Championship club-by-club transfer latest: July 15

Sports Mole casts its eye over the transfer activity of clubs in the Championship from the past week.

With less than a month until the new Championship season starts, time is running out for clubs to finalise their squads for the big kickoff.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the second tier's transfer activity over the past week.

Birmingham City

Lee Clark got most of his transfer work done at the start of the summer, but the Blues have been linked with a move for Rotherham's Alex Revell.

Alex Revell of Rotherham United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Brentford and Rotherham United at Griffin Park, on October 05, 2013 © Getty Images

One other confirmed move this week, with Amari'i Bell moving to Mansfield Town on loan until January.

Blackburn Rovers

Rovers received a huge boost last week when star striker Jordan Rhodes put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension. Veteran midfielder David Dunn and Swedish full-back Marcus Olsson also signed new deals.

A new face at Ewood Park is Alex Baptiste, who has joined on loan from Lancashire neighbours Bolton Wanderers, while Leon Best and Ruben Rochina could be on their way out. Alex Marrow, meanwhile, has joined Carlisle United after leaving Rovers.


Elliot Grandin of Crystal Palace during a Pre Season Friendly between Crystal Palace and Lazio at Selhurst Park on August 10, 2013© Getty Images

The Seasiders are reportedly considering a move to re-sign Elliot Grandin after his contract expired recently. There will, however, be competition from several other clubs for his signature.

Blackpool are also one of the clubs believed to be eyeing Cameroonian free-agent striker Eric Matoukou.

Bolton Wanderers

One of the quietest Championship clubs this summer, Bolton continue to struggle to sign new faces. One move at the newly-renamed Macron Stadium this week, with Alex Baptiste heading to Blackburn.


After signing main target Callum Wilson, Eddie Howe seems to have slowed down in the market. One player the Cherries are keeping tabs on is Mathieu Baudry, who reportedly has a buyout clause in his Leyton Orient contract.

Mathieu Baudry of Leyton Orient scores the first goal of the game for his side during the Sky Bet League One match between Preston North End and Leyton Orient at Deepdale on February 15, 2014© Getty Images


The Bees are another club thought to be interested in the aforementioned Baudry and are also reportedly lining up a move for Preston North End frontman Joe Garner.

Farid El Alagui, meanwhile, has left to join Edinburgh side Hibernian.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Sami Hyypia finally signed a player this week by adding veteran defender Aaron Hughes on a one-year contract.

Fulham's Aaron Hughes in action against Sunderland on August 17, 2013© Getty Images

The Seagulls might struggle to keep their number-one asset though, with Leicester City expected to increase their offer for Leonardo Ulloa.

Cardiff City

After a strong performance battling the best in the business at the World Cup, Gary Medel looks likely to leave the Bluebirds and Inter Milan have confirmed their interest in the Chilean.

Two other players possibly on their way out are Fraizer Campbell and Steven Caulker, with Crystal Palace registering interest in both. Meanwhile, Ben Nugent has joined Yeovil Town on loan until the New Year.

Charlton Athletic

Andre Bikey of Middlesbrough in action during the npower Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough at Hillsborough Stadium on May 4, 2013© Getty Images

A really busy week at The Valley, with four new players - Andre Bikey, Tal Ben Haim, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and George Tucudean - arriving in South London.

Derby County

The Rams finally landed a new right-back by signing Cyrus Christie from Coventry City.

Christie's arrival could signal the end of Kieron Freeman's time with Derby, but Sheffield United's bid for him was turned down.


One arrival over the past week at Craven Cottage, with 20-year-old Greek international Konstantinos Stafylidis joining on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

Two players have left the club - Pajtim Kasami to Olympiacos and Kieran Richardson to Aston Villa.

Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy said that the club would continue its policy to not fork out transfer fees for players, but then landed goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski from Notts County for an undisclosed fee.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy applauds during a game on November 27, 2012© Getty Images

The fee is likely to be small, though, as the clubs had previously agreed on a free transfer to get Bialkowski off County's books.

Leeds United

After losing star man Ross McCormack to Fulham, Leeds have tried to make up for his loss with three new arrivals from Italy this week. Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and midfielder Tommaso Bianchi both signed four-year contracts, while striker Souleymane Doukara has moved to Elland Road on loan from Catania.

Two other frontmen that the Whites are said to be keeping tabs on are AC Milan teenager Andrea Petagna and free agent Nile Ranger.


Jelle Vossen of Racing Genk in action during the Jupiler League match between Club Brugge and Racing Genk at the Jan Breydel Stadium on April 16, 2014 © Getty Images

Despite Jelle Vossen wanting to join Boro, Genk don't want to let him go and rejected a £3.1m bid from the Teesside club. If Boro are able to push through a move for the striker, he will replace Lukas Jutkiewicz, who has joined Burnley in the Premier League.

Boro did manage to capture one player this week, bringing in Kike from Real Murcia. There is also interest from Nottingham Forest in Albert Adomah, and Boro are believed to have turned down a bid from them.


After initially chatting to Bobby Zamora about a move to The Den, Ian Holloway confirmed that he would miss out as Zamora is re-signing with QPR.

Millwall are also believed to be tracking the aforementioned Grandin and Matoukou, as well as a move for Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan.

Norwich City

There is expected to be plenty more Premier League interest in some of Norwich's best players, with Leroy Fer being eyed up by QPR and Arsenal reportedly looking at John Ruddy.

Nathan Redmond of Norwich City holds off the challenge of Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road on February 8, 2014© Getty Images

Nathan Redmond is another of the Canaries' top assets and both Southampton and Stoke City are believed to have failed with bids for the young winger.

Nottingham Forest

While Tottenham Hotspur are the latest club to be linked with a move for Jamaal Lascelles, there have been arrivals at the City Ground this week. Former Barcelona youngster Roger Riera has signed a two-year deal, while Mikele Leigertwood looks set to follow.

Stuart Pearce is also interested in Albert Adomah, but didn't like the look of Rafik Djebbour, who has left the club by mutual consent.


The Royals continue to bluntly go about their business as the Thai takeover is yet to be confirmed. The club have announced their new squad numbers and there wasn't one for Royston Drenthe, who will be on his way.

Rotherham United

After bringing in loads of new faces at the start of the summer, Rotherham have quietened down slightly over the past couple of weeks. They did try to tie down Kieran Agard, but couldn't convince him to sign a new contract.

Kieran Agard of Rotherham United celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet League One Play Off Semi Final Second Leg between at Rotherham United and Preston North End at The New York Stadium on May 15, 2014© Getty Images

The Millers also reportedly made a £600,000 bid for Massimo Luongo, but were turned away by Swindon Town.

Sheffield Wednesday

A boost for the Owls this week was Glenn Loovens re-signing on a one-year contract and being awarded the club captaincy. Jose Semedo also penned a new deal at Hillsborough.


Will the Hornets be able to keep Troy Deeney? The latest club to be linked with a move for the striker are Swansea City, who have reportedly made a bid upwards of £5m.

Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road on March 25, 2014© Getty Images

Watford might also lose promising teenager Ogo Obi, with Manchester United taking him on trial.

Wigan Athletic

A new face at the DW Stadium this week with the arrival of Don Cowie after his release by Cardiff City.

Gary Caldwell has also penned a new deal that will see him take on a player-coach role with the Latics.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves will reportedly battle Brentford for the signing of Joe Garner, while boss Kenny Jackett expects Bakary Sako to stay, but David Davis to go.

Zeli Ismail of Wolves battles with Sam Saunders of Brentford during the Sky Bet League One game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford at Molineux on November 23, 2013© Getty Images

Zeli Ismail, meanwhile, has chosen to go on loan to Notts County after previously being heavily linked with a temporary switch to Aberdeen.

Coventry's Callum Wilson with his League One Player of the Month award on April 3, 2014
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