Any big signing who has proved themselves abroad remains a risk when joining the Premier League, but Chile’s Alexis Sanchez is as good as it gets. Fast, powerful, a consistent scorer and maker of goals, he should do just fine.
As a like-for-like replacement, Debuchy for Sagna at right-back is not bad.
And as of yet, no big-match winner has been sold off – a rarity. But Arsenal’s problem is always injuries and a lack of strength in depth, and they still don’t match Manchester City or Chelsea for that.
Players in A Sanchez (Barcelona, £35m), M Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), D Ospina (Nice, £3m), C Chambers (Southampton, £16m). Total spent £66m
Players out L Fabianski (Swansea City, free), B Sagna (Manchester City, free) T Eisfield (Fulham, £400,000), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan). Total received £400,000
The biggest Premier League transfers 2014-15
The biggest Premier League transfers 2014-15
1/51 Alexis Sanchez - Barcelona to Arsenal (£35m)
Arsenal will look to their second most expensive signing in their history to fire them to a first Premier league title in 11 years
2/51 Mathieu Debuchy - Newcastle to Arsenal (£12m)
Arsenal unveiled new signing Mathieu Debuchy after completing a drawn out move for the French right-back to replace Bacary Sagna
3/51 Calum Chambers - Southampton to Arsenal (£16m)
Chambers has only made 18 Premier League starts in his relatively young career, but that's all it took to persuade Arsene Wenger to sign the 19-year-old as he became the fifth player to leave Saints for a reported £16m
4/51 Joe Cole - West Ham to Aston Villa (Free)
Joe Cole's time at West Ham came to an end after he agreed a free transfer to Premier League rivals Aston Villa
5/51 Philippe Senderos - Valencia to Aston Villa (Free)
The Swiss defender featured at the World Cup, having already confirmed his return to the Premier League with Villa
6/51 Diego Costa - Atletico Madrid to Chelsea (£32m)
After a fairly long pursuit, Chelsea completed the signing of La Liga winner Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid after triggering his £32m release clause
7/51 Cesc Fabregas - Barcelona to Chelsea (£30m)
Cesc Fabregas returned to England but not with his former club Arsenal, as the Spaniard joined the Blues in a £30m deal
8/51 Didier Drogba - Galatasaray to Chelsea (Free)
The Chelsea legend returned to his former home as he signed a new one-year deal, having been released by Turkish side Galatasaray at the end of the season.
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9/51 Muhamed Besic - Ferencváros to Everton (£4m)
The defensive midfielder was quietly impressive for Bosnia in the World Cup, and returned to complete a £4m move to Merseyside
10/51 Romelu Lukaku - Chelsea to Everton (£28m)
Romelu Lukaku made his loan move to the Toffees permanent as he completed a club-record transfer for £28m
11/51 Gareth Barry - Manchester City to Everton (Free)
Barry was another who turned a loan-move into a permanent one as he joined the Toffees following his release from Premier League champions City
12/51 Brendan Galloway - MK Dons to Everton (£4m)
The Toffees signed the teenage defender to a long-term five-year contract, with the hope that he will develop alongside John Stones to be the first-choice Everton centre-back partnership in the years to come
13/51 Jake Livermore - Tottenham to Hull (£8m)
You guessed it - another loan move-turned-permanent as Livermore left Spurs in an £8m to join the FA Cup finalists
14/51 Robert Snodgrass - Norwich to Hull (£7m)
Relegated Norwich allowed Robert Snodgrass to join Hull for an immediate return to the Premier League
15/51 Tom Ince - Blackpool to Hull (Free)
Tom Ince was one of the most sought-after free agents on the market this summer, but despite reports of him joining Inter Milan, he agreed to move to Hull with Blackpool receiving a compensation fee
16/51 Matthew Upson - Brighton and Hove Albion to Leicester (Free)
Matthew Upson rejected the chance to stay with the Seagulls to have one more crack at the top flight
17/51 Marc Albrighton - Aston Villa to Leicester (Free)
Much was hoped from Albrighton at Villa, but his failure to push on has seen him join newly-promoted Leicester on a free transfer
18/51 Leonardo Ulloa - Brighton to Leicester (undisclosed)
Ulloa scored 25 goals in 52 appearances for Brighton since joining them from Spanish side Almeria in January 2013, enough to convince the Premier League newcomers to sign him up
19/51 Rickie Lambert - Southampton to Liverpool (£4m)
Lambert agreed a move to his boyhood club Liverpool before heading to the World Cup with England
20/51 Adam Lallana - Southampton to Liverpool (£25m)
The Reds quickly followed up the move for Lambert with a hefty transfer for Saints skipper Lallana
21/51 Lazar Markovic - Benfica to Liverpool (£20m)
Following the sale of Luis Suarez, Liverpool invested nearly a third of the £75m in 20-year-old Lazar Markovic
22/51 Emre Can - Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool (£9.5m)
The Reds added Bayer Leverksuen ace Emre Can at the beginning of the summer
23/51 Dejan Lovren - Southampton to Liverpool (£20m)
Lovren followed Lallana and Lambert in moving to Anfield after he finally got the move that he was pushing for. Having featured at the World Cup for Croatia, much is expected of the centre-back in order to solidify the Reds' defence
24/51 Fernando - Porto to Manchester City (£12m)
Manchester City's largest piece of transfer business so far this summer is the £12m addition of Fernando, who was a January target for Manuel Pellegrini
25/51 Bacary Sagna - Arsenal to Manchester City (Free)
Bacary Sagna may have ended his Arsenal career on a high note, but he won't get a warm welcome when he returns to the Emirates after he joined City for nothing
26/51 Willy Caballero - Malaga to Manchester City (£6m)
Pellegrini tapped into his former club Malaga to lure goalkeeper Willy Caballero to the Etihad
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27/51 Eliaquim Mangala - Porto to Manchester City (£32m)
Atheltic, composed French defender should slot into City's starting XI after completing a reported £32m move from Porto
28/51 Ander Herrera - Athletic Madrid to Manchester United - (£28.5m)
The first player to join United's squad revamp, Herrera was a failed target last year, but paid his own release clause in order to secure a move to Old Trafford
29/51 Luke Shaw - Southampton to Manchester United (£30m)
Despite just one full season in the Premier League and a handful of England caps, Louis van Gaal sanctioned the record-breaking move for Shaw after the World Cup
30/51 Siem de Jong - Ajax to Newcastle (£6m)
Newcastle ended their transfer exile by brining in former Ajax captain De Jong
31/51 Emmanuel Riviere - Monaco to Newcastle (£6m)
Newcastle completed the £6m signing of Monaco forward Riviere to continue their influx of French players at St James' Park
32/51 Daryl Janmaat - Feyenoord to Newcastle (£5m)
Daryl Janmaat agreed to join the Magpies in order to replace the departed Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy
33/51 Remy Cabella - Montpellier to Newcastle (£12m)
Remy Cabella left Montpellier to complete a £12m switch to the north-east
34/51 Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United to QPR (Free)
Rio Ferdinand turned down 'lucrative offers' to remain in the Premier League with promoted QPR
35/51 Stephen Caulker - Cardiff City to QPR (undisclosed)
The 22-year-old centre-back was brought in after spending just a year with relegated Cardiff City. He will line-up alongside other new recruit Rio Ferdinand
36/51 Dusan Tadic - FC Twente to Southampton (10.9m)
Dusan Tadic became Southampton's first signing under new manager Ronald Koeman
37/51 Shane Long - Hull to Southampton (£12m)
Long completed a move to his third club of 2014 after agreeing a £12m move to the south coast as Southampton look to rebuild their squad after their summer depletion.
38/51 Mame Biram Diouf - Hannover to Stoke (Free)
Mame Biram Diouf returned to the Premier League after a spell in Germany, as Stoke secured the former Manchester United striker
39/51 Phil Bardsley - Sunderland to Stoke (Free)
The controversial character move south to join Stoke on a free transfer
40/51 Steve Sidwell - Fulham to Stoke (Free)
Steve Sidwell was released by Fulham following their relegation last season, and the well-travelled midfielder elected to join Stoke in an instant return to the Premier League
41/51 Jordi Gomez - Wigan to Sunderland (Free)
The FA Cup winner left the Championship club in order to head north to join Sunderland
42/51 Costel Pantilimon - Manchester City to Sunderland (Free)
After three years with Manchester City, Pantilimon headed to Sunderland to try and resurrect his first-team career
43/51 Lukasz Fabianski - Arsenal to Swansea (Free)
Having lifted the FA Cup trophy in his final appearance for the Gunners, Fabianski headed to Wales to join Swansea and rival Michel Vorm for the starting berth
44/51 Bafetimbi Gomis - Lyon to Swansea (Free)
Bafetimbi Gomis has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and he finally got his wish when he left Lyon to join the Swans
45/51 Jefferson Montero - Morella to Swansea (Undisclosed)
Ecuador international Jefferson Montero has completed a move to the Liberty Stadium after his participation at the World Cup, joining from Mexican side Morella
46/51 Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham to Swansea (Swap)
Gylfi Sigurdsson returned to Swansea after two years with Tottenham, completing a swap deal with left-back Ben Davies
47/51 Ben Davies - Swansea to Tottenham (Swap)
Ben Davies joined Tottenham from Swansea in a swap deal involving Gylfi Sigurdsson, and the left-back looks set to be first-choice at White Hart Lane under Mauricio Pochettino
48/51 Eric Dier - Sporting Lisbon to Tottenham (£4m)
Eric Dier returned to the UK after 14 years in Portugal, with the defender spening his youth career with Sporting Lisbon
49/51 Joleon Lescott - Manchester City to West Brom (Free)
After finding himself out of Manuel Pellegrini's plans, Lescott moved on from the Premier League champions in order to join West Brom
50/51 Craig Gardner - Sunderland to West Brom (Free)
Craig Gardner left Sunderland after last season's near-miss with relegation in order to join the Baggies
51/51 Mauro Zarate - Velez Sarsfield to West Ham (Undisclosed)
The once high-rated Argentinian joined the Hammers after a brief spell back in his homeland
The accountants might have all but had the summer off, but that paints a false picture of a squad significantly improved. Philippe Senderos might not have enjoyed a great World Cup but next to Ron Vlaar in defence he should not be underestimated. Kieran Richardson is dangerous, and if anything remains of the once great Joe Cole perhaps he will find it at Villa.
Players in T Leggett, I Nehemie (both Southampton, free), J Cole (West Ham, free), P Senderos (Valencia, free) K Richardson (Fulham, free). Total spent £0
Players out M Albrighton (Leicester City, free), J Bowery (Rotherham United, £250,000), Y Sylla (Kayseri Erciyesspor, loan) Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg BK, loan). Total received £250,000
Players released N Delfouneso (Blackpool).
Manager Sean Dyche says there are other “works in progress”, which will add to the six players brought in. Though they have not cost him much, Gilks, Taylor, Reid and the rest would look equally at home at the top of the Championship as the bottom of the Premier League, and they will have a serious fight on to stop one turning into the other.
Players in M Kightly (Stoke, £1.5m), M Gilks (Blackpool, free), M Taylor (West Ham, free), S Reid (West Bromwich, free), L Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, £1.5m). Total spent £3m
Players out C Baird (West Bromwich, free), J Mills (Oldham, free), D Edgar (Birmingham, free), J Stanislas (Bournemouth, free). Total received £0
Losing defenders of the calibre of Ashley Cole and David Luiz (who should not be defined by one World Cup semi-final) will not help a team who dropped too many points to poor opposition last season, but the arrival of Atletico Madid’s La Liga-winning Felipe Luis will.
Chelsea without Lampard is almost unimaginable, even with Drogba back, but enter Fabregas. Goals, work ethic and tons of Premier League experience.
Last year Jose Mourinho moaned about a lack of strikers, but he has nonetheless let Lukaku go to Everton. Will Diego Costa bang in the goals? In short, he’ll have to.
Players in C Fabregas (Barcelona, £30m), D Costa (Atletico Madrid, £32m), M Pasalic (Hajduk Split, £3m) F Luis (Atletico Madrid, £20m) D Drogba (unattached, free). Total spent £85m
Players out D Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain, £50m), D Ba (Besiktas, £4.7m), P van Aanholt (Sunderland, £1.5m), R Lukaku (Everton, £28m). Total received £84.2m
Players released A Cole (Roma), S Eto’o, F Lampard (New York City).
Fraizer Campbell for £900,000 is something of a bargain, and Palace will be relieved that Puncheon, Chamakh and various others are not on a lengthy exit list. But Campbell alone will not slake their considerable thirst for goals.
Tony Pulis did most of this year’s buying in the January window, but he will be disappointed that Tom Ince, whom he had on loan from Blackpool last season and has since heaped praise upon, has joined Hull City for free instead.
Players in C Kettings (Blackpool, free), F Campbell (Cardiff, £900,000), B Hangeland (free). Total spent £900,000
Players out K Dikgacoi (Cardiff City, free), J Campana (Sampdoria, £1.4m) J Hunt (Nottingham Forest, loan), K Appiah (Cambridge United, loan), A Wynter (Portsmouth, loan). Total received £1.4m
They have smashed their transfer record but they look much the same. Lukaku and Barry were superb loan acquisitions last summer; now they are permanent. The gifted Delofeu will be missed following his return to Barcelona after a year-long loan.
Bosnian Besic is a talented 21-year-old defensive midfielder but may not be a regular starter. If Everton do as well this season as last, they may have to thank Roy Hodgson. If England’s form player Ross Barkley had started every match in Brazil, he might have been prised away.
Players in G Barry (Manchester City, free), M Besic (Ferencvaros, £4m), R Lukaku (Chelsea, £28m), B Galloway (MK Dons, £4m) Total spent £36m
Players out M Gueye (Millwall, free), F Junior (Stromsgodset, loan). Total received £0
If Robert Snodgrass plays as well this season as he did last for Norwich, £7m is money well spent. Maguire from Sheffield United and Robertson from Dundee United have had considerable faith placed in them by manager Steve Bruce. It is a huge leap up. It will be a struggle, again, for Hull but with no notable departures, the squad is significantly stronger than it was last season, and stronger, probably than the newly promoted teams too.
Players in J Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur, £8m), R Snodgrass (Norwich City, £7m), T Ince (Blackpool, compensation), H Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5m), A Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85m ). Total spent £20.35m
Players out M Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, free), C Stewart (Ipswich, free), P McElroy (Sheffield Wednesday, free), M Oxley (Hibernian, loan), J Dudgeon (Barnsley, loan). Total received £0
At £8m, Argentine Leonardo Ulloa is a record signing. In the second tier, he has scored at will, in both Spain and England, but his top-flight credentials are less impressive (one season and five goals at bottom-of-the-table Almeria in La Liga is far from the only relegation of his career).
Rowley and Jack Barmby (son of Nick) have not impressed Louis van Gaal enough to be kept by Manchester United, and Matthew Upson, who at 35 is almost their age combined, waved goodbye to his best days some time ago. They will need more quality to survive. They may not get it.
Players in J Barmby (Manchester United, free), M Upson (Brighton & Hove Albion, free), M Albrighton (Aston Villa, free), L Rowley (Manchester United, free) L Ulloa (Brighton, £8m). Total spent £8m
Players out L Dyer (Watford, free), Z Whitbread (Derby, free), N Danns (Bolton Wanderers, free), P Gallagher (Preston, loan), M Waghorn (Wigan Athletic, free). Total received £0
Luis Suarez is irreplaceable, but the money and more besides has been spent, and it doesn’t look like they have even tried.
Lovren will bolster things at the back, but is he a champion?
Lallana, Markovic, Lambert and Origi all have quality to varying degrees but may not score or make Suarez’s 35 goals between them. The bigger squad will help now they have the Champions League to worry about.
They lived without the suspended Uruguayan for five matches last year and made their best start to a Premier League season. But this campaign will be tougher than the last, and they will be weaker.
Players in R Lambert (Southampton, £4m), A Lallana (Southampton, £25m), E Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £10m), L Markovic (Benfica, £20m), D Lovren (Southampton, £20m), D Origi (Lille, £10m). Total spent £89m
Players out L Suarez (Barcelona, £75m), L Alberto (Malaga, loan), I Aspas (Sevilla, loan), A Wisdom (West Brom, loan), J Sokolik (Yeovil, free). Total received £75m
The quietest summer many a Manchester City fan can recall, but for a club that could comfortably make the Champions League with their entire first XI injured, what is there to be done?
Lescott would be missed by any club but this. Sagna, signed from Arsenal, is probably the Premier League’s best right-back, apart from Zabaleta, who is already a City player.
If Porto’s uncapped Brazilian Fernando is meant to be cover for Yaya Touré – City’s only truly irreplaceable player – he is not even close to good enough. A long year sat on the bench (next to Jack Rodwell) awaits.
Players in B Sagna (Arsenal, free), Fernando (Porto, £12m), W Caballero (Malaga, £4,4m). Total spent £16.4m
Players out C Pantilimon (Sunderland, free), G Barry (Everton, free), J Lescott ( West Bromwich, free), M Lopes, (Lille, loan), A Henshall (Ipswich, free). Total received £0
Everybody wants to talk about the midfield – or lack of it – but rarely does a team of champions wave off their world-conquering defence in one dramatic hit. How do the rest of the players feel with no Evra, Ferdinand or Vidic? Shaw is a talent, but not a leader, yet.
Herrera has been mouthwatering in pre-season, and big things are expected.
Van Gaal says he will not buy for the sake of it (like paying £27.5m for Fellaini?) but there is surely a lot of shopping still to do. The lack of experience in defence should terrify United fans.
Players in A Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £29m), L Shaw (Southampton, £27m), V Milinkovic (Vojvodina, undisclosed). Total spent £56m
Players out N Vidic (Internazionale, free), A Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £5m), P Evra (Juventus, £1.2m), Bebe (Benfica, £2.4m). Total received £8.6m
Player released R Ferdinand (QPR).
Alan Pardew’s – or should it be Alain De-Pardieu’s? – Gallic activities continue at Newcastle-sur-mer, with the club’s most expensive signing since £16m Michael Owen. Cabella was not good enough to start for France at the World Cup in Brazil, yet he is expected to revolutionise a midfield which can be undynamic. Rivière might bring goals, but Pardew is still looking for another striker.
Mainly, Newcastle were annihilated far too many times last season. Enter Janmaat, the Netherlands’ finest right-back and a fine replacement for Debuchy, but it is only like for like, and it’s improvement that’s required.
Players in A Perez (Tenerife, £1.5m), S de Jong, (Ajax, £6m), R Cabella (Montpellier, £12m), D Janmaat (Feyenoord (£5m), E Rivière, (Monaco, £6m). Total spent £30.5m
Players out M Debuchy (Arsenal, £12m), D Gosling (Bournemouth, free), R Amalfitano (Dijon, free), Shola Ameobi (released), S Marveaux (Guingamp, loan). Total received £12m
Harry Redknapp used to tell a young Rio Ferdinand that “God [Bobby Moore] wouldn’t have done that” on West Ham’s east London training pitch. You can expect Harry to bring out whatever Ferdinand has left to offer, and it might also get passed on to Caulker, a young defender of clear quality.
Redknapp often seems to enjoy the transfer window more than the season itself. He will not be done yet.
Players in R Ferdinand (Manchester United, free), S Caulker (Cardiff City, £8.5m). Total spent £8.5m
Players out A Hughes (Brighton, free), T Hitchcock (MK Dons, free), Y Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa, undisclosed), E Granero (Real Sociedad, £4.5m). Total received £4.5m
It happened to JD Sports a few summers ago. This time it’s Southampton FC. They have been smashed open, kicked apart and mercilessly looted. The few players who have turned up to pre-season training must be wondering where everybody else is after a summer of sales and departures.
Plainly, the club are a shell of their former selves. And more may yet go out of the door. They have coped with losses before (Bale, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain) but nothing on this scale. The promising Bertrand is in at left-back for the promising Shaw, but almost, unimaginably, Bertrand is six years Shaw’s senior. Europe looks like it might suddenly be a long way away from the South Coast.
Players in D Tadic (Twente, £10.9m), G Pelle (Feyenoord, £9m), R Bertrand (Chelsea, loan). Total spent £19.9m
Players out L Shaw (Manchester United, £27m), A Lallana (Liverpool, £23m), R Lambert (Liverpool, £4m), D Lovren ( Liverpool, £20m), C Chambers (Arsenal, £16m). Total received 90m
From Barcelona to Stoke is a journey usually made only by returning stag parties, but the £3m Serb Bojan Krkic is only 23 and has seasons of experience with Roma, Milan and Ajax.
Already he has scored a superb goal, against Schalke, though Stoke lost anyway. But will he, Steve Sidwell and all 6ft 6in of new Slovak defender Teixeira be enough to improve on last season’s first ever top 10 finish?
Players in P Bardsley (Sunderland, free), S Sidwell (Fulham, free), M B Diouf (Hannover, free), D Teixeira (Banska Bystrica, £400k), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona,£3m). Total spent £3.4m
Players out M Kightly (Burnley, £1.5m). Total received £1.5m
The tide seems to have gone out, but will it come back in? Pantilimon was rather forced into proving his worth in goal for Manchester City last season and is an excellent acquisition, but Sunderland, as their manager, Gus Poyet, has admitted, are a long way short of where they want to be. The indications are that there are more signings to come.
Players in J Gomez (Wigan, free), B Jones (West Bromwich, free), C Pantilimon, Manchester City, free), P van Aanholt (Chelsea, £1.5m) Total spent £1.5m
Players out P Bardsley (Stoke City, free), C Gardner (West Bromwich, free), J Colback (Newcastle, free), O Utari (Newell’s Old Boys, free), I Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys, £2.1m). Total received £2.1m
Swansea got used to missing Michu’s goals last year – he scored only two in the Premier League, and fans will want and need his replacement, Gylfi Sigurdsson, to do rather better.
Fabianski is not as dependable as Vorm in goal, and the £3.5m profit they’ve made on the switch could easily equate to a single league place come the end of the season. It might not have been worth it.
Players in L Fabianski (Arsenal, free), B Gomis (Lyons, free), M Emnes (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), G Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur, undisclosed), J Montero (Morelia, £4m), S Kingsley (Falkirk, £850,00). Total spent £6.35m
Players out Michu (Napoli, loan), B Davies (Tottenham Hotspur, undisclosed), M Vorm (Tottenham Hotspur, £3.5m), A Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano, undisclosed). Total received £3.5m
Not like last year, is it? With Spurs fans still wondering – quite rightly – whether last year’s signings will gel as a unit, at least this year, thus far, there are almost no further concerns on that front. Vorm replaces the erratic Gomes as stand-in goalkeeper, and a crowd of middlingly talented midfielders is one down.
Tottenham’s most crucial signing, though, is in the manager’s office. Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton may yet go back to pick over the carcass of his former club for whatever players remain.
Players in B Davies (Swansea, undisclosed), M Vorm (Swansea, £3.5m), E Dier (Sporting Lisbon, £4m). Total spent £7.5m
Players out H Gomes (Watford, free), J Livermore (Hull, £8m), A Pritchard (Brentford, loan), G Sigurdsson (Swansea, undisclosed), K McEvoy (Peterborough, loan). Total received £8m
West Bromwich’s £10m Nigerian striker and record signing Brown Ideye is relatively unknown to the world at large, having not been selected for his country’s World Cup squad. Nor has his manager, Alan Irvine, ever seen him play live, which he has claimed is “not ideal” but “not a problem”.
The former Dynamo Kiev man may have much to prove, but Lescott and Gardner are tried, tested and superb free signings. West Bromwich are much stronger.
Players in B Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, £10m) C Gardner (Sunderland, free), J Lescott (Manchester City, free), C Baird (Burnley, free), A Wisdom (Liverpool, loan). Total spent £10m
Players out L Ridgewell (Portland Timbers, free), B Jones (Sunderland, free), S Reid (Burnley, free), C Gayle (Shrewsbury, free), G Thorne (Derby, undisclosed). Total received £0
West Ham will need to score more goals to avoid another miserable season – and without Andy Carroll for the first four months of it. Ecuador’s other Valencia – striker Enner – joins, having scored three World Cup goals in three games, and has so far said all the right things.
Senegalese Kouyate is a brute of a defensive midfielder and is precisely what the team requires.
Joe Cole will be mourned but not missed, as he moves on hoping to resurrect his career at yet another club in the shape of Aston Villa.
Players in E Valencia (Pachuca, £12m), A Cresswell (Ipswich, £2m), C Kouyate (Anderlecht, £7m), D Poyet (Charlton, undisclosed), C Jenkinson (Arsenal, loan). Total spent £21m
Players out J Cole (Aston Villa, free), M Taylor (Burnley, free) S Henderson (Charlton, free), R Spiegel (Crawley, loan), S Maguire (Sligo Rovers, loan). Total received £0