It has been a mixed start to this season's transfer window, with some teams securing plenty of new faces already and others taking a more circumspect approach.

Here, we outline who we think have been the top five best purchases, in order of their cost.

Allan McGregor
Club: Hull City
Transfer: £1.5 million from Besiktas

Profile: With Hull potentially facing a long and difficult first season back in the Premier League, a top goalkeeper was undoubtedly a crucial target for manager Steve Bruce. Subsequently, the signing of Scottish international McGregor would have surely pleased the Hull faithful. McGregor was linked with top English clubs including Manchester United before departing for Turkey two years ago, making his £1.5 million price tag seem like an absolute bargain.

Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Transfer: £17 million from Corinthians

Profile: Spurs pulled off something of a transfer coup by reputedly beating both Real Madrid and Inter Milan to the signing of this box-to-box Brazilian. Paulinho has established himself as one of the leading South American prospects after a series of fine performances for Corinthians, and having scored five goals in 17 international appearances. He will be looking to further enhance his reputation by establishing himself as a dominant force in the Premier League.

Victor Wanyama
Club: Southampton
Transfer: £12.5 million from Celtic

Profile: Victor Wanyama announced his presence as a top quality midfielder with two bulldozing performances against Barcelona in last year's Champions League. Although the transfer fee does seem substantial for a 21-year-old player who has only played consistent domestic football in the sub-par Scottish league, Southampton have acquired a player who's physicality and technique combine to make him a very exciting prospect.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Club: Norwich
Transfer: £8.5 million from Sporting Lisbon

Profile: After proving himself to be a prolific goal-scorer over a number of years, Van Wolfswinkel has been linked with moves to many big clubs around Europe, so for Norwich to secure his signature is a major coup. After staying up last season, Chris Hughton is attempting to transform his hard-working squad into a football team with attacking prowess, and the Dutchman seems like he could be the perfect man to spearhead the Norwich attack next season.

Maarten Stekelenberg
Club: Fulham
Transfer: Reputed £3-5 million from Roma

Profile: Replacing the unbelievable professionalism of veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was never going to be an easy task for Martin Jol, but the acquisition of Stekelenberg seems like an inspired piece of business. Considering the rumoured transfer fee is as low as £3m, Fulham really have got a top player at a bargain price. With European experience, 54 Holland caps and two Dutch league titles with Ajax, Stekelenberg could be a Craven Cottage stalwart for years to come, especially given the fact that he is still only 30 years old.


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