These nine players can’t even get a kick for their respective clubs. However, if we’re to continue with the clever transfer business that we’ve already succeeded in doing so far this summer, we’d do well to consider this list of potential candidates.
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James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan have already come in without us spending a penny, so there should be money to spend. With these players out of favour they’re all likely to be available, so who would you take if you could have your pick?
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
We still need a striker this summer, that much we know. The Bosnian has found himself down the pecking order at Manchester City, especially since the arrival of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, and his record in England is good. He’s scored 71 goals in 185 games, including 26 in all competitions during the 2013-14 season.
Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)
It’s always going to be difficult when Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo are among your fellow midfielders. The 26-year-old missed much of last season through injury but was previously a regular in the Juventus side. He’s twice been voted Ghana’s best player and was ranked as the 27th best footballer in the world as recently as 2013.
He’s been in and out of his club side since joining them from Sporting Lisbon in 2013. A product of the same youth academy that produced Cristiano Ronaldo, the 20-year-old is still rated highly and expected to become an excellent player. He wouldn’t be a first-team regular for the Reds at this stage but he’d give us a different option and some much needed natural width.