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The summer window is officially open, and Premier League clubs have wasted no time in doing deals. But what do you remember of the transfer silly season so far?
1) I started at Newcastle's youth academy but have played for Middlesbrough and Sunderland. I have 11 England caps.
2) I have made over 100 appearances for each of Luton, Portsmouth and Bolton. I gained promotion to the Premier League with my current club via the play-offs in 2012.
3) I was born in Santiago but made my name with Boca Juniors. I moved to the Premier League last summer from a Spanish club.
4) I was born in Serbia in 1984. I signed for my current club in January 2008 but didn't play a game that season. I scored against Liverpool in the 2009 Champions League semi-final.
5) I began my career at Nottingham Forest. I was drafted in as a replacement for Rio Ferdinand at the 2010 World Cup. I am club captain of my team.
6) I was born in Iceland, but made my professional debut for an English Championship club. I returned to England after a spell in Germany.
7) I was purchased by a Championship club from Rangers for £500,000 in 2009. I helped that club to promotion and was then sold for £6.75million to a Premier League club in 2011.
8) I started my career at Manchester United but only played eight times for them. I had spells on loan with Royal Antwerp, Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United before signing for my current club in 2008. I was told I wouldn't play for my club again by my previous manager, but have appeared 17 times this season.
9) I have played for six clubs (excluding loans) but only one, Newcastle, outside London. I was bought by Claudio Ranieri in January 2004. I was voted FWA player of the year in a season my team was relegated.
10) I started my career at Chelsea. I have signed for my current club on three occasions, most recently this January. I have seven England caps
11) I won promotion with Wolves in 2003 but couldn't participate in their Premier League campaign due to injury. I made my England debut as a substitute for Rio Ferdinand in 2007. I have won the Premier League.
12) I won the league with Arsenal in 2004. I moved to my current club on a free transfer last summer. My brother has won the Champions League
13) I joined Leeds from Livingston in 2008. I signed for my current club in 2012. I have 15 caps for Scotland.
14) I had two spells with Villarreal. My current team bought me from a different La Liga side. I won the European Championships with Spain in 2008 and 2012, but missed the 2010 World Cup though injury.
15) I was born in London but have 23 caps for Ireland. I started my career at Millwall but spent seven years with Blackburn.
16) I was born in Wales in 1979. I was sold to West Ham along with another colleague in an attempt to alleviate financial problems at my previous club. I was signed by Dougie Freedman in 2012.
17) I started my career at Derby. I spent some time on loan at Wolves after being bought by a London team in 2005. I have scored one goal since April 2011.
18) I was signed by Aston Villa for a club record fee in 2007. I won the league in 2013. I have a webcam.
19) I made my Premier League debut aged 16. I signed for Newcastle in 2004. I have 44 caps for England.
20) I was signed by Newcastle in 1994 but didn't make an appearance for them after being denied a work permit. I eventually made my Premier League debut for Liverpool in 1997. I played in every Premier League game for eight successive seasons for three clubs between 2004-2012.
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