The Free and Loan Market: Championship Targets

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The transfer window has closed, and some Championship managers are happier than others. QPR have splashed out yet more money on the wages of Niko Kranjcar, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Harry Kane. Wigan have signed Machester United starlet Nick Powell and Stoke centre-back Ryan Shotton, while projected strugglers Bournemouth and Barnsley will be pleased with the shrewd signings of Marcus Pedersen and Tokelo Rantie respectively. However, Managers up and down the league will still be looking to strengthen their squads. Here are some targets who have been mentioned:

Mohamed Sissoko

A surprise target for Reading. The former Liverpool, Juve and PSG midfielder would add experience to the spine of the side. However, this may not necessarily be the area they most need to strengthen. They are currently relying on Adam Le Fondre to supply goals, and may need some more firepower up front.

Billy Sharp

The Southampton striker has struggled for games after their promotion to the Premiership, spending most of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest. He is linked with many clubs, however a move to any may be stalled, as Southampton have stated they will not help fund his high wages. Perhaps the most likely move will be Reading, who have the money to back up the move.

Michael Keane

The Manchester United youngster spent last season on loan at Leicester. Keane played a starring role in the England U-21’s win over Moldova, and is apparently attracting interest from Blackburn. He can play at full-back or centre-back, and could definitely be a star for the future.

Saido Berahino

The Burundi born Englishman, 20, scored against Moldova in midweek. The West Brom striker has had successful spells at Brentford and Peterborough, and may be looking to play first team football at a lower level.

Carlton Cole

After being deemed ‘unfit’ by West Ham, scuppering a proposed move back to Upton Park, who knows what’s in store for the England International. His experience and ability could add to any side in the Championship. However, he has high wage demands, and his chance conversion rate was the worst in the premier league last season.

The Financial Fair Play rules have effected many teams in the division. Many teams have had to resort to loans and free transfers in order to confide to the rules. Perhaps this could be one of the busiest loan markets we have seen in a long time.

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