Some incredible value can be found this summer, with so many top quality players available on a free transfer.
West Ham United are expected to be heavily involved in the merry-go-round that is the summer transfer window over the coming months, with speculation mounting regarding big money moves for some of Europe's hottest talents.
Leicester City proved last year, however, that clubs do not have to spend masses amount of money to be successful.
Here we take a look at three free agents who could improve the Hammers, without them having to spend a penny on transfer fees.
Gregory van der Wiel - RB - Paris Saint-Germain
van der Wiel would be the perfect acquisition for the Hammers
The Holland international's contract with PSG expires at the end of this month, and he would be the perfect addition to a West Ham defence that is severely short of quality and numbers in the right-back department.
Centre-back James Tomkins has regularly deputised in that role, and the Dutchman would certainly be an upgrade. At 28, van der Wiel still has many years of service to offer, and would bring vast amounts of experience and undeniable quality to the East London club.
His achievements include 45 caps for the Dutch national team and four league titles with his club.
Martin Caceres - CB - Juventus
Martin Caceres has pedigree at both international and club level
Another defender whose contract is set to expire this month is Juventus's Uruguay international Martin Caceres. The 29-year-old has the attributes which make him the perfect modern day hybrid centre-back.
He combines his ball-playing ability with a no-nonsense, combative approach, and would be the ideal fit for Premier League football. He has been out injured since February, but is due back to be back in action for the start of the 2016/17 season. He would provide fantastic competition to the likes of James Collins, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna.
His tally of 68 caps for Uruguay is evidence of his pedigree, and he has an impressive collection of five Serie A titles, a La Liga title and a Champions League winning medal to his name.
Hatem Ben Arfa - AM - Nice
The former Newcastle man has unfinished business in the Premier League
The enigmatic French attacker has the potential to be one of the world's best players. Unfortunately he has not always displayed the attitude to match, but at the age of 29, he is most certainly worth taking a gamble on.
West Ham lost two forward's this summer after loan players Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses returned to their parent clubs and are now a little short in that area. Ben Arfa has the ability to bring a pacey, direct threat to the Hammers attack, and the prospect of him teaming up with his compatriot Dimitri Payet would surely be a mouth-watering one for West Ham fans.
If the Hammers were to make a move for the Frenchman, they would have to act quickly with rumours circulating that Nice have offered the 29-year-old a bumper deal to stay in France.
Would West Ham manager Slaven Bilic consider bringing in these free agents?