Press Association Sport looks at five of the best signings of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.
1 WILFRIED BONY: Bony proved an inspired signing by the then Swansea boss Michael Laudrup last summer. Any fears of splashing a club-record £12million for the Ivory Coast international from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem were quickly assuaged as Bony went on to score 25 goals in all competitions and play a huge part in keeping the club in the top flight.
2 ROMELU LUKAKU: Shipped out from Chelsea on loan for a second straight season, Lukaku once again hit the goal trail while his parent club struggled to find the net. Lukaku became an instant hero at Everton with 15 strikes in 31 Premier League games - and it is no surprise Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is now keen to make the move permanent.
3 FERNANDINHO: In the context of Manchester City's continuing spending spree, the £30million shelled out for Fernandinho last summer barely raised eyebrows. But the Brazil midfielder has had a sterling first season at the Etihad Stadium in a role which crucially allows Yaya Toure more scope to surge forward in search of goals.
4 WILLIAN: Another £30million Brazilian signing, Willian has gradually grown into his role at Chelsea having achieved the not inconsiderable feat of dislodging Juan Mata from Jose Mourinho's first-team plans. If he can add more goals to his natural skills and tenacity, he could evolve into one of the Premier League's next big stars.
5 OUSSAMA ASSAIDI: Away from the major headlines, winger Assaidi has been turning in consistently excellent performances for Stoke. On loan from Liverpool, where he made only four substitute appearances, he has become an almost talismanic figure the Britannia Stadium, where Potters boss Mark Hughes is now keen to keep him.