The best Bosman free transfers of 2014: The men your club should sign
Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg)
Linked with: Stoke City
If Ivica Olic is to move to England this summer, it seems very possible that it will be to join Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. The Croatian forward admitted that he was in Stoke recently for a visit with his wife, and on his return he told the German press that he liked what he saw. However the former Bayern man was also keen to point out that there was every chance he would remain with Wolfsburg for another season. Olic’s work rate is the stuff of legend, and his big game mentality is second to none, he thrives under pressure. He came close to joining Stoke in the winter but he stalled and eventually rejected the offer. Hughes is doing a commendable job trying to adjust Stoke’s style of play and bringing in a player of Olic’s calibre would show they’re moving in the right direction. The only real surprise is that there appear to be no other Premier League sides in for him.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)
Linked with: Newcastle United, Fulham
If Bafetimbi Gomis leaves Lyon and joins a Premier League side it will draw to end one of the longest running sagas in recent history. Not a single window goes by without Gomis being linked to a Premier League side, normally Newcastle United. His contract is up at the end of the summer and whilst the player has insisted he could stay at Lyon it does appear as if the two parties are miles away from reaching an agreement. Gomis is a physically imposing forward who can be a nightmare for defenders, but is also frustratingly inconsistent. If he does leave Lyon, he will probably find a number of potential suitors, but success in the Premier League is far less certain.