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Six of the best transfer deadline day moves in Premier League history

The transfer deadline is fast approaching, with Premier League clubs desperately scrambling to bolster their squads with last-minute additions before the window slams shut on Friday.

Deadline day has evolved in a football frenzy for fans, supporters glued to the news as they eagerly anticipate late drama. Throughout Premier League history we’ve seen some major additions arrive on deadline day, though some have been rather more successful than others.

Here are six of the best transfer deadline day deals in Premier League history…

Claude Makelele

Real Madrid to Chelsea, 2003

A move met with great disappointment by then-Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane, French midfielder Claude Makelele left the Spanish side in the midst of their ‘Galactico’ era to join recently-rich Chelsea.

Makelele’s famed defensive discipline in the holding midfield role led the position to be named after him, the midfielder becoming a vital part of the Chelsea side which established themselves amongst English football’s elite and won back-to-back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho.

Makelele would make 217 appearances during a trophy-laden spell at Stamford Bridge before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain in 2008.

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Wayne Rooney

Everton to Manchester United, 2004

Having burst onto the scene as a precocious teenager at Everton, an 18-year-old Rooney showed he was ready to play on football’s highest stage by shining for England at the 2004 European Championships.

Manchester United won the race to sign the Liverpudlian ahead of Newcastle, making Rooney football’s most expensive ever teenager at the time.

A stunning hat-trick on his Old Trafford debut against Fenerbache was a sign of things to come, with Rooney winning six Premier League titles in over a decade at the club.

He would leave United in 2017, having scored a club-record 253 goals in 559 appearances.

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Carlos Tevez

Corinthians to West Ham, 2006

One of the most surprising transfers in Premier League history, highly-rated Argentine forward Carlos Tevez signed for Alan Pardew’s West Ham alongside compatriot Javier Mascherano.

The duo had been coveted by Europe’s leading clubs, so it came as a major shock when they arrived in East London on deadline day 2006.

Both players initially struggled to adapt to English football, but it would be Tevez who would go on to establish himself as a West Ham favourite in his sole season in Claret and Blue.

With the club facing a desperate battle to avoid relegation, Tevez would play a starring role in the club’s survival, including a vital winner on the final day of the season at Old Trafford.

Named as the club’s Player of the Year, Tevez would leave at the end of the season for Manchester United, though he remains fondly remembered by West Ham supporters.

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Ashley Cole

Arsenal to Chelsea, 2006

A high-profile deal which caused animosity between the two London rivals, Chelsea and Cole had been fined for attending illegal meetings prior to the England international’s switch to Stamford Bridge.

Cole had established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest full-backs at Arsenal, winning two league titles and forming part of the club’s famed ‘Invincibles’ side.

Chelsea had expressed an interest in signing the left-back and after protracted talks a deal was struck on deadline day 2006, the West London side parting with £5m plus defender William Gallas to bring Cole to the club.

Cole would go on to enjoy a glittering Chelsea career, winning eight major honours including the 2012 Champions League final. He would leave Chelsea for Roma in 2014, regarded by many as the Premier League’s greatest ever left-back.

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Luis Suarez

Ajax to Liverpool, 2011

Fernando Torres’ defection to Premier League rivals Chelsea saw Liverpool desperately seek a replacement, with Uruguayan Luis Suarez arriving at Anfield in a £22.8m deadline day deal in January 2011.

A goal on his debut against Stoke City was a promising start, though the South American initially struggled to replicate his prolific Eredevisie record in English football.

Suarez scored 17 goals in all competitions in his first full season at the club, winning the League Cup, before reaching the 30 mark in an impressive campaign the following year.

His finest season was his final one in a Liverpool shirt, Suarez hitting 31 goals in just 33 Premier League appearances as Brendan Rodgers’ side narrowly missed out on the league title.

His performances were rewarded with a PFA Player’s Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year double, before joining Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2014.

A series of controversies blighted his reputation amongst the rest of English football, though few were appreciated more during his three-and-a-half-year spell on Merseyside.

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Hugo Lloris

Lyon to Tottenham, 2012

Tottenham have been smart operators in the transfer market over the past few years, managing to sign elite and developing talent for sensible fees.

Perhaps one of the club’s greatest bargains has been the £8m signing of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who joined the club from Lyon on deadline day 2012.

Lloris had been tipped to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and he has shone since moving to the Premier League. A leader from the back, Lloris has developed into a captain for club and country, helping France to World Cup success in 2018.

Eight seasons after his arrival, the shot-stopper continues to be an influential presence for the North London side.

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