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Transfers - Football: UK Round-Up

27 August 2022 11:05:02 EST
There's new arrivals at Middlesbrough for manager Chris Wilder

It's been a busy week of transfers in the Championship and further down the EFL as clubs in the second tier continue to try and improve their squads before the window closes.

Clubs are able to conduct business up until 23:00 on 1st September, so there is still time yet for them to fine-tune before a busy few months of domestic action throughout the EFL.

Cardiff land Nkounkou

Cardiff City sit in mid-table in the early Championship standings but they have been active in the market recently, bringing in Everton defender Niels Nkounkou on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old left-back has been drafted in by the Bluebirds after it was confirmed Jamilu Collins will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Nkounkou, who joined Everton on a free from Marseille in July 2020, has struggled to make any sort of impact at Goodison Park, making just two Premier League appearances, and he was sent out on loan to Belgian club Standard Liege last term.

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New winger in at Sunderland

Sunderland have made a solid start to life back in the Championship with eight points on the board from their first five games and they have moved to strengthen their squad this week with the capture of Costa Rican winger Jewison Bennette, who has joined on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 18-year-old arrives from CS Herediano in his home country and is already a Costa Rica international, making six appearances for Los Ticos.

QPR snap up Balogun

QPR have started the new campaign in disappointing fashion, winning just one of their first five games, but boss Michael Beale has been able to strengthen, signing veteran defender Leon Balogun on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old, who knows Beale well from his time working in Scotland, was a free agent after leaving Rangers at the end of last season.

After being released by Fulham, Hull City have snapped up right-back Cyrus Christie on a free transfer as the Tigers look to mount a promotion bid this season.

The Republic of Ireland international has penned a two-year deal with the option of a further year. The former Coventry City, Derby County and Middlesbrough man spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea, where he scored three times in 23 appearances.

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Hull strengthen

Hull have also this week signed Arsenal midfielder Salah-Edinne Oulad M'hand on a season-long loan deal. The 19-year-old, who has yet to make his debut for the Gunners, is highly-rated, though, and was named on the bench nine times last season by Mikel Arteta.

Another Arsenal youngster to depart on a season-long loan deal in the past week is defender Brooke Norton-Cuffy, who has joined Rotherham.

The 18-year-old, spent the second half of last season on loan at Lincoln, when he scoring one goal in 18 appearances.

Boro doing business

Middlesbrough were amongst the pre-season favourites for promotion but they have started the season poorly and are without a win in their first five games.

Boss Chris Wilder has acted this week and has boosted his options by bringing in defender Matt Clarke on a three-year contract from Brighton after earlier signing Brazilian striker Rodrigo Muniz on a season-long loan from Fulham.

Clarke, 25, has not made a senior appearance for the Seagulls but has impressed in loan spells at both Derby County and West Bromwich Albion so will hope to use his Championship experience to try to help Boro move up the table.

Muniz, meanwhile, made 28 appearances for the Cottagers last season to help them win the title and he is being tipped to make a big impact at Teesside.

Hause departs Villa for Watford

One of the more high-profile moves in the Championship went through earlier this week when Watford signed centre-back Kortney Hause on loan from Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old was originally going to be part of a deal that could have seen striker Ismaila Sarr depart for Villa Park in a transfer said to be worth around £25million but negotiations between the two clubs for Sarr broke down.

However, Hause has still made the switch to Vicarage Road where he became Rob Edwards' seventh summer signing and follows in the footsteps of Villa striker Keinan Davis, who also joined the Hornets on a season-long loan deal earlier in the window.

Watford have made an unbeaten start to 2022-23 in the Championship after five games and are certainly in contention for the title this term.

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Puscas leaves Reading for Italy

There haven't been many significant departures from Championship clubs in the past seven days but Reading striker George Puscas has left the Royals for a season-long loan to Serie B side Genoa.

The 26-year-old former Inter Milan man was in the Italian second tier in the second half of last season as well, when he notched eight goals for Pisa.

Exeter and Morecambe active in League One

In League One, Exeter City have signed midfielder Rekeem Harper from Ipswich Town on a loan deal for the rest of the season, while Bristol Rovers have signed midfielder Luke McCormick for an undisclosed fee from AFC Wimbledon.

Morecambe have drafted in Huddersfield striker Kieran Phillips, who caught the eye in League Two with both Walsall and Exeter last term, on a season-long loan deal.

Also in the third tier, Peterborough have signed Barnet forward Ephron Mason-Clark for an undisclosed fee.

League Two duo land Prem players on loan

In League Two, Colchester United have brought in midfielder Dan Chesters on loan from Premier League West Ham for the rest of the season and Salford City have also done a deal with a top-flight club after securing the services of Leeds United midfielder Jack Jenkins on loan for the remainder of the season.

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