Bournemouth's five best signings since 1992 ranked

Tom Parkes of Burton blocks a shot from Steve Fletcher of Bournemouth (L)

Will Bournemouth make any signings during the January transfer window that could perhaps break into the top five in future?

As the January transfer window begins to reach top gear, HITC Sport is taking a look at Bournemouth's five greatest signings since the start of the Premier League era in 1992...

5. Steve Fletcher

Tom Parkes of Burton blocks a shot from Steve Fletcher of Bournemouth (L)Steve Fletcher

When Steve Fletcher returned to Bournemouth in January 2009, his mission was simply to help the Cherries stay in the Football League following their 17 point deduction at the start of the season. Though he was not prolific upon his return, he will be forever remembered for the goal on the penultimate day which secured their survival. Understandably, their record appearance maker's goal against Grimsby is deemed a major point in the club's history given where they are now.

4. Junior Stanislas

Though Fletcher's goal against Grimsby will, rightly, never be forgotten, it could certainly be argued that Junior Stanislas' move to Dean Court has turned out to be an even better piece of business. The winger was signed on a free after leaving Burnley (via Sky Sports), and has become one of the side's most creative players at the highest level. He has scored six and contributed seven assists during his two seasons in the top flight with Eddie Howe's men.

3. Wade Elliott

Wade Elliott, during his time with BournemouthWade Elliott, during his time with Bournemouth

While few players have proved to be as much of a bargain signing as Wade Elliott - according to Burnley's official website, he cost the Cherries £5,000 back in 2000 - and few players have impressed as much as the retired midfielder, the fact that the south coast club failed to really kick on during his time with the side means that he can only take third spot on the list. Those who argue he should be higher will point to his Player of the Season win during his time with the team.

2. Matt Ritchie

Although others will make greater impacts for Bournemouth and some will be held in higher regard, Matt Ritchie arguably deserves to be second on this list due to the profit that the club made on him. He initially joined for just £400,000 (via BBC Sport) before leaving last summer for £12 million (via Daily Mail). He also deserves to rank so highly because his 15 goals and 17 assists were so crucial to Bournemouth's promotion to the top flight in 2015.

1. Harry Arter

Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Everton's Ross BarkleyBournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Everton's Ross Barkley

In an era when transfer fees are starting to push towards nine figures, perhaps one of the most incredible deals that has been done was the £4,000 that Bournemouth ended up spending on Harry Arter when he was signed from Woking (via Bournemouth Echo). The midfielder is integral to the side's fortunes, having played for them in the top three divisions, and his performances have seen him move onto the international scene with Republic of Ireland.

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