It has emerged that former Aston Villa and Swansea City striker Luke Moore is available for free despite only signing a three-year deal with Turkish side Elazigspor last summer.
Sky Sports have reported that Elazigspor are suffering from financial problems and are therefore willing to let Moore leave for nothing. This has alerted clubs in the Premier League and Championship. Moore's agent Peter Morrison revealed "The club have informed us that they are going to struggle to meet their financial obligations which is disappointing but also enables him to leave without any compensation."
Sky Sports said they understand the likes of West Ham, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have all registered their interest.
A move to the Premier League for Moore is unlikely to bring much first-team football. He has spent the majority of his career in the top flight with Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, and Swansea City but never really established himself at any of those clubs.
A move to the Championship would be more likely and it is well known Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are both looking for a striker. Both have been linked with Adam Le Fondre who looks set to move from Reading, and also Nahki Wells before he joined Huddersfield Town from Bradford City.
Peter Morrison has tried to play up his client's potential saying that there is good reason there is plenty of interest in his services. "Given he has played over 200 league games in the top flight and is still only 27, I'm not surprised."
However Luke Moore falls short of the other strikers linked with the Championship clubs. Billy Davies is well known to like to spend money and is always asking for more. Luke Moore doesn't have the best goal scoring record with just 35 goals in his career. The fact he is available for free could make him worth a gamble though.
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