Top Five: Surprising transfers - featuring Crystal Palace and West Ham

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Notts County all feature.

Today, Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Yohan Cabaye.

A signing of real intent, Cabaye moves to Palace from French champions PSG. The former Newcastle star was considered the best midfielder in the Premier League prior to his departure to his homeland, and he is a consistent French international.

Considering his ability, it is a surprise that bigger teams did not enter the race to sign him, and Palace have pulled off a real coup to secure his signature.

He drastically improves their squad, and is a sign that the club are no longer a Championship team fighting above their station, but an established Premier League side looking to push forward into Europe.

The move is a surprise, and to celebrate Palace securing what may be the best transfer of the summer, we look at five other times players made intriguing transfers.

Edwin van der Sar - Juventus to Fulham

A Champions League winner with Ajax, Dutch stopper van der Saar moved from Juve to Fulham in 2001. It was a strange move, but he made 154 appearances over four years for the club, before linking up with Manchester United in 2005. He went on to win another Champions League medal with the Red Devils.

Edgar Davids - Ajax to Crystal Palace

Also part of that Ajax Champions League winning side, Davids secured a move to Palace towards the end of his career, signing for the Eagles in 2010 whilst a Championship club. He made just six appearances for the side, but left and called it ‘one of the greatest experiences of his life’.

Fabrizio Ravanelli - Juventus to Middlesbrough

A 1996 Champions League winner with Juventus, just months later Ravanelli was turning out with Middlesbrough, as part of their exotic rebuilding. He scored a hat-trick on his debut against Liverpool, but ended up losing in two Cup finals, being relegated from the top flight, and leaving after just one season.

Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano - Corinthians to West Ham United

Considered two of the brightest talents in world football prior to their move to West Ham, many expected the Argentine international pair to sign for a big European club. However, they moved to the Boleyn Ground in a protracted transfer saga, with Tevez becoming a cult hero after a successful season, whilst Mascherano made just five appearances across the whole season.

Sol Campbell - Portsmouth to Notts County

The former Spurs, Arsenal and England star dropped three levels of the English football to play with Notts County in 2009. He left Portsmouth on a free transfer to join the League Two side, who had recently been taken over by a Middle Eastern consortium. After just one appearance - a 2-1 loss - he left the club and had his contract cancelled.

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