In January, big named teams such as Birmingham City, Aberdeen, Manchester City, and more will lose their manager. This means that the players wages are very low, and that the players will usually go for the money they are worth or sometimes slightly more. At about January 20th, go to "Jobs Available" and choose a club. Go to the club's details and put all the players on your short list. Then, go the short list, and if their rating is good enough, buy them. Note: You can only see the rating on normal.
You can buy players much cheaper if you give them a 10% sell on clause. If the player is good enough, you will not sell on him. For example, Fernando Torres can be bought for 㾽 million, but 㾸 million with the 10% sell on clause. Andreas Isaksson can be bought for ٤.8 million, but ٢.5 million with the 10% sell on clause.
Players with one year left on their contract at the start of a season can be approached by other clubs when they have six months or less on their contract. Most players will leave so renew their contracts before January. Also, check the transfer window in January for players with six months or less on their contracts. If you find a player you want, select "Offer Contract" and if they accept it, you will get them at the start of the next season for a fraction of the price.