10 best Championship summer transfers, including Charlie Austin, Eddie Nketiah and Pontus Jansson


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The transfer window in England closed at 5pm on Thursday evening, with many clubs in the Championship still scrambling to complete deals late on in the day.

QPR announced after 6pm they had re-signed Nahki Wells from Burnley on a season-long loan, while Charlton revealed at 10pm they had clinched the signing of Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal – also on loan.

Nahki Wells completed a deadline day move back to QPR for a second spell on loan from Burnley

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Nahki Wells completed a deadline day move back to QPR for a second spell on loan from Burnley

Here talkSPORT.com takes you through some of the best deals completed this summer.

Wayne Rooney’s sensational move to Derby as player-coach has not been included in this list, as he does not join the Rams until January

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Charlie Austin (Southampton to West Brom) – £4million

Quite simply, if Austin can stay fit he will take the Championship by storm and in all likelihood West Brom will have a fantastic chance of achieving promotion.

Austin, now 30, was blighted by injuries during his three-and-a-half year stint at Southampton.

There is no doubting the striker’s pedigree, with 70 goals in 132 Championship games a mightily impressive record.

Let’s not forget it’s only four years ago that Austin was called up to the England squad after scoring 18 goals for QPR in the 2014/15 campaign.

Charlie Austin has not been a regular starter for Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuttl

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Charlie Austin has not been a regular starter for Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuttl

It was time for a fresh challenge for Austin though;  his time at Saints became sour after being alienated from first-team duties by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

There is pressure on Austin to deliver, with the Baggies looking to fill the void of former strikers Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez who scored a combined 45 goals in the Championship between them last season – but he is more than capable of producing the goods.

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal to Leeds) – Loan

talkSPORT.com recently spoke with a Championship club’s director of football who said as many as 20 clubs – essentially the whole of the second tier – wanted to sign Nketiah on loan this summer.

There was also interest from Bundesliga sides as he starred for the Gunners during pre-season.

Bristol City thought they had a deal for the highly-rated Arsenal starlet tied up with a medical booked in for Wednesday, however the 20-year-old had a change of heart and instead joined Leeds United.

Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah will spend the 2019/20 season at Championship giants Leeds United

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Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah will spend the 2019/20 season at Championship giants Leeds United

It was a huge coup for the Whites who under Marcelo Bielsa’s stewardship for a second season will be looking to end their Premier League exile and secure promotion.

At one stage it looked as though Nketiah could stay at the Emirates for the forthcoming season, Emery hinted that himself, but for his continued development the opportunity to play regular football in the Championship far outweighed being a backup striker for the Gunners.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton to Fulham) – Loan

While Knockaert has never really taken the Premier League by storm, there is no doubting his credentials at Championship level.

The Cottagers are looking to bounce back at the first attempt and earn promotion after a miserable campaign last term, and with Knockaert among their ranks they have one of the most potent players at this level at their disposal.

The last time Knockaert was in the Championship he was arguably the best player in the division when the Seagulls won promotion in 2016/17.

The Frenchman has 33 goals and 29 assists to his name in 149 appearances at this level, and there’s no doubting he’ll be adding to that this season.

Anthony Knockaert has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton with a view to a permanent deal

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Anthony Knockaert has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton with a view to a permanent deal

Krystian Bielik (Arsenal to Derby) – £9.5m

After four years with the Gunners and only two senior appearances to his name, Bielik sealed a permanent move away from the Emirates this summer to join the Rams for a club-record fee.

Bielik, who can play as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, played an integral role in Charlton’s promotion to the Championship last season via the play-offs.

The Addicks were desperate to re-sign him this summer, but it soon became apparent that a deal wasn’t feasible financially.

Krystian Bielik was a big hit on loan at Charlton

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Krystian Bielik was a big hit on loan at Charlton

And while Wayne Rooney’s sensational move to Derby caught all the headlines, the acquisition of Bielik is one of the stand-out signings of the Championship window.

On the signing, Rams boss Phillip Cocu said: “He is a young player and it is a permanent deal, which I think is a very good investment for the club.

“I am very happy he has joined the team. He will get better and develop, but for his age he is a very good player.”

Luke Amos (Tottenham to QPR) – Loan

As part of QPR’s major summer revamp they pulled off a huge coup when they sealed a season-long loan deal for the highly-regarded Tottenham youngster.

Amos, 22,  joined Spurs’ academy when he was nine years old and has enjoyed productive loan spells at both Southend United and Stevenage.

Tottenham youngster Luke Amos, left, is set to take the Championship by storm this season

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Tottenham youngster Luke Amos, left, is set to take the Championship by storm this season

The midfielder, who is clever on the ball and has real technical ability, was on the cusp of becoming a regular fixture in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans this time last year following an impressive pre-season campaign, but a serious knee injury derailed those plans.

After recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament injury, Amos is now fit and raring to go and set to make a big impression at Loftus Road.

Lee Gregory (Millwall to Stoke) – Free transfer

Much like QPR, the Potters made a vast array of changes to their squad this summer – with no less than 10 new faces coming into the Bet365 Stadium.

One of them was experienced front man Lee Gregory, who joined on a free transfer after turning down a new contract at Millwall.

Gregory scored 64 goals in 204 league appearances for the Lions after joining for £250,000 from non-league Halifax in June 2014, so will add some much needed firepower to the Stoke attack.

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Lee Gregory was a big hit during his five years at Millwall

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth to Wigan) – £3m

A summer-long pursuit of highly-regarded winger Lowe was finally resolved towards the end of last month.

The Championship club had several bids for the 25-year-old rejected before finally striking a deal with Portsmouth.

Lowe was one of the stand-out players in League One last season, notching 15 goals for Kenny Jackett’s men as they failed to win promotion to the second tier via the play-offs.

Big things will be expected of Jamal Lowe at Portsmouth

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Big things will be expected of Jamal Lowe at Portsmouth

There was some surprise regarding Lowe’s choice of club, especially considering there was interest from other clubs of a bigger stature.

However, his relationship with Wigan boss Paul Cook proved key in his decision making.

An opportunity to be reunited with Cook, the man who signed him for Portsmouth from non-league in 2016, was ultimately too good to turn down.

Lowe generally operates on the right-hand side, and loves to get the ball at his feet and drive at defences.

The former Hampton & Richmond Borough man is also a cool customer in front of goal, backed up by his impressive stats over the years.

Jonny Williams (Unattached to Charlton) – Free transfer

In the words of Harry Redknapp, Jonny Williams was a ‘breath of fresh air’ when he first turned up at Charlton in January.

It’s been well publicised that Williams, still only 25, has had his ups and downs in the professional game.

Williams’ wretched luck with injury has significantly derailed his progress, with the Wales international undoubtedly a top talent.

Jonny Williams endeared himself to the Charlton faithful during the second half of last season as they secured promotion to the Championship

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Jonny Williams endeared himself to the Charlton faithful during the second half of last season as they secured promotion to the Championship

He remains a big fans favourite at Crystal Palace, such was the impact he made during his 17-year stint there, both on and off the field.

The Addicks fought tooth and nail to secure Williams’ signature this summer after his short-term deal expired.

It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, with Williams taking a significant pay cut in order to get the deal over the line.

Williams is fit, firing and raring to go – and the rest of the Championship should watch out.

Pontus Jansson (Leeds to Brentford) – £5.5m

The Sweden defender’s arrival at Brentford was one of the biggest shocks of the Championship transfer window.

Many Leeds fans were incensed with the decision to sell Jansson, especially after they turned down a bid nearly double what they received from Russian club Krasnodar last season.

Pontus Jansson sealed a shock move to Brentford last month from Leeds

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Pontus Jansson sealed a shock move to Brentford last month from Leeds

There were conflicting stories over why Jansson left Elland Road, but talkSPORT.com understands the defender expressed a desire to move on for a new challenge.

It’s certainly a major coup for the Bees, who had a good transfer by all accounts before losing star striker Neal Maupay to Brighton for £20m and failing to get a replacement in.

Jansson, 28, was named in last season’s PFA Championship team of the year, quickly becoming a cult hero for Leeds fans after joining them back in 2016.

If he can repeat the type of performances he produced for Leeds at Brentford, there’s no doubt the no-nonsense defender – arguably the best of his kind in the division –  will quickly become a firm fans favourite at his new club, too.

Tom Eaves (Gillingham to Hull) – Free transfer

This inclusion may surprise a few, granted, but after notching 38 goals in the past two seasons in League One the 6ft 4in striker is fully deserving of a move back to the Championship.

Those contributions were also in a struggling Gillingham side which he carried on numerous occasions, thus his goalscoring feats are even more impressive.

Tom Eaves, right, was prolific in League One for Gillingham

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Tom Eaves, right, was prolific in League One for Gillingham

talkSPORT.com was made aware that a host of Championship clubs, including Charlton, were interested in the towering frontman – but the financial package put on the table by Hull meant a move to the KCOM Stadium was always likely.

With the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Kamil Grosicki and Jackson Irvine proving ammunition for Eaves this season, there is no reason why the 27-year-old can’t hit double figures for the Tigers in the Championship.

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