There is a common misconception in the Premier League that no bargains can be found during the January transfer window.
If you know where to look and are tuned to the specific situations of certain goals, particularly contracts, the exact opposite is often the case.
And to illustrate that point, GIVEMESPORT has outlined the 17 biggest bargains in the history of the January transfer window since it was first introduced for the 2002/03 season …
17. Wilfred Ndidi – £ 15.84m, January 2017
After N’Golo Kante left Chelsea ahead of the transfer window, Leicester was still looking for a long-term replacement when they picked Genks Ndidi four years ago. While £ 15.84million isn’t exactly a minor change, Leicester could easily ask for four times that amount should a club knock for their midfielder sometime this month.
16. Kieran Richardson – Loan January 2005
Kieran Richardson, carried off the pitch by Baggies supporters after leading West Brom’s legendary grand escape, is perhaps the most iconic image ever produced in a Premier League relegation battle. Three goals in eleven games were a huge contribution from the then Manchester United youngster, but they also set standards that Richardson found difficult to match for much of his career.
15.Jon Stead – £ 1.69m, February 2004
The signature of the archetype savior brought in the middle of the season to keep a club from relegation. Blackburn hit the then third division striker Jon Stead hard when he was signed by Huddersfield in the second transfer window in January. However, this paid off with six goals in 13 games, just enough to keep them in the top division. However, he would only score twice more for Blackburn before becoming a classic fellow of the Football League.
14. Michael Keane – £ 2.3m, January 2015
After an initial six month loan, Burnley decided to finally sign Keane for a bargain price in January 2015. Within two and a half years, the no-nonsense center-back had helped keep Burnley in the top division, established himself as an England international, and secured a move to Everton, where the Clarets pocketed over £ 20 million.
13. Nikica Jelavic – £ 5.94m, January 2012
Everton quickly took advantage of the Rangers’ financial implosion and grabbed forward Jelavic for the second half of the 2012/13 season. During this time, the Croatian scored nine goals in 13 games, which brought Everton up four places in the table by the end of the season. The gates soon dried up, however, and he was eventually sold to Hull City for a small profit.
12. Papiss Cisse – £ 10.8m, January 2012
Newcastle seemed to have made the signing of the century when they picked Cisse nine years ago. His first 14 games in the Premier League drew 13 goals and 2 assists, including the goal of the season against Chelsea when the Senegalese formed a strong partnership with Demba Ba. It was more of a purple stain than an accurate indicator of Cisse’s true quality, but 44 goals in 131 games for the Magpies cannot be missed.
11. Clint Dempsey – £ 2.7m, January 2007
The MLS has always been an inconsistent recruiting pool for the Premier League teams, but Dempsey remains one of the best imports of all time. Although the versatile striker initially struggled to make an impact with just one goal in his first half of the season, he became his top scorer in the Premier League before eventually joining Spurs.
10. Moussa Sissoko – £ 1.8m, January 2013
In January 2013, Newcastle’s transfer policy was pretty simple: buy cheap Ligue 1 players. It hasn’t always worked out, but Sissoko has been one of their real success stories. The midfielder made 133 appearances for the Magpies and recorded 31 goals before being sold to Spurs for £ 31.5m.
9. John Stones – £ 3.15m, January 2013
Although he didn’t make a single senior appearance during his first half at Goodison, it was already heralded as the second coming of Franz Beckenbauer and thus England’s future at the center of defense by the time Stones’ first full campaign was over. After a few years, Stones was sold to Manchester City for £ 50 million.
8. Robert Huth – Loan, February 2015
One of the biggest signings in Premier League history. Not only did Huth help ensure Leicester’s survival when he was loaned out in the middle of the 2014-15 season, but after the move was permanent that summer for £ 3.78million, he became the defensive foundation of their shocking Premier League title win the year after the. Inspired.
7. Nemanja Vidic – £ 9.45m, January 2006
Very unknown when Manchester United first signed him, yet remembered as one of the Premier League’s greatest center-backs of all time. Vidic partnered with Rio Ferdinand, which formed the backbone of the Red Devils’ eventual success under Sir Alex Ferguson, and even led United to Fergie’s last two Premier League titles.
6. Patrice Evra – £ 7.2m, January 2006
Manchester United undoubtedly had high hopes for Patrice Evra, who had already established himself as a French international in Monaco, but the left-back quickly surpassed them. Within two and a half years, he had already helped the Red Devils win the Champions League, while Evra won numerous national titles as arguably best number 3 in the world before he finally moved to Juventus.
5. Daniel Sturridge – £ 13.5m, January 2013
Despite being something of a transfer punt, a young Sturridge came straight to Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool squad and immediately entered into a fatal partnership with Luis Suarez. At the end of their first (and sadly last) full season together, the SAS had almost fired the Reds to their first Premier League title when Sturridge scored 21 times. Unfortunately, his career has gone south since then, but at £ 13.5m, the Merseysiders can’t have too many complaints.
4. Gary Cahill – £ 7.56m, January 2012
In terms of sheer value for money, it really doesn’t get much better. Cahill seemed little more than a stocking filler when Chelsea got him out of troubled Bolton, but by the end of his stint at Stamford Bridge he had won every trophy at his disposal (except the Club World Cup) and made it into the PFA Team made it three times a year and after John Terry’s resignation even captained the Blues. He’s still strong at the Crystal Palace.
3. Wilfried Zaha – £ 3.42m, February 2015
After Crystal Palace initially loaned him out for one season, it was very smart to secure Zaha’s services permanently for the second time during the 2014/15 midseason window. During his current tenure for Palace – including loan – he scored 44 Premier League goals and provided 25 assists. Very good considering Palace originally sold it to Manchester United for about three times more than they bought it back.
2. Philippe Coutinho – £ 11.7m, January 2013
Coutinho was eventually sold to Inter Milan in Barcelona for more than ten times the price and must represent one of the biggest premiums in Premier League history. He also averaged almost exactly one goal participation every two games for Liverpool and regularly illuminated Anfield with breathtaking long-term goals.
1. Seamus Coleman – £ 63,000, January 2009
Pretty much the best value for money in modern football history when free transfers are excluded. £ 63,000 wouldn’t be enough to pay most Premier League players a week’s wages these days, but out of that miserable sum, Everton discovered a servant of 300+ players, a club captain and a former PFA Team of the Year member who was at his Peak was one of the best right-backs.
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