The excitement of a transfer deadline day is about as good as it gets for a football fan when it comes to off-pitch activities. The drama of the last day of the window keeps us all hooked, whether it’s in the summer or January. There have been some very high profile flops to come out of deadline day, as managers panic and overpay to try and bolster their squad, but there have been some utter gems of transfers as well, and that’s what we’re exploring today in our list, celebrating the best deadline day signings ever.
Patrice Evra - Monaco to Man Utd
United paid £5.5 million to bring the french full back to Old Trafford, a fee the defender has repaid many times over, appearing in over 250 games for the club, and wearing the Captain’s armband many times towards the end of his spell with the Red Devils. Well worthy of a place on the list.
Asmir Begovic – Portsmouth to Stoke
Begovic is one of the highest-rated ‘keepers in the premier league at the moment and finds himself touted with moves to bigger clubs constantly. Stoke can be proud of a shrewd piece of business, managing to bring the young stopper in for just £3.25 million in 2010, making him excellent value for money when you consider what a fixture of the Stoke first team he has become. He’s even chipped in with a goal!
Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea
A move that made him very unpopular with the Gunners’ faithful. Ashley Cole moved to Chelsea for just £5 million due to Arsenal not being able to meet his wage demands. He made a big impact at Chelsea and over the best part of a decade there he won just about every piece of silverware in sight.
Luis Suarez – Ajax to Liverpool
Not only did he make Liverpool over £50 million profit when he moved on to Barcelona, Suarez’s goals fired Liverpool to a first title challenge in many years, and European qualification. A disciplinary nightmare? Yes, but a spectacular player all the same. 69 goals in 110 games for Liverpool tells its own story, and the £22.8 million paid looks like great value when you consider he was bought with the Fernando Torres profits.
Daniel Sturridge – Chelsea to Bolton
In their Premier League days, Bolton were known to use the loan system to great effect, and Daniel Sturridge was no exception. The only loan signing to make the list, Sturridge is in there on merit, scoring a very impressive 8 goals in 12 games for Bolton and becoming an instant hit at The Reebok stadium (as it was known back then).
Marrouane Fellaini – Standard Liege to Everton
£16 million is a big fee for Everton to pay for a player, so they were expecting big things from the 6ft4 Belgian Midfielder. They weren’t disappointed. Initially deployed in a more defensive role for the Toffees, Fellaini moved into a ‘second striker’ position for the latter part of his career on Merseyside. He was crowned Everton’s young player of the season in 2009. Strangely, he is the only player who can be named on both ‘best deadline day transfers’ and ‘worst deadline day transfers’ lists, as his move to Man Utd. in 2013 has proved thus far to be a huge flop.
Wayne Rooney – Everton to Man Utd
The king of deadline day deals. Rooney is England Captain, United Captain, and looks set to break all kinds of goal-scoring records before his career comes to an end. A goalscorer, a playmaker and a household name worldwide, one of football’s megastars was once a deadline day deal, as he moved from Everton to United for a £20 million fee, money that looks meager by today’s standards, and has been repaid by over a decade of sparkling service from the much-adored “Wazza”.