Seven French freebies for Premier League clubs this summer

Andrew Gibney picks out a septet of stars available for nothing in the transfer window... 

Everyone loves a bargain, and no one more so than a football chairman. And if they're free? Huzzah! This summer there are a number of players coming to the end of the their current contracts in Ligue 1 who could be excellent picks for Premier League clubs during the transfer window...

André Ayew (25, Marseille)

One of l'OM’s longest-serving players who followed in the footsteps of his father Abedi Pele, Ayew has been a fantastic servant for the club.

On the last day of the season he played his final game against Bastia. All through the week it had been reported that a foot injury would rule him out of the game, taking away his well-earned goodbye.

But typically, Ayew fought off the pain and played the full 90 minutes – a perfect example of the passion and desire he's shown for his club.

Ayew is a versatile forward who can play all over the attack. He's very underrated in the air, while his pace and strength make him a nightmare to defend. His ability both off and on the ball would be perfectly suited to life in the Premier League.

Linked with: Liverpool, but they'd better get in quick – Ayew's agent claims he's off to Italy. "I know Ayew has an agreement with Roma which is linked to the team’s achievement of a Champions League place," revealed the Ghanaian's representative.  

Yoann Gourcuff (28, Lyon)

When historians look back on French football, Gourcuff will be remembered mostly for being a player who offered so much, but delivered very little.

His big-money move from Bordeaux to Lyon never quite worthwhile as the former France international was dogged by constant injury problems. The 28-year-old managed 24 appearances in his first season with Lyon, but never managed over 20 in any of the following seasons.

Gourcuff’s contract is now up, and there is a majestically talented player just waiting for a final swansong. 

For Lyon he would often string a few games together and conjure brilliance: those deft touches, the movement and graceful style that drew everyone in the first time around. Then another injury would deny fans the joy of watching him glide around the pitch for a few weeks. 

If – and it’s a big if – you can keep Gourcuff fit, he could make the most normal team a very good one. 

Linked with: "At least 10 clubs" says his agent, with Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be among them.