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Jack Rodwell leads cast of Premier League transfer gambles (1)

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Sunderland have this afternoon completed the signing of England international Jack Rodwell in a deal worth £10m, which despite the 23-year-old's immense talent must surely represent one of the biggest gambles of the transfer window so far.

Rodwell burst onto the scene at Everton as an exciting, versatile midfielder capable of picking out passes in congested areas, with a workrate and desire to match his technical qualities.

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That breakthrough must seem a distant memory for Manchester City fans though, who are still left scratching their heads at Roberto Mancini's £15m panic buy for a player with a shocking injury record back in 2012.

Five-year deal represents definite risk

City only got 16 Premier League appearances from Rodwell across two seasons, but Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has pressed ahead with a big-money move regardless.

In fairness to Poyet the deal is quite a coup, but the decision to hand a player who would put a permanent dent in even the sturdiest treatment table a five-year contract has to be questioned.

Poyet is far from alone though in taking a punt with a huge chunk of his transfer budget, with the ripple of a quite staggering £1.78bn television deal trickling down the Premier League and laying the foundations for some seriously questionable business.

Click ahead to find out if your club have risked their fortunes on a star who may flop, and feel free to share your opinion if you think the player in question will indeed prove to be worth the hefty price tag!

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