sako

Centre-midfield: Mohamed Diame

32-year-old Mohamed Diame is on the search for a new side, and personally we think he's got one more Premier League move left in him. The Senegal international has so much experience in the Premier League having turned out for the likes of Wigan, West Ham, Hull and most recently Newcastle in the top-flight during the previous decade.

Diame made almost 100 appearances for the Magpies since joining the club in 2016 and was so important in their midfield, sitting just in front of the back-line as protection in the centre of the park. Composed in possession and strong in the tackle, if no Premier League side signs him, we will be gobsmacked if he's not playing at Stoke next term.

Diame

Centre-midfield: Jason Puncheon

Jason Puncheon spent the second part of last season on loan at Huddersfield Town, but struggled for game time in south Yorkshire as the Terriers were relegated to the Championship following two seasons in the first-tier. A versatile midfielder, the former Southampton man is comfortable out wide on either side or through the middle.

Now 33, he is more suited to a deeper role in the middle, but could certainly do a job for a side in the Championship or at the top-end of League One. Puncheon spent a brief spell on loan at Millwall in 2010, could he return to the Den to finish off his career? Makes perfect sense, he wouldn't even have to move house.

Puncheon

Left-wing: Danny Welbeck

Alright, we know he's not really a left-winger, but for the sake of this line-up Danny Welbeck is being forced out wide. The former Manchester United man has left Arsenal upon the expiry of his contract and is now a free agent. At 28 years of age, Welbeck still has plenty to offer in the Premier League and won't be short of offers this summer.

Southampton, West Ham and Everton have all been mentioned, though a stumbling block could prove to be his reported £70,000-a-week wages. The 42-capped England international has a wealth of experience in the Premier League; if anyone can obtain his signature on a free this summer, they'd get a pretty good deal in our most humble opinion.

Danny Welbeck

Centre-forward: Andy Carroll

Every team needs an Andy Carroll, don't they? Alright well maybe a less injury-prone version of the bulldozing centre-forward. Traditional in every sense of the word, Carroll is the sort of player your dad loves: no nonsense, good in the air and strong as an Ox, shame about the "silly haircut".

It's such a travesty that his career has been ruined by constant injuries, but when fit and on his day he can be a great asset to sides with a more direct style of play. Any club in need of a different approach off the bench next season should think about bringing the Newcastle-born striker in on a free transfer, it would be a shame to see him depart English shores and sign for someone like Brisbane Roar.

Andy Carroll

Centre-forward: Daniel Sturridge

Undoubtedly the most talented player in this team, Daniel Sturridge would be a great signing for a top-flight side this summer. The former Liverpool striker has seen a potentially glistening career hampered by injuries - just like his strike-partner Andy Carroll - but is still a top class footballer on his day.

Sturridge has played for some great sides during his career and definitely still has a Premier League move left in him, with a host of top-flight sides understandably interested in bringing him in on a free this summer. A stumbling block is his £100,000-a-week wages, though, so he may have to take a pay-cut to get a deal across the line before the campaign kicks off again in mid-August.

Daniel Sturridge

Team in full

Out of contract XI
Free to a good home.


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