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Championship transfer round-up: Charlton & Huddersfield busy, Bristol City man in-demand, Aston Villa met by huge player valuation

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With pre-season slowly edging closer, the pressure on clubs to complete new signings ready to gel a squad together ahead of the new campaign is gradually increasing.

As a result, more activity is taking place and more rumours are emerging as sides in the Championship in particular look to get those new additions finalised sooner rather than later, especially with the earlier close of the window for those in the second tier this summer.

Here, we take a look at some of the done deals and rumours currently doing the rounds in our latest transfer round-up.

Charlton strengthen attacking options with first summer signing

Following their promotion from League One via the play-offs, Charlton have now secured their first signing since returning to the Championship, after announcing the signing of Macauley Bonne from Leyton Orient on Monday.

The 23-year-old striker hit 23 goals in 46 league appearances last season to help Leyton Orient win promotion to League Two as National League champions, and has now moved to The Valley on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.

This will be Bonne’s first season at Championship level, and it appears Charlton have pulled off a coup in ensuring he plays it at The Valley, with Sun reporter Phil Cadden revealing that Leeds, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield had all also been interested in the striker.

Huddersfield complete free transfer signing

Another club returning to the Championship after time away recently – albeit in a different division to Charlton – Huddersfield have also made moves to strengthen their side with their first signing of the summer transfer window in recent days.

On Saturday, The Terriers confirmed the signing of Tommy Elphick on a free transfer following his release from newly promoted Aston Villa at the end of last season.

Elphick, who spent last season on loan elsewhere in the Championship with Hull, has joined Huddersfield on a two year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

Brentford slap big price tag on Aston Villa target

One player who has been linked with a move out of the Championship is Brentford’s Said Benrahma.

The winger, who provided a league high 14 assists last season, is a target for former manager Dean Smith at Aston Villa, with Sky Sports already reporting that Brentford have rejected a bid from the newly promoted Premier League outfit for the Algerian.

Now The Bees have named their price for Benrahma, with The Sun reporting that the Championship side have placed a £20million price tag on the 23-year-old in a bid to ward off potential interest.

Bristol City defender interesting top flight clubs

Another player attracting Premier League interest is Bristol City defender Adam Webster.

The 24-year-old centre back enjoyed an impressive debut season at Ashton Gate last season after joining from Ipswich, and his performance’s appear to have attracted the attention of a number of top tier sides.

According to The Mirror transfer blog (15/06,20:26PM), Wolves, Watford, Newcastle, Southampton and Burnley are all interested in a move for Webster, who has three more years remaining on his contract with The Robins.

Hull deal hits stumbling blocks

Hull City’s transfer window plans appear to have been hampered by the departure of manager Nigel Adkins.

The Hull Daily Mail have reported that Adkins had been keen on bringing Josh Vela to the KCOM Stadium, but any potential move for the midfielder or any other player has been put on hold after Adkins announced he will not be extending his contract with Hull when his current deal expires at the end of the month.

Vela is a free agent after announcing that he will not be extending his own contract at Bolton Wanderers after that expired at the end of the season, meaning that while Hull look to get a new manager in place, other clubs could move to secure Vela’s services for the coming season.


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