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Top five: Winners of the transfer window

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The last transfer window was one of the most eventful in recent memory, with records being smashed left, right and centre and numerous high-profile signings and departures.

The world transfer record was reportedly broken by Gareth Bale's long anticipated move to Madrid from White Hart Lane. Teams in the Premier League spent a staggering £630m combined with big names such as Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen, Samuel Eto'o and Stevan Jovetic all moving to English clubs.

Here we take a look at which teams did well and which teams missed out, in the five big winners of the summer transfer window.

Winners

5. Southampton

Having started the season superbly with 14 points from the opening seven games, the Saints are flying high in fourth place in the Premier League. While Champions League football is still an unrealistic aim, Mauricio Pochettino's men look a much improved outfit.

£8.5m signing Dejan Lovren's performances at the back have been instrumental in the early form, and the capture of Kenyan international Victor Wanyama from Celtic looks to be an astute move, while record signing Dani Osvaldo could prove another great addition.

4. Everton

A good transfer window can be just as much about keeping players as signing them.

Everton's ability to hold on to Leighton Baines, arguably the best left-back in England despite strong interest from Manchester United was hugely important. While Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini made the move from Goodison Park to Old Trafford, the Merseyside club were able to get £27.5m for him and signed a suitable replacement in James McCarthy from Wigan for £14m.

The best bit of business may prove to be the loan signing of Chelsea front-man Romelu Lukaku, who is looking like one of the most dangerous forwards in the league. As such the Toffees can be very content with the summer transfer activities.

3. Barcelona / Arsenal

Both these teams had impressive windows and as such are hard to separate. The £49m signing of Brazilian wonderkid Neymar put the Catalan faithful into dreamland, as did the £42.4m purchase of Mesut Ozil for the Gunners' supporters.

Arsenal also signed Mathieu Flamini on a free, which looks to be one of the bargains of the summer. But it is arguable that while both sides added a superstar, they both missed out on strengthening in other areas.

The Barcelona defence is looking more frail as of late, while the Gunners lack depth upfront.

2. Tottenham

While Spurs lost their best player this summer, Andre Villas-Boas should be pretty pleased with the summer dealings.

Bale left for a reported £85m, and as good as the Welshman was for the Lilywhites, this deal seems considerably better for them than Real Madrid.

Spurs were able to sign several big names, and the acquisitions of Paulinho for £17m and most of all Christian Eriksen for £11m represents very good business indeed.

1. Bayern Munich

The Bavarian giants established their claim to being the best team in the world last season with their stunning treble achievement. Domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund, who finished as runners up in the Bundesliga were furthered frustrated when Bayern announced that the superbly talented Mario Gotze was making the move to the Allianz Arena from Dortmund before the teams were set to meet in the Champions League final.

The £32.5m acquisition has furthered strengthened one of the strongest squads in the world while weakening their biggest rival. An excellent transfer window was completed with the £22m purchase of former Barcelona starlet Thiago Alacantra.

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