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There are some quality free agents on the market right now, Everton should move quickly

There are some quality free agents on the market right now, Everton should move quickly

There are a number of free agents that could help Everton out as they battle Premier League relegation.

Everton fans were spotted protesting outside Finch Farm after the club failed to sign a single player in January, but there's still plenty of time for the Toffees to snap up a free agent or two.

A group of supporters called for the resignations of owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright by holding up banners and homemade signs after the deadline passed on Tuesday.

The Premier League strugglers, who currently sit in 19th, tried and failed to bring in a host of attacking options last month, including Kamaldeen Sulemana, Ismaila Sarr and Odsonne Edouard.

Sean Dyche's side are trying to snap up former Swansea and West Ham forward Andre Ayew, but many remain understandably frustrated with their lack of business in recent weeks.

So who could Everton get on a free in the not-so-distant future?

Here are a number of options (via Transfermarkt), featuring a five-time Champions League winner and a Croatia international with 52 caps to his name.


The Spaniard's proposed move to Bundesliga high-flyers Union Berlin collapsed on deadline day after the German side called it off at the last minute.

"We wanted to have Isco in Berlin, but we have our limits," they wrote in a statement. "These were exceeded today - contrary to the previous agreement."

Isco, who won five Champions League trophies with Real Madrid during a nine-year stay at the Bernabeu, was released by Sevilla in December after coach Jorge Sampaoli said he "did not meet the club's expectations".

His creativity and flair in attacking areas would be a huge asset to Sean Dyche, but a lack of Premier League experience could be his downfall. The 30-year-old would also likely come with high wage demands.

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Image credit: Alamy

Sime Vrsaljko

The 31-year-old Croatian full-back, who has 51 caps at international level, has bags of experience following spells at Dinamo Zagreb, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.

Although he has suffered from injuries in recent years, he played a crucial part in Croatia's journey to the 2018 World Cup final, and was a member of the Atletico Madrid side that lifted the La Liga title in 2021.

Vrsaljko could an inspired signing as defender Nathan Patterson continues to recover from a knee injury that has ruled him out for six weeks.

A huge question mark over the former Olympiacos defender's fitness remains, but his experience could be valuable in the coming months as Everton battle against relegation.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Unlike the previously mentioned Isco, former Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa has plenty of Premier League minutes under his belt following a five-year stint at St James Park.

Everton are in desperate need of some attacking flair and although frustrating at times, the skillful Frenchman would provide some excitement amongst fans at Goodison Park.

He would be a huge gamble considering his poor conduct in recent years, but the no-nonsense management style of Sean Dyche could unlock Ben Arfa's undeniable potential.

Back in April, he was banished from Lille training after a row with manager Jocelyn Gourvennec and has been a free agent since.

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Image credit: Alamy

Santiago Arias

Another full-back who could provide cover for Nathan Patterson is Colombian right-back Santiago Arias, a player that was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park during Carlo Ancelotti's reign.

The 31-year-old, who last played for La Liga outfit Granada, has enjoyed spells at PSV, Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in recent years.

With 54 caps under his belt for Colombia, Arias would bring some much-needed experience to a leaky Everton back line.

Arias would also slot into Sean Dyche's preferred system after playing in a 4-4-2 formation under Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

Artem Dzyuba

Sean Dyche has earned a reputation for getting the best out of powerful number nines and Artem Dyzuba would suit his direct and aggressive style of play to a tee.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has struggled in recent months, will likely thrive under the Dyche regime but 6ft 6" striker Dyzuba has the ability to cause havoc from set pieces and crosses.

The 34-year-old netted 85 goals in 181 games for Zenit St Petersburg between 2015 and 2022 and is Russia's all-time top scorer with 30 goals.

Again, fitness could be an issue but Dzyuba could be a worthwhile gamble as Everton look to replace Salomon Rondon.

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Do you think any of the above would be good additions at Goodison Park?

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Topics: Everton, Premier League, Sean Dyche, Isco