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Transfer Round-Up: A look at some summer signings in the EFL

A round-up of some of the summer signings in the EFL

30 July 2018

With the new season on the horizon, teams across the EFL will be making their final reinforcements to hit the ground running in the 2018/19 season, which makes now a perfect time to round up who’s gone where over the summer.

After attracting attention from a variety of Sky Bet Championship clubs, arguably one of the hottest prospects in the EFL has been recruited by Frank Lampard at Derby County.

Jack Marriott, who scored 33 goals in all competitions for Peterborough United last season including 27 in Sky Bet League One, became Lampard’s fourth man through the door at Pride Park.

Mo Eisa, another star of the 2017/18 campaign, has made the short journey to Bristol City, where he has signed a three-year-deal after netting 25 times in 50 outings for Cheltenham Town last season.

Tim Krul, Jack Colback and Tom Ince have all left the top flight to bolster the squads of Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Stoke City respectively, with the latter reuniting with Gary Rowett in a deal worth £10 million, which could rise to £12 million with add-ons.

Ince joins James McClean at the Bet365 Stadium, who signed from fellow relegated side West Bromwich Albion. Another winger, Callum McManaman, has returned to the club where his career began – newly promoted Wigan Athletic.

Leeds United have boosted their promotion credentials by signing Barry Douglas, the first-choice left back of last season’s Championship title winners, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Another left-sided defender on the move was Scunthorpe United’s Connor Townsend. The 25-year-old joined West Brom as they hope to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Rotherham United have also bolstered their rearguard with the signing of Sean Raggett on loan from Norwich City and goalkeeper Marek Rodak from Fulham.

Sunderland have been busy in the transfer market in preparation for life in English football’s third tier.

Manager Jack Ross made his eighth summer signing last Wednesday, with youthful and versatile striker Jerome Sinclair joining the Black Cats on loan from Watford.

Bradford City, who along with Sunderland will have their sights set on promotion, have acquired experienced midfielder Sean Scannell from Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town. The 27-year-old signed for an undisclosed fee having made over 150 senior appearances for the likes of Crystal Palace, Burton Albion and the Terriers.

Oldham Athletic have also acquired the signature of a proven EFL player in Andy Taylor. The full-back left Blackpool for a one-year-deal at Park.

However, many clubs, including Oldham, have been looking at potential. The Latics have given Leicester City loanee Daniel Iverson the number one shirt, with Bristol Rovers picking out Huddersfield’s promotion-winning defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, aged 22.

Exciting goalkeeping prospect Joel Coleman has also made his way from the Terriers to League One, signing on loan for Shrewsbury Town, along with Josh Laurent who joins from Wigan Athletic.

After selling Townsend to West Brom, Scunthorpe United moved quickly to replace the full-back and brought in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan from Manchester United.

Michael Doughty and Filipe Morais have both left clubs from higher divisions to make their mark in Sky Bet League Two, signing deals with Swindon Town and Crawley Town respectively.

Peterborough United fan-favourite Doughty, who on his signing unveiled the Robins’ new away kit, returns to Swindon after first joining in January 2016, playing a part in every Town goal early in the 2016/17 campaign before being struck by illness. Since then, the 25-year-old has run out 34 times for Posh.

Morais signed for Crawley after his contract expired at Bolton Wanderers, and was a prominent figure as they avoided the drop from the Championship last season.

The 32-year-old will link up again with Romain Vincelot, who will now look to reassure the Crawley back-line after also moving from Valley Parade. He ran out 77 times for the Bantams, becoming club captain in the process.

Port Vale have acquired the signature of midfielder Tom Conlon whilst Exeter City have bagged the services of Jimmy Oates, who starred in defence during Hereford’s promotion from National League North last season. Both players signed deals after impressing on trial at their respective clubs.

Macclesfield Town made a double transfer swoop by bringing in goalkeeper Rhys Taylor and experienced midfielder Michael Rose for their return to the EFL.

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