Free Agent Watch: Featuring Saha, Ebondo and Drenthe

Former Newcastle, Fulham, Everton, Tottenham, Sunderland and Manchester United players feature.

The Transfer Window has now been and gone and for Premier League teams that means the last chance to sign talent is now over. Or is it?

Despite David Beckham’s timing he could have waited a week or two before signing on the dotted line at PSG as his previous status as a ‘free agent’ entitled him to do so.

Players who for whatever reason find themselves currently without a club are not constrained by the tyranny of the transfer window and can float around happy in the knowledge that they can negotiate with who they want whenever they want about their future employment; you know like a normal person can.

So who will be sending off their CV’s throughout February?

Louis Saha

Yesterday Sunderland completed the signing of Danny Graham from Swansea City for a fee in the region of £5million. That spelt the end for Saha who had previously been brought in as cover for the isolated Steven Fletcher but was now deemed surplus to requirements.

Here is what Louis had to say on Twitter on Thursday…

While sure his injury record is sketchy and he struggled to find the net on Wearside he has bags of pedigree and could make a tidy addition to any club. However it appears a move to South African side Bidvest Wits is still in the pipeline which would bring to an end Saha’s 14-year career in England.

Albin Ebondo

The 28-year-old was called up to the France squad in 2007 and has been a consistent performer in Ligue 1 for a decade. Capable of playing anywhere across the back four he was released from his contract by St Etienne and has so far remained on the free agent list.

Could somebody give him a chance?


As Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal a former Spanish under-21 team-mate was finally asked to pack his bags by Newcastle United. After five years and just 11 games for the Magpies he mutually agreed the termination of his contract. But good news as the 26-year-old has already found employment with Spanish Segunda Liga side Cordoba.

Royston Drenthe

Here is a potential Premier League signing if I ever saw one. He was expected to sign a deal with Alania Vladikavkaz of Russia but it fell through earlier in the month so the former Everton winger is still available; for absolutely nothing!

Would you like your club to sign any of these players?

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