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Jack Wilshere to Ramires – five free agent clubs can STILL sign

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The January transfer window is closed, but clubs still have the option of signing players for the second half of the season.

Monday saw the deadline pass but that does not apply to players who are currently without a team.

As a result, sports mail takes a look at five of the most eye-catching free agents still available.

KWADWO ASAMOAH

We start with a player who has been a key part of Juventus’ monopoly on Italian football for the past decade: Kwadwo Asamoah.

During his six seasons in Turin, the Ghanaian won the Serie A title every campaign as well as four Coppa Italia titles.

After leaving the club in 2018, he spent two years at Inter Milan before joining Cagliari last season. However, his contract was not renewed and he has been a free agent since last summer.

Asamoah, who turned 33 in December, can play in multiple positions, providing a useful all-round option for clubs in need of a utility player. He is adept at left-back, left-back, left midfield and central midfield.

Reports in Scotland last month linked him with a move to Rangers but so far that has yet to materialise.

Kwadwo Asamoah has been without a club since last summer after leaving Cagliari

DIEGO COSTA

Diego Costa is no stranger to English football, having terrorized opposing defenses for three-and-a-half seasons while leading Chelsea’s attack (although the last six months have seen him completely frozen by Antonio Conte).

The Spain international is a free agent after cutting short his spell at Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. During his time there, he helped propel them to the Brazilian league title – their first in 50 years and just the second in their history. He also guided them to a league and cup double to end a brilliant season.

Now 33, there may be question marks over Costa’s durability and Premier League physique.

However, the striker – who has scored 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea – would provide a ‘wicked’ squad for many teams to welcome. Perhaps no more so than Arsenal who are out of steam in the striking department following the departure of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona.

Diego Costa guided Atletico Miniero to a league and Brazilian cup double before leaving

Diego Costa guided Atletico Miniero to a league and Brazilian cup double before leaving

Costa led the line for three full seasons at Chelsea - winning two titles and a League Cup there

Costa led the line for three full seasons at Chelsea – winning two titles and a League Cup there

LAURENT KOSCIELNY

Speaking of the Gunners, their former centre-back Laurent Koscielny is another player available as a free agent.

The former French international finds himself without a club after his acrimonious departure from Bordeaux.

The Ligue 1 outfit find themselves mired in relegation issues and to make up for that, the 36-year-old has been identified as one of the reasons. As a result, they stripped him of his captaincy and froze him – much to his obvious displeasure.

Laurent Koscielny is looking for a new club after being exiled and then fired by Bordeaux

Laurent Koscielny is looking for a new club after being exiled and then fired by Bordeaux

Having won three FA Cups at Arsenal, Koscielny is no stranger to the Premier League.

His experience could prove vital in helping a side struggling with relegation like Burnley, Watford, Newcastle or Norwich City.

However, recent reports suggest a return to Lorient could be on the cards. Lorient are also struggling in Ligue 1 and the lure of helping his former club, where he spent the 2009-10 season, might prove too much to resist.

Koscielny made 353 appearances for Arsenal - winning three FA Cups during his time there

Koscielny made 353 appearances for Arsenal – winning three FA Cups during his time there

RAMIRES

Ramires has won virtually everything during his time at Chelsea but is without a club. This is remarkably the case since November 2020.

The Brazilian, who has won 52 caps for his country, was last seen competing for Palmeiras. He should still be here now, having signed a four-year contract with the club in 2019, but the two parties have agreed to mutually terminate the contract considerably earlier.

Now 34 and having not played competitively for 14 months, it’s unclear who the midfield suitors are but again his experience wouldn’t hurt at the right club.

Ramires has been without a club since November 2020 after leaving Brazilian side Palmeiras

Ramires has been without a club since November 2020 after leaving Brazilian side Palmeiras

Jack Willhere

Ramires has faced many midfield battles against Arsenal fan favorite Jack Wilshere and the latter is another who is available as a free agent.

Wilshere has been without a club since being released by Bournemouth at the end of last season.

The 30-year-old has been training with former club Arsenal at their London Colney base since October in order to maintain his fitness.

Jack Wilshere (centre) has been training with Arsenal since October to develop his match fitness

Jack Wilshere (centre) has been training with Arsenal since October to develop his match fitness

And talk to sports mail Exclusively last month, the former English playmaker revealed his desire to return to the highest possible level.

“I’m confident I could handle the physical side and be an influence,” said Wilshere, whose last appearance in the top flight was at West Ham 18 months ago.

“I always said when I returned to Arsenal that I would make a decision on my next step at the end of January. When you’ve been out you never know which way it will go.

“But it convinced me that my playing career is not over. The manager is top class, and I wouldn’t train with the first team again if I lowered the level or couldn’t keep up. .

“I can still beat a man, and they are the best players. It’s a sign, for me, that I can still do it and that I want to keep doing it.

With Arsenal short in midfield, their fan base is hoping that Mikel Arteta will turn to Wilshere and offer him a short-term deal – although that wish remains a long way off.

The 30-year-old has been without a club since Bournemouth released him at the end of last term

The 30-year-old has been without a club since Bournemouth released him at the end of last term