The top 3 signings that have been made by clubs outside of the top 6 in the Premier League
Pre-season hasn't even begun and yet Premier League clubs are already working hard to improve their squads for the upcoming 2016/17 season. Although a number of large-scale deals have been done such as the signings of Lindelof and Mohamed Salah, plenty of transfers from clubs lower down in the division have gone unnoticed and here is what I believe are the top 3:
3. Laurent Depoitre - Newcomers Huddersfield Town have got the ball rolling with a club record transfer in Laurent Depoitre. It was recently announced that the winner of the play-off final will receive £170 million, meaning Huddersfield have a healthy budget going into the transfer window. Depoitre, previously of FC Porto, is a proven striker in the Belgian League and has played 10 games in the Champions League, scoring two goals.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner told the club's website: "He is a proper striker; one who has played for a very good Belgium side, featured in elite European competition and who has won domestic titles." Being 6ft 3 inches tall, he possesses an aerial threat as well as a natural goal scoring instinct. The 28-year-old has signed a contract lasting until the end of the 2018/19 season with a one year extension available.
2. Harry Maguire - 24-year-old Harry Maguire was relegated with Hull City last season, however, his performances stood out amongst others and ex Premier League champions Leicester City have signed him for £17 million.
He once described himself as a 'marauding centre-half' and his stature, as well as his physicality, gives him a boost over many physically 'weaker' strikers. As well as this, he once played as a centre midfielder meaning he has the ability to bring the ball out from the back once again adding to the list of his qualities as a central defender.
His contract with the Foxes lasts 5 years and in this time, he will hope to improve and mature in his position.
1. Davy Klaassen - Klaassen has transferred to Everton from Ajax in a deal worth £23.6 million. During his time with the former European Champions, he made 163 appearances scoring 49 goals. Due to the everlasting doubt surrounding Ross Barkley's future with the Toffees, Koeman has decided to purchase a new midfielder and he hopes Klaassen can improve the Everton side for the upcoming season.
The Everton manager described him as 'hardworking' and a player that will deliver more goals for the team. In the current Everton midfield, there are the likes of Schneiderlin and Gueye. Without Barkley, Everton lack a creative element in their midfield and Klaassen certainly possesses this quality. While Gueye is a ball winner and Schneiderlin plays slightly deeper, Klaassen will be able to go forward and contribute to Everton's attacks.
Another midfielder for Everton is the young Tom Davies and Klaassen will be able to help boost his development as a midfielder. His contract at Goodison Park will last for 5 years.