Analysis

The best Bosman free transfers of 2014: The men your club should sign

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Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Linked with: Liverpool, New York Red Bulls

A couple of years ago it would have seemed impossible that Cole would be in the position of very much not first choice for either club or country. Leighton Baines’ usurping of the England left-back slot was inevitable, but his displacement by right-back Cesar Azpilicueta at Chelsea was much more of a surprise. Nevertheless, the Spaniard has been magnificent where Cole has been shaky, and as the 33-year-old is unlikely to accept another season as a squad player, his future appears to be elsewhere. A reunion with Thierry Henry in New York or David Beckham in Miami has been mooted.

Manuel Fernandes (Besiktas)

Linked with: Newcastle United, Lokomotiv Moscow

One who may be familiar to Newcastle fans, the Magpies were rumoured to be in talks with the Besiktas midfielder in the summer but nothing came of it. The Portuguese midfielder has been locked in a talks with the Turkish club and looks set to leave in the summer. Fernandes – who previously spent two loan spells at Everton – is a technically gifted playmaker with excellent shooting and passing ability. There have been rumours of a move to Lokomotiv Moscow, but nothing has been confirmed – could the Magpies swoop in?

Ashley Cole