£835 million was spent by Premier League clubs in the 2014 summer transfer window, as the 20 teams all battle to achieve their targets. For the teams at the top end of the table big money was spent on world class players such as Cesc Fabregas and Angel Di Maria.
Whilst others such as Southampton had a huge rebuilding process to undertake. The Saints spent £64 million but still ended up with a £40 million profit following the sales of top stars such as Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Louis Van Gaal oversaw an influx of big money signings at Manchester United as Ed Woodward loosened the purse strings.
Some signings have yet to make an impact in the Premier League whilst others have hit the ground running. Here are five of the best signings made by Premier League clubs this season.
Graziano Pelle - Southampton
Brought in by Ronald Koeman to replace the goals of Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez this signing could have gone either way. The Italian striker had a prolific spell in the Netherlands with Feyenoord but strikers arriving from the Eredivisie and had mixed success in the past. Ranging from Ruud Van Nistelrooy to Afonso Alves you can never be sure of their impact but Pelle scored four goals in his first four matches for The Saints. Now established in the Italy squad, an £8 million signing has turned out to be a shrewd piece of business.
Diego Costa - Chelsea
Chelsea were crying out for a goal scoring striker to finish off all the moves created. Fernando Torres and Demba Ba didn't fit the bill last season and so Diego Costa was brought in from Atletico Madrid. After a disappointing World Cup and having only become prolific in the last two seasons, there was no guarantee with the 26-year-old, in fact even his age had been questioned. Costa hasn't disappointed in front of goal with 13 goals in 15 Premier League games. The only worrying thing is his fitness which clearly needs to be managed carefully.
Ayoze Perez - Newcastle United
Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack were the outstanding strikers in the Championship last season. The latter moved to Fulham for an incredible £12 million and Rhodes would probably command a similar fee. Ayoze Perez scored 16 goals for Tenerife in the second tier of the Spanish league last season, and Newcastle beat off interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid to sign him for just £1.5 million. Perez has now become the first choice striker for Newcastle and has five goals to his name already. Quickly becoming a fans favourite on Tyneside.
Alex Song - West Ham United
There could have been a number of West Ham players on this list after Sam Allardyce had a superb summer in the transfer market. Diafra Sakho, Aaron Cresswell and Enner Valencia have all impressed, but Alex Song has been crucial to their impressive campaign. Song is the engine of that team, controlling play in the centre of the park. It isn't a surprise to any fans of the Premier League, as we all saw this from his time at Arsenal. The Hammers brought him in on a loan deal, and it has turned out to be a marvellous piece of business.
Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal
Arsene Wenger spent some money this summer as he lured Chilean Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for around £32 million. Capable of playing anywhere across the front line has allowed Wenger to have some flexibility with his team, Sanchez has been impressive from day one and has scored 15 goals in 26 games so far with some of those goals crucial as well. A winner against Besiktas to secure a Champions League place as well as a volley against Manchester City to secure a 2-2 draw.
Special mentions for the following:
Cesc Fabregas - Been in superb form for Chelsea, but no one would have ever doubted that transfer being a success.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - His return to Swansea has seen him become a key player scoring four goals and assisting eight for The Swans.
Dusan Tadic - Consistently looks a threat for Southampton since joining from FC Twente.
Jack Colback - Not a bad free transfer to bring in for Newcastle United. His performances have already warranted a call-up to the England squad.
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