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Premier League summer transfers: Best & worst

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The summer transfer window so far has seen big-money moves for some of the world's top players.

Transfer records have been smashed, buy-out clauses laughed at and yet the spending isn't done there, with moves for Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney still in the early stages.

The biggest and most notable moves in this window have involved Edinson Cavani's €64 million move to Paris Saint-Germain from Italian club Napoli, as well as Radamel Falcao's €60 million move from Atletico Madrid to Monaco.

The third largest deal came in the form of Brazilian starlet Neymar, who swapped Santos for Barcelona for an estimated €57 million. No price tag has matched any of these as of late from the Premier League, but there has been plenty of business - some smart and some questionable.

This article will highlight the best of the summer moves so far from the English clubs and state how they could make an impact for their team this season.

BEST

Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Norwich

Perhaps one of the best pieces of business in the Premier League this summer comes from Norwich City.

Their acquisition of young Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £10 million from Sporting Lisbon proves that the Canaries are looking to press on in the league and establish themselves as a top half side.

The Dutchman has been linked with almost every top club in the Premier League since his early days at Vitesse Arnhem. The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been reported to have shown interest and it was the unfancied Norwich City who penned the deal, and will no doubt reap the benefits from it.

Van Wolfswinkel has impressed on a Champions League level with Utrecht, scoring a hat-trick against Celtic during the 2010/11 campaign and during his spell with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, he bagged an impressive 28 goals in 55 games.

Alvaro Negredo - Manchester City

The second player to make the list is powerful left-footed Spanish frontman Alvaro Negredo. Arriving from Sevilla to Manchester City for £23 million, the Spaniard brings with him a taste for goals and an eagerness to win trophies.

His most recent campaign with Sevilla ended with an impressive 25 goals to his name. Manchester City lacked goals last season and it cost them in the race for the Premier League - a player of Negredo's calibre will certainly ensure that City continue to press in the race to regain the title.

Andre Schurrle - Chelsea

The next stand out signing of the summer belongs to Chelsea. Andre Schurrle arrived from Bayer Leverkusen on 25 June for a fee of around £18 million.

The young German is one of the hottest prospects in world football and his record speaks for itself. During his time at his first club Mainz 05, he managed to score 15 goals in 34 Bundesliga matches, surpassing the club record set by Mohamed Zidan. He also helped Mainz achieve a previously unthinkable fifth place finish and was soon snapped up by Bayer Leverkusen.

His two-year spell with Leverkusen was surrounded by constant speculation over a move to Chelsea and the owners had to quash the reports on numerous occasions. Despite this, Schurrle still managed to keep form and finished his stint with the Germans with 18 goals to his name.

He arrives at Chelsea with big expectations and he's sure to provide the Stamford Bridge crowd with some attractive football.

Iago Aspas - Liverpool

Since the arrival of Michu last summer and his impressive first term in the Premier League, English clubs have looked towards the Spanish league for more bargains.

Michu cost £2 million and attracted the Welsh side by scoring 15 goals for struggling Spanish outfit Rayo Vallecano. The Welsh club were rewarded with their gamble after Michu bagged an astounding 18 goals. Liverpool will be hoping that their £7 million gamble for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas will also prove just as prosperous.

Aspas, who scored 12 goals in La Liga last season and helped Celta Vigo escape relegation, could prove to be the dark horse of the season just as Michu did during the last campaign. There is certainly a lot of excitement surrounding the new frontman amongst the Liverpool fans.

Wilfried Bony - Swansea

Another key signing during this summers window is that of Ivory Coast front man Wilfried Bony. Swansea City managed to bring in the highly-rated striker from Vitesse Arnhem for a club record fee of £12 million.

Though not popularly known on an international scale, it seems he has caught the eye of many scouts across the Premier League after impressing in the 2012 African Cup of Nations and scoring key goals in the 2014 World Cup qualification stages.

The Ivorian's record in the Dutch Eredivisie isn't bad either with an impressive 46 goals in 65 games. Bony certainly has the potential to be a great success in the Premier League following his time in Holland.

Notable players to have arrived from the Eredivisie and succeed are Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy. What Bony will be hoping for most though is not to fall into the infamous category of flops like Afonso Alves, Georgios Samaras and Mateja Kezman.

The thought of Michu and Bony linking up to create a powerful frontline at Swansea City is exciting for many of the fans.

Gary Hooper - Norwich 

The SPL pundits have been raving about Gary Hooper ever since his arrival at Celtic in 2010 from Championship side Scunthorpe United. The frontman has managed to score an impressive 63 goals in 95 games for Celtic and has been awarded the golden boot for his goal mad campaign in 2011/12.

Hooper is certainly a player who has started from the bottom, fighting his way through the lower leagues of English football with Grays Athletic. Moving on to Southend United and Scunthorpe and in the process enduring loan spells at Leyton Orient and Hereford United.

It seems though, that Hooper has finally landed on his feet with a £5 million transfer to Premier League side Norwich City. Hooper brings with him experience of winning trophies and experience of playing in Europe's top competition, the Champions League.

As Norwich look to press on up the table, linking new-boys Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper could prove to be a genius bit of transfer business from boss Chris Hughton.

Jesus Navas - Manchester City

Another expensive but smart transfer from Manchester City this summer is in the form of speedy Spanish winger Jesus Navas, who arrived from Sevilla for an estimated £17 million.

Navas recently stated that he was waiting for the Manchester City offer as he knew it was a club where he could enjoy winning trophies again. With eight major honours already to his name, including the World Cup and European Championships with Spain, Navas certainly has the experience and skill to become a regular at City and perhaps one of the best in the Premier League next season.

His previous knowledge and experience of linking up with Alvaro Negredo will also prove to be a devastating option for attack able to punish any defence.

Nicolas Anelka - West Brom

The final transfer to make this list is that of Nicolas Anelka, or “Le Sulk” as he is nicknamed in the British press.

Despite being 34-years-old, there is no doubting the quality the Frenchman can bring to any side. One of footballs journeymen, Anelka has spent time at tops clubs such as PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbache, Chelsea and Juventus.

Totalling an impressive 204 goals during his career and nine major honours, Anelka is certainly a man you want in your team if you seek to qualify for Europe.

His experience in football will no doubt be one of Steve Clarke's reasons for bringing in the Frenchman on a free. With Romelu Lukaku gone however, the seasoned Anelka will have big boots to fill and he'll hope to remain fit and finish his career off in positive style.

WORST

Pepe Reina - Napoli

Perhaps most confusing was the allowance of fan favourite Pepe Reina to leave on a loan move to Napoli - a strange deal which Reina claims he had no knowledge of until the deal was finalised.

A clearly upset Reina took to his personal website to write a letter to the Liverpool fans expressing his regret at the club's decision and his confusion as to why he wasn't informed.

Liverpool have welcomed in Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, and it seems there is no place for the Spaniard who has spent eight years with the club.

Even more perplexing is the fact that no other Premier League club has chosen to take the opportunity to bid for the three-time Golden Glove winner. Arsenal could have been a perfect fit.

Danny Graham - Hull

Another loan deal that has confused a few is that of Danny Graham from Sunderland to Hull City.

The north east side lacked goals last season so it is hard to see why they would loan out Graham who arrived just six months ago during the January transfer window.

Given a full season, Graham could have perhaps provided Sunderland with at least 15 goals.

The transfer window is open for another month at least and with speculation surrounding Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney, Luka Modric and Robert Lewandowski, it seems we're in for plenty more big deals to get our mouths watering before the window finally shuts for another six months.  

 

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