Transfer deadline day: top 10 best ever Premier League signings
In the build up to the summer transfer window slamming shut this evening, we round up the most successful signings from deadline days gone by.Peter Iantorno September 1, 2014
Carlos Tevez - West Ham, August 2006
One of the most sensational coups in Premier League history, Argentinian Carlos Tevez, above, will always be remembered for almost single handedly saving West Ham from relegation at the expense of Sheffield United.
Although third party ownership issues stirred up controversy and the London club were ultimately ordered to pay almost £20 million to the Blades in compensation, it was a small price to pay for Premier League safety.
Luis Suarez - Liverpool, August 2010
Bought for £22.8 million, Luis Suarez was Liverpool's record signing (until the arrival of Andy Carroll a few hours later). After a slow start to his Anfield career, the striker found his form, leaving him with an impressive 69 goals from 110 appearances for the club.
Suarez's only downfall was the constant controversy surrounding him, and it ultimately led to him being sold to Spanish giants Barcelona this summer for a cool £50 million more than Liverpool bought him for. Definitely one of the club's more shrewd pieces of business that day...
Asmir Begovic - Stoke, January 2010
Taking advantage of Portsmouth's financial troubles, Stoke managed to pick up highly rated keeper Begovic for a cut-price £3.25 million.
Since signing for the Potters, he's picked up player of the year awards, been courted by some of Europe's top clubs and even managed to become only the fifth goalkeeper of all time to score a Premier League goal!
Jermain Defoe - Portsmouth, January 2008
A result of the strong relationship between Defoe and then Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, the England striker's move to Fratton Park immediately bore fruit, as he netted in each of his first five home games.
After an impressive tally of 17 goals from 36 appearances for Portsmouth, he returned to Spurs the following January, ending his short but sweet stay on the south coast.
Ashley Cole - Chelsea, August 2006
Moving across London from Arsenal to Chelsea was never going to be easy, but Ashley Cole managed it with aplomb.
Signing for a bargain £5 million plus William Gallas, Cole became a vital part of the great Chelsea team that won everything there is to win in the English and European game.
Wayne Rooney - Manchester United, August 2004
At just 18 years old, Wayne Ronney was already being tipped as the future of English football. Such was his stock, Sir Alex Ferguson readily handed over £25 million to Everton to secure his services.
And despite a career of ups and downs, there are few deadline day signings who have provided such longevity as Rooney, as he enters his tenth year as a United player, starting this season as captain of the team.
Marouane Fellaini - Everton, August 2008
A man who would probably show up on most people's 'top 10 panic buy' lists after his dismal spell at Manchester United, it's easy to forget what a success Fellaini was for Everton.
Brought in for £15 million, he quickly established himself as a dominant force in midfield and became something of a cult hero amongst fans of the Toffees. And to top it off, he made his club a healthy profit when he was sold for £27.5 million this time last year.
Danny Murphy - Fulham, August 2007
In 2007, perennial Premier League strugglers Fulham turned to Tottenham's Danny Murphy to add some craft to their midfield. Despite not commanding a transfer fee, the former Liverpool man became a mainstay of the team, scoring the winning goal in an away win at Portsmouth that guaranteed the London club's safety.
Murphy also captained the club through its incredible Europa League run, which saw them overcome Juventus, Shaktar Donetsk, Wolfsburg and Hamburg on the way to the final.
Rafael van der Vaart - Tottenham Hotspur, August 2010
One of then Spurs manager and renowned wheeler dealer Harry Redknapp's best ever signings, Rafael van der Vaart joined the club for a bargain £8 million from Real Madrid.
The dutchman went on to star in the Premier League and in Europe for Tottenham, scoring an impressive 23 goals in 63 appearances from midfield, and endearing himself to the White Heart Lane faithful.
Nikica Jelavic - Everton, January 2012
Not many players successfully make the jump from the Scottish Premier League into England's elite, but former Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic did exactly that.
After a £5 million move to the Merseyside club, Jelavic hit the ground running, becoming the quickest player to reach 10 goals in an Everton shirt since Tom Browell all the way back in 1912.