Top 10: Premier League bargain signings

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Fans love nothing more than a big-money signing.

However, these players show you don't need to blow a fortune to get yourself a top quality player.

GMS counts down the top 10 bargain signings in the Premier League.

10. Fernando Torres - Athletico to Liverpool for £20 million, 2007

£20 million is a big for price for a list that's supposed to be for best value, however, what Torres acheived at Liverpool more than exceeded what the Reds paid.

Liverpool at the time had no real strike-force - Michael Owen had recently left for Real Madrid.

Players like Djibril Cisse, Fernando Morientes and Dirk Kuyt who had been brought in really didn't do the job for the Merseyside club and even re-signed legend Robbie Fowler to try and fill the gap. 

At the start of the 2007 season, Liverpool brought in Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid.

He was a proven goal scorer in La Liga but there were doubts in everyone's mind with how he would cope with the English game. 

All doubts were brushed aside instantly with his first goal for the club coming at home to Chelsea.

It highlighted his movement, his pace and his eye for goal.

'El Nino' became an instant star at Liverpool and went on to score 65 goals in just 102 appearances before leaving to Chelsea for a British transfer record of £50 million

9. Frank Lampard - West Ham to Chelsea for £11 million, 2001

He was rated very highly under then West Ham manager (and uncle) Harry Redknapp and his assistant (and Dad Frank snr) before they were given their P45's. T

his is when Lampard knew it was time for him to leave Upton Park and peruse his career.

He became a regular in the Chelsea side as soon he signed, playing 37 games in his first season and scoring seven goals.

Lampard went on to become arguably the Blues' greatest ever player, winning the PL title three times, the FA Cup four times and sealing the Champions League.

The midfielder also became the club's top goalscorer of all time.

8. Sami Hyypia - Willem II to Liverpool for £2.5 million,1999

He was a relatively unknown defender when Liverpool brought Hyypia in after former chief executive Peter Robinson was recommended to sign him from a TV cameraman.

It was the Finish international's dream to play for Liverpool and he certainly grabbed the opportunity.

He immediately formed a partnership with Stephan Henchoz at centre back and became the back bone of the side as Liverpool began to rebuild after the difficult period of the 90's.

Hyppia was a vital member of the treble winning side of 2001 and the Champions League side of 2005 and his goal in the quarter final goal against Juventus proved key for the Reds' success.

An even bigger question is how didn't the cameraman get a scouting job at Anfield?

7. Leighton Baines - Wigan Athletic to Everton for £5 million, 2007

Baines has really come into his own over the last few years.

His left foot is probably the best in the world and does superb when defending and going forward.

He struggled early on in his Everton career, however, in the past 3 years he has made the left-back position his own.

He creates by far the most chances in the league and is Everton's best player currently.

6. Joe Hart - Shrewsbury Town to Manchester City for £600,000, 2006

Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure were all multi-million pound purchases.

Joe Hart is in the exact same calibre as the above.

He's come to become an icon at the Etihad Stadium. 

Hart had to be patient before becoming Man City number one, due to the presence of Shay Given.

However, his loan spell at Birmingham City during the 2008-2009 season gave him his break.

Hart was immense in Man City's title winning season in 2011-2012 and has cemented his place as England number one. £600,000 is a very very humble price.

5. Tim Cahill - Milwall to Everton for £1.5 million, 2004

Whilst in charge at Everton, David Moyes brought some excellent players in with his tight budget. However, there is no better than Tim Cahill.

He came from playing in Division One to the Premier League, however, he proved he was capable of playing in the top flight.

The Aussie gave 110% every game in an Everton shirt and the fans immediately took to him and voted him player of the year in his first season.

Cahill was always in the defender's face, fantastic in the air for a small guy and has superb vision.

He was one of the 50 nominees for the Ballon d'Or in 2006 which shows how good he was at the Toffees.

4. Cesc Fabregas - Barcelona to Arsenal on a free transfer, 2003

The Spaniard arrived at Arsenal at just 16 years old from his boyhood club Barcelona.

Ahltough only making three appearances in the League Cup in 2003/2004, the next season he played 33 league games and was a key player in their FA Cup win in 2005.

A joy to watch on the ball, he worked hard when off it and was rewarded after being handed the captaincy armband in 2008 at just 21 years old.

Cesc put in some inspiring performances in whilst Arsenal captain, scoring 21 goals in 76 appearances before going back to Barcelona in 2011.

3. Eric Cantona - Leeds United to Manchester United for £1.2 million, 1992

After an initial phone call enquiring about the avaliability of Denis Irwin (which Sir Alex refused), Ferguson recognised that he was in need of a striker. Within a few days, Cantona was at Old Trafford.

And what a signing he proved to be. The Frenchen went on to score 80 goals at United and won the title three times.

Even after his famous 'karate kick' Cantona was still a fan favourite.

His performance on the pitch was effortless and his finishing was up there with the very best and talked about as one of the best to play in the Premier League.

2. Thierry Henry - Juventus to Arsenal for £11 million, 1999

Henry was the figure head of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' and is the club's all time top goal-scorer.

After being played out of position at the Italian side, Arsene Wenger bought Henry in to play up top alongside Denis Bergkamp and replace Nicolas Anelka.

Despite a slow start at Arsenal and not scoring in his first eight games, the goals soon flooded in from the Frenchmen.

He finished on a tally of 26 after just one year at the club.

He went on to score 200 more for Arsenal in his next seven seasons and his goals helped capture two league titles and three FA Cup's before leaving for the Nou Camp.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United for £12 million, 2003

When Ronaldo first signed for United, he wanted to turn down the number 7 shirt as he didn't want the pressure of living up to expectations. How very wrong he could be.

Sir Alex Ferguson has described him as 'the best player to work under him'  and he's not wrong. 

A genius with the ball at his feet, he joined United as an out and out winger. In 2007 he won both PFA Young Player's and PFA Player of the year, being only the second plyaer to do so.

Ronaldo had everything - skill, pace, good in the air, set pieces and worked hard for his team. he helped Man United win three league titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League in 2008.

He was sold to Real Madrid for a record £80 million where he has improved even more as a player and become an icon in the sport.

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