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5 bargain summer signings in the EPL this season

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Modified 11 Dec 2014, 12:10 IST
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With the season approaching the halfway, clubs across Europe have gone back to their drawing boards to finalize their targets for the January transfer window. But having spent a whopping 835 million pounds on transfers during the summer, the English Premier League clubs are the forerunners to be the highest spenders in the winter as well.Barring a few sides like Chelsea and West Ham, almost all sides from the English top flight is expected to do some business to keep their respective season objectives intact. As the clubs prepare for the window to begin, they would also be wary of the transfer window that has just gone by.Taking a look back to the summer, the clubs have made all sorts of signings- players who seem to be there for squad depth, young players for the future, big money signings that worked and those that have failed miserably and then there has been some real bargain signings who have exceeded all expectations. In what is quickly becoming an extremely inflated market, some players were bought very cheaply in comparison to other similar players, but have gone onto be great value for money.We take a look at 5 summer signings (not including players on loan) who cost their sides around or below 5 million pounds and still have really impressed so far:

#5 Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United)

In what was a busy summer for Newcatle, Ayoze Perez made his way to St.James Park as one among the 7 new recruits. Perez signed for Newcatle from Tenerife in Spanish second division for a paltry 1.5 million pounds. Having arrived alongside bigger and experienced stars like Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong and Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze was never expected to be a regular starter for Newcastle. But while all the big money signings failed to deliver, the 21-year-old Perez happily grabbed the very first opportunity he got in the starting lineup by scoring against Spurs.

Perez has started all but one game since his first start and has impressed for the Tynesiders with 3 goals to his name already, while De Jong, Cabella and Riviere are all yet to open their accounts.

TRANSFER FEE: £1.5 MILLION

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Published 10 Dec 2014, 22:10 IST
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