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Premier League 2013/14: Cheap signings XI

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With Gareth Bale's ludicrous possible £93m transfer to Real Madrid the high point in what has been a window laden with extortionate prices and unlimited budgets, there have been a lot of transfers which have gone under the radar due to their cheap nature.

There are many players who have gone for lower fees who could still prove to be very astute signings for their clubs, and this side assembled for under £20m could most certainly hold their own in the Premier League.

Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea, Free)

40-year-old Australian Mark Schwarzer may not be the youngest goalkeeper around anymore, but he is still a solid option for any Premier League team.

After five impressive years at Fulham, Schwarzer made the short trip down to Stamford Bridge to join Jose Mourinho in his Chelsea return.

While Schwarzer will most likely be playing second fiddle to Blues stalwart Petr Cech, he can be relied upon to be more than adequate back-up to the Czech international when called upon

Right-back: Sascha Riether (Fulham, £1.3m)

Any loan player who wins that club's player of the season award has to have something special about them. 

But that is exactly what Sascha Riether did last season while on a season-long loan from FC Koln, beating players such as Dimitar Berbatov to the award after a series of impressive performances.

After signing on a permanent deal for a meagre £1.3m, Martin Jol will be looking for the full-back to continue his fine form into this new season.

Centre-back: Antolin Alcaraz (Everton, Free)

A calm and experienced head at the back for Wigan during their annual relegation scraps, Alcaraz left the Latics in the summer and followed Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park.

The 31-year-old Paraguayan has 24 caps for his country and as well as being a handy defender, carries a bit of a threat going forward for corners, as evidenced by his header against Blackburn in 2011/12 to save Wigan from relegation.

Centre-back: Kolo Toure (Liverpool, Free)

A remnant of the famous Arsenal 'Invincibles', Kolo Toure has a raft of Premier League experience at the very top level. 

The strong Ivorian made over 200 appearances for the Gunners before leaving for Sheikh Mansour's Manchester City revolution in 2009.

A commanding and influential presence at the back, Toure made a fine start to the season in Liverpool's 1-0 win against Stoke last weekend and will be looking to continue this form throughout the season.

Left-back: Antonio Luna (Aston Villa, £2m)

The man known affectionately by Aston Villa supporters as 'Tony Moon' made quite an impact in his first Premier League match. 

A strong performance at left-back was capped off by a run deep into the Arsenal half which resulted with the former Sevilla man sealing the game with a cool finish.

The 22-year-old has represented Spain at four different levels and will get his chances with a manager who puts his faith in youth.

Right-midfield: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton, Loan)

Barcelona youngster Deulofeu made a surprise loan switch to Goodison Park this summer, after finding his route to the Spanish giants' first team blocked by a sea of stars.

The 19-year-old Spaniard has been named by Johan Cruyff as one of football's hottest prospects and under Roberto Martinez's football philosophy, the speedy youngster will have no trouble settling in.

Centre-midfield: Tom Huddlestone (Hull City, £5m)

A powerful midfielder and one of the most accurate passers of a ball in the English game, Huddlestone endured a frustrating time at Tottenham due to a combination of injuries and extreme competition for places.

Still only 26, Huddlestone will be able to get a solid run of games at Hull and work back to the sort of form that saw him gain four England caps earlier in his career.

Left-midfield: Martin Olsson (Norwich City, £2.5m)

A flying winger who is equally adept playing at left-back, Olsson caught the eye with a series of fine performances for Blackburn, despite the club's well documented struggles during his time there.

A full Swedish international, Olsson is blessed with pace and has scored four goals in 26 appearances for the national side. 

Attacking-midfield: Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland, £6.5m)

The most expensive signing in this squad, Giaccherini certainly caught the eye in this summer's Confederations Cup with some impressive displays for Italy, including scoring a superb goal against eventual winners Brazil.

The former Juventus man, who can also play on the wing, made 17 appearances for the Italian club last season and at 28 years old, he should be entering the prime of his career as he joins up with Paolo Di Canio's men.

Striker: Nicolas Anelka (West Brom, Free)

A player with immense Premier League pedigree, Nicolas Anelka certainly knows where the back of the net is. 

A Premier League winner with both Arsenal and Chelsea, Anelka comes after a short spell at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. And despite now being in the Autumn of his career, the Frenchman should still have a lot of goals to offer his new manager Steve Clarke.

Striker: Darren Bent (Fulham, Loan)

A prolific goalscorer in English football, Darren Bent comes to Fulham just two years after joining Aston Villa for a huge £18m fee, after falling out of favour with manager Paul Lambert.

Bent has been capped 13 times by England, scoring four goals, and is a breed of penalty box predator that every club needs to have.

The former Ipswich Town trainee is a clinical finisher, and if Martin Jol can successfully combine him with the mercurial Dimitar Berbatov, the Craven Cottage faithful will certainly have something to get excited about.

Note: All values are courtesy of Telegraph Sport.


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