It seems like yesterday that last season came to close, but for the 24 clubs in the Championship the new campaign is less than two weeks away. If the second-tier managers aren’t close to getting their squads ready, it is about time they got a move on. Today’s Championship transfer roundup includes Leeds’ pursuit of an 18-year-old, West Brom’s interest in a Sporting Lisbon winger and Fulham’s signing of a Premier League forward.
Leeds have already done well during this transfer window, with the capture of Wolves’ Helder Costa on a loan deal being their best bit of business so far. However, there is still some work to be done, it seems, with the defence a priority following the departure of Pontus Jansson to Brentford. The Whites have been scouting Stade Reims’ Enzo Valentim according to Football Insider, and the recruitment team has been “blown away” by the centre-back. Marcelo Bielsa and co are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old as they line up a bid for him.
Portugal has been a happy hunting ground for West Brom so far this summer, with Benfica’s Filip Krovinovic signing for the Baggies on a loan deal. And they are now returning to the country in their attempts to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Matheus Pereira. It was originally reported last week (Record via Birmingham Live) that Slaven Bilic and co were eyeing the 23-year-old. Sunday’s print edition of Record (via Sport Witness) reported that there could be a development soon in regards to the Midlands club’s pursuit of the winger, but Schalke 04 are also looking at taking him to Gelsenkirchen.
Fulham will have been disappointed at getting relegated last season, especially having spent so much last summer as they prepared for their first campaign back in the Premier League. Whilst this transfer window will not be as busy, they are still hoping to bring in some quality to boost their promotion push. They had already signed one top-tier winger in Ivan Cavaleiro, and now they have added another in Anthony Knockaert. Like Cavaleiro, the 27-year-old has joined the Cottagers on a season-long loan. Fulham also have the option of a permanent deal should they wish to keep the Brighton man beyond the end of the current campaign.