Transfer deadline day is here! It does feel a bit weird being at 5pm at the beginning of August but Jim White doesn’t care so neither do we! A number of Premier League teams still have plenty of business to do so we are hoping that it will be an eventful day. Which of 18 potential centre backs are Man Utd going to sign? Will Spurs sign Grealish? Or anyone for that matter? And which stadium car park is Peter Odemwingie setting up in for the day? All questions which hopefully will be answered today.

To mark the occasion we’ve compiled 10 of the best deadline day deals of recent years. Spoiler alert: Spurs feature heavily!

CARLOS TEVEZ – Corinthians to West Ham – Undisclosed – 2006

One of the more controversial deadline day signings (especially if you are a Sheffield United fan) but that’s a story for another day. Tevez arrived at Upton Park with his mate Javier Mascherano from Corinthians in a transfer that shocked the world. Both 22 and already regulars for Argentina, they were linked with some of the biggest clubs on the planet. Thanks to the shady dealings of agent Kia Joorabchian the pair signed for an ‘undisclosed’ fee and had a short but eventful stay in East London. Mascherano struggled to get into Alan Pardew’s struggling team in front of Hayden Mullins (really), while Tevez scored 7 goals in their last 10 games to keep them in the Premier League. It eventually worked out well for Mascherano though, after just 5 appearances for the Hammers he went on to join Liverpool before ending up at Barcelona, where he won 5 La Liga and 2 Champions League titles.

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ASHLEY COLE – Arsenal to Chelsea – £5m – 2006

Even 12 years ago, this transfer has to go down as an absolute steal, with William Gallas going in the other direction. The transfer negotiations stretched over the entire summer but it went right down to the wire on deadline day, with the announcement coming at 1.25am the morning after the deadline. At the time, Cole was considered the best left back in the world and he went on to prove that over the next 9 years with Chelsea. Cole went on to win 9  trophies at Stamford Bridge including the Premier League and the Champions League.

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WAYNE ROONEY – Everton to Man Utd – £20m – 2004

At just 18 years old some saw this as a bit of a risk at the time. 13 years later Rooney was the record goal scorer for both England and Man Utd, surpassing the tallies of Gary Lineker and Sir Bobby Charlton respectively. The scouser’s barnstorming performances at Euro 2004 convinced Sir Alex Ferguson that the teenager was the future of his club, describing him as “the best young player the country has seen in 30 years”. When news broke that Newcastle were readying a bid for the striker, United sprung into action, making him the world’s most expensive teenager at the time. Rooney started as he meant to go on, netting a hattrick on his debut vs Fenerbahce in the Champions League.

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LUIS SUAREZ – Ajax to Liverpool – £22.8m – 2010

The Uruguayan had a joint unveiling alongside £35m man Andy Carroll at Anfield. Suarez was largely the side-story that day but there’s no doubt who went on to have the better career at Liverpool. Suarez became a cult hero for the reds, scoring 82 times in 133 appearances. He proved to be a more than adequate replacement for Fernando Torres, the only disappointment was that he never led Liverpool to a major trophy. The club fell just short in the 2013/14 Premier League before Suarez made a £65m move to the Camp Nou.

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ROBBIE KEANE – Leeds to Spurs – £7m – 2002

Taking advantage of Leeds United’s financial situation, Spurs snapped up the Republic of Ireland international for just £7m. The move followed a World Cup campaign in which he scored goals against both Germany and Spain. In two spells at White Hart Lane either side of an ill-fated 6 months with Liverpool, Keane played 303 times, scoring 122 goals. A hero in the white half of North London, Keane went on to captain the side, as he did for his national team, for whom he holds the records for both appearances and goals. Keane is also 14th on the list of all time Premier League scorers. Not bad for a man that rarely played as an out-and-out centre forward and was as creative as he was clinical.

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WILFRIED ZAHA – Man Utd to Crystal Palace – £3.5m – 2015

On deadline day 2015, the prodigal son returned to Selhurst Park for a bargain fee in 2015 after failing to make the breakthrough at Man Utd. During his 2 years as a United player, Zaha made just 2 appearances and had 2 separate loan spells with Palace before moving back permanently. Zaha is now Crytal Palace’s talisman and we saw during his spell on the sidelines last season that they couldn’t really cope without him. The Ivory Coast international has been linked all summer with another departure which would give him 2nd crack at the big time. If he does leave, it will leave some very big shoes to fill however, they would be set to make an astronomical profit on a man they signed for just £3.5m 3 years ago.


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CLAUDE MAKELELE – Real Madrid to Chelsea – £16m – 2003

Makelele joined Chelsea during the start of their Russian revolution. The Frenchman was an unglamorous midfielder who was in and out of the team at Real Madrid. So it’s easy to see why, amongst the likes of Crespo, Veron and Mutu, Makelele’s signing was one of the less exciting ones for Chelsea fans. Time eventually told that it was arguably the best and certainly the most important signing of that window. The then 30 year old went on to win 6 trophies during his 5 year spell at the club. With his performances as the midfield lynchpin in front of the back four, the “Makelele role” was born and the term is still used to this day.

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HUGO LLORIS – Lyon to Spurs – £8m – 2012

Lloris is the current Spurs captain, as well as the man who led France to their World Cup triumph in Russia. An ever-present and consistent performer since his arrival at White Hart Lane, the former Lyon man has gone on to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Frenchman has attracted interest from other clubs seemingly every summer since he signed but he has remained loyal to the project at Spurs. Even back in 2012, £8m seems an absolute pittance for a player who was already France’s number 1. At 31, Lloris should still have plenty of miles left in the tank too.

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JERMAIN DEFOE – West Ham to Spurs – £7m – 2004

There’s a theme emerging here… It’s safe to say that Daniel Levy is the undisputed king of deadline day. The Chairman certainly knows how to negotiate a bargain. Just minutes before the deadline, he brought in one of the brightest talents in English football for £7m, with Bobby Zamora heading the other way to West Ham. Much like Robbie Keane, Defoe had two bites of the cherry at Spurs, and even had a brief third spell on loan from Toronto FC in 2014. The Londoner scored 143 goals in 363 games for the club, making him their 5 highest goalscorer of all time. Defoe also had a pretty impressive England record, scoring 20 goals from 57 caps, many of which came from the bench.

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DIMITAR BERBATOV – Spurs to Man Utd – £30m – 2008

Here’s one that went in the other direction on deadline day, out of White Hart Lane. Berbatov arrived in 2006 and quickly showed himself to be one of the Premier League’s most gifted players. The Bulgarian scored 46 goals in all competitions across 2 seasons with Spurs before his big move to United. The deal was made even sweeter for United by the fact that the striker was snatched from right under the noses of noisy neighbours Man City. City made their own blockbuster signing shortly after though, with Robinho joining from Real Madrid. The players went on to have differing careers during their stays in Manchester. Berbatov went on to win two Premier League titles, while Robinho never really settled at City and departed for Milan 2 years later.

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So there is our list of the Premier League’s best ever deadline day deals. There may be some new additions following today’s events. Join the chat and let us know if you think we’ve missed anyone out!