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Was Diego Costa the best signing of the summer transfer window? (1)

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The 2014 summer transfer market officially closed for business on Monday evening, with deadline day providing a typically manic and altogether surreal ending to what has been one of the most memorable windows in recent memory.

From rude objects being waved in the vicinity of defenceless television reporters to all of the late drama that accompanied the respective transfers of Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck, those who have come to view the final few hours of transfers business as an exciting annual spectacle were certainly not left wanting.

Pre-deadline day is best

As any manager worth his salt will tell you, however, deadline day - which many believe should come before the start of the new season - is certainly not a good time to be left requiring further additions to your squad.

Indeed, the prevailing opinion seems to be that the sensible and most stable clubs are those that take care of all of their recruitment and outgoings well in advance of such a mad and ultimately unsavoury trolley dash.

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Which were the best deals?

With the window now closed, it is the perfect time to reflect on the summer's transactions as a whole. Who succeeded in strengthening their options for the gruelling campaign ahead and which teams abjectly failed to follow through with their promises to gullable supporters?

Here, we intend to look at four of the best transfer deals conducted in recent months and explain our reasoning behind each inclusion.

The following list - which you can view by clicking 'begin slideshow' - is not just restricted to the Premier League, although in the interests of fairness (and to avoid tiresome accusations of bias) we have decided to limit ourselves to only one signing per club.

Take a look at our choices and feel free to leave your own suggestions and opinions in the comment box provided below...

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