Five Premier League bargains who could be signing of the season

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All the attention has been on Mesut Ozil, Erik Lamela and Marouane Fellaini, but could one of these five usurp the big names?

It has been a summer of transfer sagas, big-money spending and last-minute panicking, with all 20 clubs in the Premier League looking to reinforce their squads in hope of success.

Although there have been plenty of big-name captures and tens of millions of pounds splurged on superstar performers, a number of crafty acquisitions have also flown under the radar slightly.

Last summer saw the likes of Robin van Persie and Eden Hazard make high-profile transfers, but is was a little-known Spaniard called Michu, who signed for Swansea for a paltry £2 million, that caught many of the headlines.

Here are five players who have joined the Premier League this summer with the potential to be the signing of the summer.

Antonio Luna - Aston Villa

A virtual unknown after only making 20 appearances over three seasons for Sevilla, Luna, or Tony Moon as the Villa fans are calling him, looks like an accomplished summer signing.

The Spaniard has displayed excellent positional sense so far in his short time in the Premier League and is not scared to put his foot in. He is mobile and even got forward to score the decisive third goal against Arsenal in the opening day 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Could be an excellent piece of scouting from Villa and a transfer steal at £1.5m.

Maarten Stekelenburg - Fulham

Capturing a goalkeeper that has played over 50 times for the Netherlands for under £5m is a terrific piece of business by the Cottagers. Stekelenburg’s reputation has been slightly tarnished after a disjointed stint in Italy with Roma, but he is still an outstanding stopper.

Following in the footsteps of legendary countryman Edwin van der Sar, Stekelenburg had an exception debut for his new side against Sunderland before picking up an injury.

Jose Canas - Swansea

Signed on a free transfer from Real Betis, Mchael Laudrup may well have another Spanish star on his hands. The 26-year-old has already looked impressive despite Swansea’s slow start to the season, and has all the physical and technical attributes to be an overwhelming success in England.

Canas will continue the Liberty Stadium side’s commitment to passing football and protect the side’s back four in an enforcer role.

Marko Arnautovic - Stoke

The Austrian striker has the ability to be signing of the season, but his questionable attitude off the pitch could lead him to become the liability of the season. The 24-year-old has spoken about his desire to prove his doubters wrong, and will give stoke a technically able alternative to their current strikers this term.

Arnautovic has impressed for Twente and Werder Bremen, and if Mark Hughes can control the player’s temperament the Austria international could be a revelation for his £2m fee.

Morgan Amalfitano - West Brom

An all-action, versatile midfielder, Amalfitano is a seasoned professional from Ligue 1 with one France international cap to his name. Whether Steve Clarke opts to play the Marseille loanee through the middle in an attacking midfield role or wide remains to be seen.

Technically very sound, Amalfitano has been linked to bigger clubs such as Arsenal in the past and will provide chances for the West Brom strikers with his supreme range of passing.

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