Premier League: 5 memorable deadline day deals
Premier League clubs have already shelled out a record amount of summer spending money but with transfer deadline day fast approaching there’s still plenty of action left before the window slams shut.
Manchester United are the biggest spenders so far but are expected to make further moves, while Arsenal are still bidding to fill their striker void.
Many clubs are still scrambling to get deals over the line and no transfer window deadline would be complete without a bit of business from Harry Redknapp.
Here Ladbrokes News looks at five of the best – and worst – deadline day signings the Premier League has ever seen.
Wayne Rooney – Everton to Manchester United £20m+ – 2004
Rooney’s signing for Manchester United attracted much criticism due to the high fee for the then teenager.
He hushed critics immediately though with a debut hat-trick in the Champions League. Rooney still attracts criticism for not fulfilling his potential but 217 United goals, five Premier Leagues, two League Cups, a Champions League and a Fifa Club World Cup later the now Red Devils captain looks to have proved a bargain.
Marouane Fellaini – Standard Liege to Everton – £15m – 2008
To suggest that Fellaini is a success of any proportion looks silly given his current form and plight at Manchester United but few would have expected the lumbering Belgian to have the impact he had at Goodison Park.
A decent return of 33 goals from 177 appearances for the Toffees made him a cult figure on Merseyside, especially after the 2012-13 campaign where he smashed 12 goals from 36 games in midfield.
That Everton doubled their money by allowing David Moyes to take him to Old Trafford before both men’s subsequent fall from grace only makes the deal all the sweeter for Toffees fans.
Carlos Tevez – Corinthians to West Ham – £Undisclosed – 2006
Third party ownership shadowed what was to prove a remarkable signing for West Ham when Tevez arrived from Brazil on deadline day 2006.
His modest return of seven goals in 29 appearances for the Hammers may not have looked that impressive but with all the goals coming in the final 10 games of the season to help the Upton Park outfit remain in the top flight his place in Hammers folklore is assured.
Tevez nets his final West Ham goal against United to put survival beyond doubt:
Alfonso Alves – Heerenveen to Middlesbrough – £10m+ – 2008
Boro broke their own transfer record to land the Brazil ace who had been prolific in both Holland and Sweden prior to his arrival on Teesside.
Fresh from smashing 45 goals in 38 games for the Eredivisie outfit there was plenty of expectation for Alves to shine through the smog at the Riverside.
However, a return of just 10 goals in 42 games – a million pounds per goal – saw the striker shipped off to the Middle East just a year later!
Rating – 3/10
Andy Carroll – Newcastle to Liverpool – £35m – 2011
Rumours abound that Carroll was valued by Magpies owner Mike Ashley at just £1m at the start of the season and while that valuation proves unfounded it is much closer to what the striker looked worth than what the Reds paid.
A return of 11 goals in 58 games was all that the Kop were treated to in a spell which never once saw the giant Geordie hit double figures.
He did win the League Cup during his time in Merseyside but Liverpool fans would have expected much, much more for that amount of cash!
Rating – 1/10
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