Free Agent Watch: Featuring two former French internationals and Nigel Reo-Coker

Former Aston Villa, West Ham, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Manchester United players feature.

There has been some real movement in the Free Transfer Market this month with news of former Premier League players especially catching the eye in regards to the MLS.

Nigel Reo-Coker

The former Aston Villa, West Ham and Bolton midfielder has been without a club since leaving Ipswich Town earlier in the season.

We had earlier highlighted his potential to join up with an MLS side and now that deal has been done.

The one-time England call-up has signed a four-year-contract at Vancouver Whitecaps in a deal that will see him finish his playing career stateside. He claims he had offers to stay in England and even one potential move to Russia but after doing his research decided that this was the move for him.

He will join another former Bolton Wanderer Andy O’Brien and partner up with fellow Englishman Matt Watson at the club.

Mikael Silvestre

After taking some time out from the game tending to his successful Rum business has signed for MLS side Portland Timbers. He had originally been trialled by Seattle Sounders but Portland traded a first-round draft pick the Sounders way in order to bring the former Manchester United and Arsenal player their way.

The former French international had previously been linked with a move to India and had a trial at West Ham last September.

Pascal Chimbonda

Another former French international defender could also be heading to the USA as the former Wigan, Sunderland and Spurs man is on a two week trial with Chicago Fire.

He had previously held a trial at Montreal Impact. A member of France’s World Cup team in 2006 and he has stated his intrigue in playing in the MLS and starting a ‘new chapter in his life’.

It is also believed the move is in order to feature more regularly for Guadeloupe, the country of his birth. He will first have to prove his fitness before Fire offer him any deal for the new season.

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