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While you might not think it, given the record breaking summer of spending, quality players don't always come with a high price tag.

Here we take a look at the biggest bargains of the summer, in a Premier League bargain XI.

GK: Allan McGregor (Hull City) £1.8 million- The former Rangers man has been in top form for newly promoted Hull helping his side to ninth position in the table with three clean sheets in the process, and the Tigers will be kicking themselves he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a recent injury. For under £2 million pounds, Steve Bruce signed a very solid keeper with a wealth of experience, it may be the case that they will struggle to keep him.

RB: Kolo Toure (Liverpool) Free - The Ivory Coast star was an astute signing from Brendan Rodgers. Combining title-winning experience, pace and power, the former Arsenal and Man City man who can play at centre-back or at right-back, has been vital to Liverpool's new look defence, and he didn't cost them a penny.

CB: Dejan Lovren (Southampton) £8.8 million - One of the stand out performers of the season for me,  the Crotian born defender has been the star performer at the back the Saints, who have conceded the least goals in the league. Mauricio Pochettino's men have started the season very well and if Lovren keeps his performance up, they could achieve great things.

CB: Jordi Amat (Swansea City) £2.5 million - Having unearthed the stand out bargain of the season last year, in Michu, Michael Laudrup has been working his magic again. While Amat has been limited so far in his appearances for the Welsh Club, at just 21 he represents a great investment as the 6ft 1 centre back has lots of potential.

LB: Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) Loan - The Valencia left back has provided solid cover for the injured Jose Enrique, and while may not ever set the world alight, the 26-year-old Frenchman, represents a good bit of business for the Reds, adding to their depth and increasing the competition for places.

CM: Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free -  One of the signings or rather re-signings of the season, the capture of Mathieu Flamini has added some much needed steel to the creativity and flare of the Arsenal midfield. Combining defensive discipline with no nonsense tackling, perhaps he could be the key ingredient in ending the Gunner's nine year trophy drought.

CM: Leroy Fer (Norwich) £4.8 million -The imposing 6 ft 2 dutch-man has already drawn some comparisons to Patrick Vieira in terms of his style of play. With attacking and defensive capabilities, the ex-Twente man who almost joined Everton earlier this year, was a good bit of business for the Canaries.

RAM: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) £11.5 million - Another superb signing this one, the young Dane has already shown his qualities at Spurs with some superb performances and some defence splitting passes. At just 21, Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping he will fulfil his potential and become one of the best players in the league, if not the world. 

LAM: Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom) Loan - His superb individual performance in West Brom's victory at Old Trafford, showcased what the Marseille loanee has to offer. A creative player and a goal threat, Steve Clarke will hope that Amalfitano can lead the Baggies to other wins against the big teams.

ST: Loic Remy (Newcastle) Loan - With five goals already this season, the Frenchman is justifying the hype that surrounded him a couple of seasons ago. Newcastle didn't make many signings last summer but Remy could be crucial to Newcastle's hopes this season. With great pace and clinical finishing, many clubs might pounce on the chance to sign him come the end of the year.

ST: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Loan - A superb bit of business from Everton, and a potentially catastrophic mistake from Chelsea saw the young Belgian swap Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park for a year this season. Pace, power, finishing the 6 ft 4 striker has the lot, and with four goals in as many games for the Toffees, manager Roberto Martinez will be a very happy man.

 Total cost of XI: £29.4 million.

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