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Guide to the Best Bargain and Out of Contract Players in Football Manager 2011

by: Simon Hill ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Stuck with a limited budget? Desperately seeking a couple of extra players to spice up the team? Want some back up in case of injuries? We’ve got you covered - check out the best bargain and out of contract players FM 2011 has to offer here.

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    Bargain Players

    If your transfer pot is looking small and you need to sign some new players then it’s time to search for bargains. Sometimes it doesn’t work out at a club for a player for whatever reason and so they’ll be offloaded for below market value. Sometimes a club may be in financial trouble and they have to reduce that wage bill, so once again they’ll offer players cheap. Finding bargains can be tough and as the season progresses you’ll find more bargains appearing. You’ll also be offered players from time to time, sometimes for free, because a club is looking to offload them and hasn’t received any bids.

    Here’s a small sample of FM 2011 bargain players to start you off at the beginning of a new game. Most are suitable for lower leagues. A few will be able to contribute at a high level.

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    Transfer Listed Bargains

    • FM2011 Transfer Listed Search   Bosko Jankovic AMR/MRLC/AMLC 26 Genoa £4.1 mil (asking price £2.5 mil)
    • Jordi Alba ML/WB/AML 21 Valencia £4 mil (asking price £2.4 mil)
    • Bruno DM/MC 26 Villarreal £4 mil (asking price £3.2 mil)
    • Jonathan dos Santos MC 20 Barcelona £3.9 mil (asking price £3.1 mil)
    • Julian Faubert MR/D/WB/AMR 26 West Ham £3.6 mil (asking price £2.9 mil)
    • Roque Santa Cruz ST 28 Man City £3.6 mil (asking price £2.4 mil)
    • Jose Maria Callejon ST/AMC 23 Espanyol £3.3 mil (asing price £2.6 mil)
    • Mahamadou Diarra DM/MC 29 Real Madrid £3.1 mil (asking price £2.5 mil)
    • David Edwards M/AMC/M/AMR 24 Wolves £2.5 mil (asking price £1.2 mil)
    • Rasmus Lindgren MC/DM/ML 25 Ajax £2.4 mil (asking price £1.4 mil)
    • George Elokobi DL 24 Wolves £2.2 mil (asking price £900k)
    • Sunny DM/MC 21 Valencia £2 mil (asking price £850k)
    • Fabrizio Cacciatore DR/DL 23 Sampdoria £1.7 mil (asking price £875k)
    • Garry O'Connor ST 27 Birmingham £1.1 (asking price £850k)
    • Leandro Grimi DL 25 Sporting CP £925k (asking price £275k)
    • Kirk Broadfoot DC/DR 25 Rangers £825k (asking price £275k)
    • Timothee Atouba D/WBL 28 Ajax £350k (asking price £200k)
    • Per Karlsson DC 24 AIK £210k (asking price £14k)
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    Football Manager 2011 Cheap Players

    • Diego Lugano DC 29 Fenerbahce £2.9 mil
    • Ibrahim Afellay AMC/MRLC/AMRL 24 PSV £2.3 mil
    • Andreas Hinkel D/WBR 28 Celtic £1.5 mil
    • Gonzalo Pineda DL/DC/DM/MC 27 Cruz Azul £1.4 mil
    • Sasa Papac DL/DC/WBL 30 Rangers £1.3 mil
    • Anthony Annan DM/MC 23 Rosenborg £1.1 mil
    • Jordan Spence DC/DR 20 West Ham £1.1 mil
    • Jonathan Orozco GK 24 Monterrey £1.1 mil
    • Christian Benitez ST 24 Santos Laguna £1.1 mil
    • Alex Witsel MC/M/AMR 21 Standard £1 mil
    • Humberto Suazo ST 29 Monterrey £1 mil
    • Guillermo Ochoa GK 24 America £1 mil
    • Morgan Scheneiderlin MC 20 Southampton £850k
    • Mauricio Molina AMLC/MRLC/AMR 30 Seongnam £825k
    • Server Jeparov MC 27 Bunyodkor Toshkent £650k
    • Luizao DC 23 Cruzeiro £600k
    • Miles Addison DC/DM/MC 21 Derby £500k
    • Adam Lallana M/AML/M/AMRC 22 Southampton £425k
    • Vincent Enyeama GK 27 Hapoel Tel-Aviv £230k
    • Katlego Mphela ST 25 Sundowns £220k
    • Leigh Griffiths ST 19 Dundee £210k
    • Peter Masilela DL/WBL 25 Maccabi Haifa £180k
    • Petar Zanev WBL/DL 24 Litex £180k
    • Sebastian Grazzini AMC/MC 29 All Boys £140k
    • Matthew Booth DC 33 SW Sundowns £70k
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    FM 2011 Out of Contract Players

    There’s nothing better than picking up a quality player or even some backup cover for free. Many clubs in Football Manager 2011 start with no budget or even mountains of debt. If you like to take up the challenge in the lower leagues you’ll also suffer from a lack of reputation. It can be tough to attract players. This year we’ve got a bumper crop of FM 2011 out of contract players for you to check out. The majority of these guys can make a big impact at lower league sides and there are a few in there who can still cut it in the top flight.

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    Under 30

    • FM2011 Out of Contract Search   Nicolas Puydebois GK 29
    • Nicolas Bonis GK 28

    • Franck Signorino DL/WBL 28
    • Steven Pele DC 28
    • Calum Davenport DC 27
    • Dino Drpic DC 29
    • Joe Martin DL/ML 21
    • Mitchell Burgzorg DR/WB/MR 22
    • Ondrej Svejdik DC/DR 27
    • Jose Goncalves DC/DL 24
    • Vinicius DC 29
    • Coelho WBR/D/MR 27
    • Abubakari Yakubu D/WBR/DC/DM/MC 28

    • Bob Malcolm DM/MC 29
    • King Gyan DM/MC 21
    • Gerard Lifondja DM/D/MC 21

    • Sergio Zijler AMR/MRL/AML 22
    • Etienne Esajas AML/ML 25
    • Anduele Pryor AML/MRLC/AMRC 25
    • Libero Parri MC/AMC 28
    • Salomon Olembe ML/D/WBL 29
    • Marko Babic ML/WB/AML 29
    • Nashat Akram MC/AMC 25
    • Ali Fuseini MC/AMC 21
    • Devann Yao AMR/MRL/AML 20
    • Francisco Duran MC 22
    • Gauthier Mahoto MC/DM 18
    • Jonatas MC 27
    • Alex Perez AML/WB/ML 25
    • Ibrahim Sissoko MC/DM 21
    • Selim Benachour AMC/MRC/AMR 28
    • Andranik Teymourian MC/DM 27
    • Bernard Mendy MR/WB/AMR 28
    • Olivier Kapo AMR/MRLC/AMLC 29
    • Romano Denneboom AMR/ST 29
    • Nicola Mingazzini MC/DM 29
    • Chris James MC/MRL/AMC 23
    • Nicky Travis MC 23
    • James Ashmore MC/AMC 24
    • Mauro Rosales AMR/ST 29
    • Gari Uranga AMC/AMRL/ST 29

    • Klemen Lavric ST 29
    • Abdessalam Benjelloun ST 25
    • Wason Renteria ST 25
    • Marko Livaja ST 16
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    Over 30

    • Frederic Herpoel GK 35
    • Ronan Le Crom GK 35
    • Stephane Trevisan GK 37
    • Espen Johnson GK 30
    • Fabian Carini GK 30
    • Mahamadou Sidibe GK 31
    • Tony Sylva GK 35
    • Carlos Sanchez GK 32

    • David Jemmali DC/D/WBR 35
    • Kurt Elshot D/WBR 33
    • Alessandro Grandoni DC/DR 32
    • Duccio Innocenti D/WBR/SW/DC 34
    • Rigobert Song DC 34
    • Max Tonetto DL/WB/ML 35
    • Beto DC 34
    • Richard Hastings DLC/WBL 33
    • Michael Ball DL/WBL 30
    • Ibrahima Faye DL/DC/WBL 30
    • Hugo Ibarra D/WBR 36
    • Diego Crosa SW/DC 34
    • Sylvinho DL/WBL 36
    • Walid Regragui DR/WB/M/AMR 34
    • Alessandro Birindelli DR/WBR 35
    • Steve Finnan D/WBR 34
    • Pierre Wome WBL/DL 31
    • Derek Geary DR/DL 30
    • Manuel Tena SW/DC 33
    • Jay DeMerit DC 30
    • Cedric Uras DC/DR 32
    • Anderson DC 30
    • Thiago Gosling DC/SW 31
    • Sebastiano Siviglia DC 37
    • Cristian Zenoni D/WBR/MR 33
    • Marco Di Loreto DC 35
    • Juanpa DR/DC 31
    • Eric Cubilier DR/DC/WBR 30
    • Stephen Wright D/WBR 30

    • Diego De Ascentis DM/MC 33
    • Sander van Gessel DM/DC/MLC 33
    • Roberto Baronio DM/MC 32
    • Paul Matthijs DM/D/MC 33
    • Peter Luccin DM/MC 31
    • Ousmane Dabo DM/MC 33
    • Tommie van der Leegte DM/MC 33
    • Gavin McCann DM/MC 32
    • Mauro Cantoro DM/MC 33
    • Mineiro DM/MC 34
    • Mathieu Berson DM/MC 30
    • Diego Camacho DM/MC 33
    • Brahim Hemdani DM/MC 32

    You'll find more out of contract players over 30 on the next page.

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    More Over 30 Out of Contract FM 2011 Players

    • Quinton Fortune MLC/D/WBL/DM 33
    • Domenico Morfeo AMC/MLC/AML 34
    • Vivar Dorado MC/MR/AMC 36
    • Rivaldo AMC/ST 38
    • Philippe Brunel AML/ML 37
    • Robert Pires AMC/MRLC/AMRL 36
    • Carlos Merino MC/AMC 30
    • Bonaventure Kalou AMC/AMR/ST 32
    • Jacek Krzynowek AML/ML 34
    • Andy van der Meyde M/AMR/M/AML 30
    • Hans Somers ML/MC 32
    • Ebou Sillah AMC/MLC/AML 30
    • Yildiray Basturk AMC/MC 31
    • Yuri Cornelisse AML/MRLC/AMRC 34
    • Christophe Gregoire ML/AML 30
    • Mozart M/AMC 30
    • Leon Kantelberg AML/ML 31
    • Simone Barone MC 32
    • Ighli Vannucchi AMC/MRC/AMR 32
    • Damiano Zenoni MR/D/WBR 33
    • Jonathan Aspas M/AMR/M/AMLC 28
    • Sergio AMC/MC 31
    • Majid Oulmers MC/WB/M/AML 31
    • Denilson AMC/AML/ST 32
    • Stephen Hughes MC 33
    • Martijn Reuser AML/MRL/AMR 35
    • Florentin Petre AMR/MR 34
    • Martin Astudillo MC/DM 32
    • Stephane Noro MC/ML/AMLC 30
    • Youssef Mokhtari AMC/MLC/AML 31
    • Richard Knopper AMC/MC 32
    • Zvonimir Vukic AMC/MC 30
    • Jose Juan Luque AML/ML 32

    • Massimo Margiotta ST/AMC 32
    • Massimo Marazzina ST 35
    • Salva ST 35
    • Sylvain Wiltord ST 36
    • Julio Cruz ST 35
    • Gionatha Spinesi ST 32
    • Luca Saudati ST 32
    • Guillermo Franco ST 33
    • Yordi ST 35
    • Diego Tristan ST 34
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    Other Prospects

    You can find other out of contract players who may be worth taking a chance on. Just remember to check the last time they played, if they’ve been out of football for a long time then give them a trial and check them out before you sign.

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    Caution Advised

    Just remember, especially with the older guys, many of these players need to be trained up and will take a few games to hit their stride. It’s not advisable to build a team of veterans - they will struggle with fitness so use them sparingly. Beyond a certain age the deterioration can be rapid but every player is different so this is always a gamble. If you do sign an old player and don’t play him he’ll be worthless pretty quickly.

    These players were scouted using a large database so depending on your game set up they might not all appear. You'll also get different players according to the leagues you select, this list is based on selecting the English and Scottish leagues. You’ll also find changes when Sports Interactive releases an update.

    If you’ve got any of your own suggestions for cheap Football Manager 2011 players or out of contract players to add then please post a comment.

    Check out our Football Manager 2011 Review and the Football Manager 2011 Guide as well.

FM 2011 Player Guide

This is a guide to help you find the best young prospects and wonderkids in Football Manager 2011. We also cover bargain players, transfer listed players and out of contract players so you'll find the best free FM 2011 players here as well.
  1. Guide to the Best Bargain and Out of Contract Players in Football Manager 2011
  2. Guide to the Best Young Players in Football Manager 2011

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