The past few months have provided one of the busiest and highest spending transfer windows for a long time.
Over £350 million has been spent this summer with some of Europe’s top players on the move.
I take a look at the signings that have gone relatively unnoticed but could be important for their respective clubs.
Jores Okore - Aston Villa
Paul Lambert purchased the 20-year-old defender for around £4million from Danish club FC Nordsjaelland. The Ivorian born Dane was linked with Manchester United earlier this year and even turned down a move from Chelsea in January. Okore has represented his country seven times and will provide some much needed stability in the Villa back four, who were fairly shaky last season, and try and steer them away from the lower end of the table.
Leroy Fer - Norwich
Norwich have been very impressive this summer and for me, Fer has been their best buy. The midfielder has represented Holland over 50 times at youth level but has only featured twice for the senior team, which in my opinion is an injustice to his ability. Fer can help out effectively in both defence and attack and standing at 6ft 2in, the Dutchman will be a real presence in the Norwich midfield this season.
Jozy Altidore - Sunderland
Sunderland are another team who have impressed me this summer and Altidore looks like a great signing for them. Sunderland netted just 41 league goals last season and Altidore almost matched that, scoring 38 in all comps. However, Sunderland fans should bear in mind that during his loan spell at Hull City in 2009-10, Altidore only managed one goal in 28 appearances so the American will be returning to England with a point to prove, which will benefit Sunderland. The Black Cats will be hoping Altidore can provide a real goalscoring threat and try and help them make an improvement on last season where they narrowly avoided relegation.
Steven Caulker - Cardiff
Caulker really impressed me during his loan spell with Swansea City in 2010 and Cardiff have managed to secure the centre back on a permanent deal for a club record fee of £8million. He has represented England at senior level but has made several youth caps and is definitely a player Roy Hodgson should look to give more caps to. The 21-year-old is one of the biggest physical presences in the league and will add bags of power to Cardiff's defence as they bid to survive in their debut season in the premier league.
Diego Lugano - West Brom
The Baggies recently tied up a deal for Lugano on a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain, after making just 12 appearances for the loaded French club. The 32-year-old may be advancing in years but he will undeniably provide West Brom with huge amounts of experience and leadership. He has represented Uruguay 85 times and has been captain since 2010. Lugano will be looking to use his experience to help west Brom to a similar league finish to last season’s 8th.
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