By ESPNSTAR.com staff
According to the Bosman ruling, players with less than six months remaining on their contract are free to hold talks with other clubs. Consequently, Lampard and Walcott have been widely tipped to end their long association with Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, having been linked with a number of clubs.
Other seasoned campaigners such as Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Neville (Everton) could theoretically also be available for a free transfer in June. However, it is far more likely that their dedication to the club's cause as well as the popularity amongst the fanbase will see them earn a contract extension.
Tottenham will be the least worried by players leaving on a Bosman since they only have to decide on William Gallas' contract. On the other hand, West Brom have no less than nine players whose contracts are set to expire in the next six months.
Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal), Kolo Toure (Manchester City), Michael Owen (Stoke), Louis Saha (Sunderland) head the list of players who have faltered in their bid to showcase their worth and will need to impress in the coming six months in order to continue earning high-paying wages. Fringe players such as Sebastien Squillaci (Arsenal), Doni (Liverpool), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Xisco (Newcastle) are unlikely to stay on with their current clubs.
Outside England, Fernando Llorente is most attractive name for leading clubs since the Athletic Bilbao forward has made no bones about his decision to quit the club. As a result Llorente is more likely to leave in January instead of the end of the season.
In a similar vein, Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Cacau (Stuttgart) and Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan) could attract bids for their services this month.
Other notable names: Emmanuel Frimpong, Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Ross Turnbull (Chelsea) Sylvain Distin (Everton), Brede Hangeland, Damien Duff, Mark Schwarzer, Philippe Senderos, Mahamadou Diarra, Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Kieron Dyer, Ryan Nelsen (QPR), Artur Boruc, Jason Puncheon (Southampton), Rory Delap (Stoke), Titus Bramble, Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Franco Di Santo (Wigan).