Tim Howard got help for the backline in from of him at Everton, which signed Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid for $9.6 million. Last week FrenchmanSylvain Distin signed with the Toffees from Portsmouth. Everton's defense needed reinforcements after Joleon Lescott left for Manchester City and Phil Jagielka out until November with a knee injury.
Aston Villa, whose goalies are American Brad Friedeland Brad Guzan, signed Wales defender James Collins from West Ham for $8 million.
Fulham's late signing of Swedish striker David Elm to a one-year deal from Kalmar FF could jeopardize Eddie Johnson's chances of regaining a spot in the Cottagers' rotation up front. After a strong preseason, Johnson, who spent last season on loan to Cardiff City, saw his first action for Fulham Saturday in a 2-0 loss at Villa.
Zimbabwean veteran Benjani Mwaruwari will join Jozy Altidore on the Hull City frontline after a deal was struck to sign him from Manchester City. The Tigers' third striker, Algerian Kamel Ghilas, is also in his first season at the KC Stadium.
Other major EPL moves:
-- Portsmouth signed Watford defender Mike Williamson for $4.8 million, Israeli defender Tal Ben Haimon a free transfer from Manchester City and Algerian midfielder Hassan Yebda on loan from Benfica.
-- Stoke City signed Uruguay midfielder Diego Arismendifrom Nacional for $5 million and defender Danny Collins from Sunderland for $4.4 million
-- Loan deals sent Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic from French second division club Nantes to Bolton, Finland midfielder Teemu Tainiofrom Sunderland to Birmingham.
-- West Ham and Italian club Fiorentina exchanged players with Ugandan-German forward Savio Nsereko headed to Italy, and center back Manuel Da Costa, born in France to a Portuguese father and Moroccan mother, moving to London.