As the Premier League fast approaches after its shortest break in history, we find ourselves in the midst of a rushed transfer market should clubs wish to get their business done before their first fixtures. Not exactly a market conducive to wonderful signings, although one or two clubs are trying their best, and should a certain Lionel Messi stay true to his fax, one club is going to land very lucky, if a little out of pocket.

Since the inception of the Premier League, we have been blessed with some of the finest footballers on the planet gracing our televisions and stadiums up and down the UK.

But who is each club greatest ever signing in the Premier League era? I’ve asked real fans of each current top-flight club to answer that exact question. From a couple of one or two season wonders to a couple of old classics, let’s find out…

ArsenalDennis Bergkamp An absolute genius on the ball who could find a pass when it looked impossible. Wasn’t afraid to get stuck in when needed and was a scorer of probably the best goal I’ve ever seen against Newcastle. Words from Johnny Hunt

Aston VillaDarren Bent – Signed to score goals and he did exactly that, his nine goals from 16 games and helped Villa climb from 17th to finish in ninth in 2011. Finished with a Villa goalscoring record of 25 strikes from 53 starts in all competitions. A difficult choice between Bent and Benteke as well as some of the current crop, but Bent edges it as the impact he made when he arrived in January has not been surpassed by any Villa signing. Choice from Phil Bull

BrightonDavy Propper – Been with the Guls’ since promotion to the Premier League in 2017, underrated player who rarely makes the headlines but is so important to the Brighton’s prolonged stay in the top flight. Only scored twice for the club but over 30 appearances in all three seasons in the league show how important he is. Absolute workhorse. Words from Steve Jones

BurnleyNick PopeBurnley have made some great signings in the Premier League era but Nick Pope has to top the list. The goalkeeper joined on the cheap from Charlton back in 2016 and has gone on to become one of the leading shop-stoppers in the top-flight. Pope’s form was crucial as the Clarets finished seventh in 2017-18 and he has continued to improve, keeping an impressive 15 clean sheets last season and narrowly missing out on the Golden Glove award. Despite tough competition from Dean Henderson, the Burnley star looks set to capture the England No 1 jersey for the Euros next summer. Words from Dan Barnes

ChelseaKai Havertz – If it goes through would be the best one however hoping Lamps signs a defender as very much needed for the new season. Words by David Reid. Didier Drogba – A Chelsea legend of two stints, a powerful striker who gave the Blues some of their finest Premier League moments, and Champions League success to boot. Scored 104 top-flight goals for the Stamford Bridge club. Words from Akeem Mahmood

Crystal PalaceYohan Cabaye – Despite honourable mentions to the ultra-consistent James McArthur and the deal involved to bring back talisman Wilfried Zaha to SE25, Crystal Palace’s greatest signing in the Premier League era is Yohan Cabaye. Not many nearly 50-cap international players move from PSG to this part of South London, but the fiery Frenchman was up for the fight from day one – not always the case with bottom-half teams’ signings. He brought star quality but was down to earth off the pitch, played with grace, guile, and aggression on it, and he made everyone around him better. If only we had more players on his wavelength. Words from Max Matthews

EvertonLeighton Baines – Spent 13 years at Goodison Park after arriving from Wigan for £6 million, a pittance in today’s market, Baines was a top drawer servant to the day he left the club recently. Deserved to go out with more accolades and plenty more to show, a player of true quality and a master of his position. Free-kicks and delivery right out of the top drawer, all Blues will miss Bainesy! Words from Tom Moore

FulhamDimitar Berbatov – Only spent two years at the Cottage but brought football of another level to the attention of the fans, a truly joyful player to watch, unless you like high energy pressing. Despite his languid, often lazy style what this man could do with a football had not been seen at Fulham before. His touch was remarkable and he scored goals of the highest quality. Shame he left so soon. Choice from Tom Wilson

Leeds UnitedMark Viduka – Leeds’ Australian import of yesteryear, back in the glory days which are soon to be returning. Viduka was a phenomenal footballer to watch, unbelievable feet with an eye for goal of which we haven’t seen since. Epitomised by his four, yes four goals in 2000 against Liverpool. The Australia striker ended up with 72 goals in a Leeds shirt before he left us after relegation, something which still makes me sad to this day. Words by Ryan Bolton

Leicester CityN’Golo Kante – A difficult choice given we signed Jamie Vardy when we were a Championship club, but NGolo Kante was a direct reason as to why we enjoyed the greatest season in our history in 2016/17, the unassuming midfielder who had been picked up for next to nothing from relative obscurity, went about his business with such ease he allowed the likes of Vardy to do his thing further up the field. Although he left immediately after the title Kante will forever be a Foxes legend. Words from Dylan Walsh

LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk – Despite numerous notable signings over the years none have made a big as impact aa VVD from Southampton. The big Dutch center half transformed the way the Reds defend and therefore the way they play. Since his arrival, Liverpool have won the Champions League and ended three decades of Premier League pain. The calmness in which he defends and deals with situations, capable of chipping in with a goal and a wide range of passing. Truly a phenomenal player, who in hindsight, we probably underpaid for. Words from Dan Clubbe

Manchester CityDavid SilvaFor £25m, 10 years of service, not just City’s greatest ever signing but also one of the premier leagues all-time greats. KDB is up there also, but for the price, I think David Silva was the supreme value. Words from Ryan Daniel

Manchester UnitedCristiano Ronaldo – Has gone on to do okay for himself, but his United career was where it all truly took off for Ronaldo. One of the greatest players the Premier League has seen, let alone Old Trafford. An unbelievable athlete who scored some of the best goals the league has ever seen. A record to match many a great United player down the years, just a shame it had to end so soon. Words from Finn Bellingham

Newcastle UnitedAlan Shearer –  The best PL signing Newcastle have made. It’s quite an easy decision to make when you look at how much he contributed to scoring and creating goals. You could play him anywhere in the front three and he could still work his magic. He was also part of a team that really held together well and nearly won the title. His longevity was brilliant as well. To be so consistent for so many years proved he was world-class and worth every penny. Words from Liam Brusby

Sheffield United – Alan Kelly – Could have easily gone to Brian Deane but out of the three times, we bought him we were never in the top flight. Instead, it has to be Alan Kelly, United legend signed from Preston for £150,000,  214 appearances at Bramall Lane during his seven-year spell, a man mountain in the goal who kept the Blades in many matches through the years. A top-notch keeper who probably deserved a better team in front of him. Choice from Malcolm Carr

SouthamptonJames Beattie – Brought to St Mary’s to replace Le Tiss, Beattie made a valiant attempt at such a tall order. Signed as a relative unknown from Blackburn as part of the deal which saw Kevin Davies go in the opposite direction, Beattie was prolific during his time on the South Coast. 68 goals from 2014 appearances helped the Saints stave off numerous relegation battles before he eventually left and were subsequently relegated. Top player, top bloke, even better finisher. Choice from Phil Bagshaw

Tottenham HotspurMoussa Dembele In my opinion, our best ever PL signing was Moussa Dembele. Not many people will say that but the way he was so graceful but so strong, he could control the midfield on his own and we’ve never really replaced him since he left. Words from Finley Chung Jermaine Defoe – Very difficult decision but Defoe just edges it over the likes of Robbie Keane, Michael Dawson, and Luca Modric. Defoe was an out and out goalscorer who helped the club avoid relegation shortly after his arrival both times he arrived at White Hart Lane, with 142 Spurs goals, he has been one of the significant players of the Premier League era. Words from Tony Davies

West Brom –  Gareth McAuley – Chris Brunt and James Morrison may be the most obvious choices, but we signed them both when we were in the Championship. I don’t think many Baggies fans will argue with McAuley. We signed him on a free transfer from Ipswich, aged 31 with no Premier League experience. He was an absolute monster in defence and just seemed to get better and better each season, the more he aged. McAuley scores some very important goals for us and his six goals on the 16/17 season also made him an FPL icon, too. I’m sure many Northern Irish fans will have fond memories of him as well! Words from Guy Owen

West HamDimitri PayetFor most people, their West Ham player of the PL would be Di Canio. As much as his goals in particular against Chelsea and Wimbledon were fantastic and will live on in West Ham history for decades to come, my pick would be Dimitri Payet. Despite his tainted and heartbreaking last few weeks at the club, no one in our Premier League history has come close to the talent that Payet had. Thanks to Payet’s talents, his flair, and his world-renowned free kicks, he allowed West Ham fans to celebrate the last season at Upton Park with some stunning moments. His free-kick against Crystal Palace is still my favourite goal a player has scored in Claret and Blue, a goal no one should have scored, and a goal Wayne Hennessey would not bet his house on getting past him. Words from Matt Ryan

WolvesRaul Jimenez – Very difficult not to pick one of the current crop given the Wolves’ previous plights in the top division. The talismanic Mexican has enjoyed a superb start to life at the Molineux and has helped Wolves establish themselves as a genuine top-flight outfit. An ever-present in his two seasons at the club, Jimenez has made himself a fav favorite with his 30 Premier League goals. Choice from Mark Spruce