QPR

In: Rob Green (West Ham, Free), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester Utd, £2m), Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham, Free), Esteban Granero (Real Madrid, Undisclosed), Sam Magri (Portsmouth, Free), Samba Diakite (Nancy, Free), Stephane M’Bia (Marseilles, £6m), Fabio da Silva (Manchester Utd, Loan), Julio Cesar (Inter, Undisclosed), Andy Johnson (Fulham, Free), Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea, Free), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn, Free).

Out: Heidar Helguson, Tommy Smith and Matthew Connolly (all Cardiff, Undisclosed), Peter Ramage (Palace, Free), Paddy Kenny (Leeds, Undisclosed), Lee Cook (Orient, Free), Joey Barton (Marseilles, Loan), Danny Shittu (Millwall, Free), Rowan Vine (St. Johnstone, Free), Patrick Agyemang (Stevenage, Free), Jay Bothroyd (Wednesday, Loan).

As you can see, Mark Hughes has been a busy boy racking up twelve ins and eleven outs this summer. Rob Green must be distraught at the signing of Cesar from Inter after only joining himself in July. Hoilett will be a great addition, as will M’Bia and Granero in the heart of midfield. One cannot help but think Hughes has done too much too soon and his appointment of Park as captain seems odd given the Korean’s near on mute personality. A long, hard and no doubt confusing season ahead for Rangers.

Grade: Low 2:1, 62.

Prediction: 18th

Reading

In: Nicky Shorey (West Brom, Free), Adrian Mariappa (Watford, Undisclosed), Hayden Mullins (Portsmouth, Loan), Garath McCleary (Forest, Free), Chris Gunter (Forest, Undisclosed), Danny Guthrie (Newcastle, Free), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham, Free).

Out: Michail Antonio (Wednesday, Free), Harry Cooksley (Aldershot, Free).

Reading have strengthened impressively considering they have the more modest budget of the three promoted clubs. Pogrebnyak is a great addition up front, while Championship stars Gunter and Mariappa will certainly bolster the Royals’ defence. Despite all this, Reading are just too lightweight to begin with to survive.

Grade: High 2:2, 58.

Prediction: 20th

Southampton

In: Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £7m), Gaston Ramirez (Bologna, £11m), Nathaniel Clyne (Palace, Free), Paulo Gazzaniga (Gillingham, Undisclosed), Steven Davis (Rangers, Free), Cody Cropper (Ipswich, Free), Maya Yoshida (VVV, Undisclosed), Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys, Undisclosed).

Out: Ryan Doble (Shrewsbury, Free), Lee Holmes (Preston, Free), Dan Harding (Forest, Undisclosed), Billy Sharp (Forest, Loan), Harlee Dean (Brentford, Free).

Nigel Adkins is probably one of the more under-rated managers on the island and has done some smart business this summer. Ramirez is the coup of the summer and a record fee signing for the Saints. Rodriguez too cost a great deal but is a promising young striker who was banging them in in the second tier last season. Steven Davis has already had Premier League experience with Villa and is a classy midfielder. Of the three promoted sides, Southampton look the most attractive.

Grade: Mid 2:1, 65.

Prediction: 14th

Stoke

In: Charlie Adam (Liverpool, £5m), Michael Kightly (Wolves, Undisclosed), Steven N’Zonzi (Blackburn, £3.5m), Geoff Cameron (Houston, Undisclosed), Maurice Edu (Rangers, Free).

Out: Danny Collins (Forest, Undisclosed), Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough, Free), Ricardo Fuller (Charlton, Free), Andrew Davies (Bradford, Free).

2012 has been a relatively quiet summer for Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Adam is a class addition and will probably find his level at Stoke. Otherwise there is little to shout about. Stoke will plateau this season.

Grade: 2:2, 56.

Prediction: 11th

Sunderland

In: Steven Fletcher (Wolves, £12m), Adam Johnson (Sunderland, £10m), Louis Saha (Tottenham, Free), Carlos Cuellar (Villa, Free), Danny Rose (Tottenham, Loan).

Out: George McCartney (West Ham, Undisclosed), Michael Turner (Norwich, Undisclosed), Kieran Richardson (Fulham, £2m), Jordan Cook (Charlton, Free), Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain, Undisclosed).

A couple of big money Brits is the standard policy for Martin O’Neill and he has not changed tack at the Stadium of Light. Fletcher and Johnson provide proven top flight quality as the Black Cats look to push for the top half. Elsewhere, Gyan has finally confirmed his permanent departure from the North East.

Grade: Low 2:1, 63.

Prediction: 12th

Swansea

In: Jonathan de Guzman (Villarreal, Loan), Pablo Hernandez (Valencia, £5.5m), Chico (Genoa, £2m), Jamie Proctor (Preston, Undisclosed), Ki Sung-Yueng (Celtic, £6m), Michu (Vallecano, £2m).

Out: Joe Allen (Liverpool, £15m), Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, £6.2m), Federico Bessone (Swindon, Free), Joe Walsh (Crawley, Free), Andrea Orlandi, Stephen Dobbie (both Brighton, Undisclosed).

Michael Laudrup has taken full advantage of the dire economic situation in Spain and snapped up some highly talented players for pittance. Hernandez, Michu and de Guzman are all worthy of European football and that may be the aim for the Swans. Swansea have done as best they could to soften blows of losing Allen and Sinclair.

Grade: First, 72.

Prediction: 10th

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