2009: James Collins and Richard Dunne join Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill made a double swoop, signing centre-backs James Collins and Richard Dunne from West Ham United and Manchester City respectively.
The pair made an instant impact, keeping clean sheets in their first two matches together as Villa beat local rivals Birmingham City 1-0 and Portsmouth 2-0.
Collins spent three seasons at the club before moving back to West Ham in 2012, while Dunne stayed for an extra term and then headed to Queens Park Rangers.
Manchester City maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in Roberto Mancini’s 100th Premier League match in charge.
Yaya Toure gave the reigning champions a first-half lead and, although Bobby Zamora equalised just before the hour-mark, Edin Dzeko restored the hosts’ advantage two minutes later.
Dzeko was set up by Carlos Tevez, and the pair then reversed roles as Man City struck again in stoppage-time.
They climbed into fourth place with seven points, while QPR slipped to 19th with one point.