Free agents for West Brom, Swansea and Sunderland to get in summer
Blaise Matuidi, Andrea Pirlo, Diego, Bacary Sagna and Victor Valdes are among the more high-profile players that will be out of contract at the end of the season, but there are a host of lesser-known names that perhaps should be of interest to Premier League clubs.
And it is Sunderland, Swansea and West Brom that may be best served to keep tabs on the three players mentioned below currently plying their trade in Europe’s top five leagues.
First is Davy Propper, who has done a commendable job in the Eredivisie this season at stepping into the shoes of Mark van Ginkel at Vitesse.
Vitesse are currently only second on goal difference to Ajax in the Dutch league table, with Propper’s five goals from midfield playing an instrumental role in this position.
Propper is fairly strong in an all-round sense in midfield and is adept at shooting from distance, which could be most appreciated by West Brom.
The Baggies have only managed five Premier League goals this season that haven’t been own goals, penalties or scored from set pieces, while only Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal shoot less from outside of the box.
While West Brom could profit from taking a few more shots from distance, Swansea would benefit from a more attacking midfielder that can be the focal point of their attacks.
The Swans have had this in the last two seasons thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michu and injury problems for the latter can at least be party blamed for the Welsh club sitting only three points clear of the relegation places.
This is despite Swansea averaging the highest percentage of possession in the top-flight this season, suggesting they spend too much time knocking the ball about in deeper positions.
Alexander Meier plays as an attacking midfielder for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany and from just seven starts in this position, he has contributed four goals.
He has scored two in as many Europa League appearances and shoots three times on average per game this season, alongside being a threat in the air.
The third free agent on this list may appeal to Sunderland, who dribble far less than any other club in the top-flight this season.
Eric Choupo-Moting almost dribbles as much on his own for Mainz as the entire Sunderland team and this is despite mainly being employed as an impact substitute.
But from his six starts, Choupo-Moting has registered five goals for Mainz.
If any of these transfers are to be completed, then it could be pivotal that the three clubs in question do manage to survive the Premier League drop this season.
At present, the Premier League betting prices Sunderland at 13/10 to be relegated, West Brom at 15/2 to go down and Swansea at 16/1 to end the campaign in the bottom three.