13 Best Deals of Transfer Deadline Day

Mikel Arteta

Transfer deadline day included late signings by Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Stoke, West Ham, Fulham, Blackburn and Brighton also picked up bargains. The big loser was Everton. Here are 13 of the best deals...

Mikel Arteta Everton to Arsenal

It was on, then it was off, then it was back on again. Arsenal's late swoop for Arteta could be a great signing, but it rests on the Spaniard staying injury-free and recapturing his form of 18 months ago. Everton fans will be left scratching their heads at the late sale, giving them no chance to reinvest.

Raul Meireles Liverpool to Chelsea

The deal that no Liverpool fan wanted to see. Meireles was the one good signing Roy Hogdson made, but Kenny Dalglish has made his choice to put his faith in Jordan Henderson. Meireles could link well with Torres at Chelsea, there were positive signs an understanding was building in January before the Spaniard jumped ship.

Scott Parker- West Ham to Tottenham

The Football Writers Player of the Year will join PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale in the Spurs midfield. No doubt a quality addition, Hammers fans may not like his choice of club, but they will understand the necessity for Parker's international career that he move on.

Guy Demel- Hamburg to West Ham

This was a classic Big Sam signing, plucked out of the blue on deadline day. The uncompromising Ivory Coast international brings with him experience of playing in World Cups and the Bundesliga. His physical style will be well suited to the Championship, but many Premiership clubs would have signed him too given the opportunity.

Bryan Ruiz- Twente to Fulham

The Costa Rica international arrives at Fulham with a huge amount of hope on his shoulders after the Cottagers' dreadful start to the season. A record of 39 goals in over 60 games suggests he will be a potential superstar, but a goalscoring record in Holland does not always translate to English football. Ask Mateja Kezman or Afonso Alves.

Craig Bellamy- Man City to Liverpool

Bellamy arrives at Liverpool for his second spell with more than a point to prove. He wants to show the Anfield fans why Benitez should never have sold him in the first place and demonstrate to Roberto Mancini that he never should have pushed him out of the City first team. No defence will have an easy time up against Suarez, Kuyt, Bellamy, and he could link up well with big man Andy Carroll.

Yakubu- Everton to Blackburn

The Yak has become Everton's forgotten man in recent times. A spell on loan at Leicester last year showed he has not lost the goalscoring touch, and he could be the perfect solution for a goal shy Blackburn Rovers side. With defender Christopher Samba staying, the pair will help the side become one of the most physically imposing sides in the league.

Andre Santos- Fenerbahce to Arsenal

Strengthening a problem area with a Brazilian international is never a bad idea. Arsene Wenger appears to be listening to his fans plea for experienced defenders and in his mid to late 20s, Santos is just that. His career is really taking off after a spell at Fenerbahce and success at Arsenal could make him a superstar. Potentially an inspired Wenger buy.

Peter Crouch- Tottenham to Stoke

If ever a man was made for a team, then it was Peter Crouch was built for Stoke. He will relish Rory Delap's long throws, but also thrive on the service from the flanks from wingers Matty Etherington and Jermaine Pennant. Crouch will guarantee goals and arrives with Spurs teammate Wilson Palacios who also has a point to prove.

Joe Cole- Liverpool to Lille

The most derided failure of last season, Joe Cole has landed on his feet here. Just nine Premier League starts for Liverpool last year, a move to the French league winners will see him get the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong on the biggest stage of all the Champions League. Just a Eurostar trip away from the home comforts of London, could he earn himself an England recall for Euro 2012?

Per Mertesacker- Werder Bremen to Arsenal

The third Arsenal player to feature in this list, has Wenger finally got the message that experience must be combined with youth? It would appear so. The 8-2 defeat to Man United could be looked back on as a watershed moment for the Gunners. Mertesacker brings with him 75 international caps, and helped keep Wayne Rooney quiet at the last World Cup. How Arsenal could have done with his help on Sunday...

Owen Hargreaves- Free to Man City

City signing Hargreaves makes good sense for both parties. Firstly Hargreaves won't be expected to play 50 games a season. He can flit in and out the side when a change is needed and his fitness is right, and has the players around him to help him become a winner again. Before he became an injury plagued figure of fun, don't forget he won the Premier League and Champions League at rivals Man United in 2008, playing a key part in both.

Vicente- Free to Brighton

This deal for the former Valencia winger is not quite over the line yet. However as Vicente is a free agent and no 25 man squad deadline for Championship clubs to meet, gives the deal extra time to go through. Gus Poyet has done superbly well to get the deal to this stage, and if Vicente signs, and recaptures his form, he could provide even more of a lift to a club already on cloud nine, aiming for successive promotions and Premier League football next year.

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