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Sunday 13 July 2014

Best transfer deals ever


Sammi Hyypia (Willem II to Liverpool, £2.6m 1999)
Went on trial to Newcastle a couple of years earlier, but they weren't interested so he ended up shoring up Liverpool's backline for a decade, picking up domestic and European glory as he went. A reliable rather than spectacular player, but not a bad buy for a player recommended to the club by a TV cameraman.

For some clubs, splashing the cash on established stars will guarantee success. For others, it's a matter of sniffing out the bargains, making the gambles and backing hunches.

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