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The Championship deals you might have missed this summer

By Chris Smith

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Published: 18:16, 28 June 2019

Whether it be to make a charge to Premier League glory, sneak into the play-offs or avoid slipping into League One, Championship clubs across the country are busy strengthening their squads.

The cash being flashed around may not be on the same monumental scale as in the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean some exciting, intriguing or even downright strange deals aren’t going through.

So we’ve picked out 11 Championship transfers you might have missed so far this summer.

1. Adam Davies

From: Barnsley

To: Stoke City

Fee: Free transfer

Wales international goalkeeper Adam Davies finally ended a five-year, 209-game spell at Barnsley by moving to Stoke City on a free transfer. The former Everton youngster played 42 games as Barnsley finished second in League One last season.

2. Bradley Collins

From: Chelsea

To: Barnsley

Fee: Free

Coming in to replace the departing Davies is 22-year-old Bradley Collins. Another youngster to have left the Chelsea ranks, Collins spent last season on loan at Burton Albion.

3. Stewart Downing

From: Middlesbrough

To: Blackburn Rovers

Fee: Free

And here we all were thinking Stewart Downing had gone back up to the North East to retire. Not quite, the former England international has now moved on a free transfer to Blackburn Rovers, who finished in a solid 15th place in the Championship last season.

4. Christian Norgaard

From: Fiorentina

To: Brentford

Fee: £3.15m

After making just six Serie A appearances for Fiorentina last season, Christian Norgaard has signed with Brentford for a £3.15m fee in what is quite a statement transfer for the Bees. The midfielder was capped no fewer than 73 times at youth level for Denmark and played 16 times in European competition with Brondby.

5. Nick Powell

From: Wigan Athletic

To: Stoke City

Fee: Free

Whether it be Manchester United or Crewe Alexandra, Nick Powell has certainly been around the block. His latest move sees him leave Wigan Athletic to join promotion hopefuls Stoke City on a free transfer. Given that he bagged eight goals and six assists last season, this could turn out to be a handy piece of business.

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6. Gary Gardner

From: Aston Villa

To: Birmingham City

Fee: Undisclosed

It’s been really hard to track both Gary and Craig Gardner, with their constant need to switch between midlands clubs. It should be a little easier now, though, with Gary joining his brother after making his loan switch from Villa to Birmingham permanent.

7. Tommy Elphick

From: Aston Villa

To: Huddersfield Town

Fee: Free

Another departure from Villa Park, it was honestly hard to see Tommy Elphick ever getting a regular spot in the Premier League next season, with Dean Smith set to strengthen his side. A move to recently relegated Huddersfield Town will suit him nicely.

8. Liam Lindsay

From: Barnsley

To: Stoke City

Fee: £2m

Stoke really have been busy so far. Following Davies to the Potteries is Scottish centre-back, Liam Lindsay, who joins up with Nathan Jones’ side having made 45 appearances in all competitions for Barnsley last season.

9. Patrick Bauer

From: Charlton Athletic

To: Preston North End

Fee: Free

After scoring a dramatic 93rd-minute winner in their 2-1 League One play-off final victory over Sunderland recently, some will be surprised to see Patrick Bauer leave for Preston but manager Alex Neil seems to have made an impression.

“It was never an easy decision,” the German defender said upon his departure. “We got promoted and the people seemed to really like me. But I really like the ambition of Preston. I had a few clubs interested but the conversations with the manager were really good.”

10. Sammy Ameobi

From: Bolton Wanderers

To: Nottingham Forest

Fee: Free

In a bid to ease their massive financial worries, Bolton have and will continue to move players on and shed their wage bill. As such, winger Sammy Ameobi has switched to Nottingham Forest after notching four goals and three assists for the Trotters last season.

11. Lee Wallace

From: Rangers

To: Queens Park Rangers

Fee: Free

Lee Wallace has undergone a rapid decline from Rangers fan favourite to total outcast since Steven Gerrard arrived at Ibrox, making just three substitute appearances last season. The Scottish left-back has now switched to QPR to replace Matt Bidwell, who was recently released at Loftus Road.