It is common belief among managers that January is a bad time to do transfer business, but history has certainly proved that to be something of a myth in football. Chelsea certainly didn’t have to break the bank to land Demba Ba; Tottenham can apparently fast-track the deal to sign Lewis Holtby for a mere £1.6m, while there are many clubs who are contemplating a January move for West Ham’s Mohammed Diame – should someone be willing to activate his £3.5m release clause.

The following list is a celebration of the transfer gifts that club’s have received over the years and shows there are always deals to be had at the right price.

So click on Van der Vaart below, sift through and rejoice in our top 15 ‘Transfer Gifts’ of all time