The number of quality free agents coming out of leagues that aren't the Championship and would be in our financial bracket is actually rather low, but I've gone searching to bring you a list of potential out of contract players Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers could snap up for nothing this summer:
Sidenote: all information regarding contracts is via Transfermarkt.
Jussi Jaaskelainen - West Ham United
Yes, our legendary goalkeeper finds himself out of contract at West Ham United at the end of the season. With the current predicament the Whites find themselves in in regards to goalkeepers, who out there is better to come in and play back up to whoever is our first choice 'keeper come August? I'd love nothing more than to see Jussi return to the club as a player/coach. It'd give the whole club the 'Eidur Gudjohnsen feeling' x 10000000000.
Maynor Figueroa - Hull City
Former Wigan Athletic centre back, Maynor Figueroa, will be available on a free this summer. He was once quite a good, solid defender at Premier League level, but he's seemingly fallen out of favour at Hull City this season, which resulted in him returning to Wigan on loan. However, options will no doubt be short for Neil Lennon this summer, and the Honduran who has appeared at two world cups, could be a feasible replacement for the departing Matt Mills.
Anthony Knockaert - Leicester City
No doubt absolutely miles out of our price range, but I still feel Knockaert is worth a mention. The Frenchman played a pivotal role in Leicester City's promotion to the Premier League, as the tricky winger scored __ goals that season. But he's hardly played at all this season for Leicester and his contract runs out this summer. He's obviously be an outstanding addition to our side.
Liam Rosenior - Hull City
Us Bolton fans have often bemoaned the fact that Neil Lennon persists to use the 3-5-2 formation when we don't have the suitable players to make the system effective. Hull City's wing back, Liam Rosenior, is exactly the type of player Lennon would need if he wants to persist with the formation. He's played in that system for the Tigers for the best part of four years now, so if anyone could fill that right-wing back position - it's him.
Chris Herd - Aston Villa
The Australian spent a month at the club whilst Dougie Freedman was still at the helm, and he impressed in his few games here. The versatile defender was deployed at fightback and he often displayed great composure on the ball. Serious injury problems have plagued Herd's career, so I'd personally like us to steer way clear, but if Lennon is in need of a player who can fill many different roles, he's the man.
Luke Garbutt - Everton
The young left back looks set to sign a new deal at Everton, after he finally made the break through into the first team this season. However, if instead opted to search for more first team opportunities considering he's still behind Leighton Baines in the pecking order, then we should barge ourselves right to the front of the queue, because I feel like Garbutt is going to become a great player and we could do with a good left back.
John Guidetti - Manchester City
Another very unlikely one, but it looks as if Manchester City striker John Guidetti is finally going to leave the club for good this summer. He's been linked with a host of clubs throughout Europe, all of which so far have been put off by his wage demands, which no doubt completely rules us out of any sort of race. But he's certainly a forward we should keep our eyes on if he still finds himself without a club come the beginning of the season.
Jay Emanuel-Thomas - Bristol City
Although it may appear that Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has found his level in League One this season, as he was instrumental in Bristol City's blistering march back into the Championship by scoring twelve goals and setting up a further eight. I feel the 24 year-old would very much be worth a punt. He's a skilful player who is capable of making something out of nothing, and we have a dire lack of those type of spontaneous match winners in our squad.
Jordan Spence - MK Dons
I know very little about Jordan Spend, personally, apart from he's a highly rated, 20 year-old right back, who played a big part in an impressive MK Dons side that won automatic promotion to the Championship this year. We need a right back, maybe he's worth a try?
Tom Pope - Port Vale
Perhaps a 29 year-old striker who played the vast majority of his career in League One isn't a very inspiring name, but Port Vale's Tom Pope has proven year after year that he can stick the ball in the back of the net. In 163 appearances he's scored a total of 56 goals, which equates to a goal every three games, a record not to be sniffed at no matter the division. He may find the Championship out of his depth, but I think taking a chance on a proven goal scorer is more exciting than signing players who have failed to every make an impact.
Andy Driver - Aberdeen
I must admit, I didn't recognise many names as I trawled through the list of SPL players who may find themselves with out a club of their own this summer. But one name did jump out at me - Andy Driver. The flying winger used to play for Hearts, playing the opposite side to fellow winger David Templeton, and I remember him being highly rated. I then discovered that he's spent recent years across the pond playing for Stu Holden's Houston Dynamo, before being released and playing half of this season for Aberdeen. I can't say I know an awful lot about him these days, but Lennon will be aware of Driver from his own time spent North of the border, and if he struggles to find a winger else where then who knows.
Rest of Europe
Harmeet Singh - FK Molde
Neil Lennon and Garry Parker recently traveled to Norway to watch FK Molde and, my guess, out of contract defensive midfielder, Harmeet Singh. Singh, who is of Indian heritage, has played eleven times for Norway and has had a good career thus far, previously turning out for Feyenoord and ___. We're in real need of some added steal and bite into our midfield, and with any luck Singh could provide that.
Sergi Enrich - Numarica
Elsewhere on their counting missions, the management team have also been to Spain to watch Numarica forward, Sergi Enrich. Sergi has certainly been a late bloomer in the Segunda Liga, but with 15 goals to his name in a mid table second division side, he could be the striker that Lennon is looking for. Especially when you consider the pace and strength he is apparently known for.
So that's it! Not too long of a list I know, but if you know of any other free agents that may have escaped my eye then please let me know in the comments below!