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EFL Transfer round-up: Friends reunited, new contracts and Aston Villa's WhatsApp

7 July 2017

Another week has passed on the road to the 2017/18 season, and a number of notable transfers were made once more. Arguably, the biggest of all came at Villa Park on Monday morning.

Clubs are constantly thinking of new ways of announcing new signings, and Aston Villa's WhatsApp conversation certainly got people talking.

The content of the group chat confirmed the arrival of former Chelsea and England captain, John Terry, who has taken Jonathan Kodjia's number 26 shirt and has set his sights on a top-flight return.

Craven Cottage was celebrating once again, but it wasn't an incoming transfer which caught the eye on Monday. Not long after Ryan Sessegnon committed his future to Fulham, midfield general Tom Cairney also put pen-to-paper on a new deal.

It has been a busy week for goalkeepers in the EFL, with several making moves this week. Bristol Rovers weren't settling for just one though – they announced both Adam Smith and Sam Slocombe on Thursday.

AFC Wimbledon, Blackpool, Bradford City and Luton Town were among the others to sign up a pair of safe hands to their squad this week.

The Bantams, who launched their new away kit this week, added a new midfield pair too, with Jake Reeves and Alex Gilliead arriving at Valley Parade in time to model the new shirt.

After signing the player voted Sky Bet League One's best left-back last term, Millwall have now moved for Fleetwood Town's Conor McLaughlin, who was named the star performing right-back in the EFL in 2016/17.

Two players made the move to their local rivals on Thursday, with Jon Obika moving from Swindon Town to become Pep Clotet's first Oxford United acquisition.

The other to make a short trip was Jimmy Ryan, departing Fleetwood for Blackpool.

But there was no hostility at Wigan Athletic, who moved to bring in Gavin Massey from Leyton Orient. The winger can now rekindle his bromance with Alex Gilbey, who played together at Colchester United prior to 2016/27.

Stand-out signings from the past week

John Terry – Chelsea to Aston Villa
Andre Wisdom – Liverpool to Derby County
George Boyd – Burnley to Sheffield Wednesday
Ben Williams – Bury to Blackpool
Rouven Sattelmaier – Stuttgarter Kickers to Bradford City
James Shea – AFC Wimbledon to Luton Town
George Long – Sheffield United to AFC Wimbledon (loan)
Adam Smith and Sam Slocombe – Northampton Town and Blackpool to Bristol Rovers
Jake Reeves – AFC Wimbledon to Bradford City
Barrie McKay – Rangers to Nottingham Forest
Conor McLaughlin – Fleetwood Town to Millwall
Gavin Massey – Leyton Orient to Wigan Athletic
Tom Aldred – Blackpool to Bury
Jon Obika – Swindon Town to Oxford United
Jimmy Ryan – Fleetwood Town to Blackpool
Richard Stearman – Fulham to Sheffield United

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