With the transfer window slamming shut on the 1st September, expect a flurry of activity this week and don’t be surprised if some of the top flight teams begin targeting some of the Championship’s best players, Andrew Musgrove looks at who may move before the end of the week.
1 – Troy Deeney (Watford)
The Hornets forward notched 20 goals last season as Gianfranco Zola’s men were defeated in the playoff final and has carried on his good form in the opening weeks of the 2013/14 campaign with 5 goals in four games. While more than happy at Vicarage Road as Watford look to rectify the failure of last season, Deeney would relish the chance to prove himself at a higher level and Newcastle United have been linked with a late move for the Englishman.
2 – Will Hughes (Derby County)
After a stunning debut season last year, this exciting midfielder has caught the eye of many top flight teams and as the transfer window enters the final week the fiery haired youngster has been linked with a move to Liverpool. Derby manager Nigel Clough believes that despite the interest of the Merseyside club, 18 year-old Hughes will ‘still be playing for Derby next week’ [once the window closes] however, the Reds have money to spend and County might find it difficult to turn down a bid exceeding £10m.
3 – Tom Ince (Blackpool FC)
Having already turned down Cardiff City due to personal reasons, a move away from Blackpool does seem unlikely for Ince but they say that nothing in football should surprise you. Newcastle United have been linked, as have Spurs and Everton so the winger is not short of admirers however the price tag of a rumoured £15m may be enough to scare off any potential buyers. His father and Seasider’s manager Paul Ince will be hoping to keep his son at the club as they currently sit joint top of the Championship after four games.
4 – Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)
There are many top flight teams still looking for fire power upfront and expectations of JordanRhodes remain as high as ever and should a last minute bid come in then Rovers may consider it. The 23 year-old hit 27 goals last season and with the club looking far from title contenders, he may fancy a move into the Premier League. Hull City, Cardiff City and West Ham United would all be potential suitors of the striker
5 – James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)
The Republic of Ireland international has been attracting top flight attention all summer with Arsenal, Newcastle United, Everton and Spurs all linked with the FA Cup winner. He was one of the highlights of Wigan’s relegation season and Owen Coyle will be desperate to hold onto the 22 year-old to help in the club’s promotion bid and have placed a price tag of a reported £15m on McCarthy’s head. Going into the final week of the transfer window, Sky Sports have reported that both Everton and Newcastle United have bid for McCarthy, although this has been denied by local journalists.