11 former Premier League stars still looking for a new club after being released

The Premier League transfer window might have slammed shut over a fortnight ago, but there's nothing stopping clubs from bringing in players on a free throughout the season.

Paris Saint-Germain have shown what can be done with out-of-contract players this summer, signing the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donaruma without spending a penny.

There are no players of that ilk on the market at the moment, but there remains a crop of experienced Premier League standard stars available for any clubs in need.

Daily Star Sport take a look at 11 top-flight aces still looking for a new team after being released.

Serge Aurier

Despite making 27 appearances for Tottenham last season, Serge Aurier still finds himself without a club after terminating his contract at the start of September.

The 28-year-old, who cost £23million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, wants to stay in England and hasn't ruled out a move to Arsenal if the Gunners come calling.

Gaston Ramirez

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It might not feel like it, but Gaston Ramirez spent five seasons in the Premier League with Southampton, Hull City and Middlesbrough from 2012 to 2017.

After leaving Boro, the maverick midfielder joined Sampdoria, where he scored 16 goals in 121 appearances before being released last season.

At the age of just 30, he could still do a job in the top-flight and it would be no surprise to see him joining the likes of Newcastle or Wolves sometime soon.

Robbie Brady

Robbie Brady has spent the entirety of his professional career thumping in free-kicks for sides anchored towards the bottom of the Premier League.

But after being released by Burnley at the end of last season, the Republic of Ireland international somehow still remains without a club.

Swansea City have been linked with a move for the Dublin-born star, but a switch north to Scotland with Celtic now looks most likely.

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Eliaquim Mangala

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There was once a time when Eliaquim Mangala held the answer to Manchester City's defensive problems. After an impressive debut, it looked as though he would be a mainstay in the Cityzens back line for years to come.

However, things haven't turned out quite as planned for Mangala, who made 79 appearances in four seasons at the Etihad before two miserable years at Valencia, culminating in his release this summer.

For a defender with so much natural talent, it is almost a crime that Mangala finds himself without a club. Here's hoping that someone picks him up soon.

Jack Wilshere

Speaking of players with an abundance natural talent, that brings us on nicely, or rather unhappily given where he should be in his career had injuries not intervened, to Jack Wilshere.

Once the teenage darling of English football, Wilshere is now club-less following his exit from Championship side AFC Bournemouth in August.

It's unclear what the future holds for the 29-year-old, but he is still highly thought of in the game, with former team-mate and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitting last week he'd gladly allow Wilshere to train with the club.

The chances of the midfielder rejoining the Gunners on a permanent basis, however, are unlikely.

Marko Marin

Marko Marin joined Chelsea at the age of 23 after catching the eye with Borussia Monchengladbach in Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.

Nine years, four loan spells, and three permanent stints at Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade and Al-Ahli Saudi later, Marin is now 32 and without a club.

Someone will surely take a punt on the 16-cap Germany midfielder, who is almost destined to score against Tottenham in the Europa Conference League at some point this season.

Daniel Sturridge

It's been a long time since Daniel Sturridge scored 21 goals in 29 game to fire Liverpool to within an inch of the Premier League title.

Since that dreamlike season, the forward has scored just 23 league goals in eight years and has been without a club for the last 19 months since departing Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Earlier in September, the 32-year-old issued a social media plea for any clubs in need of a striker. He wrote: "Year 32. More motivated than I've ever been in my life to be successful. Older, wiser and fit as a fiddle. God is good."

As yet there have been no takers for Sturridge, who remains a free agent.

Nabil Bentaleb

Released from Schalke in the summer of 2020, it would be absolutely no surprise to see Nabil Bentaleb rock up at Newcastle after spending a short period on loan in the north east over a year ago.

However, it seems more likely that his future lies overseas, with Ain FC from the United Arab Emirates, Dynamo Kiev, a Russian club and SCO Angers all interested in signing the Algerian midfielder.

Mo Diame

Now 34, Mo Diame finds himself scratching around for his next club after being released from Qatari oufit Al Ahli.

The gangly Senegalese ace was a permanent fixture in the Premier League for much of the 2010s, impressing with Wigan, West Ham, Hull and Newcastle.

Even approaching the veteran stage of his career, Diame could definitely still do a job for someone in the top-flight.

Andy Carroll

It's been two months since Andy Carroll left Newcastle for the second time in his career, and there still haven't been any takers for the 32-year-old former England international.

Carroll still has immense faith in his own ability, he just needs someone to take a chance on him.

"I’m not saying I should be playing every week, but I think I’ve still got something to give, to be part of Newcastle or any club. I’ve still got that hunger in me," Carroll revealed to The Athletic earlier this week.

Ahmed Elmohamady

Perhaps one of the more surprising names still without a club four weeks into the new season is Egyptian star Ahmed Elmohamady.

Although by no means one of the game's greats, the versatile 34-year-old has carved out a solid Premier League career with Hull City and Aston Villa.

Despite making 15 appearances for Dean Smith's side last season, Elmohamady was dispensed with at the end of the campaign and is still considering his options.

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