Yesterday’s Championship transfer roundup was made up of Leeds’ interest in a Premier League defender, West Brom’s pursuit of a rival full-back and QPR’s desire to bring in a Chelsea starlet. Today’s edition shares news on another Blues youngster, the Baggies’ chase of a 22-year-old and the potential departure of a Nottingham Forest midfielder to the Premier League.
With Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, amongst others, ahead of him in the race for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge, Jake Clarke-Salter always looked set to move out on loan ahead of the new season. Leeds were reportedly interested in taking him to Elland Road, but themselves and Swansea have been beaten to his signature by another second-tier club. It has been confirmed that the 21-year-old has completed a season-long switch to Birmingham City. The England U21 international spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and played 29 games for them in the Eredivisie.
Despite signing Darnell Furlong from QPR, Slaven Bilic and West Brom are still looking to bring in another defender. According to The Daily Mail, the Baggies have enquired about re-signing Everton’s Mason Holgate on loan for the upcoming campaign. During his time at the Hawthorns last season, the 22-year-old made 23 appearances for the Midlands outfit. Since signing from Barnsley in 2015, the full-back has played 48 games for the Toffees.
Nottingham Forest have already seen nine players leave the club this summer, and it appears that a tenth may soon be walking out of the door. According to Football Insider, newly-promoted Premier League side Sheffield United are on the verge of signing midfielder Ben Osborn. The 24-year-old is reportedly already having a medical at Bramall Lane, with Forest giving the former England U20 international permission to hold talks with the Blades ahead of the expected switch. Osborn has made 230 appearances in six years at the City Ground and has scored 16 goals.