Is Bruno Fernandes the best January transfer in Premier League history?

Manchester United finally got their man at the end of the January transfer market, landing Bruno Fernandes in the final days of the winter window.

The Portuguese midfielder has hit the ground running in England, impressing the Old Trafford faithful with his first appearances in a United shirt.

Fernandes grabbed his first goal for the club from the penalty spot on Sunday and is being tipped to become a Red Devils legend.

But is his move to United the best piece of business conducted by a Premier League side in history? Starsport writers discuss.

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Matt Lawless – Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool

It's a tad too early to suggest Bruno Fernandes is the best ever. Although he looks like a canny bit of business – and a game changer for Manchester United.

By the same token, I'm going for Virgil van Dijk. He has been a huge factor in turning Liverpool into the best team in the world.

And let's be honest, there were a lot of people who thought Liverpool had overpaid for him when they gave Southampton the best part of £80million for him.

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The Dutchman is box office. He is a defensive rock. And he will be lifting the Premier League title at Anfield in May. Now that's money well spent.

Only time will tell if Bruno Fernandes can provide the same impact at Old Trafford.

Alex Wood – Christophe Dugarry to Birmingham

The classy former striker is a World Cup winner and bona fide Birmingham City legend.

Steve Bruce pulled off an incredible coup by snaring the decorated forward on loan in January 2003.

At the time, he hailed Dugarry’s arrival as the biggest signing in the club's history.

In reality, the French superstar’s better years were probably behind him and he had become embroiled high-profile row at Bordeaux.

However, Dugarry still had plenty of swagger in his locker.

He bagged five goals in a run of four matches to help steer the Blues away from the relegation zone and has since been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.

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Aaron Stokes – Luis Suarez to Liverpool

Liverpool hit the jackpot when they snatched Luis Suarez from Ajax for £22.8m in 2011.

The Uruguayan hitman soon became a fan-favourite for the Reds.

Despite some controversial moments during his time in England, a strike rate of 82 goals in 133 appearances for the club mean he is one of the deadliest finishers to ever grace the Premier League.

Suarez netted 31 times in the 2013/14 campaign.

And had Liverpool not bottled the title that year, the striker's stock would even be higher.

Sam Meade – Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool

To think eyebrows were raised when Liverpool made the Dutchman the world's most expensive defender at the time.

You'd struggle to put a valuation on him now, but when you consider what the Reds have done since he's arrived there is little debate.

Van Dijk helped guide them to a Champions League final within six months of joining, won it 12 months later and will soon be a Premier League champion.

He's probably the only player in the world who is head and shoulders above everyone else in his position and it is testament to his ability and consistency that people are no longer blown away by his performances, hence the fact no one is talking about him as Player of the Year.

Already people are talking about him as the Premier League's greatest defender and if he continues in his current vain it'll be hard to argue against that.

Rhys Daly – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal

Although other January signings have gone on to taste either Premier League or Champions League glory, it's hard to imagine where Arsenal would be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Hardly a hidden treasure, the Gabon captain scored 141 goals in 213 games during his four-and-a-half seasons in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, with the Gunners somewhat surprisingly winning the race for his signature in January 2018.

There is no doubt that he has more than paid off his £56m transfer fee with a goal return of 60 in just 95 outings, with Mikel Arteta understanding that he and the team need to push forward to keep their star player content.

If Arsenal fail to reach the Champions League next season it would be surprising if Aubameyang doesn't target an exit, with his potential departure certain to cause a huge void at the club where he has become so popular.

Warren Muggleton – Andy Cole to Man Utd

The Class of ’92 is seen as the driving force behind United’s success in the 1990s.

But do not underrate the partnership between Dwight York and Andy Cole.

The latter arrived at Old Trafford from Newcastle in a shock £8m move in 1995.

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He made an immediate impact, scoring 12 goals in 18 premier League matches – not enough to beat Blackburn to the title but it set a precedent.

Cole went on to hit 110 goals in 275 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson, helping them to five Premier League titles.

But the arrival of York in 1998 sparked a partnership which made 54 goals in their treble-winning season.

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