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Top five: Summer signings by teams outside top four

Anelka joined West Brom this summer (©GettyImages)
Anelka joined West Brom this summer (©GettyImages).

It's not only been the Premier League top four that have caught the eye with their signings this summer.

Here are the top five signings by teams outside of the top four.

1. West Brom: Nicolas Anelka

After completing his move from Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua, for an undisclosed fee, West Brom have become the sixth Premier League club and 11th club over-all that the French veteran has played for.

Having won the Premier League title with both Arsenal and Chelsea, the Serie A title with Juventus and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, there is no doubt that the 34-year-old striker will bring a wealth of experience to the West Brom line up.

Alongside Shane Long, Anelka could form one of the most formidable striking partnerships in the 2013/14 season.

2. Sunderland: Emanuele Giaccherini

At 28 years old, the Italian winger, who was one of Italy's star players at the 2013 Confederation's Cup in Brazil, could very well prove to be the signing of the season.

Having helped Juventus to back-to-back Serie A titles and Italy to a Bronze medal in the 2013 Confederations Cup, Giaccherini will bring immense pace and skill to Sunderland's wide play and is certain to cause many nervous moments for opposition defenders.

3. Everton: Gerard Deulofeu

Even though he has arrived at Everton on loan from Barcelona, the Spanish prodigy is bound to set the Premier League alight.

With incredible pace and an eye for the goal, the highly-rated 19-year-old can play out wide on the wing as well as up front as a striker. With Europe's elite chasing the teen sensation, there is little to no doubt about the player's abilities.

Could this loan spell prove to be a stepping stone to a permanent Premier League move?

4. Swansea: Wilfried Bony

Standing at 1.83m tall, the 24-year-old Ivorian striker bears a physical resemblance to his idol and fellow Ivory Coast national, Didier Drogba.

The forward has even aired his intentions of emulating the performances of Didier Drogba at Chelsea for his new club Swansea.

After scoring 46 goals in 65 appearances for Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie, few can doubt the players claims. With star man Michu in support, Bony is bound to be as prolific a goalscorer in the Premier League as he was in the Eredivisie.

5. Southampton: Victor Wanyama

The 22-year-old Kenyan national has been pursued by many of Europe's top clubs over the past year after his remarkable performances in the Champions League last season.

Being the standout player over two legs against Barcelona is not an easy task for any player, but it is a feat that the young defensive midfielder accomplished.

With both Arsenal and Manchester United pursuing the signature the player, who is considered to be a young Yaya Touré with his box-to-box style of play, it comes as somewhat of a surprise the Southampton were the team to secure his services.

All said and done, however, Wanyama will provide stability and physical dominance for Southampton in the middle of the park.

 

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