We all know who the transfer window big buys were, but what about the bargain deals amongst the clubs that have to hustle (except QPR) and really look around to get themselves a deal? Who did the best business in the transfer window?
Michu (£2m to Swansea from Rayo Vallecano)
How did all the top clubs with all their scouts miss out on the top-scoring midfielder in La Liga last season? It may ultimately prove that Michu is not quite up to Champions League standard, but four goals in three appearances for Swansea suggest he may be the bargain of the season.
Ron Vlaar (£3.5m to Aston Villa from Feyenoord)
Were it not for injury, centre-back Vlaar would have been a mainstay in the Dutch national side more recently than the last year. Villa are in desperate need of any sort of quality they can get, and if Vlaar stays fit, they may have scooped up one of the bargains of the summer.
Arouna Kone (£3.3m to Wigan from Levante)
After spending a few seasons on the bench at Sevilla, Kone scored 15 goals in 34 starts for Levante in La Liga last season. If he can stay fit, he can do the same for Wigan, and may go a long way to keeping them up. Wigan tend to have an eye for a bargain.
Ji-Sung Park (£2.5m to QPR from Man Utd)
Clubs like Man U nearly never let players go unless they want to. Despite averaging 19 appearances a season in his 7 years at the club, Sir Alex clearly thought Park was no longer needed. QPR are, putting it politely, a club in a state of transition. While undergoing this change, they could do with Park’s work ethic and calm head.
Pavel Pogbrenyak (free to Reading)
Presumably the fact that Reading were recently bought by Russian tycoon Anton Zingareviech was a significant influence on the tall striker’s decision to choose a smaller club. While on loan at Fulham last season, he scored six times in 12 games and would surely have made a good signing for anyone outside of the big four.
Robert Snodgrass (3m to Norwich from Leeds)
Snodgrass was regarded as “one to watch” for so long, that it seems incredible he has only now started playing in the Premier League. A versatile player who, like a cut-price Santi Cazorla, can play on either wing or behind the centre-forward, he has already proven his worth with an equalizer against Spurs in his 3rd appearance for the club.
Steven Nzonzi (3.5m to Stoke from Blackburn Rovers)
Once Rovers were relegated, it was inevitable that Nzonzi would be on his way. A cultured defensive midfielder, Nzonzi has long been desired by other teams. This transfer window saw clubs like Arsenal and Spartak Moscow linked with him. That he ended up at Stoke is surprising, but he is a step above the players The Potters currently have lining up in midfield for them.