The 2013/14 Premier League season is just a couple of days away and Liverpool kicking it off against Stoke City on Saturday lunchtime will come as welcome relief to many.
Although the transfer window does not close until September 6, the weekend will give us an opportunity to see some of the new faces that have been brought in so far this summer.
GMS Academy member Andrew Burt has picked out the five players he feels represent the best bits of business by Premier League clubs up to this point in the window
5) Iago Aspas- (Celta Vigo to Liverpool)- £7 million
Liverpool acted swiftly during the first few weeks of the transfer window, bringing in Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas; however it is the latter that has been tipped to succeed at Anfield. He can play as either a winger or striker and will be hoping to form a formidable partnership with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
4) Steven Caulker- (Tottenham to Cardiff)- £8 million
The 2012/13 campaign was a breakthrough season for Steven Caulker; he made 28 appearances in all competitions during Tottenham's unsuccessful bid for Champions League football. The 21 year old also made his international debut and marked his first cap for England with a goal; Caulker will be hoping to establish himself as a first choice centre back for both club and country over the next couple of years.
3) Roberto Soldado- (Valencia to Tottenham)- £26 million
Although much of the summer speculation regarding Spurs has revolved around Gareth Bale, Tottenham have managed to sign Roberto Soldado, possibly Spain's most lethal striker at the moment, Spurs were forced to smash their transfer record to bring the former Valencia man to White Hart Lane and have finally added a world class forward to their ranks.
2) Jesus Navas- (Sevilla to Man City)- £15 million
Manchester City were 11 points off the champions, Man United and one of the main reasons for this was the lack of width in the Manchester City team; Samir Nasri and David Silva were often forced out on to the flanks with little success; Jesus Navas offers natural width and tremendous amounts of pace, adding another dimension to the 'Sky Blues' squad and potentially turning them from title contenders to title winners.
1) Victor Wanyama- (Celtic to Southampton)- £12 million
After an extremely successful campaign with Celtic, Victor Wanyama was on the radar of many top clubs across England, at one point it appeared that Cardiff were close to completing the signing of the powerful midfielder. However, the deal fell through and now Southampton have captured one of the best defensive midfielders in Britain.
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