The 10 Best Transfer Deadline Day Signings In Premier League History
As the transfer window slams shut for another summer, there have been plenty of big deals in the Premier League, which managers are hoping will prove to be some of the finest in their club’s history.
There are plenty of deadline day flops as teams panic buy ahead of the new season, but every so often a manager gets it right and adds a superstar to his ranks. Here are the 10 best transfer deadline day signings ever completed in the Premier League.
- Carlos Tevez – Corinthians to West Ham – 2006
It is strange to think that a man who played just 26 league games for West Ham could make this list of best deadline day signings, but Carlos Tevez really got a lot of action into his short career at Upton Park.
The Argentine scored just seven goals for the Hammers, but they were absolutely crucial in their Premier League survival in the 2006/07 season as the forward seemed to single-handedly keep the side up at the end of the campaign.
His arrival and departure from West Ham was always extremely suspicious and it is not known what, if any, profit the Hammers made out of selling him to Manchester United, but in keeping them up in 2007, he was worth whatever money he cost.
- Sadio Mane – Red Bull Salzburg to Southampton – 2014
The Senegalese sensation was doing extremely well for Red Bull Salaburg from 2012-14, but being in the Austrian Bundesliga, the widespread football public were not that well aware of Sadio Mane. Nevertheless, Southampton spent nearly £12m to bring him to St Mary’s on deadline day in 2014 and it proved a very shrewd bit of business.
Mane scored 25 goals in 75 games over two seasons, including recording the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history. Two seasons later he was sold to Liverpool for nearly triple what Saints paid for him. Not too shabby at all.
- Robbie Keane – Leeds to Spurs – 2002
Even back in 2002, £7m was not a huge amount of money and Robbie Keane seemed like a potential bargain as Spurs plundered cash-strapped Leeds United. He certainly turned out to be just that.
The Irishman scored 13 league goals in his first season at White Hart Lane and managed double figures in the following five campaigns before Liverpool swooped for his signature. After something of a failure at Anfield he returned to north London and in total he scored 122 times for Spurs in 306 games. That £7m looked very good value indeed.
- Claude Makelele – Real Madrid to Chelsea – 2003
Chelsea were splashing the cash back in 2003 and few signings were more important than Claude Makelele, who took up…you guessed it, the ‘Makelele role’ at Stamford Bridge.
So good was the Frenchman in his defensive midfield role that the position has been renamed after him in England. He stayed with the Blues for five seasons, winning the league twice and making over 200 appearances in all competitions. Such was his commitment to the defensive side of the game that in all that time he scored just two goals, but no one holds that against him.
- Hugo Lloris – Lyon to Tottenham – 2012
£8m seemed cheap for one of the world’s best goalkeepers and our eyes did not deceive us as Hugo Lloris turned out to be something of a bargain when Spurs picked him up from Lyon in 2012.
He quickly claimed the no.1 shirt at Tottenham and has been a rock at the back for them ever since, going on to captain the side on numerous occasions. He has become a World Cup winner in the time he has been at Spurs with over 100 caps for France and over 250 appearances for Tottenham.
That £8m on deadline day 2012 was money very well spent.
- Jermain Defoe – West Ham to Spurs – 2004
This one actual came at the end of the January transfer window as Spurs picked up an exciting young striker from West Ham for just £6m. It wasn’t long before the youngster was repaying that meagre fee, scoring seven goals in 15 games in that first half season he had with Tottenham.
He notched up 64 goals in 177 appearances in his first spell, then after a season and a half at Portsmouth he returned to improve his record with 79 goals in 186 games. Each spell could have been worthy of a place on this list, and combined, gets him all the way down to number five.
- Dele Alli – MK Dons to Spurs – 2015
Another mid-season deadline day signing as Dele Alli arrived at Tottenham on 2 February 2015 for £5m from MK Dons in a huge step up from League One to the top end of the Premier League.
It wasn’t until the next full season that the midfielder made his mark, but what a mark it was, scoring 10 goals in 33 league games, starting the season at just 19-years-old.
Alli got still better in his second season when he scored 18 times in the league and he is still going strong, with 30 England caps to his name at just 22-years-old. By the end of his career, he may well top this list.
- Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea – 2006
Long mentioned as one of, if not the, best left-back in the world, Ashley Cole was a snip on transfer deadline day 2006 at £5m plus a moody William Gallas going the other way to Arsenal.
The full-back went on to be a constantly reliable presence for the Blues for eight seasons, during which he racked up 338 appearances across all competitions. He won the Premier League, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea so you would have to say that he was an extremely good deal to be done as the transfer deadline approached in ’06.
- Luis Suarez – Ajax to Liverpool – 2010
Luis Suarez’s goal-scoring record in Holland was extremely good, but it was still something of a punt when Liverpool spent nearly £23m on the Uruguayan on January deadline day in 2010. He also took a little while to get going, scoring just four times in the rest of that season, however, he certainly proved his worth after that.
It was the final two of his four seasons at Anfield during which he really caught fire, scoring 30 and then 31 goals in the 2012-13 and ’13-14 seasons, coming so close to firing the Reds to their first Premier League title.
Ultimately Suarez only won the League Cup during his time with Liverpool so it was not a success in terms of silverware, but it was a hugely memorable one in terms of goals and non-stop drama on the pitch.
- Wayne Rooney – Everton to Man Utd – 2004
There was plenty of excitement when Manchester United broke the record for the highest fee ever paid for a teenager, paying nearly £26m to Everton for his services in 2004. Rooney delivered on that expectation very quickly, scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League on his debut.
Over the next 13 seasons Rooney would go on to become United’s record goal-scorer with 253 in 559 appearances for the Red Devils, twice netting 34 times in a campaign. He won the Premier League five times, the FA Cup, the Champions League, the Europa League, the Club World Cup and the League Cup, which is really as much as you can do.
If a transfer deadline day signing ever tops what Rooney has done, he will be one of the game’s all-time greats.