Have the likes of Sunderland caught the Premier League’s top six napping this summer?

Jozy Altidore

Swansea City and Sunderland, along with Norwich City, Southampton and Fulham, have done some excellent transfer business already, have they got the jump on the Premier League’s top teams?

The rise in TV revenue, along with the appointment of plenty of new managers, is set to make this summer’s transfer window one of the busiest yet in the Premier League.

However before most of the biggest teams have managed to draw breath, several sides have made plenty of excellent signings, with Swansea City and Sunderland standing out as two teams now perhaps ready to challenge for European places next season.

Yesterday Swansea announced the capture of Wilfried Bony, the prolific Ivorian who scored 31 times last season for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

Bony joins Jose Canas, Jordi Amat, Jonjo Shelvey and Alejandro Pozuelo in arriving at the Liberty Stadium, with Jonathan De Guzman returning for another season on loan.

That might not be the end of it either, with QPR’s Esteban Granero and Wigan’s Ronnie Stam also being eyed up.

Meanwhile Sunderland have done even more business, with the signings of Jozy Altidore and El-Hadji Ba the best of their completed business, with Emanuele Giaccherini, Benjamin Mendy and Tom Huddlestone all rumoured to be on the way as well. 

Altidore also scored 31 times last season, and with so many top teams on the lookout for a new forward, it is surprising none of them gambled on either Bony or Altidore before Swansea and Sunderland did.

Fulham have also done some marvelous business, bringing in Maarten Stekelenburg and Fernando Amorebieta to bolster their defence, while Southampton could eclipse everyone if their ambitious plans come off, having already brought in Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama.

Norwich City too have impressed, with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Martin Olsson likely to be joined by Leroy Fer.

Several of these players have been linked with the top six in the past, and the questions has to be, have the likes of Swansea and Sunderland got the jump on them and completed deals while they were still mulling over their targets?

It all looks like good news for a competitive division next season, and the increase in TV revenue looks like it could be the catalyst for many more Premier League sides having the ability to sign excellent players from the continent.

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