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Summer transfer window movers - the best XI

A look at the best business to have been done.

FOOTBALL 01/09/17 11:50
Summer transfer window movers - the best XI

Another transfer window has been and gone, with Premier League clubs spending more money than ever before.

Here, we attempt to put together an XI of the best business to have been done.

1) Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield (joined from Mainz, loan)

The Terriers needed a new goalkeeper after Danny Ward, who got them promoted, returned to Liverpool. In Lossl, they appear to have found the perfect replacement.

2) Michael Keane, Everton (joined from Burnley, £30million)

Keane was a stand-out for Burnley as they stayed up last season and was expected to have many big-name admirers this summer. Ronald Koeman decided to make the move and Everton have acquired an accomplished performer.

3) Harry Maguire, Leicester (joined from Hull, £17million)

The former Sheffield United man was excellent for Hull despite relegation last season and is regarded as a real prospect. Has already been selected for England since his move and this looks a fine piece of business by the Foxes.

4) Ahmed Hegazi, West Brom (joined from Al Ahly, loan)

Ahmed who? That was asked when the Baggies announced the signing of Hegazi but an opening-day goal and his part in a three-game unbeaten start has quickly answered that question.

5) Sam Clucas, Swansea (joined from Hull, £16.5m)

Clucas’ story of going from a cafe at Debenhams to playing in the Premier League is well told and, in signing for Swansea, he is back in the big time. He did not deserve to go down with Hull last season and looks a shrewd investment.

6) Nemanja Matic, Manchester United (joined from Chelsea, undisclosed)

Matic was a fine enforcer for Jose Mourinho as they won the title together at Chelsea in 2015 and the Portuguese will hope he can offer the same steel at United. The early signs are good and many wonder why Chelsea let him go.

7) Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton (joined from Swansea, undisclosed)

Everton waited patiently to get their man but finally secured a deal after the season started. The Iceland international’s wonder goal earned Everton a spot in the Europa League group stages and plenty more are likely to follow.

8) Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (joined from Roma, £34.3million)

Salah has played in England before, with Chelsea, but is a far more rounded player now. He has been at Roma since and has started brilliantly at Anfield, scoring three goals in five games as part of an exciting front line.

9) Fernando Llorente, Tottenham (joined from Swansea, undisclosed)

The Spain international helped Swansea stay in the Premier League last season and was widely expected to join old boss Antonio Conte at Chelsea until Spurs swooped. They have long wanted a credible back-up to Harry Kane and they now have one.

10) Steve Mounie, Huddersfield (joined from Montpeller, £11million)

Few expected to see Huddersfield unbeaten after three games in their first Premier League season but they are, thanks in part to Mounie. The striker scored twice in his first game for the club, a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, and David Wagner looks to have secured a bargain.

11) Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United (joined from Everton, £75million)

United got in relatively early to secure Lukaku’s signature and the Belgian powerhouse has hit the ground running at Old Trafford. He may have missed a penalty against Leicester last weekend but he scored three in two before that to fire United to the top of the Premier League.

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