Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce admits he must look outside of England to strengthen his defence.
"If I had been quick enough or had been in place as Newcastle manager sooner, I'd have looked at more Premiership free transfers.
"I tried for one - Tal Ben Haim - and if Sylvain Distin had still been available when I'd been here, he'd have been here.
"If you put Ben Haim and Distin here now, it would make a huge difference. You'd already have secured the problems with your defence, basically.
"You'd probably just look for a left-back of the right sort of experience and, perhaps, a right-back and you'd be looking forward to August 11.
"But that centre-back we need may not be in this country now."