#8. Alan Shearer
The top scorer in Premier League history came close to joining Manchester United twice but instead elected to spend much of his career at Newcastle United. Alan Shearer burst onto the scene with Southampton before his 1992 transfer to Blackburn Rovers. There Shearer formed a lethal partnership with Chris Sutton and the pair helped Rovers to a most unlikely Premier League title. Shearer elected to leave Ewood Park in 1996 and was targeted by some of the biggest sides in world football but elected to play for his hometown club, Newcastle United. The striker stayed there until his retirement in 2006.