While Manchester United and Arsenal were busy signing world famous strikers, their top-flight underlings were making acquisitions that while lesser known were none the less intriguing.
Especially active in the European niche market were Southampton, who further bolstered their squad for an 6/4-rated bid for consecutive top-ten finishes.
Sadio Mane (above) – Red Bull Salzburg to Southampton, £10m
He may have been rolling with Austria’s school bullies last term, but 23 goals and 18 assists in 48 appearances is still as sizeable return for a man who spent much of the season on the left flank.
At home anywhere across the modern attacking trident, the prospect of this powerful and rapid operative swapping positions with Dusan Tadic is very exciting.
Toby Alderweireld – Atletico Madrid to Southampton, loan
Much like Mane, who came to Koeman’s attention when notching in Red Bull’s rout of Ajax in last season’s Europa League, the defender earned his new boss’ respect in action against Dutch foes.
There was little shame in the former Ajax man’s inability to supplant Atleti’s set-in-stone centre-half pairing of Diego Godin and Miranda, yet he still featured 12 times in La Liga as Los Colchoneros won the title.
Abel Hernandez – Palermo to Hull City, £10m
The Tigers have made an intriguing gamble on a striker once feted as the reincarnation of Thierry Henry.
Last term was the best of the 24-year-old’s European career, with a cruciate ligament injury proven to have had no lasting ill effects by 14 Serie A goals in 28 games.
Morgan Amalfitano – Marseille to West Ham, undisclosed
The Frenchman was on many a mid-table team’s shopping list last term after an inexplicably game-light spell at West Brom, of which a superb goal against Manchester United was the highlight.
James McArthur – Wigan to Crystal Palace, £7m
Palace desperately needed competition in central midfield and in the Scot they have recruited a hard-grafting practitioner steeped in Wigan’s relegation-cheating lore.
An all-action presence to facilitate transitions from the midfield depths patrolled by Mile Jedinak, he completed 85 per cent of his passes in the Premier League in 2012/13.