So we all know that Bolton Wanderers don't have a pot to piss in.
Transfer targets are few and far between, and have been looking at free transfers across the board. Rotherham United's Craig Morgan and ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos appear the nearest to a deal, but seeing as the Premier League clubs announced their own retained list yesterday, it seems appropriate to put together an XI based upon those newly available on a free:
We'll assume a 4-4-2, and go with it:
Gerhard Tremmel (Swansea City)
Experienced Dutch goalkeeper, who was often backup to Michel Vorm and Lukas Fabianski at the Liberty Stadium,
Wes Brown (Sunderland)
Former Manchester United and England defender is getting on a bit, but was a classy defender at his peak.
Enda Stevens (Aston Villa)
Irish defender once rated in the same bracket at Seamus Coleman but who lost his way under Paul Lambert.
Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace)
Former Fulham and Norway captain, Hangeland was due to sign for Bolton before he joined Fulham, until Roy Hodgson stepped in and offered him more money.
Maynor Figueroa (Hull City)
Honduran defender Figueroa spent time on loan at Wigan Athletic last season, and was out of favour at the KC Stadium under Steve Bruce.
Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers)
A bit of a dickhead, but a talented player without question. 32 year old Barton might fancy a move back up North in his dotage.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United)
Versatile Argentinian grafter with a lovely head of hair, he was unceremoniously dumped by Newcastle after bravely fighting back from being diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
Paul Gallagher (Leicester City)
Talented midfielder who excelled during two loan spells with Preston North End in League One.
Wilson Palacios (Stoke City)
Former Wigan and Spurs man, who earned a pretty pennty during his time in the Premier League, but who was a midfielder of genuine class before injury struck at the Britannia Stadium.
John Guidetti (Manchester City)
Talented Swedish striker who scored boatloads of goals on loan at Feyenoord and Celtic. Could be expensive.
Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers)
Experienced former West Ham and Brighton man, who despite his advancing years has always been a handful for opposing defences.