Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal may have ponied up more than £410m on transfers this summer, but all have missed out on the signing of the window.
The four horsemen of the Premier League apocalypse have acquired some first-class players, Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez to name but four.
Yet Southampton’s £10m capture of Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is arguably as good a bit business as any of the aforementioned blockbuster deals.
The England man has proved at least the equal of any of his fellow Premier League custodians, yet he has received infinitely less fawning reviews than Thibaut Courtois.
Forster has kept a division-high six shutouts in ten games, playing a towering 6ft 7in part in a defence that has conceded half as many times as the next-best rearguard.
While his colleagues can rightly claim their share of the credit, the Northumberland native’s saves-per-goal ratio is proof that he’s doing more than his contemporaries.
The man the Spanish press know as the Great Wall has repelled 3.6 shots per concession this term, a number which compares favourably to Courtois (1.78), David de Gea (1.29) and his England rival Joe Hart (2.43).
As a result it may not be too fanciful to suggest that the Saints have snared the best stopper in the English top flight for a relatively modest price.
What, apart from his success on the pitch, makes the gloveman’s acquisition the best deal of the summer is that it was completed by the at-the-time seemingly downwardly-mobile Saints.
Trying to call to mind goalkeepers with long careers ahead of them that are rated higher on the world stage than Forster is not an easy task.
Yet a club that had lost their manager and several of the first team that had served them so well were able to snare the stopper regardless and are reaping the benefits.
Southampton are a very reasonable 23/20 to keep a fourth-successive Premier League clean sheet against Leicester next weekend.