Top Five Premier League Summer Signings
With the start of the Premier League season almost upon us, many eyes will focus on the new arrivals come the start of the season. This summer has seen the usual influx of exotic signings from abroad and below are, in the humble opinion of the FREEbets.org.uk team, the top five summer deals so far.
5. Davy Klaassen – Ajax to Everton - £23.6 million
Not exactly one from the bargain bucker but in this age of hyper-inflated transfer fees, the acquisiton of a Dutch international and Ajax captain for under £24 million could prove astute. Davy Klaassen's arrival at Goodison Park may have gone slightly under the radar in comparison to the return of Wayne Rooney but he could prove far more important to Everton in the coming campaign. A real goal threat from midfield, the 24-year-old notched 20 goals in all competitions as he led his side to the Europa League final where they were eventually beaten by Manchester United.
His new boss and fellow countryman Ronald Koeman has heralded the signing praising his leadership, creativity and goal-scoring ability. With Ross Barkley's future in doubt, Klaassen could be a ready-made replacement in the Blues midfield.
4. Javier Hernandez – Bayer Leverkusen to West Ham - £16 million
West Ham have seemed to struggle for a consistent striker for years now, perhaps even dating back to when Carlos Tevez was strutting his stuff at Upton Park. Andy Carroll's constant injury problems have further deprived the Hammers of that potent threat and Slaven Billic has sought to address that issue this summer with the acquisiton of Chicharito. The Mexican international became a cult-figure during his spell at Manchester United, including bagging 20 goals in his debut campaign. He was a key figure in the latter stage of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, popping up with a number of crucial goals often from the subs bench.
However he struggled to establish himself under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal and eventually left Old Trafford to move to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. An average of a goal every other game in Germany, prompted West Ham to splash the cash to bring him back to the English top flight and at £16 million it looks a good deal to us. Not the most technically gifted of footballers, the 29-year-old is however a natural goal scorer and that is something that the Hammers' faithful have craved in recent seasons. You would expect at the least for Hernandez to reach double figures this season and in tandem with the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic, West Ham should possess a much greater threat going forward this season.