Andy Cole for Keith Gillespie

In January 1995, Newcastle lost their key striker as Andy (or Andrew, depending on your preference) Cole was sold to Manchester United in exchange for £7 million and Northern Irish winger Keith Gillespie.

Such a move seemed to take the North East by surprise, with Cole having established a very promising reputation in front of goal at St. James' Park after joining from Football League outfit Bristol City.


No contest here, I'm afraid. Cole, who eventually retired from the game in 2008 after further spells with the likes of Blackburn, Fulham and Portsmouth, was a monumental success at Old Trafford - striking a fearsome partnership with Dwight Yorke as Manchester United dominated English football in the late 90s under Sir Alex Ferguson.

While Gillespie made over 100 appearances for the Toon in a three-year stint at the club, Cole was undoubtedly and unsurprisingly the better signing. Five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League trophy are testimony to that.

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