Top Ten Eye-Catching Summer Transfers Outside The Premier League

Which EFL clubs have caught the eye this summer?
10:00, 06 Aug 2023

The Premier League’s biggest transfers always hit the headlines. Whether it’s Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool, Pau Torres to Aston Villa or Declan Rice to Arsenal, those big stars garner all the attention. However in the Football League and beyond we have seen a whole host of intriguing moves. Here’s our top ten, in no particular order. 

Haji Wright to Coventry City

The loss of Viktor Gyokeres for €24m, combined with new owner Doug King, has for the first time in a generation meant the Sky Blues are splashing the cash. Among a host of new additions comes American striker Haji Wright, who joins for a club record fee of £7.7m. Having averaged one goal every two games for Antalyaspor, will he be worth the money for Coventry?

Lee Buchanan to Birmingham City

Another Championship club that have put their hands in their pockets this summer. Birmingham City’s new owners have meant there should be clearer skies ahead and their most interesting transfer to date is the arrival of Werder Bremen left-back Lee Buchanan, formerly of Derby County. He joins for a fee of just over £1m and is one to watch. 


Ethan Ampadu to Leeds United

Leeds United may have been relegated and lost several players on loan, but their big name arrival is Welsh international Ethan Ampadu for £7m. After a host of loan spells, it will be intriguing to see if the 22-year-old can flourish at Elland Road. 

Stephy Mavdidi to Leicester City

Another relegated side that have lost several stars, Leicester City have gone out and brought in former Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavdidi for £6m. Most recently at Montpellier, the left-winger is highly rated and at 25, could tear the Championship apart. 

Bali Mumba to Plymouth Argyle

A key member of their title-winning side last term, eyebrows were raised when Plymouth Argyle bought Bali Mumba back to Home Park on a permanent basis. Signing from Norwich in a deal worth just £1m, it feels like the Canaries have let a potential superstar slip through their fingers. 

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Ruben Rodrigues to Oxford United

Oxford United look set for a decent tilt at promotion this term under Liam Manning and their eye-catching arrival came early in the window as Ruben Rodrigues arrived from Notts County. As the key supplier to Macaulay Langstaff in the National League, Oxford will hope he can make the step up with ease.

James McClean to Wrexham

Wrexham were going to hit the headlines this summer, and buying one of Wigan’s key creators on the eve of the season takes some doing. For £250k they’ve brought in a set-piece specialist with Championship experience, as they look for back-to-back promotions. 

David McGoldrick to Notts County

Notts County made arguably the signing of the summer as they brought David McGoldrick back home. Despite scoring 22 goals for Derby in League One last term, he has dropped down a division. He might just be the best player League Two has ever seen. 

Aden Flint to Mansfield Town

Another team with promotion hopes in League Two are Mansfield Town, and after years of investment, they still haven’t cracked it. However, this term they have brought in the experienced Aden Flint, who is best known for his spells at Bristol City and Cardiff. 

James Norwood to Oldham Athletic

Maybe we’ve saved the best til last. Norwood played incredibly well in the League One play-off final for Barnsley and had his contract extended by a year at the end of the season. However, he’s moved to Oldham Athletic in the National League, a drop of two entire divisions. He should tear that league apart. 

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