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It's day four of the 2011-12 TEAMtalk Soccers ceremony, with Rob McCarthy presenting the Signing of the Season award.

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With Euro 2012 edging ever close, we take a small step back to carry on with our annual end-of-season awards, handed out by our TEAMtalk bloggers.

The accolades - decided upon following suggestions from you, our loyal readers - are what every player and manager wants on their mantelpiece.

And our fourth award is another fiercely-contested category.

Signing of the Season - by Rob McCarthy

The votes certainly flooded in for this one, but there can only be five on the shortlist so the following names can consider themselves unfortunate to miss out: Juan Mata, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James McClean, Anthony Pilkington, Scott Parker, Peter Crouch, Brad Friedel and Ashley Young. I'd also like to add Demba Ba and Mikel Arteta to that list, even though they didn't quote earn enough votes, as it was remiss of me not to recognize their sterling efforts this season.

5. Michel Vorm - Swansea:

Swansea were tipped to struggle this season but ended up finishing an impressive 11th thanks, in no small part, to the excellent Vorm.

Bought for a paltry £1.5million from FC Utrecht last summer, the 28-year-old made some outstanding stops, having featured in all but one of his side's 38 Premier League games in 2011-12.

Vorm is also incredibly comfortable with the ball at his feet and built several Swansea attacks this season, something that played a big part in Brendan Rodgers' decision to bring him to the Liberty Stadium.

Another season like the one just gone and Vorm is bound to attract the attention of the big boys in the near future.

4. Nikica Jelavic - Everton:

Following his January arrival from Rangers not many pundits would have predicted that Jelavic would have had as big an impact on Everton as he has.

Having banged in goals for fun in the SPL I thought he would struggle with the leap in quality, but I could not have been more wrong, and a return of 11 goals in 16 appearances has given the Toffees the free-scoring frontman they have been craving for years.

I'm expecting an impressive campaign from David Moyes' men in 2012-13 and a 20-goal haul from the talented Croatian.

3. Yohan Cabaye - Newcastle:

Having signed from Lille for around £5million, Cabaye has proved to be one of the bargains of many a Premier League season.

The 26-year-old has formed a formidable central midfield partnership with Cheick Tiote and has shown that he has all the tools to cope with the rigours of English football.

Comfortable on the ball, tenacious in the tackle and with an eye for goal, Cabaye does not have a defined midfield role and is more of an old fashioned box-to-box player - something of a rarity in the game these days.

One thing is for sure, Newcastle will have their work out to keep the Frenchman at St James' Park for next season.

2. Papiss Cisse - Newcastle:

Does this guy ever score anything but absolute stunners! While the goals have dried up for his international team-mate Demba Ba, Cisse has taken the Premier League by force-nine gale and has scored some incredible goals already in his five months in English football.

Cisse banged in 13 goals as the Toon finished a superb fifth to secure Europa League football. From his first strike, a magnificent half-volley in a win over Villa, to his last, the wondrous hit against Chelsea that swerved, curved, dipped and left Petr Cech in a daze, the 26-year-old will have already paid off his transfer fee as far as Magpies fans are concerned.

Whether or not Cisse can produce similar form next season remains to be seen - but he's already made a magnificent impression.

1. Sergio Aguero - Manchester City:

The man who literally won the title for Manchester City just had to be the signing of the season after an impressive first year in English football.

Bought for £38million from Atletico Madrid last summer, the striker scored 23 Premier League goals in 34 appearances and produced a consistent level of performance throughout the campaign.

But it was the level of composure that impressed me the most when, in the final minute of injury-time against QPR, the 23-year-old managed to wrestle the trophy away from rivals United with a brilliantly-taken goal.

After being clipped by Nedum Onuoha in the area he could so easily have gone down and given somebody else the responsibility of winning City their first top-flight title success in 44 years, but he stayed on his feet and lashed the ball past Paddy Kenny to ignite the manic celebrations that followed. A top player with a top attitude who looks set to go from strength to strength in our game.

Have we got our order right? Have we missed a player you would have picked? Let us know through the comment facility.

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