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Top Fifty "Best-Ever" Football Transfer Deals

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According to The Daily Mail [In any such list of "best-ever transfer deals" QPR fans might be looking to see Rodney Marsh (15k), Les Ferdinand (15K) or Stan Bowles (110K)].

Daily Mail - THE LIST: Football's Best-Ever Transfer Deals
"Sportsmail celebrates the greatest footballing deals ever done by revealing our top 50 transfers....Our writers have voted on the players they consider to have provided the best value for money to the club paying for their services - regardless of how big or small the fee...."

50 Kevin Phillips - Watford to Sunderland, £325,000
49 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - Boavista to Leeds, £2m
48 Gareth Barry - Brighton to Aston Villa, £50,000
47 Mark Hughes - Barcelona to Man Utd, £1.5m
46 Fernando Torres - Atletico Madrid to Liverpool, £20m

45 Henrik Larsson - Feyenoord to Celtic, £650,000
44 Sami Hyypia - Willem 11 to Liverpool, £2.5m
43 Stuart Pearce - Coventry to Nottm Forest, part exchange
42 Frank Lampard - West Ham to Chelsea, £11m
41 Emmanuel Adebayor - Monaco to Arsenal, £7m

40: David Platt - Crewe to Aston Villa, £200,000
39: Gary Lineker - Leicester to Everton, £800,000
38: Tim Cahill - Millwall to Everton, £2.5million
37: Nemanja Vidic - Spartak Moscow to Manchester Utd, £7m
36: David Ginola - Newcastle to Tottenham, £2m

35: John Toshack - Cardiff to Liverpool, £110,000
34: Graeme Souness- Middlesbrough to Liverpool, £350,000
33 Gianfranco Zola - Parma to Chelsea, £4.5m
32 Francis Lee - Bolton to Man City, £60,000
31 Stan Collymore Crystal Palace to Southend £125,000

30: Colin Bell - Bury to Man City, £45,000
29: Neville Southall - Bury to Everton, £150,000
28: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Molde to Man Utd, £1.5million
27: Tony Cascarino - Crockenhill to Millwall, set of tracksuits
26: Jurgen Klinsmann - Monaco to Tottenham, £1m

25: Dave Mackay - Hearts to Spurs, £30,000
24: Steve Bull - West Brom to Wolves, £65,000
23: Pat Jennings - Tottenham to Arsenal, £30,000
22: Jimmy Greaves - AC Milan to Tottenham, £99,999
21: Kolo Toure - ASEC to Arsenal, £150,000

20: Ray Clemence - Scunthorpe to Liverpool £18,000
19: Emlyn Hughes - Blackpool to Liverpool, £65,000
18: Peter Shilton - Stoke to Nottingham Forest, £250,000
17: Kevin Davies - Southampton to Bolton, Free
16: Kevin Doyle - Cork to Reading, £70,000

15: John Barnes - Sudbury to Watford, Set of kit
14: Cristiano Ronaldo - Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, £12.8million
13: Dixie Dean - Tranmere to Everton, £3,000
12: Gordon Strachen Man Utd to Leeds, £200,000
11: Kenny Dalglish - Celtic to Liverpool, £440,000

10: Peter Schmeichel - Brondby to Man Utd, £500,000
9: Alan Shearer - Southampton to Blackburn, £3.3million
8: Roy Keane - Cobh Ramblers to Nottingham Forest, £47,000
7: Patrick Vieira - AC Milan to Arsenal, £3.5m
6: Ian Wright - Greenwich Borough to Crystal Palace, free

5: Kevin Keegan - Scunthorpe to Liverpool, £35,000
4: Nicolas Anelka - PSG to Arsenal, £500,000
3: Thierry Henry - Juventus to Arsenal, £10.5m
2: Ian Rush - Chester to Liverpool £200,000
1: Eric Cantona - Leeds to Manchester United, £1.2m


10: Peter Schmeichel - Brondby to Man Utd, £500,000 No 10: The Great Dane - captured brilliantly above by Sportsmail's Andy Hooper - is arguably the Premier League's finest goalkeeper, and one of the best imports into the English game

9: Alan Shearer - Southampton to Blackburn, £3.3million8: Roy Keane - Cobh Ramblers to Nottingham Forest, £47,000 No 9: Alan 'chicken and beans' Shearer formed half of the deadly 49-goal SAS partnership with Chris Sutton that fired Jack Walker's Blackburn Rovers to Premiership glory in 1995

No 8: Brian Clough pounced for this fresh-faced 'young man' in 1990. The Irishman would go on to become the driving force of Manchester United following a £3.75m move to Old Trafford three years later

7: Patrick Vieira - AC Milan to Arsenal, £3.5m No 7: The elegant, but spiky when necessary Vieira was rescued from AC Milan's reserves by Arsene Wenger in September 1996. The Senegalese-born French international became the fulcrum of the Gunners' midfield, and a crucial cog of 2004's 'Invincibles'.

6: Ian Wright - Greenwich Borough to Crystal Palace, free5: Kevin Keegan - Scunthorpe to Liverpool, £35,000 No 6: The ebullient Wright was named Crystal Palace's Player of the Century after scoring 117 goals in 277 appearances

No 5: Keegan spent a trophy-laden six seasons at Anfield, winning three First Division titles, two UEFA Cups, two FA Cups and the European Cup

4: Nicolas Anelka - PSG to Arsenal, £500,000 No 4: In one the most lucrative transfers of all-time, in February 1997, Anelka was plucked from PSG as a 17-year-old whippersnapper. A shake of Arsene Wenger's wand later, and Le Sulk had notched 28 goals in 90 appearances - with a League title and an FA CUp wiunners' medal thrown in for good measure - before departing Highbury for Real Madrid two years later in a move worth around £22million

3: Thierry Henry - Juventus to Arsenal, £10.5m No 3: Henry joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999 and in the next eight years proved to be one of the greatest players to have ever graced English football, breaking Cliff Bastin's record to become Arsenal's highest ever goalscorer and helping the Gunners to two league titles and three FA Cups

2: Ian Rush - Chester to Liverpool £200,000 No 2: The sinewy Welshman matched lively anticipation with a deadly poacher's instinct and lethal finishing, and stands as Liverpool's all-time top scorer with 346 goals in 660 appearances, collated over his two spells at Anfield

1: Eric Cantona - Leeds to Manchester United, £1.2m No 1: Manchester United shocked football when they signed Cantona from Leeds in 1992, and it has proved to one of the defining moments of Sir Alex Ferguson's extraordinary era at the club. Cantona became a legend at United, with a host of unforgettable performances and goals helping the club to four league titles in five seasons. He also fired a dramatic winner against Liverpool in 1996 to win the FA Cup final at Wembley, and a second double in three seasons. He even retired in dramatic fashion in 1997 - the Frenchman left behind some fantastic memories.
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