Transfer Update #14 – 3rd July

Brentford boss Marinus Dijkhuizen has continued to add continental flavour to his squad by adding Danish defender Andreas Bjellend on a three-year-contract. The centre-back has signed for a reported £2.1 million from Dutch club FC Twente. Bjellend has 21 caps at international level and also played Europa League football during his time in the Netherlands. He becomes ‘The Bees’ second signing of the week after Austrian midfielder Konstantin Kerschbaumer joined on Wednesday.

Cameroon international Gaeten Bong has joined Brighton and Hove Albion after his short term contract at Wigan Athletic expired. The 27-year-old gained Champions League experience with Olympiakos of Greece, after spending time in France’s top division with Valenccienes. He will act as competition for veteran left back Inigo Calderon at the AMEX Stadium and will hope to force his way back onto the international scene during his two year stay with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Rotherham United have signed Emmanuel Ledesma after his contract expired at Middlesbrough. The Argentine international spent time on loan with Steve Evans men last term, scoring once in 7 appearances. He ended last season with Brighton but only made two starts.

McShane has plenty of Premier League experience
McShane has plenty of Premier League experience

Steve Clarke has strengthened Reading’s defence with the addition of Paul McShane on a free transfer. The Republic of Ireland international, 29, spent 5 seasons with Hull City before his contract ran out may. The versatile defender also had Premier League experience with the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. He also worked alongside some of greats of the game during his time at Manchester United, where he failed to make his first team debut.

The final move in the Championship is Jazz Richards transfer to Fulham for an undisclosed fee. The full-back concluded last season with ‘The Cottagers’, and the move was always on the cards as he failed to nail down a permanent place in the Swansea City team under Garry Monk. Richards made 51 appearances during his time with ‘The Swans’, 11 of which came last season. He drops down to the second tier looking for regular first team football, as well as helping Fulham back to the top flight.

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