It’s been another busy summer transfer window for clubs up and down the country. Here’s a round-up of some of the key activity…
Gary Cahill’s trophy cabinet consists of five major domestic trophies and three European crowns. The 35-year-old’s latest challenge is one of the most difficult in sport, earning promotion from the Sky Bet Championship, having joined AFC Bournemouth under new boss Scott Parker, while Celtic’s Ryan Christie also sealed a deadline day transfer to the Cherries to gain his first experience of the English game.
Promotion rivals Fulham will be hoping the experience of Championship experience of midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah and Harry Wilson will help to maintain their place at the top.
Troy Deeney ended his 11-year love affair with Watford to join boyhood club Birmingham City.
Another high-profile striker to leave Watford was Andre Gray, who joins an already formidable front-line at Queens Park Rangers.
From further afield, Roma stopper Robin Olsen linked up with Sheffield United on loan and Joel Piroe agreed a permanent deal with Swansea City from PSV Eindhoven, plus Bright Enobakhare and Anthony Pilkington both swapped India for a return home with Coventry City and Fleetwood Town.
Experienced winger Callum McManaman ended his season-long stint in the A-League to join League Two club Tranmere Rovers, while Sheffield Wednesday provided Saido Berahino with the chance to revive his career in England after two years in Belgium.
Players rise up the ranks
Luton Town swooped for Morecambe talisman Carlos Mendes Gomes, who led the Shrimps to Sky Bet League Two promotion via the play-offs with 16 goals, including the winner at Wembley against Newport County.
Nathan Jones also added Flynn Downes to his squad, who jumps up a division following two seasons in Sky Bet League One with Ipswich Town.
Bristol City were another Championship club to recruit from the fourth tier, signing Carlisle United full-back George Tanner.
Meanwhile, Grenada international Oliver Norburn was handed the opportunity to play in the Championship for the first time by newly-promoted Peterborough United, having spent three seasons in League One with Shrewsbury Town.
Loan deals for talented Premier League youngsters
With the likes of England stars Harry Kane, Reece James and Kyle Walker all benefitting from loan moves to the EFL, it’s no surprise that Premier League Clubs continue to flood the League with their most promising young talents and give them that all important taste of men’s professional football.
Among the highest profile movers, Rhys Williams will spend the year at Swansea after making 19 appearances for Liverpool last season, while highly-rated Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White was snapped up by Sheffield United.
Additionally, Manchester United trio Tahith Chong, James Garner and Ethan Laird have found temporary homes at Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Swansea, respectively.
Elsewhere, Brighton & Hove Albion teenager Jensen Weir joined Cambridge United, Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott was sent to MK Dons and Manchester City keeper James Trafford will stand between the sticks for Accrington Stanley, to name a few.