Asmir Begovic (£3.25 million reported by The Guardian) signed for Stoke City from Portsmouth in January of 2011. The stopper went on to thrive as no.1 at the Britannia Stadium and his form would earn him a move to Chelsea in 2015.
John Stones (£3 million reported by BBC), Brede Hangeland (£2.2 million reported by Fox Sports) and Michael Keane (£2 million reported by The Guardian) make up a bargain back-three. David Moyes uncovered a fantastic deal when he brought in Stones from Barnsley in 2013. The defender would leave the Toffees for close to £50 million just three years later.
Hangeland reunited with Roy Hodgson in 2008 to move to the Premier League with Fulham. The Norwegian would go onto make over 250 appearances for the Cottagers. Keane left Manchester United to sign for Burnley in 2015. The 23-year-old has gone to excel under Sean Dyche and is now being linked with a big-money move to top-end Premier League clubs.
Mikel Arteta (loan reported by BBC) and Clint Dempsey (£2 million reported by BBC) and Dele Alli (£5 million reported by BBC) proved to be excellent winter additions for their clubs. Arteta would spend six successful years at Everton before leaving for Arsenal in 2011.
Dempsey would become a fan favourite at Craven Cottage. The attack-minded American, who often played as a second striker, would go on to score 60 goals for Fulham following his move in 2007.
Alli joined Tottenham Hotspur from MK Dons late in the 2015 January window. The youngster would be loaned straight back to the Stadium mk for the reminder of the season, before returning to Spurs to prove himself and earn an England call-up.
The cut-price wingers in this XI are Moussa Sissoko (£1.8 million reported by The Independent) and Antonio Valencia (£5 million reported by Betfair). Sissoko was one of five players brought in by Alan Pardew at Newcastle United in January of 2013. The Frenchman wasn’t always the most popular figure in his time with the Toon, but the club would still make close to £30 million on the ex-Toulouse man.
Valencia made his loan switch to Wigan permanent midway through January of 2008. The Ecuadorian would continue to impress for the Latics and earn a move to Manchester United just six months later.
This XI is rounded up by the strike force of Jermain Defoe (swap-deal reported by BBC) and Christophe Dugarry (loan reported by BBC). Defoe left MLS side Toronto FC to help Gus Poyet’s Sunderland team fight against relegation in 2015. The forward returned to English football in a deal which saw Jozy Altidore head in the opposite direction. Defoe went onto provide the goals which kept the Black Cats up on more than one occasion.
Dugarry would have a memorable six months at Birmingham City after joining from Bordeaux. The 1998 World Cup winner helped the Blues to four consecutive wins at the back end of the 2002/3 season, scoring five goals in the process.
Dugarry scores against Romania Euro 96
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