Top Ten Soon to Be Out of Contract Players: January Transfer Bargains

This group of fine talents could be available ‘on the cheap’ or even picked up for free next summer!

List does not include players who are likely to retire at the end of the season.

10. Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal)
Russian has never really lived up to his billing at Arsenal but could certainly still make an impact elsewhere in the Premier League.
Reading are said to be interested and the 31 year old winger could be just the man to push Brian McDermott’s side the right side of the relegation zone.

9. Danny Simpson (Newcastle United)
Very useful full-back, experienced and capable. Newcastle United are closing in on Mathieu Debuchy and are therefore unlikely to offer Simpson the new deal he is looking to seal.
The former Man United man may look to run out his deal and reap the salary benefits of being a free transfer signing but a good offer in January could tempt the Magpies into a sale.

8. Carlton Cole (West Ham)
Sam Allardyce has not offered the former Chelsea man a new deal and clearly felt the need to bring in reinforcements in the form of loaned in forward Andy Carroll, therefore a move in January is possible.
If not the England international could well fit the bill for a side in the bottom half of the top tier.

7. Kolo Toure (Man City)
Though the Ivory Coast man has seen little playing time over the past 18 months the former Arsenal man is a very dependable centre-back who could be a priceless signing for a side willing to offer the defender regular first team football.
Toure is away at the African Nations Cup in January and February so could be more likely to leave in the summer.

6. Zoltan Gera (West Brom)
Crafty attacking midfielder has been in fine form for Steve Clarke’s side this term and it’s somewhat surprising that the Hungarian hasn’t been offered a new deal.
Always on hand to score crucial goals and certainly weighs in with a decent number of assists to boot. Could be a very clever bit of business.

5. Matt Upson (Stoke City)
A couple of years ago the defender was considered good enough to play for his country at the World Cup but now it appears that he is surplus to requirements at Stoke City, where clearly Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross are Tony Pulis’s first choice pairing.
The former West Ham man can still do a good job and he has enough in the tank for a good couple of seasons.

4. Rio Ferdinand (Man United)
The 34 year old Man United defender has started 16 of the club’s 21 Premier League fixtures but has done so primarily due to injuries suffered by team-mates Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic and perhaps more importantly Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have struggled at the back, conceding goals at an alarming rate and as such Rio Ferdinand has not impressed and could well be a player living on borrowed time at the Premier League table toppers.
With Vidic returning from injury, and Jones and Smalling making comebacks in recent weeks perhaps Ferguson would be open to allowing Ferdinand a chance of a new challenge if he so chooses.

3. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Frank Lampard has revealed that Chelsea are yet to start talks with him over a new contract as the England midfielder nears the end of his current deal.
Lampard underlined his enduring quality with both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Everton, but the 34-year-old remains likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Could certainly be of use to any Premier League side for at least a season or two.

2. Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Ashley Cole still has a fair few years in the tank and is fighting fit and rarely injured and is therefore sure to have a few prospective suitors either this month or next month when he is likely to be available on a free transfer.
The Chelsea man has racked up 288 appearances for the Blues and is into his seventh season at the club and has secured a Premier League title, four FA Cup successes and a Champions League triumph during that period.

1. Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Arsene Wenger has handed Walcott the starting striker berth in recent weeks and seen the 23 year old show his quality.
Theo Walcott was handed the spot for Arsenal’s trip to Reading and the speedy forward caused the Royals all sorts of problem, netting and assisting his team-mates in a 5-2 romp.
A more measured display against Wigan was followed by a powerhouse display against Newcastle United, which included a second hat-trick of the season for the Arsenal man.
Arguably Walcott is a more suitable spearhead for the Arsenal attack than the slightly one-dimensional French international Olivier Giroud and the former Southampton man has scored 14 goals already this season despite making just 11 starts in all competitions.
However the England man has just six months to run on his current deal, where will he end up?