In these days of online coverage and 24-hour news stations devoted to sports, the concept of the big shock transfer is largely redundant.
For example, the protracted reporting of Cesc Fabregas's move to Barcelona last summer was less of a saga and more of a transfer era.
However, there was a time when the first thing most people knew about a player signing for a new club was when they picked up the morning paper, meaning that the picture of a player grinning for the cameras as they held up their new jersey was a genuine water-cooler moment rather than a blessed conclusion to an interminable affair.
Here, in reverse chronological order, are 10 transfers of the Premier League era which were truly surprising. Feel free to add your own entries below.