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EFL Championship Transfer News: Real Madrid Goalkeeper on the verge of signing for Leeds United; Bournemouth plotting a bid for Championship defender and more - January 16, 2019

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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604   //    16 Jan 2019, 20:55 IST

Leeds United are on the cusp of a significant signing.
Leeds United are on the cusp of a significant signing.

Hello and welcome to the EFL Championship Transfer corner.

The transfer window is into its third week, and a lot has been happening in and the around the second tier of English football with players from top European clubs linked to a move to the Championship.

Hence without much ado, let's look at whats today's edition of transfer round-up has in store for us.


#4 Sunderland make a new offer for Will Grigg

Grigg is frustrated with lack of game time.
Grigg is frustrated with lack of game time.

According to the HITC Transfer News, Sunderland has made a new offer for Wigan Athletic striker, Will Grigg after an initial offer of £250,000 was turned down. The Northern Ireland International is reportedly frustrated with his lack of playing time at Wigan and wants a move to Sunderland this January.

Despite not getting enough chances, there is no doubt about the quality of the player. The 27-year-old is a proven goal scorer who netted in 19 times in the 2017-18 campaign and would surely add extra firepower for the Black Cats going forward.


#3 Bournemouth wants to sign Chris Mepham from Brentford

Mepham is targetted by Premier League clubs.
Mepham is targetted by Premier League clubs.

It's no mystery that Premier clubs often got linked to players from the Championship, with Chris Mepham from Brentford being the latest. According to reports, Bournemouth wants to sign the defender who also beckons interest from Southampton.

It's believed that Mepham is a long term target for Eddie Howe whose earlier bid of £10 million was rejected by Brentford. The Cherries would now have to shell out £15 million to ward off any interest from the Saints.

Chris is currently out with injuries, but that won't hinder Eddie Howe's pursuit for the defender who already has more appearances in the 2018-19 season and is crucial for Brentford in their bid to avoid relegation at the end of the campaign. He is regarded highly in the Championship with the potential of becoming a top defender in the Premier League as well.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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