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FIVE OF THE BEST

Manchester City's spending spree aside, it has been a quiet transfer window so far but there have still been plenty of shrewd moves in the Premier League. Here are the pick of the deals:

MARIO BALOTELLI (Inter Milan to Manchester City, undisclosed)

When money is no object, you tend to get your way and City have landed every one of their summer transfer targets. Despite their inevitably over-inflated price tags, almost all of them are among the best buys of the summer. But Italian wonder-kid Balotelli -- signed for a reported £23m -- is arguably the pick.

JAVIER HERNANDEZ (Guadalajara to Manchester United, undisclosed)

United new boy Hernandez made himself an instant hero by finding the net in the Community Shield win over Chelsea. With the Red Devils having relied far too heavily on Wayne Rooney last season, Mexico star Hernandez -- who reportedly cost £10m -- should make a crucial difference.

JOE COLE (Chelsea to Liverpool, free)

Although the jury is still out on whether he is past his best, Cole's availability on a free transfer made his signing a no-brainer this summer. Liverpool and Tottenham led the chase for the 28-year-old, who eventually opted for Anfield. An otherwise encouraging start to life with the Reds was marred by a sending-off on his league debut.

SEBASTIEN SQUILLACI (Sevilla to Arsenal, undisclosed)

Having lost William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Sol Campbell this summer, Arsenal began the season with a massive hole at the back in terms of experience. Manager Arsene Wenger bucked the trend of placing most of his faith in youth by recruiting 30-year-old France defender Squillaci from Sevilla for a reported £3.3m.

BEN FOSTER (Manchester United to Birmingham, undisclosed)

Having previously been determined to retain Foster as back-up to Edwin van der Sar, United boss Alex Ferguson finally allowed him to forge a career elsewhere this summer, for a reported fee of £4m, rising to £6m. That is great news for Birmingham -- who have landed a top-notch replacement for last season's loan star Joe Hart.