Which five signings have been best value for money so far this season?

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Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Cardiff City and Southampton all feature.

We are almost a third of the way into the Premier League season and after a busy transfer window once again in the summer, let's see who has offered the best value for money in the opening 11 games.

Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City) - £16.4 million from Sevilla - It's stiill a relatively high amount of money for a striker but the Spaniard is already paying back his price tag in goals. He has four in the league to go with another four in the Champions League and is beginning to form a lethal partnership with Sergio Aguero that could fire Manuel Pellegrini's side to the title.

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) - Free transfer from AC Milan - Gunners boss Arsene Wenger let the midfielder return to the club to train and gain fitness but ended up resigning the Frenchman. He's not regretting it. Flamini has been influential in their fantastic start to the season, offering steel in the middle alongside the silky football that is demanded at the Emirates.

Kolo Toure (Liverpool) - Free transfer from Manchester City - Another former Arsenal man who was released by City at the end of last season and manager Brendan Rodgers deserves full credit for bringing in the Ivorian who's been well worth the wages. He's become a key part of the Liverpool defence that has coped fantastically well since the retirement of Jamie Carragher and the team currently sit in second place, only two points off top spot.

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Dejan Lovren (Southampton) £8 million from Lyon - The surprise package so far this season is Mauricio Pochettino's Saints who currently sit third in the table and only three points away from top of the table Arsenal. Lovren has not only been a part of the third tighest defence in Europe (only 5 goals conceded with only Roma and Lille conceding less) but scored the winner at Anfield against Liverpool. Fully justifying his price tag and will be hoping for more clean sheets in their next two games at Arsenal and Chelsea.

Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) £8 million from Tottenham - Some Spurs fans were left flabbergasted to see their young England international defender be moved on and their loss is certainly Cardiff and boss Malky Mackay's gain. As well as leading from example at the heart of the defence, he's scored twice in wins at Fulham and against fierce rivals Swansea. They have a fantastic chance of staying up if he stays fit.

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