Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez and five other former Premier League stars who could soon return
English clubs always appear to be happy to spend, and there are plenty of former Premier League stars who may be available for a return if the money is right.
This season has been a veritable goldmine for fans of former Premier League stars returning for another crack at English football.
Let's have a look at a few other Premier League old-timers who could be primed to come back very soon.
It has not gone at all well for Eden Hazard since he got his dream move to Real Madrid.
He has since struggled for consistency - and game-time - in Spain, which hasn't been helped by a persistent ankle injury.
Hazard's time at Real Madrid can only really be described as an enomrous failure. He has managed just 61 games for the club and has only scored six times. For a man that cost more than €100million, that's just nowhere near good enough.
He has been linked with a moved back to the Premier League, but Newcastle are reportedly "not an option" for Hazard as he "will only move to a big club". Ouch. Either way, the Belgian is a man who desperately needs a fresh start.
Aaron Ramsey is another player to be linked with Newcastle, and on the surface they would look to have a much better chance of bringing him back to the Premier League than they do with Hazard.
During Ramsey's time at Juventus they have seen their Serie A dominance evaporate and are eyeing a rebuild and there appears to be little room for for former Arsenal man in that.
Once upon a time, Gareth Bale was the most coveted player in the world. He had become a true force of nature at Tottenham and it was no surprise when Real Madrid came calling.
Bale's time in Madrid has, though, been odd. In seven seasons in the Spanish capital he has picked up four Champions League winners medals and two La Liga titles, as well as a plethora of other honours.
It would be wrong, though, to dismiss Bale's time at Real Madrid as a slow-burning personal failure.
For a start, how many players get to play over 250 games for Real Madrid? They are not a club who tend to carry anyone and that Bale has amassed such a number is testament to his product.
He has already come back to the Premier League once when he joined former club Tottenham on loan for a season. It remains to be seen whether he still retains sufficient love for football to do it again.
You would struggle to name a foreign player who made a bigger impact in the Premier League than Luis Suarez.
While there were brilliant goals and prolific goalscoring (82 goals in 133 games, no less), there was also alleged racism and actual biting of opponents. It was rarely dull.
Following a £65million move to Barcelona, helped no doubt by playing with the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, Suarez became even more prolific, rattling in 198 goals in just 283 appearances.
Atletico won the 2020/21 La Liga title and Suarez's 21 goals in 32 games played a significant part in that.
His goal product has dropped a little this season, although he is still scoring a goal every three games.
At the time, Sanchez was one of the Premier League's most feared forwards, scoring regularly for Arsenal following a similarly fine spell at Barcelona. In 166 games for the Gunners, Sanchez managed a highly impressive 80 goals before growing frustrated at the club.
When he decided to leave, though, he chose the red half of Manchester. He struggled, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances, Manchester United struggled and, to make matters worse, he had to watch Manchester City thrive.
He escaped Man Utd and won the Italian title with Inter Milan, but he is no longer the prolific scorer of old, managing just 16 goals in 91 matches for the Nerazzurri.
Sanchez is 33 years old now and has been linked with a free transfer to Everton, although that was before they sacked Rafael Benitez.
Moses has been something of a forgotten man in terms of the Premier League in recent years, but he is still very much around and probably attainable in January.
Now 31 years old, Moses spent a fairly astonishing nine years at Chelsea, although that only translated into 128 games and 18 goals in all competitions.
What he did do a lot of was move around on loan. Moses had temporary spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham in the Premier League before trying his luck abroad.
Moses initially joined the Russian side on loan for the 2020/21 season and then made that move permanent last season with him now approaching 50 appearances for the club.
His best spell in England came under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, where he won a Premier League title, and it was the Italian who took him to Inter Milan too. Perhaps he will be tempted to worked with him again at Tottenham.
Wijnaldum is another former Premier League winner who has moved abroad and isn't getting the game-time he was expecting.
The Dutchman's first taste of the Premier League was one to forget, with the midfielder part of the Newcastle team relegated in 2015/16.
Wijnaldum moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on a free and has struggled for game-time, making just 12 starts.
He still has plenty of admirers in the Premier League, though, with Tottenham and Arsenal both reportedly keen to bring him back to England in this window.