GMS Academy member Stephen Gilroy takes a look at the top ten bargains snapped up by Premier League club's this summer.
10) Nathan Redmond to Norwich – Norwich snapped up the Birmingham youngster early on in the market for a reported £3.8million, which was good business as many top clubs were sniffing around the prospect. Redmond was a bright light for the England under 21 squad in Israel, and if he continues to improve he will surely pay Norwich’s fee back quickly.
9) Scott Parker to Fulham – Parker is proven at Premier League level plying his trade at Charlton, Spurs and Chelsea. He will surely add quality to the current Fulham squad with his hard tackling and evasive style on the ball. Martin Jol is renowned for getting the best out of his players, if he does so here he has bagged himself a bargain.
8) Scott Sinclair to West Brom – Sinclair proved his quality for Swansea two seasons ago in their debut season in the top flight, goals, pace and directness. He faded into the darkness at Manchester City but this loan move may reignite his career. West Brom have attained a proven, dangerous attacker on his day.
7) Jonjo Shelvey to Swansea – The former Charlton and Liverpool Midfielder was signed by Swansea for a fee of £9.5 million. The relatively unknown prospect was never really in the fold at Liverpool, however on his day Shelvey is a class act and with Laudrup’s help and Swansea ‘keep ball’ mentality he may flourish at the Liberty this season.
6) Steven Caulker to Cardiff – Caulker is a prospect at Centre Half, which is a rarity for an English player in modern times. The strong, quick and mobile defender is a coup for any team. He will be a miss for Spurs but vital for Cardiff as they look to sure up their defence.
5) Darren Bent to Fulham – Bent is a goal scorer through and through, proving this at any club he has played with. Much of the onus has been on Berbatov to score and make goals, this signing will lessen his pressure and provide Fulham with a much needed source of goals.
4) Paulinho to Spurs – The fully fledged Brazilian International was impressive in the Confederations Cup earlier in the summer. The man who draws comparisons to Frank Lampard is sure to be a hit alongside his Brazilian counterpart Sandro. He gives Spurs a forward running option from midfield and could be a snip in the modern market at £17 million as Spurs push for top four honours.
3) Jesus Navas to Manchester City – Navas has been on the radar of many premier league teams for quite a while but has been reluctant to move away from Sevilla. City lacked wide penetration last season, Navas gives City a new dimension for counter attacking play. £15 million is cheap by City’s standard and his directness could go a long way to regaining the Premier League crown, which would quickly repay the £15 million.
2) Arouna Kone to Everton – Kone was a relatively unknown quantity for Wigan last summer however he quickly applied himself to the Premier League style and became an imperative member of the FA Cup winning Wigan squad. Martinez once again signed him early this summer and with players of greater quality around him he is sure to be an excellent acquisition for the Toffees.
1) Kolo Toure to Liverpool – Experience, quality and leadership sum up the hard working Toure. Part of the ‘Invincibles’ of Arsenal, Toure is one of the only Liverpool current crop to have a League medal. His career took a knock with City but the determined Toure is sure to add defensive and an occasional goal threat to Liverpool’s repertoire adding to their top four credentials. On a free, this is a sure fire bargain.
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