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EFL Transfer Round-Up: Claret coups, club records and a Lance Bombardier to Bristol

21 July 2017

Aston Villa have been busy strengthening their squad ahead of their Sky Bet Championship campaign, with a further three players joining Steve Bruce’s ranks this week.

The first was announced on Wednesday, when Ahmed Elmohamady joined the club from recently relegated Hull City. Stoke City’s Glenn Whelan and Christopher Samba followed the Egyptian international through the door 24 hours later.

Sticking with the claret colours, and in to Sky Bet League One, where Northampton Town have added two new faces this week.

Matt Crooks, who was on loan at Scunthorpe United last term, put pen to paper after moving on from Rangers, before the Friday afternoon confirmation of Aaron Pierre, formerly of Wycombe Wanderers.

Bury have been another side full of transfer activity this summer, and the Shakers have signed set-piece wizard Chris Maguire to their squad this week. Lee Clark will be hoping his new man can replicated free-kicks such as this one…

Sticking with League One, Bristol Rovers brought in a new defender by the name of Tom Broadbent this week. He is leaving behind a role in the Army to join the Gas, and you can read all about his story below.

In Sky Bet League Two, Lincoln City have raided Peterborough United for Harry Anderson and Michael Bostwick, while Cambridge United have snapped up David Forde, who was voted the division’s best goalkeeper when helping Portsmouth to promotion last season.

The EFL's Young Player of the Year, Ollie Watkins, sealed a move to Brentford this week. The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season last term, with goals like this among his Exeter City highlight reel.

Middlesbrough broke their club record transfer fee on Monday night, with the prolific Britt Assombalonga joining from Nottingham Forest. We’ve taken a look at the Teessiders in the build up to the 2017/18 season.

Click here for more on Middlesbrough and their Championship return

Finally, a mention for two of England’s successful European Under-19 Championship winning squad.

Tayo Edun of Fulham is going nowhere, but did sign a new contract until 2020 on Friday morning. Skipper of the Young Lions, Chelsea’s Jay Dasilva, then completed a season-long loan move to Charlton Athletic, where he enjoyed a successful spell last term.

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