Huddersfield will have no immediate plans to aim for promotion and will probably fizzle out to a bottom half finish again this season. If they are to press on up the table defensive signings will be needed to put a dent in the 75 goals conceded last season. The fans should be happy in getting near enough £2m for Conor Coady, and will be hoping it is reinvested so that ambitions can be moved in the direction of a top half finish.
COMPLETED INS; Kyle Dempsey – Carlisle (£294k), Jason Davidson – West Brom (free transfer), Dean Whitehead – Middlesbrough (free transfer)
COMPLETED OUTS; Conor Coady – Wolverhampton Wanderers (£1.96m), Jake Carroll – Hartlepool United (free transfer), Jon Stead – Notts County (free transfer), Danny Carr – Cambridge United (free transfer), Joe Wright – Accrington Stanley (loan), Martin Paterson (contract expired), Anthony Gerrard (contract expired), Oscar Gobern (contract expired)
Looking at Hull City’s activity in the window so far it is clear to see that they are adapting to the wage budget structure they will be faced with in the Championship this season. Losing a talented player such as Tom Ince won’t have been ideal for Steve Bruce but making over £3m profit from just over £1m of investment will have sweetened the deal considerably. Despite releasing several first team players Steve Bruce still has a good squad at his disposal and replacing Steve Harper is likely to be his only concern on achieving a promotion challenging squad.
COMPLETED INS; –
COMPLETED OUTS; Tom Ince – Derby County (£4.69m), Steve Harper (contract expired), Mark Oxley – Hibernian (free transfer), Paul McShane – Reading (free transfer), Stephen Quinn – Reading (free transfer), Liam Rosenior – Brighton (free transfer), Yannick Sagbo – Umm-Salal (free transfer), Maynor Figueroa (contract expired), Johnny Margetts (contract expired), Joe Dudgeon (contract expired)
The big deal of Ipswich Town window is obviously Tyrone Mings moving to Bournemouth just under £8m, although they’ve lost a promising young English left back they do have Jonathon Parr in the ranks to replace him. Mick McCarthy will however need to improve the depth of his defensive players if they are lodge another play-off chasing campaign and the £7.91m received should help achieve this. Although keeping hold of Daryl Murphy could be as good as any signing McCarthy makes this transfer window after Middlesbrough were reported to have bid £4m for last season’s Championship top scorer.
COMPLETED INS; Brett Pitman – Bournemouth (undisclosed), Josh Yorwerth – Cardiff City (free transfer), Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal (loan), Ryan Fraser – Bournemouth (loan)
COMPLETED OUTS; Tyrone Mings – Bournemouth (£7.91m), Anthony Wordsworth – Southend (free transfer), Jack Marriot – Luton Town (free transfer), Omar Sowunmi – Yeovil Town (free transfer)
Early business from Uwe Rosler saw him strengthen the heart of his defence as well as providing him with an outlet up top in Chris Wood, but he insists he isn’t finished in this window and is in no rush to sign players. For a club of Leeds’ stature the bottom half finish achieved last season will have been disappoint and the fans and board will hope Rosler can turn them around this season, starting with the addition of new players. With the release of 3 midfielders it is likely this will be the area Rosler will strengthen in come the end of the window, whilst a new striker may need to be considered if Sheffield United snap up Billy Sharp. If Byram is a Leeds United player come the end of the window this will no doubt be a positive step for the club and the upcoming season.
COMPLETED INS; Sol Bamba – Palermo (undisclosed), Chris Wood – Leicester City (undisclosed), Charlie Horton – Cardiff City (undisclosed), Lee Erwin – Motherwell (free transfer)
COMPLETED OUTS; Aidan White – Rotherham United (free transfer), Rodolph Austin (contract expired), Michael Tonge (contract expired), Stuart Taylor (contract expired), Alex Cairns (contract expired), Dan Atkinson (contract expired), Zac Thompson (contract expired)
Despite last seasons heartbreak in the play-off final against Norwich Aitor Karanka is still confident on reaching the Premier League this time out. If he is to guide Middlesbrough to promotion Karanka will have to find a replacement for Patrick Bamford who netted 17 times last year and his sights have been set on Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy. Other than the new striker not much else needs to change at Boro who boasted the best defence in the Championship last season only conceding 37.
COMPLETED INS; Alex Baptiste – Bolton Wanderers (free transfer)
COMPLETES OUTS; Luke Williams – Scunthrope United (undisclosed), Emmanuel Ledesma – Rotherham United (free transfer), Dean Whitehead – Huddersfield Town (free transfer), David Atkinson – Carlisle United (free transfer), Ryan Brobbel (contract expired), Seb Hines (contract expired)
Milton Keynes Dons
The highlight of the window for MK Dons and Karl Robinson will no doubt be the arrival of Simon Church from Charlton. The Welsh international is well established in the Championship and on the international stage with his best spell of form coming whilst playing at Reading in the 2011/12 season. It will be a difficult and testing window for Karl Robinson who has already stated that he has the budget of a bottom three club despite the sale of Dele Alli to Tottenham. With virtually all of the squad still intact from last seasons promotion display maybe the signing of a couple of squad players will prove worthy enough to keep them in the Championship. One thing is for sure, it will be a tough season for MK Dons in one of the most difficult leagues around.
COMPLETED INS; Joe Walsh – Crawley Town (undisclosed), Dale Jennings – Barnsley (free transfer), Cody Cropper – Southampton (free transfer), Simon Church – Charlton Athletic (free transfer)
COMPLETED OUTS; Danny Green – Luton Town (free transfer)
Due to the FFP embargo Nottingham Forest have been limited to free transfers and loans only during this window and Matthew Mills and Jamie Ward are the only players to join Dougie Freedman’s squad thus far. Defence is certainly the area Freedman will want to improve on this season to cut down on the 69 goals conceded last term as well as replace goalkeeper Karl Darlow who returned to Newcastle following the end of is loan deal. Another cause for concern is the still injured Britt Assombalonga who will need a temporary replacement if Forest are to fire themselves into the play-offs this season.
COMPLETED INS; Matthew Mills – Bolton Wanderers (free transfer), Jamie Ward – Derby County (free transfer)
COMPLETED OUTS; Greg Halford – Rotherham United (free transfer), Louis Lang – Motherwell (free transfer), Jamie Mackie – QPR (free transfer), Danny Collins – Rotherham United (free transfer), Lars Veldwijk – PEC Zwolle (loan)
Preston North End
Out of the three clubs promoted to the Championship last season it would be fair to say Preston have done the best business in this summer’s transfer window as sealing strikers Jermaine Beckford and Will Keane will no doubt play a huge part in their season. Simon Grayson will have to look towards adding depth to his defence for this season however as a busy schedule and only five defensive players available is unlikely to be a forgiving combination. Grayson has experience in this league though and if he is able to do more business before the end of the window his Preston side should be able to survive this season.
COMPLETED INS; Jermaine Beckford – Bolton Wanderers (free transfer), Paul Gallagher – Leicester City (free transfer), Will Keane – Manchester United (loan)
COMPLETED OUTS; Thorston Stuckmann – Doncaster Rovers (free transfer), David Buchanan – Northampton Town (free transfer), Lee Holmes – Exeter City (free transfer), Keith Keane – Cambridge United (free transfer), Scott Laird – Scunthorpe United (free transfer), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake – Chesterfield (free transfer), Scott Wiseman – Scunthorpe United (free transfer), Jack King – Scunthorpe United (free transfer), Kevin Davies (contract expired)
Queens Park Rangers
Chris Ramsey was appointed as QPR manager following the clubs relegation from the Premier League and despite rumours of a huge financial fair play fine the club have still been able to conduct business in this window. QPR have splashed £4.5m so far this summer on Swindon Town’s Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin, whilst striker Sebastian Polter joined from Mainz for around £1m. Chris Ramsey still has a large portion of last seasons squad available to him and although some players may have to be shifted on to look after the clubs finances, keeping hold of the likes of Charlie Austin, Leroy Fer and Sandro will no doubt be a huge step towards getting the London club back to the top flight.
COMPLETED INS; Sebastian Polter – 1.FSV Mainz 05 (£1m), Jamie Mackie – Nottingham Forest (free transfer), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – Bristol City (free transfer), Massimo Luongo – Swindon Town (£3m), Ben Gladwin – Swindon Town (£500k), Tyler Blackwood – University of South Florida (free transfer)
COMPLETED OUTS; Adel Taraabt – Benfica (free transfer), Jordan Gibbons – Yeovil Town (free transfer), Max Ehmer – Gillingham (free transfer), Coll Donaldson – Dundee United (free transfer), Michael Harriman – Wycombe Wanderers (loan), Richard Dunne (contract expired), Joey Barton (contract expired), Bobby Zamora (contract expired), Shaun Wright-Phillips (contract expired), Brian Murphy (contract expired), Bruno Andrade (contract expired), Jamie Sendles-White (contract expired), Rio Ferdinand (retired)
Steve Clarke has set out to put his stamp on his Reading team this season which saw him release five first team players with four coming the other way in what has already been a busy transfer window for Reading. Clarke has had considerable backing from the Thai owners in the signing of players and the owners have promised more signings to the Royals fans. With the deal for Ali Al-Habsi looking to be completed in the near future a deal for a striker will almost certainly be done before the season starts, whilst a full-back and winger are also signings which are needed by the Berkshire club. Steve Clarke has set his sights on promotion this season and chief executive Nigel Howe believes scoring goals is the way to achieve this, who the club are eyeing to help the cause is yet to be confirmed however.
COMPLETED INS; Orlando Sa – Legia Warsaw (£1m), Stephen Quinn – Hull City (free transfer), Paul McShane – Hull City (free transfer), Jonathon Bond – Watford (free transfer), Ali Al-Habsi (free transfer)
COMPLETED OUTS; Adam Federici – Bournemouth (free transfer), Alex Pearce – Derby County (free transfer), Jem Karacan – Galatasaray (free transfer), Mikkel Andersen – FC Midtjylland (free transfer), Danny Guthrie (contract expired), Jure Travner (contract expired), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (contract expired), Zat Knight (contract expired)
Rotherham just managed to survive last season despite a late three point deduction for fielding an illegal player. Steve Evans has made 5 defensive signings in this window as well as adding the versatile Aidan White and attacking midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma to his squad. Evans will hope these signings can improve the 22% of games Rotherham achieved a clean sheet in last year, whilst holding on to Matt Derbyshire will also be a vital task for Steve Evans this window if they are to survive another season.
COMPLETED INS; Greg Halford – Nottingham Forest (free transfer), Danny Collins – Nottingham Forest (free transfer), Emmanuel Ledesma – Middlesbrough (free transfer), Aidan White – Leeds United (free transfer), Lewis Buxton – Sheffield Wednesday (free transfer), Joe Mattock – Sheffield Wednesday (free transfer), Tom Thorpe – Manchester United (free transfer),
COMPLETED OUTS; Ben Pringle – Fulham (free transfer), Mitch Rose – Mansfield Town (free transfer), Mat Sadler – Shrewsbury Town (free transfer), Danny Rowe – Wycombe Wanderers (free transfer), Craig Morgan – Wigan Athletic (free transfer), Rob Milsom – Notts County (free transfer), Richard Brindley – Colchester United (free transfer), Tony Thompson (contract expired), Mark Bradley (contract expired), Peter Denton – Hartlepool United (free transfer)
A mid-table finish for Sheffield Wednesday last season also saw them as the lowest scoring club outside of the bottom three. Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal was appointed earlier this month and you’d have thought he will be looking to get the most out of new signings Matias and Sasso who joined from the Portuguese league. Goal scoring will be an issue the new manager will no doubt be thinking of addressing and despite the four first team strikers at his disposal a renowned goal scorer may be the key to a higher finish this season. Wednesday have bolstered their defence and midfield considerably however making seven signings so far this window, and with the backing of new Thai owners it is shaping up to be a good season for Sheffield Wednesday fans.
COMPLETED INS; Marco Matias – Nacional (£2.17m), Darryl Lachman – FC Twente (undisclosed), Ross Wallace – Burnley (free transfer), Lewis Price – Crystal Palace (free transfer), Jack Hunt – Crystal Palace (loan), Alex Lopez – Celta de Vigo (loan), Vincent Sasso – Braga (loan)
COMPLETED OUTS; Lewis Buxton – Rotherham United (free transfer), Rafael Floro – Belenenses (free transfer), Joe Mattock – Rotherham United (free transfer), Jacques Maghoma – Birmingham City (free transfer), Gary Madine – Bolton Wanderers (free transfer), Kamil Zayatte (contract expired), Giles Coke (contract expired), Paul Corry (contract expired), Matt Young (contract expired), Rhys McCabe (contract expired), Dejan Kelhar (contract expired), Chris Kirkland (contract expired)
Kenny Jackett’s Wolves team missed out on the play-offs by goal difference last season, but the Welshman has been fairly quiet in the transfer window thus far. Jackett made two additions to his midfield in Conor Coady and Jed Wallace but will have to find a replacement for Bakary Sakho if his team are to overcome the disappointment of last season and secure a top 6 finish. Bakary Sakho chose against signing a new contract come the end of the 2014/15 season in which he netted 15 times whilst assisting 10.
COMPLETED INS; Conor Coady – Huddersfield (£1.96m), Jed Wallace – Portsmouth (£270k)
COMPLETED OUTS; Sam Ricketts – Coventry City (free transfer), George Swan – York City (free transfer), Jake Cassidy – Oldham Athletic (free transfer), Tomasz Kuszczak – Birmingham City (free transfer), Leon Clarke – Bury (free transfer), Liam McAlinden – Shrewsbury Town (loan), Bakary Sakho (contract expired)