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Africa's players have proved to be some of the major protagonists of the transfer window so far, and expect many more of the continent's top stars to move between now and the end of August.

In this feature, we look back over the last seven days and pick out the biggest or best done deals involving African players.

Ryad Boudebouz, Montpellier > Real Betis: The Algeria playmaker had clearly outgrown Montpellier, and didn't hesitate to let his feelings be known last term when he openly criticised his teammates as MHSC were sucked into a relegation battle.

He certainly excelled while those around him struggled, registering 11 goals and nine assists for the southern strugglers.

Ultimately, he ended up moving to Betis, despite interest from clubs much higher up the food chain.

It's an interesting choice; the Spanish club have recruited the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Denilson in the past, but they finished 15th in La Liga last term (the same as Montpellier finished in France).

Could the former Sochaux man not have set his sights a little higher?

Mario Lemina, Juventus > Southampton: This is another intriguing move involving a player who had been tipped for greater things, which is perhaps a comment on the media's desire to generate transfer-window intrigue, rather than a comment on Lemina's performances in Serie A.

Nonetheless, this is a regressive step for a player who's still only 23 and would surely not have been expecting to leave Juve only two years after moving permanently from Marseille.

He still has it all to prove, but while his mobility and dynamism should appeal to Saints fans, they shouldn't expect too much of a goal threat, and he can drift in and out of games.

However, at an initial £15.6 million, he could be a steal!

Gael Kakuta, Hebei China Fortune > Amiens: So, the latest chapter in the storied career of Kakuta - once identified by Didier Drogba as his protégé - sees the midfielder returning to France on a permanent deal, a decade after he left Lens for Stamford Bridge.

The intervening years have taken him to Bolton Wanderers, Fulham, Lazio, Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla and Deportivo La Coruna among others, while it was clear that he was angling for a move away from his previous employers, Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international is still capable of the odd moment of magic, but will he see enough of the ball at newly promoted Amiens, and does he have the discipline to offer protection to the defenders behind him?

A strong showing on his debut, complete with four completed dribbles and two key passes, bodes well.

Rachid Ghezzal, Marseille > Monaco: The reigning French champions might have pulled off one of the coups of the summer when they recruited Algeria forward Ghezzal on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old had made no secret of his desire to leave Lyon, and he offers considerable experience of the French top flight and the hunger to make a mark in the Champions League.

Despite making over 80 appearances in Ligue 1, however, he remains something of an enigma, having wholly failed to hit the heights of the 2015-16 last term.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Schalke 04 > Stoke City: Recruited by Stoke ostensibly as the replacement for West Ham United-bound Marko Arnautovic, Choupo-Moting is 28 now, and arriving a little late in the Prem, but has the quality to thrive in England.

Consistency can be an issue - in that sense he's not alone considering some of the other forwards at the club - but he impressed after coming on as a substitute against Everton on Saturday.

Mark Hughes will surely hope that the talented Choupo-Moting, offering creativity from the left, can help the Potters get the best out of Saido Berahino, whose goalless streak in the Premier League has now run to 27 games.

Ed Dove is the Soccer Editor for KweséESPN. Follow him on Twitter @EddyDove.

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