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Marco van Ginkel and the five low-profile signings to watch next season

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So far in this transfer window the focus has been firmly on the big money moves. The Raheem Sterling saga in particular has gained a lot of media attention.

With the vast sums of money that are being spent on a daily basis, it's easy to miss some of the more low-profile arrivals.

Indeed some transfers have not got the media attention that they perhaps deserve. With the likes of Sterling, Bastian Schweinsteiger and - potentially - Christian Benteke transferring, a number of signings have slipped under the radar. 

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Here are five low-profile summer signings to keep an eye on next season.

ADAM MATTHEWS (SUNDERLAND)

Sunderland captured the Celtic right-back for a mere £2million, a good price considering the Welshman was a regular for the Scottish champions last season. The 23-year-old joins the Black Cats with 150 appearances to his name for Celtic.

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The right-back managed an impressive eight assists last season; more than any Sunderland defender notched in the Premier League. His pace and knack for providing assists suggest that he could be an effective creative influence next term.

With Patrick van Aanholt on the opposite side Sunderland look strong down the flanks. Billy Jones made just 14 appearances for Sunderland last season so there's every chance that the club's new signing will be in the team to start the season. Sunderland's favourable start means that he'll be one to watch.

GERARD DEULOFEU (EVERTON)

Despite arriving from Barcelona, the return of Gerard Deulofeu didn't gain that much attention. He arrives for what many would consider a bargain price of £4.25m. Everton fans will be excited by their new signing based on the successful loan spell he had with the club in the 2013/14 season.

The young Spaniard featured 25 times during his previous loan spell, scoring three goals. He excited the Goodison Park faithful with his pace and skill. They'll be glad to have him back after their struggles last season.

He's still only 21-years-old, meaning the best is yet to come from Deulofeu. He never managed to break into Barcelona's first team but regular football at Everton could see him develop into one of the league's star players.

CEDRIC SOARES (SOUTHAMPTON)

With Nathaniel Clyne moving to Anfield some may have missed that Ronald Koeman's side have moved quickly to replace the Englishman. The Saints paid a fee in the region of £4.7m to sign the right-back from Sporting Lisbon. The full-back featured 24 times in the league last season.

Though his small total of three assists last season doesn't inspire confidence, it's worth noting the Clyne didn't in fact manage a single assist last season. At 23-years-old Cedric is a year younger than the man he's replacing.

The Portuguese is still yet to reach his peak and a move to England is a good step for him. The departure of Clyne has undoubtedly weakened Southampton, but it will be interesting to see how well their new right-back fills the gap that's been left behind. 

MARCO VAN GINKEL (STOKE)

Breaking into Chelsea's midfield would be a tough task for any midfielder. Thus unsurprisingly 22-year-old Marco van Ginkel finds himself out on loan once again. After spending the last campaign with AC Milan he will link up with Mark Hughes' Stoke City this time around.

This will be a big season for the young Dutchman. He was limited to just 17 Serie A appearances last season and is still yet to prove that he's good enough to be a regular in Chelsea's first-team. A move to Stoke should enable him to gain valuable Premier League experience, something he's severely lacking at present.

With Steven N'Zonzi leaving the club it looks as if Van Ginkel will have a big role to play at Stoke next season. The box-to-box midfielder should add some quality to the middle of the Potters' midfield.

SHINJI OKAZAKI (LEICESTER)

Who? You may be asking. The signing of the Japanese international has gone relatively unnoticed. However, the striker looks to be a shrewd bit of business by Leicester. The forward has a decent goalscoring record in Germany.

He managed 12 goals and six assists last season for middle table Bundesliga club Mainz. Okazaki also managed an impressive 15 goals in the previous campaign. The Japan forward has also notched up an excellent 43 goals in 93 international games.

With Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa already at the club it's unclear whether Okazaki will go straight into the team. However, after paying around £7m for him, he will certainly get his chance and when he does he could surprise a few.

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