Ranked! The 12 best Premier League signings so far this summer

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From an England U21 star to a bargain Liga goalscorer, Greg Lea counts down the 12 smartest transfers of the window

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12. Vicente Iborra (Leicester)

Vicente Iborra

A shoddy summer of recruitment contributed to Leicester’s poor start to last season, so the Foxes have understandably been keen to avoid similar mistakes in the current window. Former Hull defender Harry Maguire is an exciting addition, but Iborra could prove to be even better value at £12.75m.

Capable of playing in a number of different midfield roles, the 29-year-old former Sevilla captain is strong, powerful and an efficient passer, not to mention a natural-born leader both on and off the pitch.

11. Will Hughes (Watford)

West Brom were the only Premier League outfit with a higher average age than Watford in 2016/17, so it’s no surprise that the Hornets have focused their latest round of recruitment on youth. The 22-year-old Hughes is one of four new faces at Vicarage Road, with no member of that quartet over 26.

The ex-England Under-21 international is a tidy passer and skilful dribbler, and he’s not afraid to stick a foot in when it comes to midfield duels. At an initial cost of just £7.75m and with plenty of re-sale value, the former Derby player looks like one of the bargains of the summer.

10. Ahmed Hegazy (West Brom)

Ahmed Hegazy

With Jonas Olsson having departed earlier this year and Gareth McAuley approaching his 38th birthday, fresh centre-back blood was required at The Hawthorns this summer. Hegazy may seem like a left-field choice due to his lack of European experience – just 14 games in Serie A and Serie B for Fiorentina and Perugia – but two seasons with Egyptian giants Al Ahly isn’t the worst preparation for life in the Premier League.

Named in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations team of the tournament, the towering 6ft 5in defender is rugged, aggressive and dominant in the air. In other words, he’s the archetypal Pulis centre-back. (So he'll probably play at right-back.)

9. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield)

Steve Mounie

“I love the city, it’s a beautiful countryside and I love how quiet it is… the people are very good and kind so it’s all I could want from a city,” Mounie told Huddersfield Town Television last week, going above and beyond in his attempts to endear himself to fans of his new employers.

Captured for a club-record fee of £11.4m, the 22-year-old striker scored 15 goals in 38 outings for Montpellier last term. Mobile, hard working and able to link up play, Mounie should be well suited to David Wagner’s high-tempo, hard-pressing game.