15 current Premier League stars who were signed for £1 million or under
10. Steven Davis (Rangers to Southampton), £900,000
Southampton have seen plenty of players come and go during their current stay in the Premier League, but Davis has been at St Mary’s from the start.
Signed for £900,000 from Rangers in summer 2012, the Northern Ireland international has been a reliable figure in central midfield for Saints under five different managers, playing 213 games in all competitions and helping Southampton to their highest top-division finish in 31 years (sixth in 2015/16).
9. Charlie Daniels (Leyton Orient to Bournemouth), £150,000
Daniels scored one of the goals of the season so far when he arrowed a stunning strike into the top corner against Manchester City back in August. Kevin De Bruyne or David Silva would have been proud of such tremendous technique, but the goal was even more impressive given the man responsible cost his current club just £150,000.
Daniels joined Bournemouth from Leyton Orient in January 2012, when the Cherries were mid-table in League One. He’s been an integral part of the team ever since, playing 223 matches as the seasiders have risen from third tier to first.
8. Julian Speroni (Dundee to Crystal Palace), £750,000
The Premier League’s longest-serving player who is now in his 14th season at Selhurst Park.
Speroni cost Crystal Palace £750,000 when Iain Dowie signed him from Dundee in 2004. The Argentine goalkeeper had to remain patient early on in his career in England, playing just 15 league games in his first three campaigns, but he was virtually ever-present between the sticks from 2007/08 to 2014/15.
In that time Speroni won four player of the year awards, as well as helping the Eagles to promotion through the play-offs in 2013. A tally of 13 appearances so far this term means there are now only four men who have played more matches for Palace.
7. Leon Britton (Sheffield United to Swansea), £400,000
Britton played a significant part in Swansea’s rise from League Two to the Championship, making 295 appearances between 2002 and 2010. The midfield metronome then left for Sheffield United, but he was back in Wales a few months later after failing to settle at Bramall Lane.
There is some confusion over the fee involved, with Swansea initially claiming no money changed hands, but various add-ons seem to have taken the overall cost to £400,000.
Still, that remains a terrific bargain for a player who helped the Swans earn promotion, establish themselves in the Premier League and win the League Cup in 2013.
6. Steve Cook (Brighton to Bournemouth), £150,000
Like Charlie Daniels, Cook arrived at Dean Court when the Cherries were a League One outfit back in January 2012. Former club Brighton – the defender didn’t celebrate when he scored against Albion on New Year’s Day – received £150,000 in return, an investment that must go down as one of the best Bournemouth have made in recent times.
Cook didn’t miss a game when Eddie Howe’s men won promotion to the Premier League in 2014/15, and he played in all but two of the club’s top-flight encounters in the two seasons that followed. Still only 26, the ex-Eastbourne Borough loanee has plenty left to give.