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Top ten signings of the summer

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The transfer window slammed shut last Tuesday and Premier League managers are stuck with the players they've got until we reach the January window. Now that all the deals have been done, which Premier League clubs did the best business?

Here are the top ten signings made by Premier League clubs this summer:

10) MICAH RICHARDS (ASTON VILLA)

Richards has had a tough time at Manchester City, he's been frozen out since their first title winning season and now he’s finally moved on. Having been deployed at right-back for City he’s now back in his natural centre-back position at Villa and such was Tim Sherwood's confidence in him that he named him club captain following the departure of Fabian Delph.

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The experienced Englishman arrived on a free transfer, making it a real coup. He will help sure up Villa’s defence and hopefully he can get back to the player he was. It will be interesting to see how his partnership with former City team mate Joleon Lescott develops in the coming weeks.

9) JAMES MILNER (LIVERPOOL)

Another free transfer out of Manchester City and one they could live to regret; Milner is an excellent acquisition for Liverpool. He'll go a long way to filling the void left behind by Steven Gerrard because while he’s by no means world-class he offers a tremendous work rate.

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He can be relied upon to run himself into the ground for Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool may have made an indifferent start to the campaign but in Jordan Henderson and Milner they look to have a good midfield partnership.

8) NATHANIEL CLYNE (LIVERPOOL)

The capture of Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne was a crucial signing for Liverpool as they've had problems at right-back for a long time. It's taken years but they've finally found the solution to their problems in the position, Clyne showed his quality last season and was arguably the best right-back in the Premier League.

He’s a huge improvement on Glen Johnson and at 24-years-old he can surely only get better at Anfield. This is a big step up in his career and there'll be a lot of pressure on the defender but, even at a young age, he has the required experience to deal with it. The talented full-back will surely shine on Merseyside this season.

7) MATTEO DARMIAN (MANCHESTER UNITED)

The former Torino defender serves as further proof that little-known players can succeed in the Premier League. United fans didn't quite know what they were getting, but the Italian has been their best summer signing so far this season.

He offers quality in both defense and attack, which is rare for full-backs these days, so many are weak in defense. The young defender has adapted seamlessly to the Premier League and at 25-years-old the best years of his career are still ahead of him.

6) XHERDAN SHAQIRI (STOKE)

Many will see this as a step down for Shaqiri but Stoke fans won't care if he can deliver the goods, manager Mark Hughes should take huge credit for this signing because it sums up the progress the team has made under him. The Swiss is still only 23-years-old and arrived for just £12 million which is cheap compared to many of the deals done this summer.

Though he was never a regular in Bayern Munich's team he still has a respectable record of 17 goals and 19 assists in 81 games. The youngster is guaranteed to get more game time at Stoke and the early signs are that he'll light up the Britannia this season; he's looked dangerous so far and many can't wait to see more of him

5) PETR CECH (ARSENAL)

The 33-year-old had a catastrophic debut for Arsenal but has shown professionalism and recovered quickly. The Gunners paid £10 million for him, which is excellent value considering the Premier League experience he can offer the North London club.

He still has a lot left to give in the Premier League, something he proved with his performance against Liverpool. Arsenal fans will no doubt be frustrated with the clubs lack of transfer activity, but should take comfort in the fact that they've signed a 'keeper who will save them numerous points this season.

4) PEDRO (CHELSEA)

The Barcelona winger looked set to join Manchester United this summer but the Red Devils’ indecisiveness enabled Chelsea to swoop in. Van Gaal seemed to decide that Pedro wouldn't fit into his plans but the Spaniard has already started to prove United wrong with two assists and a goal so far.

£21.4 million for a player who boasts such a fantastic record, is an absolute steal. With question marks over Diego Costa’s fitness, The Blues can rely on Pedro to chip in with his fair share of goals, given that he’s averaged 15 goals per season over his last five campaigns.

3) DIMITRI PAYET (WEST HAM)

It's surprising that none of the Premier League big boys were in for the Marseille midfielder, who had tore up the French Ligue 1. Dimitri Payet is an extraordinary signing given his history, his record from last season alone is enough to prove The Hammers have signed a top player, seven goals and 21 assists are numbers any midfielder would be proud of.

Many will point to the fact that he was playing in an inferior league last season, yet it cannot be denied that he's certainly looked the part so far this season. Payet has been superb despite the team’s inconsistent performances and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him challenging at the top of the assists rankings come May.

2) YOHAN CABAYE (CRYSTAL PALACE)

Crystal Palace have assembled an unbelievable squad and their latest acquisition, marquee signing Yohan Cabaye, is their best yet. The Frenchman is reunited with Alan Pardew, who he played under at Newcastle. The France international joined for just £13 million, which is a great price for a player of proven Premier League quality.

The bigger clubs have missed out on a top-class player, because Cabaye looks to set to shine this season. The 29-year-old may have struggled in France but he's now back working with a manager he knows and trust, thus it wouldn't be a surprise to see him reach the performance levels he produced in his first spell in England.

Pardew now has one of the best midfields in the country, not bad considering they were relegation threatened when he took over.

1) ANDRE AYEW (SWANSEA)

Garry Monk and Swansea continue to conduct shrewd business and while there weren't many arrivals this summer, they've got the signing of the window in their ranks. Andre Ayew cost The Swans nothing, yes £0 million and just four games in many are asking, how did they do it? The Ghana international had a good record to his name in France, scoring 47 goals in 182 Ligue 1 games, as well as producing 19 assists.

The midfielder hasn’t taken long to make an impression at Swansea, scoring in three of his four games so far, two of those matches were against Chelsea and Manchester United respectively. The 25-year-old is quickly forming a formidable partnership with Bafetimbi Gomis and Swansea fans should be very excited.

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