The transfer window slammed shut this week and it was slow going on the deadline day if you discount the announcement of Pep Guardiola as the coach of Manchester City from next season.
It was one of the worst kept secrets for a while now but still has to be considered among the best deadline day deal of all time. Jokes apart, this was an unusual window with the common big spenders of the Manchester sides, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal being quiet while Bournemouth, Watford, Newcastle splashed the cash. Here are the best five deals of the window-
5. Mario Suarez (Watford, £4 million)
Suarez joined Watford in a deal reportedly worth €4 million euros from Fiorentina. At this price, the former Atletico man who has won La Liga, the Europa League and King's cup with the Spanish side looks like a real steal.
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He will provide the much-needed experience and defensive steel in the middle of the park for the Hornets as they look to continue their unexpected upward trajectory in the Premier League.
4. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle £12 million)
High spending Newcastle United added the England midfielder to their ranks from Swansea City in a bid to stave off relegation. Though the 23-year-old midfielder had fallen out of favour at his previous employers his talent is unquestioned. He should provide much-needed guile and creativity for the Toon and made an immediate impact on his debut against West Ham playing a role in both goals of their 2-1 win.
3. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal £5 million)
Arsenal's failure to sign a single outfield player in summer transfer window had raised many eyebrows. However, they addressed the glaringly obvious lack of defensive midfield cover this time around. The Egyptian international, who had been plying his trade for Basel looks like an astute signing and will provide much-needed depth for the injury prone midfield as they make a title charge
2. Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City, £18.3 million)
Stoke City continued their impressive recruitment record under Mark Hughes with the addition of Imbula in what turned out to be the biggest deal of the transfer window.
The holding midfielder, who arrives from Porto has been tipped for great things by many observers and has lots of potential. He will be an ideal foil for the more attack-minded Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri as Stoke finally fill the Steven Nzonzi shaped hole in their midfield.
1. Charlie Austin (Southampton, £4 million)
In the deal of the transfer window, Southampton managed to bag a bargain by signing Charlie Austin at a cut price rate of £4 million. The English striker, who scored 18 times in the last campaign for QPR will undoubtedly bolster the Saints' goalscoring threat as both Graziano Pelle and Shane Long have been consistently inconsistent.
He has already showed his value coming off the bench to score the late winner against Manchester United on his debut.News Now - Sport News