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Another Championship News & Rumours Round-Up

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of long-term target Jack Taylor from Peterborough United. Taylor, 25, joins Ipswich on a three-year contract in a transfer that reportedly could see Ipswich part with well over £2m should several add on clauses be met. Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony described the move as ‘one of the best bits of business of the summer’. Ipswich now have a staggering NINE centre midfielders at the club so expect some movement out of Portman Road in the next few months.

Tom Ince has made a return to the Championship following relegation with Reading last season. Ince, 31, has joined Watford on an initial two-year deal and will be looking to keep up the decent form he found playing under his dad Paul for the majority of the 2022/23 campaign. The fee is believed to be nominal, but Reading will be grateful for the money it knocks off their wage bill ahead of what could be a tricky year on and off the pitch in League One.

Managerless Leeds United are keeping a close eye on Liverpool defender Nat Phillips this summer. The 26-year-old Centre Back is unlikely to get games at the Reds next season and needs a permanent move to revitalise his career after a few frustrating seasons. Leeds still need to fill their managerial vacancy and former Norwich boss Daniel Farke is the latest name to be strongly linked with a move to Ellan Road.

Paul Ince has emerged as a surprise contender for the Sheffield Wednesday job. Ince was sacked as Reading manager last season after a torrid run of games that ended up seeing the Royals relegated, but Wednesday appear to be strongly considering bringing him in. Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri recently explained he wants a manager who plays attacking football, making the link with pragmatic boss Paul Ince even more surprising. Dean Smith is also believed to be under consideration.

Millwall have agreed a deal to bring Joe Bryan to the club on a free transfer. Bryan, 29, will join the Lions on a two-year deal following his release from Fulham and will be looking to get more first-team football than he’s been given at Craven Cottage. Earlier on in the month it appeared a return to Bristol City was on the cards for Bryan, but nothing came of the Robins’ interest, allowing Gary Rowett to swoop for his top Left Back target.

Rotherham United have lost star man Chiedozie Ogbene to Luton Town on a free transfer. The Republic of Ireland international had been in talks with the Millers over a new deal but the lure of the Premier League was too good to turn down. Luton will be looking to the EFL for a lot of their targets and are believed to be keen on bringing in Ben Pearson, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City. The Potters are believed to be keen on bringing the ball winning midfielder back to the club too.

QPR face a difficult challenge to keep key players Seny Dieng, Ilias Chair and Sam Field. All three have Premier League interest and could be moved on as Rangers look to raise funds and avoid losing them for nothing at the end of the season. The R’s have been busy themselves in the market, signing Lyndon Dykes to a new deal and bringing Leyton Orient hotshot Paul Smyth back to the club on a free transfer.

Swansea City are finding a deal for Exeter City’s Josh Key difficult to do. Key, 24, is out of contract but the Grecians are due compensation if he joins an EFL club due to his age and this is leading some to look elsewhere. Swansea see Key as a top target and are trying to negotiate a deal, but Key could end up moving to Scotland where no money would be due. West Brom and Plymouth are also interested in the defender.


Daniel Stacey of talkingwigan.com

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