Mario Balotelli and 49 other free agents for Stoke City and other Championship clubs


This year has already thrown up enough surprises without Mario Balotelli signing for Barnsley.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool, AC Milan and Inter striker, now aged 30, is a free agent after leaving Brescia.

And The Sun claims that he was offered to Barnsley when his agent made contact with co-chairmen Chien Lee and Paul Conway.

But Marko Arnautovic’s pal apparently wasn’t too keen on the move and is now being linked with Ramadan Sobhi’s Pyramids FC, in Egypt.

It remains to be seen where his brother Enoch Balotelli, who had a trial with Stoke in 2011, will go next after a less glamorous career. He left Serie D side Carvaggio in July.

Stoke’s man of the match Thomas Sorensen makes a wonder save from Mario Balotelli during the FA Cup final

Still, there are plenty of others in a similar boat available for clubs operating under the shadow of Financial Fair Play.

Michael O’Neill has already recently made the most of the free agent market to bring in Morgan Fox, James Chester, John Obi Mikel and Steven Fletcher – and there are still 49 players who last featured in the Premier League or second tier who are without a new club.

Any of those four dozen can sign for a club outside of the transfer window and it includes the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jack Wilshere, Ryan Shotton and Nathan Dyer.

There are another 119 currently in the Championship who are reported to be out of contract next summer. They could be on the move for nothing then or a cut price deal mid-season when the window opens on January 1.

That includes Bradley Dack at Blackburn, Britt Assombalonga at Middlesbrough, Andreas Weimann at Bristol City and Troy Deeney at Watford.

There are midfielders who stand out at this level including Preston duo Alan Browne and Ben Pearson and Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan.

Here are the names currently in the black books of every transfer chief at every club in the division, with an asterisk to indicate if they are currently available. Who catches your eye?

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GOALKEEPERS

Adam Legzdins (Age 33) *

Andy Lonergan (37) *

Asmir Begovic (33)

Cameron Yates (21)

Curtis Anderson (20)

Emmanuel Idem (21)

Gregor Zabret (25) *

Jökull Andrésson (19)

Josh Vickers (24)

Joshua Render (20)

Kamil Miazek (24) *

Keiren Westwood (36)

Lee Camp (36) *

Lewis Price (36) *

Lewis Webb (19)

Luke Southwood (22)

Luke Steele (36) *

Max O’Leary (24)

Niki Mäenpää (35) *

Örjan Nyland (30) *

Paul Jones (34) *

Rene Gilmartin (33)

Rob Elliot (34) *

Sam Walker (29)

RIGHT-BACKS

Adam Smith (29)

Andre Wisdom (27)

Ángel Rangel (37) *

Ciaran Brennan (20)

Clive Smith (22) *

Cuco Martina (31) *

Danny Simpson (33) *

Darnell Fisher (26)

Daryl Janmaat (31) *

Ezequiel Schelotto (31) *

Henrik Dalsgaard (31)

Jack Hunt (29)

Jaime Peters (33) *

James Brown (22)

Jazz Richards (29) *

Josh Dacres-Cogley (24)

Kieron Freeman (28) *

Kiko Femenía (29)

Mahlon Romeo (25)

Moses Odubajo (27)

Osaze Urhoghide (20)

Phil Ofosu-Ayeh (29) *

Ryan Nyambe (22)

Shaun Cummings (31) *

Simon Francis (35) *

LEFT-BACKS

Andrew Hughes (28)

Cheick Keita (24) *

Dan Potts (26)

Greg Cunningham (29)

Jaden Brown (21)

Joe Bennett (30)

Omar Richards (22)

Sam Hart (24) *

CENTRE-BACKS

Adam Thompson (28)

Ashley Williams (36) *

Ben Cabango (20)

Ben Davies (25)

Ben Heneghan (27) *

Cameron Evans (19)

Christian Kabasele (29)

Christopher Schindler (30)

Darius Charles (32)

Derrick Williams (27)

Dominic Hyam (24)

Giles Phillips (23)

Jack Simpson (23)

Joost van Aken (26)

Jordan Walker (31) *

Jordon Thompson (21)

Lloyd Jones (25) *

Matthew Connolly (33) *

Matty Pearson (27)

Michael Dawson (36)

Michael Morrison (32)

Murray Wallace (27)

Nathan Baker (29)

Richard Wood (35)

Ryan Shotton (32) *

Sonny Bradley (29)

Steve Cook (29)

Tom Lees (29)

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS

Alexander Tettey (34)

Carlos Sánchez (34) *

Charlie Owens (22)

Geoff Cameron (35)

Jacob Gardiner-Smith (23) *

Kieran Lee (32) *

Samba Sow (31)

Tom Huddlestone (33) *

CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS

Alan Browne (25)

Alex Mowatt (25)

Alex Pattison (23)

Almen Abdi (34) *

Andrew Surman (34) *

Andy King (32) *

Barry Bannan (30)

Ben Pearson (25)

Ben Thompson (25)

Beram Kayal (32) *

Billy Mitchell (19)

Bradley Johnson (33)

Cheick Kourouma (28) *

Curtis Thompson (26)

Dan Gosling (30)

Daniel Williams (19)

David Davis (29)

Duane Holmes (26)

Gavin Kilkenny (20)

Jack Wilshere (28) *

Jay Fulton (26)

Joe Rothwell (25)

Jonathan Hogg (31)

Jonathan Howson (32)

Josh McEachran (27)

Juninho Bacuna (23)

Liam Shaw (19)

Luke Berry (28)

Mario Vrancic (31)

Matt O’Riley (19) *

Nnamdi Ofoborh (21)

Ryan Leonard (28)

Ryan Tunnicliffe (27)

Ryan Yates (22)

Shaun MacDonald (32)

Tom Carroll (28)

RIGHT MIDFIELDERS

Andreas Weimann (29)

Ben Hughes (20)

Bright Osayi-Samuel (22)

Davide Somma (35) *

Jodi Jones (23)

Jordan Green (25)

Kadeem Harris (27)

Nathan Dyer (32) *

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (28) *

LEFT MIDFIELDERS

Adam Reach (27)

Adama Diakhaby (24)

André Ayew (30)

Andre Green (22) *

Ikechi Anya (32) *

Isaac Mbenza (24)

Jefferson Montero (31) *

Joe Rankin-Costello (21)

Junior Hoilett (30)

Junior Stanislas (30)

Marvin Johnson (29)

Sammy Ameobi (28)

Shane Ferguson (29)

Tommy Rowe (32)

ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS

Alex Pritchard (27)

Anis Mehmeti (19)

Bradley Dack (26)

Caolan Boyd-Munce (20)

Dan Crowley (23)

Daniel Johnson (28)

Emiliano Marcondes (25)

Jon Toral (25)

Lewis Holtby (30)

Oliver Cooper (20)

Wayne Rooney (35)

STRIKERS

Adebayo Akinfenwa (38)

Amadou Bakayoko (24)

Ashley Fletcher  (25)

Britt Assombalonga (27)

Colin Kazim-Richards (34)

Collin Quaner (29) *

Danny Hylton (31)

Elliot Lee (25)

Famara Diédhiou  (27)

Fraizer Campbell (33)

James Collins (29)

Jamie Paterson (28)

Jamil Adam (29) *

Jordan Rhodes (30)

Josh Parker (29)

Joshua King (28)

Martyn Waghorn (30)

Matt Smith (31)

Maxime Biamou (29)

Oumar Niasse (30) *

Rudy Gestede (32) *

Sam Baldock (31)

Shani Tarashaj (25) *

Sone Aluko (31)

Tom Bradshaw (28)

Troy Deeney (32)

Victor Adeboyejo (22)





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