The top 5 transfers of the season so far - Ozil not #1

Romelu Lukaku

We are only four months into the Premier League season but Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle and Cardiff have all bought wisely.

It is, of course, early days as far as the 2013/14 season is concerned.

Arsenal are top of the Premier League but who says the title race is a done deal? Manchester United, meanwhile, are in ninth - but who says they won't finish in the top four?

Everything from the Champions League places to relegation is still up in the air.

But there are some things that have already been set in stone - some stars that have already shone so brightly that we know they are here to stay.

Many of those have been first-class transfer deals during the close-season - and, to celebrate, here is a list of the top five so far:

5. Gary Medel

One of the more underrated signings this term, Gary Medel has adapted quickly since moving to the Premier League from Sevilla, becoming the heart and soul of the city of Cardiff.

Having played in every one of Cardiff's 14 league games so far this season, the "Pitbull" has made a lasting impact in the Bluebirds' midfield and will go to any lengths necessary to marshall his midfield with strength and poise.

Apart from attacking Wayne Rooney in penalty boxes, Medel also excels in the tackle and is a disciplined passer of the ball. His impact is such, in fact, that Cardiff's survival hopes may well rest on the 26-year-old's ability to stay fit all season.

4. Alvaro Negredo

Despite the abundance of riches at their disposal, it is always risky recruiting a new, big-money striker when your side is already filled with world-class talent.

That is the dice that was rolled by Manuel Pellegrini this summer when the Manchester City manager spent over £20 million on Spain striker Alvaro Negredo.

But six league - and five Champions League - goals later, Pellegrini's judgement has been vindicated.

It is, of course, too early to say how Negredo will do long-term - but he has made a seemless transition from La Liga, settling much quicker than Tottenham's Roberto Soldado and blending brilliantly with his City team-mates.

3. Loic Remy

Joe Kinnear received all sorts of criticism when he re-joined Newcastle as director of football this year - and his famous "Yohan Kebab" interview did him no favours.

Newcastle's rise up the Premier League table may just have shown him in a different light, however, as one man who has played a big part in that is Kinnear's only signing so far: Loic Remy.

The Frenchman, who belongs to QPR, has scored eight league goals so far this season and has settled into the French camp at St James' Park without any problems at all.

All the more brilliant about this transfer is the fact that it is a loan deal, which makes it perhaps the shrewdest in the division.

2. Mesut Ozil

No list of top transfers - in any league - could be complete without Germany star Mesut Ozil. Arsenal wanted him, Arsene Wenger bid for him and Gunners fans went wild when he duly arrived at the Emirates Stadium.

The Real Madrid man did not come cheap, costing Arsenal a club-record fee, but his impact has been immeasurable - both on and off the pitch.

With six Premier League assists so far, Ozil is already topping the creativity charts, while he has also netted both at home and in Europe.

But with the 25-year-old not even at his best yet, more is sure to come from the Arsenal star this season - and he could just prove a gamechanger for the Gunners' trophy hopes.

1. Romelu Lukaku

There is only one man that can top this list, however, and - to your absolute dismay - it is not Ozil.

Drumroll... the top transfer of the season so far has been Romelu Lukaku's deadline-day loan move to Everton.

Indeed, by recruiting the Belgian striker on a temporary deal, Roberto Martinez took advantage of a window of opportunity in the market without forking out the huge fee that Wenger paid for Ozil.

And the deal has worked wonders. Lukaku has not looked back since, scoring the majority of his side's goals and providing a direct threat that Everton have come to depend upon.

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