5 Deadline Day Deals That Were Worth The Drama

Transfer deadline day is almost upon us. Sky Sports' Jim White is ready to play Elvis again, Harry Redknapp has found a new car park and Manchester United are spending it up like Kim and Kayne on Madison Avenue. This one could be a classic.

Anything could happen. Well not anything, because Nicklas Bendtner's future is already settled, but there's big potential for drama given the circumstances of some of world's richest clubs (or those with the richest credit line in some cases), and the cash flowing at some the world's biggest player outlets (Southampton for example).

Fans love an expensive new signing, but can a last-ditch buy ever be a wise buy?

Here are five deadline day signings who more than proved their worth. The clubs in question stole in late, and what they got it return was a player who repaid their faith my making an iconic contribution...


1. Claude Makelele, Real Madrid to Chelsea, £16million (2003)

It's the rare player who makes such an impression his name comes to define the position he excelled in. During his five years at Stamford Bridge, Makelele did exactly that.

The water-carrying Frenchman cost Chelsea £16 million back in 2003, and would go on to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups. Claudio Ranieri was the manager who bought him, but Jose Mourinho the man who furnished his trophy cabinet.

Makelele was part of the Roman Abramovich spend-up that announced his arrival as Chelsea's Russian revolutionary. The £16 million he spent on Makelele was among the wisest investments the Premier League era has seen.


2. Wayne Rooney, Everton to Manchester United, £27miilion (2004)

Don't give me the Rooney is overrated line; not when it comes to his contribution as a Manchester United player.

The numbers speak for themselves. Rooney has scored 217 goals for United, and been a key influence in their winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League crown. 

He remains their best player. And when you consider his signing was vital to Sir Alex Ferguson's team mounting a response to Chelsea's rise to power, Rooney has delivered quite exceptional value on the £27 million he cost United back in 2004.

Rooney hasn't always toed the party line at Old Trafford, and there are fans who will never forgive his contract shenanigans and flirtation with City along the way, but it's hard to argue he isn't among the club's greatest transfer signings.


3. Ashley Cole, Arsenal to Chelsea, £5million plus William Gallas (2006)

Ashley Cole was 25 when he swapped north-west for south-west London, to join Chelsea for £90,000/week and earn himself the "Cashley" moniker.

He's always said it was about winning trophies, which was validated by Chelsea's haul of four FA Cup wins, a Champions League triumph and a Premier League title during Cole's eight successful years at the club.

During that time he was regularly in the conversation as the best left-back in the world and among the most consistent performers the Premier League has seen. It was a deal that took some serious brokering on Chelsea's part, but it was worth every last penny they spent on lawyers.

Cole eventually fell out of favour at Chelsea, but Roma were only too happy to lean on his experience and take advantage of Chelsea's left-back riches when he left.


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4. Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid, £85million (2013)

You might think it's too early to judge Bale's contribution at Madrid, but anytime you spend that kind of cash and that player scores to help you win a Champions League final (an historic 10th European title, 'La Decima' no less), you have to acknowledge the deal was probably a good one.

Bale has taken to life at Madrid with consummate ease. He's won the respect and admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo and validated his Galatico status with electric performances and golazos aplenty.

There's a levelheaded focus to Bale that suggests only injury can derail his path towards iconic status at the Bernebeu. Just a season in, we can say with some confidence Madrid made the right move.


5. Carlos Tevez, Corinthians to West Ham, Anywhere up to £31million (2006)

August 2006 and, from seemingly nowhere, two Argentina internationals land in the east end of London to sign for West Ham.

Tevez and Javier Mascherano did for third-party ownership what Makelele had done for the defensive midfielder position. The terms of the deal were too complicated for any of us to understand, and neither player would stay for long, but Tevez ultimately scored the goal that kept the Hammers up.

In the space of a season he made himself a cult hero at Upton Park and fans were distraught to see him leave for Manchester United the following summer. By which time, Mascherano had already departed for Liverpool.

Yes, West Ham paid the price for an "illegal transfer" - being forced to pay relegated Sheffield United £20 million in compensation - but they would have paid that without blinking to assure their status in the Premier League in the first place.

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