The Premier League has seen its fair share of bargains in numerous transfer windows and has caused severe regret to the selling clubs.

Let's take a closer look at the top five transfer bargains in the Premier League over the last 10 years:

5. Christian Benteke | Genk to Aston Villa, £7m

The Belgium international joined Aston Villa from Genk in a £7m deal last summer which caused some confusion around Villa Park due to his name not being entirely known.

However, he is an asset to Aston Villa now in their bid for Premier League survival, with Benteke netting 13 league goals so far. He is also relatively young at the age of 22, hence the reason why his value will increase - making his initial fee a bargain.

4. Miguel Michu | Rayo Vallecano to Swansea City, £2m

The Spanish attacking midfielder joined Swansea from La Liga club Rayo Vallecano in a £2m swoop. Having already made a name and an impression of himself last season by scoring 15 goals, many clubs were after him.

Having settled in well at Swansea under manager Michael Laudrup, Michu has significantly helped the Swans' Premier League position by scoring 15 goals and also helped the club lift the Capital One Cup. With his recent performances, he has shown the footballing world that he is no longer worth the initial £2m that Swansea bought him for.

3. Robin Van Persie | Arsenal to Manchester United, £24m

Despite £24m appearing to be a large amount of money, Van Persie's footballing credentials speak for themselves. With players such as Fernando Torres commanding a transfer fee of £50m, Van Persie's deal was less than half that amount and he still has a higher scoring rate.

Having additionally clinched last season's Premier League top scorer award with 30 goals, many high-profile clubs were after his signature after he made his intentions clear of leaving Arsenal.

2. Gareth Bale | Southampton to Tottenham, £5m rising to £10m

The Welsh wizard joined Tottenham from Southampton in 2006 for an initial £5m fee, with potential fees rising up to £10m. Since then, Bale has become a fan favourite and has had recent comparisons with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. At this point of time, clubs are valuing the winger at around £45-50m, which makes the previous transfer fee seem like a bargain.

1. Joe Hart | Shrewsbury Town to Manchester City, £600,000

The Manchester City goalkeeper moved for a minuscule £600,000 from Shrewsbury Town in 2006. After enjoying a loan spell at Birmingham City and being the back-up for first-choice 'keeper at the time, Shay Given, Hart finally made a breakthrough into the first-team and became a starting regular. Hart then made it to international level and has now fixed England's long search for a consistent keeper.

 

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