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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Kolasinac, Zabaleta, Maguire among Prem transfers you may have missed

It's a month until the Premier League kicks off, with Arsenal vs. Leicester on Aug. 11. The summer so far has been dominated by huge transfer moves for Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette, and speculation over Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk and Alvaro Morata's futures.

Many of the big Premier League clubs have been frustrated in their dealings, but there have been more than a few deals completed.

As of Monday evening, clubs have spent £571 million. Here's some of the completed deals you may have missed ...

Arsenal - Sead Kolasinac, free transfer from Schalke (left-back)

A deal completed on June 6 brought the Bosnian to North London after he had seen out his contract at Schalke. He was named the Bundesliga's left-back of the season for 2016-17, and his physical strength and attacking instinct could make him the ideal candidate to play at wing-back, should Arsene Wenger persist with a 3-4-3 formation that brought him late-season success.

West Ham United - Pablo Zabaleta, free transfer from Manchester City (right-back)

The Hammers have been linked with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Manchester City's Joe Hart but fans are getting twitchy at the club's lack of progress. Slaven Bilic has managed to bring in Zabaleta, though. Surplus to requirements at City, from where he departed a hero, his move in early June should be able to solve what was a problem right-back position for Bilic. That's if Zabaleta can still stand the rigours of Premier League football.

West Ham have been quiet so far but Pablo Zabaleta will add experience to Slaven Bilic's men.

Leicester City - Harry Maguire, £17m from Hull City (centre-back)

Amid Hull's relegation campaign last term, Maguire was something of a shining light, though there may be questions over whether he is better at bringing the ball out of defence rather than actually defending. He is 24, an age when many central defenders start to mature, and should replace one of the former champions' previous partnership of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan.

Huddersfield Town - Steve Mounie - £11.5m from Montpellier (striker)

Huddersfield are not hanging around in the transfer market. David Wagner has been able to bring in eight players, including six permanent signings, two of whom, Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga, were loanees in Town's promotion campaign. Mounie, a Benin international, scored 14 goals in 32 starts for Montpellier last season, and became Town's record signing last week.

Stoke City - Josh Tymon, tribunal fee from Hull City (left-back)

Mark Hughes' two signings so far have been at the opposite end of the spectrum. Darren Fletcher's defection from West Brom brings a midfielder of huge experience, but left-back Tymon, 18, is a prospect that a few Premier League clubs had been linked with, including Arsenal. Hull will receive compensation for the loss of their former youth team graduate, who Hughes expects to be part of his first-team squad immediately.

Josh Tymon is a highly rated left-back tipped to start for Stoke's first team.

Burnley - Charlie Taylor, tribunal fee from Leeds United (left-back)

Sean Dyche has been active in the market, with Stoke forward Jonathan Walters added for £3m and a deal for Swansea midfielder Jack Cork in the offing, but Taylor is a player Leeds fans did not want to leave; he refused a new Elland Road contract in May. Taylor will provide competition for reliable Irishman Stephen Ward at left-back, as Dyche continues to focus his dealings with those based domestically. 

Newcastle United - Florian Lejeune, £8.7m from Eibar (centre-back)

Regular Rafael Benitez watchers will be aware the Newcastle manager rarely feels comfortable without bringing in a legion of new players during a transfer window. So far, that has not transpired, with Lejeune just one of four additions, along with two youngsters in Everton's Josef Yarney and Arsenal's Stefan O'Connor, and Christian Atsu, signed from Chelsea after last season's loan. Lejeune spent the 2015-16 season at Manchester City without playing a match.

Watford - Will Hughes - £8m from Derby County (midfield)

A midfielder who Liverpool were linked with a couple of years back finally makes his way into the Premier League after successive failed Derby promotion campaigns. Hughes has vast experience at 22, having played 165 league games for County, despite missing much of the 2015-16 season with a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee. Hughes, who played for England's Under-21 team at last month's Euro finals, has a silky touch, but is hardened up by his lengthy experience in the Championship.

Will Hughes finally has his big chance in the Premier League.

West Bromwich Albion - Jay Rodriguez, £12m from Southampton (forward)

Like Hughes, Rodriguez has been a staple of transfer talk in recent years and finally gets his move away from St Mary's after a frustrating last three years on the South Coast. A cruciate knee injury in April 2014 badly stalled his career, after he had become a full England international against Chile in November 2013. West Brom and Tony Pulis have offered the striker a fresh beginning.

John Brewin is a staff writer for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JohnBrewinESPN.


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