In a world in which £100m transfer fees are increasingly becoming the norm, and £30-40m will only buy you an average to good squad player it’s difficult to find bargains in the transfer market where clubs feel they’re getting true value for their money.
However, some clubs just seem to do it better than others. Here are five of the Premier League’s best bargain signings you might have missed.
1 Ahmed Hegazy
From: El Ahly Cairo
To: West Brom
The deal taking Ahmed Hegazy from Cairo to the Midlands may only be a loan, but it's still a transfer that hasn't cost West Brom a penny in fees and looks a fantastic coup.
The Egyptian is your typical Tony Pulis player. A giant of a centre-half at 6ft 5in who is organised, solid and a monster in the air, typically deployed as a left back.
West Brom have made a great start to the season, accumulating seven points out of a possible nine, with Hegazy a big reason for their early season success.
The defender even netted the only goal of the game on his debut in the victory at home to Bournemouth.
2 Aaron Mooy
From: Manchester City
To: Huddersfield Town
In a day and age where transfer fees are reaching ridiculous new heights, Aaron Mooy would have been a bargain ten years ago, let alone in today's inflated market.
The Australian international was superb for the Terriers in their promotion campaign last season whilst on loan from Manchester City. The Citizens may ultimately rue the day they let him go so easily on a permanent transfer, however.
Mooy has the bite and energy needed to flourish in the Premier League, but also has that attacking quality and spark that a newly promoted side desperately needs.
His goal to beat Newcastle United in Huddersfield's first ever Premier League home game has already cemented his name in the club's history books.
3 Sead Kolasinac
Fee: Free Transfer
The left-back was in the Bundesliga team of the season last year, despite having Bayern Munich's David Alaba in the same league.
Sead Kolasinac registered seven assists with Schalke and is ideally suited to play as a wingback in Arsenal's new system. He is a cult hero already at the club, with his powerful style, almost like a battering ram running through and beyond opponents.
He got off to the ideal start at the club, netting the crucial equaliser on his debut in the Community Shield against Chelsea which Arsenal eventually won on penalties.
He also set up Danny Welbeck for a goal in his first Premier League outing against Leicester City.
4 Harry Maguire
From: Hull City
To: Leicester City
This may have seemed a pricey transfer at first, but, in modern football's ridiculously over-inflated market, Leicester City's capture of Harry Maguire is making more and more sense.
He has already scored for the club and won his first international call-up for the England senior team, whilst solidifying an increasingly leaky back four, adding a youthful element.
Maguire is a good defender who reads the game well and is excellent at bringing the ball out of the back. His 80% passing accuracy, for instance, is second only to Riyad Mahrez of all Leicester players to have featured in all three league games.
"I thought he was outstanding. Every question asked of him he answered. Harry has shown in the first couple of games he has the personality to come out in these big stadiums and perform." -Rio Ferdinand on Maguire.
His composure with the ball at his feet has won him many admirers, including Rio Ferdinand, who spoke extremely highly of Maguire after his top-class performance in the Foxes' 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
5 Nathaniel Chalobah
Chelsea are often lambasted for failing to give their youth a real chance in the first team, therefore Nathaniel Chalobah had to leave, and so far Chelsea's loss has been Watford's gain.
Chalobah is an intelligent midfielder; good on the ball and capable of playing through the lines of midfield. Not only that, he has a defensive nous about him and should finally flourish now he will play regular Premier League football.
His impressive start at Watford has also seen him earn his first full international call-up for England. For a measly £5.5m, that's fantastic business by the Hornets.
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