SkyBet Championship: Summer Transfer Window Round-Up (A-F)

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Birmingham City

Birmingham City have acted fast in the market thus far to replace the 2 goalkeepers who departed, but with Zigic out of contract and a £2m interest surrounding Clayton Donaldson from Ipswich, Gary Rowett may have to consider delving into the market again in search of a front man. Overall, looking at Rowett’s business it looks like Birmingham City are set up for another impressive campaign similar to last season which saw them finish in the top half.

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CONFIRMED INS; Jacques Maghoma (free transfer), Adam Legzdins (free transfer), Tomasz Kuszczak (free transfer), Alex Jones (free transfer)

CONFIRMED OUTS; Nikola Zigic (contract expired), Amari’I Bell – Fleetwood Town (free transfer), Will Packwood (contract terminated), Colin Doyle – Blackpool (free transfer), Darren Randolph – West Ham (free transfer), Matt Green – Mansfield Town (free transfer), Callum Reilly – Burton Albion (free transfer), Mark Duffy – Burton (loan), Gavin Gunning (contract expired), Oliver Lee (contract expired)

 

Blackburn Rovers

A financial fair play embargo limits Gary Bowyer’s summer transfer action to free transfers and loan signings only. This being said a priority for Blackburn will no doubt be keeping hold of some of the clubs big names in this window, especially the top man pairing of Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede who bagged 41 goals between them last season. Tom Cairney’s departure has no doubt left Gary Bowyer looking for a creative playmaker to fill that hole in the centre of midfield.

 

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CONFIRMED OUTS; David Dunn (contract expired), Joshua King – Bournemouth (free transfer), Tom Cairney – Fulham (£2.94m), Josh Morris – Bradford City (free transfer), Luke Varney (free transfer), Leon Best (contract mutually terminated), Yann Songo’o (contract expired), Paul Robinson (contract expired), Paulo Jorge (contract expired)

 

Bolton Wanderers

Although Neil Lennon has signed sturdy replacements for those that departed this summer his Bolton side will still need one or two squad players if they are to provide a competitive attempt in the upcoming Championship season. You would imagine Matt Mills and Adam Bogdan in particular will be missed by Bolton Wanderers this season.

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CONFIRMED INS; Derik Osede – Real Madrid (free transfer), Gary Madine (free transfer), Ben Amos (free transfer)

CONFIRMED OUTS; Alex Baptiste – Middlesbrough (undisclosed), Sanmi Odelusi – Wigan Athletic (undisclosed), Jermaine Beckford – Preston North End (free transfer), Adam Bogdan – Liverpool (free transfer), Matt Mills – Nottingham Forest (free transfer), Andy Lonergan – Fulham (free transfer), Craig Davies – Wigan Athletic (free transfer), Eidur Gudjohnsen – Shijiazhuang Ever Bright (free transfer), Conor Wilkinson – Barnsley (loan), Keith Andrews (contract expired)

 

Brentford

New boss Marinus Dijkhuizen vowed to increase the size of the Brentford squad during his first transfer window in charge. With six signings so far he has done just that with Josh McEachran being a real coup for the club and players of this calibre will no doubt help the team push for that top 6 again this season. Dijkhuizen replaced Warburton following his sacking at the end of last season due to disagreements over the clubs philosophy. The statistical approach to new signings and tactics is something the new boss believes is suitable for the Championship and has shown this through his dealings in this window with some unfamiliar names joining his squad.

 

CONFIRMED INS; Andreas Bjelland – FC Twente (£2.1m), Konstantin Kerschbaumer – Admira Wacker (undisclosed), Yoann Barbet – Chamois Niortais (undisclosed), Ryan Williams – Morecambe (free transfer), Akaki Gogia – Hallescher FC (free transfer), Josh McEachran – Chelsea (£750k)

CONFIRMED OUTS; Emmanuel Oyeleke – Exeter City (undisclosed), Nick Proschwitz – SC Paderborn 07 (free transfer), Tony Craig – Milwall (free transfer), Alfie Mawson – Barnsley (free transfer), Tommy Smith (contract expired), Kevin O’Connor (retired), Richard Lee (retired)

 

Brighton and Hove Albion

Chris Hughton has done some good business in the window so far adding 4 first-team players to his Brighton squad all of which will be pushing for a place in the starting XI. Tomer Hemed is a much needed purchase up top and Brighton fans will be hoping this is finally a replacement for Leonardo Ulloa.

 

CONFIRMED INS; Liam Rosenior – Hull City (free transfer), Tomer Hemed – Almeria (undisclosed), Daniel Akindayini (free transfer), Niki Maenpaa – VVV-Venlo (free transfer), Joe Ward – Chelmsford City (undisclosed), Gaetan Bong – Wigan (free transfer)

CONFIRMED OUTS; Paddy McCourt – Luton (free transfer), Shamir Fenelon – Crawley Town (free transfer), Aaron Hughes – Melbourne City (free transfer)

 

Bristol City

Steve Cotterill is yet to make any additions to his newly promoted side but will have to start soon if he wants to challenge the Championship in the upcoming season. Losing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to QPR will have been a big blow to the team and the fans and missing out on Mark Bunn and Harry Maguire recently will have been equalling as frustrating. However Steve Cotterill continues to be effervescent in the market as Tom Lees recently became a new £2m target for the club.

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CONFIRMED OUTS; Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – QPR (free transfer), Dave Richards (contract expired), Wade Elliot (retired)

 

Burnley

The departure of Danny Ings and Kieran Tripper at the beginning of the window will have been difficult to take for Burnley fans despite the sense of inevitability. Replacing these young, talented English players was near impossible for the recently relegated team, but Sean Dyche did some great business bringing in a natural finisher in Jelle Vossen and a full-back with Premier League experience in Matthew Lowton. It is factors like these which Dyche will hope can fire Burnley back to the top flight. Burnley still have most of their squad from last season however and will no doubt be right up there fighting for automatic promotion just like they achieved in their previous Championship campaign.

CONFIRMED INS; Jelle Vossen – Genk (£2.45m), Matthew Lowton – Aston Villa (980k),

CONFIRMED OUTS; Kieran Trippier – Tottenham Hotspur (£3.43m), Danny Ings – Liverpool (free transfer), Ross Wallace – Sheffield Wednesday (free transfer), Steven Reid (retired), Cameron Howieson (contract expired)

 

Cardiff City

Russell Slade stated a couple of months ago that he wants to build a promotion challenging team this season and the signing of Sammy Ameobi would suggest he wasn’t kidding. Cardiff will need to improve on the previous season which saw them concede 61 whilst only converting 57 if they are to seriously consider aiming for promotion however. Cardiff fans will argue that full seasons for Eoin Doyle and Alex Revell may produce more goals, but improvements would still need to be made at the back for a top 6 push. It would suggest that the release of McNaughton and Gabbidon points towards Slade’s intention of a new defensive signing by freeing up wages and much needed space in the squad. With Javi Guerra, Etien Velikonja and Adam Le Fondre back at the club this also leaves Slade with 7 first-team centre forwards at his disposal so expect to see some departures this window, Le Fondre a highly likely candidate out of that bunch to be off again.

 

CONFIRMED INS; Semi Ajayi – Arsenal (free transfer), Sammy Ameobi – Newcastle United (loan)

CONFIRMED OUTS; Kévin Théophile-Catherine – St.Etienne (£1.4m), Kevin McNaughton (contract expired), Danny Gabbidon (contract expired), Nicky Maynard (contract expired), Josh Yorwerth – Ipswich (free transfer), Maxi Amondarain (mutual contract termination)

 

Charlton Athletic

Every cloud has a silver lining is how the Charlton are going to have to view the deal seeing Joe Gomez move to Liverpool as losing a promising centre-back has resulted in boosting the clubs transfer kitty for the upcoming season. Guy Luzon acted fast on finding Gomez’s replacement in German defender Patrick Bauer, whilst for Simon Church it just wasn’t happening for him at Charlton Athletic as he was released with Makienok in on loan as his replacement. Luzon will need to make a few more signings to replace the gap in the squad left by Frederic Bulot and Yoni Buyens’ loan deals finishing if he is to improve on last season’s league finish. Charlton fans are in no doubt happy to see Igor Vetokele and Johann Berg Gudmundsson still at the club after impressive displays and 21 goals between them last season.

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CONFIRMED INS; Patrick Bauer – Maritimo (£1.05m), Simon Makienok – Palermo (loan), El-Hadji Ba – Sunderland (undisclosed)

COMFIRMED OUTS; Joe Gomez – Liverpool (£3.43m), Jack Munns – Cheltenham Town (free transfer), Neil Etheridge – Walsall (free transfer), Harry Osborne – Welling United (free transfer), Tal Ben-Haim – Maccabi Tel Aviv (free transfer), Simon Church – MK Dons (free transfer), Christophe Lepoint – Zulte Waregem (undisclosed)

 

Derby County

The end to the 2014/15 season was a bitter one for all involved with Derby County following their 3-0 loss to Reading resulting in them missing out on the play-offs. This is something new boss Paul Clement will be keen to avoid in the upcoming season and it shows in his transfer window business so far, strengthening in all departments which included sealing Tom Ince on a permanent basis. As far as departures go Clement has cleared plenty of deadwood and has certainly put his stamp on this Derby team whose aim is no doubt to achieve promotion this year. Although 6 players with Premier League experience have been signed it is highly unlikely that Paul Clement is done in this window with a few more rumoured deals still in the pipeline. It is worth noting that a Derby County fan has recently won the SkyBet transfer fund of £250,000 to go towards a possible deal too.

 

COMPLETED INS; Thomas Ince – Hull City (£4.69m), Andreas Weimann – Aston Villa (£2.66m), Darren Bent – Aston Villa (free transfer), Alex Pearce – Reading (free transfer), Chris Baird – West Brom (free transfer), Scott Carson – Wigan Athletic (undisclosed),

COMPLETED OUTS; John Eustace (contract expired), Rhys Sharpe – Notts County (free transfer), Lee Naylor (contract expired), Jamie Ward – Nottingham Forest (free transfer), Shaun Barker (contract expired), Josh Lelan – Northampton Town (free transfer), Tom Naylor – Burton Albion (free transfer), Ross Etheridge – Accrington Stanley (free transfer), Zak Whitbread (contract expired), Mark O’Brien – Luton (free transfer)

 

Fulham

Fulham have had a torrid time in the Championship since their relegation from the Premier League and Kit Symons will want a much higher finish than last season which saw Fulham end up 17th. Although signing Jazz Richard and Andy Lonergan, Symons will still need to bolster his defence if his team are to improve on the 83 goals conceded last season (2nd highest in the league). After a huge price tag followed by disappointing performances it is likely that Konstantinos Mitroglou will be on the move again with a lot of interest in the Greek striker, but expect Fulham to make a big loss. If Ross McCormack can start firing again and a couple of defensive signings are made Fulham should be challenging the top half this season.

 

COMPLETED INS; Tom Cairney – Blackburn Rovers (£2.94m), Jazz Richards – Swansea City (£494k), Andy Lonergan – Bolton (free transfer), Jamie O’Hara – Blackpool (free transfer), Ben Pringle – Rotherham United (free transfer)

COMPLETED OUTS; Bryan Ruiz – Sporting Lisbon (£1.96m), Tom Richards – Aldershot (free transfer), Gabor Kiraly – Szombathely ( free transfer), Jonathan Buatu Mananga – Waasland-Beveren (free transfer), Tim Hoogland – VfL Bochum (free transfer), Stephen Arthurworrey – Yeovil Town (loan), Maarten Stekelenburg – Southampton (loan), Hugo Rodallega (contract expired), Chris David (contract expired), Adil Chihi (contract expired)