On paper at least Birmingham City have had a very promising transfer window.
With four new permanent signings – not least Troy Deeney – and five loans – not least Tahith Chong – Lee Bowyer’s team looks to have more quality in it than in recent times.
However, while the acquisition of Deeney was undoubtedly a coup, the head coach had been keen to make a couple of signings before the transfer window closed.
In the end that one final player didn’t come through the door.
However, there are still plenty of free agents out there Bowyer – and Blues’ technical director Craig Gardner could look at.
Blues reporter Brian Dick has selected a few.
The 29-year-old finished last season with Bournemouth – and scored against Blues at the Vitality Stadium in February, but was released at the end of the season.
He had been training with Serie B outfit Como but won’t be able to sign as a non-EU resident.
His Derby contract was up at the end of June. The defender trained with the club during pre-season and could sign a new deal once the transfer embargo allows Derby to add to their 23 players of ‘professional standing’. In the meantime he is a free agent who can play right back or centre back and who at the age of 28 has 131 Championship and 48 Premier League games on his CV.
At 32-year-old te striker has bucket loads of international, Premier League and Championship experience.
The defensive midfielder clearly has quality, but he also has a questionable recent injury record. He left Forest in the summer
Sow arrived at the City Ground from Dinamo Moscow, costing the club £640,000. In total he made 42 appearances for the Reds.
Provider of that cross for that goal, Birmingham City fans know all about Ibe – but that was seven years ago. Ibe has struggled at times since,
In January he revealed he has suffered with depression and in July his contract was mutually terminated with a year remaining. He has to feel well before even thinking about football.
Still only 30-years-old it seems a lifetime since Rodwell was the brightest young hope at Manchester City.
He has spent the last couple of seasons at Sheffield United but made only two appearances and did not feature at all in 2020-21. He has played twice in 18 months, for a total of 73 minute
The defensive midfielder has been at Everton since 2014 – and most recently out on loan with the Blades. He was released in June and has been linked with Reading. He’s only 28 and seems to have several years ahead of him.
The much-injured striker left Crystal Palace in the summer – having been linked with Blues last January. He is currently training with Preston.
We have also taken a look at every player currently available on a free transfer that played in England’s second tier last season.
Lee Camp (GK, Swindon Town)
Wayne Routledge (Swansea City)
Keiren Westwood (GK, Sheffield Wednesday)
Martin Cranie (Luton Town)
Billy Jones (Rotherham)
Adrian Mariappa (Brentford)
Carlos Sanchez (Watford)
Frank Fielding (GK, Millwall)
Jack Wilshere (AFC Bournemouth)
Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest)
Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County)
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Middlesbrough)
Abdoulaye Diallo (GK, Nottingham Forest)
Yaya Sanogo (Huddersfield Town)
Jamal Blackman (GK, Chelsea)
Andre Wisdom (Derby County)
Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday)
Jordan Ibe (Derby County)
Dan Crowley (Birmingham City)
Jerome Sinclair (Watford)
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Jahmal Hector-Ingram (Derby County)
Marc Navarro (Watford)
Emmanuel Idem (GK, Derby County)
Jordon Thompson (Coventry City)
Maxime Biamou (Coventry City)
Aramide Oteh (QPR)
Brandon Mason (Coventry City)
Mason Barrett (Watford)
Bradley Foster (GK, Derby County)
Jayden Onen (Reading)
Josh Shonibare (Derby County)