Wayne Rooney has been voted the greatest transfer deadline day of all time in an online poll.
SPORTbible asked the question on social media to mark the final day of the transfer window, with a total of four options to choose from.
And Rooney's £26 million switch from Everton to Manchester United in 2004 was the winner by a comfortable margin.
The deal picked up 50.9% of the votes, beating Luis Suarez from Ajax to Liverpool - which garnered 27.4% of the votes cast.
In third place was the controversial double deal that saw Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano head to West Ham on the final day of the window in August 2006.
Completing the quartet was Chelsea's shrewd £16.8 million capture of Claude Makelele from Real Madrid, which accrued 5.2% of votes.
What is the greatest ever deadline day signing in the Premier League? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/XTTR1YLsbg— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 1, 2022
Let's take it to a vote...— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 1, 2022
But fans were adamant that Rooney had to be the winner. He was just 18 at the time but already on his way to becoming a superstar after shining from England at Euro 2004.
I’ll go with the one that won 5 league titles and scored over 200 goals— Martin Mwangi (@MwaranguMartin) September 1, 2022
ROONEY— Mark StoyBot (@ProgStoy) September 1, 2022
Rooney— Shrxy (@Shayinnit) September 1, 2022
Anyone who doesn't say Rooney is just hating at this point lol— Dan Thompson (@Dant29890) September 1, 2022
Don't ask this stupid question again .obv it's Rooney— Fly (@Fly42377933) September 1, 2022
Rooney went on to become United's record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances and also lifted 16 trophies during his tenure at Old Trafford, as well as captaining the side.
United fended off the likes of Chelsea and Newcastle to secure Rooney's services and manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted, "there were plenty of eyebrows raised" when he tried to convince the board to pay the highest ever fee for a player under 20.
It proved to be a masterstroke though and Rooney was an absolute revelation at United.
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