Premier League newcomers: 10 things you didn't know

Samuel Eto'o comic

You know the transfer fees and stats, have listened to the media-trained platitudes from the new signings and debated the winners and losers in the transfer window.

However, amid the frenzied transfer activity, you may have missed some of the more quirky and curious snippets that have been reported about those players new to the Premier League this season.

Here, BBC Sport picks 10 stories that have caught the eye:

Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea - bought from Anzhi Makhachkala)

The Cameroonian striker, 32, published the first volume of an autobiographical comic book in January which tells the story of his childhood selling fish on the streets of Douala.

Find out more (Inside World Soccer)external-link

Liverpool's Aly Cissokho

Aly Cissokho (Liverpool - one-year loan from Valencia)

The 25-year-old left-back's transfer to AC Milan collapsed in 2009 after the Italians claimed they had found a problem with his teeth during his medical.

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Leroy Fer (Norwich - bought from FC Twente)

The 23-year-old Dutch midfielder made headlines in December when he bought a £22,000 horse for his girlfriend before realising she could not keep it as she lived in a flat and there were no stables nearby.

Find out more (Metro)external-link

Craig Noone (Cardiff - bought from Brighton)

Winger Noone, 25, has made it to the Premier League barely five years after tiling Steven Gerrard's roof as he combined the day job with part-time football at Southport. Gerrard's wife, Alex Curran, would provide him with a soft drink and a sausage roll to help fuel his labours.

Find out more (Wales Online)external-link

Jores Okore (Aston Villa - bought from Nordsjaelland)

Villa will hope there's no repeat of centre-back Okore's dozy behaviour during his medical - the 21-year-old Dane fell asleep while having an MRI scan despite the presence of a TV crew filming his transfer.

Find out more (Birmingham Mail)external-link

George Boyd of Hull
George Boyd of Hull

George Boyd (Hull - signed after loan spell from Peterborough)

The Scotland international forward, 27, worked in a sweetshop at Hitchin station in order to afford his train fare home after playing part-time for Stevenage.

Find out more (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Boyd nearly joined Nottingham Forest in January but the club pulled out citing an "inconclusive eye test" (he wears contact lenses).

Razvan Rat (West Ham - bought from Shakhtar Donetsk)

Romania's English-speaking captain and left-back, 32, answered the phones at West Ham's ticket office to try to help the club sell more season tickets.

Find out more (Daily Mail)external-link

Southampton's VICTOR WANYAMA
Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama (Southampton - bought from Celtic)

The first Kenyan to play in the Premier League, Wanyama won his first pair of football boots aged 14 as a reward for being the best player at a tournament.

The midfielder, 22, previously played barefoot as his parents could not afford to buy him boots.

Find out more (The Sun)external-link

Tiago Ilori (Liverpool - bought from Sporting Lisbon)

The London-born Portuguese defender, 20, reportedly holds the speed test record at Sporting Lisbon - making him faster than Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

Find out more (This Is Anfield)external-link

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