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The transfer frenzy is over, but who got the best deals?

Since the end of last season, the transfer market has seen some jaw-dropping departures and arrivals.

Some clubs have shown some real ambition in the market this summer.

Joey Barton always seems to be in the headlines, but he was certainly on football fans lips when the possibility of the midfielder moving to French club Marseille was announced.

Barton spent part of pre-season training with League Two side Fleetwood Town after being banned for the first 12 games of the new campaign, following his red card and unprofessional conduct at Manchester City on the final day of last season.

The QPR midfielder will still have to serve the remainder of his ban during his season-long loan at Marseille despite moving abroad.

David Bentley - The forgotten man

David Bentley has become the forgotten man of British football.

So, it raised many eyebrows when Tottenham announced the midfielder would be joining a struggling Russian Premier League side for a loan spell until January.

The 28-year-old will be at FC Rostov for the next six months.

Bentley has only made 42 appearances in four years at White Hart Lane.

After hearing Richard Wright had left Preston North End earlier in the summer, after just a week at Deepdale due to home-sickness, it was a huge surprise when the former England goalkeeper joined Manchester City.

Despite the 34-year-old only being back-up to Joe Hart, the most interesting thing about the transfer was the fact that Wright had claimed his could not see himself settling away from his family in East Anglia, but that didn’t stop him signing for the Premier League champions.

Del Piero heads Down Under

Alessandro Del Piero had made more than 700 appearances for Italian giants Juventus before deciding to finish his career in Australia.

The 37-year-old (pictured) was linked with a move to the Premier League but declined offers from Southampton and Liverpool, before signing a two-year deal with A-League team Sydney FC.

Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar joined QPR after being impressed by the ambition of the West Londoners.

The 32-year-old agreed a contract until the summer of 2016 after ending his seven-year stint with Inter Milan.

This transfer was more of an eye-opener, due to Mark Hughes’ decision to sign Robert Green not long before Cesar’s arrival.

RVP already paying his transfer fee

Robin van Persie took most of the attention in this transfer period.

The 29-year-old shocked most of the Premier League as he decided to join Arsenal’s league rivals Manchester United.

The £24m move left former Arsenal team-mate Alex Song no choice but to depart the North London club for Spanish giants Barcelona in another deal which seems to prove the Gunners are a 21st century selling club.

One of the best deals over the summer has to be Gaston Ramirez moving to Southampton.

The Uruguayan striker was wanted by Liverpool, but Ramirez chose the Premier League new boys in a £12m deal.

The 21-year-old can play on the wing or in midfield; he was spotted by Saints manager Nigel Adkins after impressing at the Olympic Games.

Happy Hammers

Liverpool’s attack was left without Andy Carroll as he swapped Merseyside for West Ham on loan.

The former Newcastle striker joined the East London club for the season, with a possible permanent move to follow.

The England striker looked content at Liverpool until Brendan Rodgers revealed he wasn’t in the club’s first-team plans.

Clint Dempsey made a deadline day move from Fulham to Tottenham.

The 29-year-old joined the Andre Villas-Boas revolution for around £6m after revealing he didn’t want to play for the Cottagers anymore.

By Josh Harris

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