Potential bargains on offer for Stoke City and Championship clubs in January – including five Preston players


Championship clubs are not expected to splash much cash when the transfer window opens next week.

So the list of free agents and who will be a free agent at the end of this season will be studied by the transfer chiefs up and down the country.

Those little black books will all contain five key players Preston North End who are running out their deals: Ben Pearson, Alan Browne, Darnell Fisher, Ben Davies and Daniel Johnson.

LancsLive says manager Alex Neil doesn’t envisage it being an issue but Fisher admitted this week: “I think there’s a lot of noise going on outside Preston, with what’s going on whether it be contracts or what not.

“We just need to concentrate and focus on ourselves.

“I do find it (easy) personally to just crack on with it but obviously you want your best players to sign contracts and to know that when you go on to the pitch that they’re like with you 100 per cent.

“We ask each other what’s going on, like ‘are you signing or not?’.

“I think most people keep their cards close to their chest, but yeah you want to know if your team mates (are staying), because they are good players.

“You want to go into these games, because they are tough games, with your best players around you.”

Across Lancashire, Blackburn Rovers have this week secured Bradley Dack to a new deal as he nears fitness after injury.

Michael O’Neill had already recently made the most of that free agent market to bring in Morgan Fox, James Chester, John Obi Mikel and Steven Fletcher.

There are another more than 100 players 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 2.

That includes Britt Assombalonga at Middlesbrough, Andreas Weimann at Bristol City, Barry Bannan at Sheffield Wednesday and Troy Deeney at Watford.

Here are the players who are in the final few months of their contracts, with an asterisk to indicate if they are already free agents. Who catches your eye?

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GOALKEEPERS

Adam Legzdins (Age 33) *

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)

Lewis Price (36) *

Lewis Webb (19)

Luke Southwood (22)

Luke Steele (36) *

Max O’Leary (24)

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)

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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