The Best EPL 11 Under £5M

Tony Lucadamo@tonylucadamoContributor IIIMay 26, 2012

The Best EPL 11 Under £5M

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    As the transfer window presses forward we continue with our series on Premier League value buys.  

    What follows is a starting lineup of 11 players that can be purchased for less than £5 million apiece on today's market. 

    Valuations are based on a compilation of recent news reports and third-party assessments from  

GK: Ben Foster, West Brom £4.8M

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    Roy Hodgson named Foster his starting goalkeeper for the upcoming friendly with Norway. 

    The Baggies' keeper is second only to Joe Hart in the pecking order and may get the opportunity to feature in Ukraine this summer. 

    Foster is a leader at West Brom and one of the main reasons they avoided relegation. 

RB: Martin Kelly, Liverpool £4M

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    Kelly gets his first cap for England in the upcoming friendly with Norway.

    Earning the call-up is no easy feat.

    This generation of Brits features Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Micah Richards and Phil Jones at right-back.

    Needless to say, the 22-year-old has been on top form. It is not easy to make your way into such impressive company. 

    His appearances for Liverpool are becoming more and more frequent. He should feature heavily in the plans of the next manager at Anfield.  

CB: Sylvain Distin, Everton £2.2M

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    Everton signed Distin to a new one-year deal this week. 

    At 34 years of age, Distin has turned in 115 performances for the Toffees. 

    Despite his considerable age he continues to perform at a high level for David Moyes' squad.  

CB: James Collins, Aston Villa £5M

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    Collins distinguished himself as one of the few bright spots for the disappointing Villains

    According to Sky Sports, both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers are chasing the Welshman's signature. 

    With 18 months left on his contract, he is available at a bargain price.  

LB: Ryan Bertrand, Chelsea £5M

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    Whether or not Bertrand is still this inexpensive is debatable. 

    Roberto Di Matteo surprised many when he started the young left-back in the Champions League Final.

    Considering that Bertrand had never played in the competition, the decision was a huge gamble. 

    Bertrand did not disappoint.

    Bayern Munich's famous wing pairing of Robben and Ribery was stymied for most of the evening and the young Englishman is a big reason why. 

CDM: Mohamed Diame, Wigan Athletic £Free

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    The Mail reports that Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all set to miss out on signing Diame. 

    The Senegal international will instead be leaving England for Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga side on a free transfer.

    Diame is a quintessential center defensive midfielder. He provides stability in the center of the pitch and helped Wigan to an impressive series of results this fall.  

ACM: Jonjo Shelvey, Liverpool £2.2M

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    When Liverpool signed Shelvey from Charlton Athletic in 2009 I do not think many in the Kop knew what to think of him.

    Heralded as one of the next great Reds midfielders, he looks more like a member of the Addams Family than Steven Gerrard or Xabi Alonso.  

    However, his performances were one of the few highlights this year on Merseyside. 

    Expect to see a lot more of him either in a deep-lying or forward central midfield role for Liverpool. 

RW: David "Junior" Hoilett, Blackburn £Free

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    The Mail reports that Arsenal, Spurs and Bayern are all lining up to grab Hoilett, who's contract is up at Blackburn

    The young Canadian is listed by FIFA as one of the Players to Watch in 2012. 

    At just 21 years of age there is no telling where his career could go.  

LW: Victor Moses, Wigan Athletic £5M

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    The Mirror claims that QPR are attempting to swoop in with a £5 million bid. 

    With just one year left on his contract, Dave Whelan may be inclined to sell the Nigerian winger. 

    The signing would be a major coup. Moses has come into his own on the wing for Wigan in 2011. 

ST: Pavel Pogrebnyak, Fulham £3.1M

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    Fulham brought Pogrebnyak in during the January transfer window to help address their lack of offensive production up front.  

    The big striker followed through by becoming the fastest player to ever score five goals in the Premier League.

    Keep an eye on him this summer. He is a possible breakout star for the Russian National Team.  

ST: Grant Holt, Norwich City £2.3M

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    Holt scored an impressive 15 goals for the surprising Norwich City side on their way to a mid-table finish. 

    The Canaries are keen to hang on to their star forward but are facing pressure from Aston Villa and Sunderland to do so.

    The 31-year-old handed in his transfer request last week. We will see how the situation develops.

    Holt is known for his exceptional positioning. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

    There are many who expected to see him make Hodgson's 23-man roster.  


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    So that's my list. 

    With just £55 million you can assemble a very strong team. 

    I look forward to everyone's feedback on this.

    Who would you add/replace?