It has been a busy old summer for football managers, after months of rumours, negotiations and so many transfer sagas that just won’t end, the transfer window has finally slammed shut.
This season has seen a new record with clubs smashing their way past an incredible £800million worth of deals.
As per usual, deadline day saw a flurry of sides trying to rush through very late deals in the hope of strengthening their sides for the remainder of the campaign.
Whilst it was a rather subdued deadline day compared to recent years their were still several impressive transfer deals that were able to go through at the last moment.
Here are the three best signings that went through on the final day…
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) September 1, 2015
Yes, the transfer involves a player dropping down to a lower league, but the deal is a massive coup for Derby County and they should be praised for securing a player that has the quality to be starting for a club in the Premier League.
Johnson joins promotion hopefuls “Derby City” on a four-year deal for a club record £6million.
The 28-year-old was arguably one of the best midfielders Norwich had and played a huge role in helping the Canaries gain promotion last season, scoring 15 goals.
He is the complete midfielder – strong, quick and good on the ball. He is comfortable moving forward in support of the attack, or tracking back to help his defence.
New manager Paul Clement believes he is a major coup that will bring invaluable experience and will be a real leader on the field as he steps in to replace Will Hughes, who has been sidelined long term with a serious knee injury.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 1, 2015
The centre back has moved across the Midlands to rivals Aston Villa in a deal worth around £2million and although the deal won’t have made the headlines, Lescott can be a great addition to Tim Sherwood’s side.
The 33-year-old may be heading towards the end of his career, but he brings something that Aston Villa were in desperate need of – Premier League experience.
Out of the thirteen new faces at Villa Park this summer, only Lescott, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards have a significant amount of top flight experience.
Lescott has spent the majority of his career in the top flight of English football, during spells with Wolves, Manchester City and West Brom, and will be vital in helping many of the new additions adjust to Premier League life.
The England international is a calming presence at the back, strong in the tackle and good in the air. He will likely link up with former Man City team mate Micah Richards to form the new look centre back partnership this season.
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) September 1, 2015
The attacking powerhouse became the fourth signing of a busy deadline day for the Hammers, when he joined the London side for a fee believed to be around £7million.
The 25-year old has finally been given his chance in the top flight after becoming one of the star performers for Forest last season, scored 15 goals for Dougie Freeman’s side.
He is a versatile attacker, comfortable as a striker or playing in one of the three attacking midfield slots. West Ham are getting a talented individual with bags of pace, pure brute physical strength and a keen eye for goal.
Fans of the club will no doubt be looking forward to seeing their new man in action, with Antonio looking the perfect type of player to thrive off the service from the creative Dimitri Payet.