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Best free transfers: Bosman success stories


Steve McManaman Real Madrid

Ah the Bosman, that rather major football ruling made back in 1995 that is now the bane of any manager trying to keep hold of their top talent, and for Football Manager/Championship Manager frequenters, a quick-fire way to get more quality into your first team squad if you can afford the wages (Taribo West anyone?).

Much has been made of Alan Pardew’s acquisition of Demba Ba in the summer, currently second in the Premier League goal-scoring charts and seemingly a shrewd bit of free business compared to the excessive fees currently hanging over the heads over strikers who are not really cutting it. Until the Senegalese striker’s rich vein of form leads the Geordies to some form of silverware or European qualification, his value for no money should be put on hold until the end of the season.
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Stoke and Birmingham City do good transfer deadline day business


When the news that Jermaine Pennant would be joining Stoke City until January flashed onto one of the many tabs I had open in my browser, the reaction was one of disappointment. Yet another Englishman abroad has failed to prove his worth outside of the Premier League. It has been a rocky period for both player and club, but perhaps his failure to flourish under a Spanish manager at Liverpool was a sign of things to come. Turning up late for training sessions and stuggling to impose himself on games for a full ninety minutes perhaps didn’t help matters either.

His failings in Spain will be good news for Stoke City manager Tony Pulis who now has one of the most talented crossers of a football on one flank and the club’s player of the year Matthew Etherington on the other supplying the kind of ammo that record signing Kenwyne Jones will surely thrive on.

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Huntelaar: Lacking a bit of Klaas?


If you are Dutch, have two great feet, a truck load of goals already locked up in the archives, then comparisons with Marco Van Basten are inevitably going to be made. Klass Jan Huntelaar made it all that more difficult to avoid when he joined the Rosseneri last year, but will the opportunity to emulate the great Dutchman be taken away from him after just one season at the San Siro?

Schalke are the latest club to show an interest in the player who is reported to have refused a move to the German side. The Dutchman is not ready to throw in the towel just yet even if the Milan hierachy see things a little differently.

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