Championship Transfer News

Championship latest transfer news for 2017 – 2018 and Beyond

  • Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:02:54 +0000: Sunderland suspend midfielder Darron Gibson following drink-drive charge - Championship | The Guardian
    • Gibson was arrested after several vehicles were damaged
    • The club have launched an investigation into the incident

    Sunderland have suspended Darron Gibson with immediate effect after he was charged with drink driving.

    The club announced they have launched an investigation into an incident in which the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder was allegedly involved on Saturday.

    Related: Darron Gibson says Sunderland are ‘shit’ and criticises team-mates

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  • Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:16:34 +0000: Football League: Wolves get breathing space and Millwall's charge continues - Championship | The Guardian
    • Afobe strikes put pressure on Cardiff, Monk gets first Blues win
    • Shrews climb above Wigan, Brown lands maiden Swindon win

    Championship Fulham 2-2 Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley 0-2 Millwall, Birmingham City 3-0 Hull City, Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough, Bristol City 1-0 Ipswich Town, Leeds United 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City 3-2 Reading, Sheffield United 0-0 Nottingham Forest, Sunderland 0-2 Preston North End, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Burton Albion

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  • Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:22:43 +0000: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom, Stoke 1-2 Everton and more – as it happened - Championship | The Guardian

    Related: Kris Boyd returns to haunt Rangers in Killie’s 1-0 win at Ibrox

    Thank you very much for your time today!

    There was not much going on in the Premier League but it was still a huge day for all involved, even though it just sent a couple of teams closer to the drop.

    Related: Liverpool v Watford: Premier League – live!

    Everton make the most of facing 10 men for the majority of the game at Stoke, as Paul MacInnes reports.

    Related: Two goals from Cenk Tosun give Everton snowy victory over Stoke City

    Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha was just a bit tired and had been bashed around a bit when he suffered numerous fouls at Huddersfield. Good news for Palace fans.

    A big three points for Crystal Palace on a cold day in Yorkshire where our fearless reporter Paul Doyle was watching on.

    Related: Luka Milivojevic seals vital win for Crystal Palace at Huddersfield

    Bournemouth piled more misery onto West Brom and their fans as they came back to win 2-1 thanks to two cracking goals. Here is Ben Fisher’s report:

    Related: Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas sends West Brom toward brink with stunner

    It is lively down at the bottom of League Two. Who will survive there?

    And everyone love Tuncay.

    1 - Cenk Tosun is the first Turkish player to score a brace in a Premier League game since Tuncay Sanli in 2008 (vs. Aston Villa). Impression.

    Big day at the bottom as West Brom confirm to the world they have no chance of staying up while Stoke have left themselves with it all to do in the final weeks of the season, while Palace were boosted by a much-needed win.

    Pat asks...

    “Riddle me this - Adam sent off for an uncontrolled challenge on Rooney - fair enough. However Rooney plays on.

    Down at the bottom of the Premier League...

    Eight losses in a row for West Brom, no wonder Mike emailed this in.

    “Let’s hope Pardew remains unemployed forever. I’m tired of re-tread, hasbeen (or never were) types wasting space (and money). They are legends only in their own minds.”

    Ibe and Stanislas both scored cracking goals as Bournemouth recovered from going behind to Rodriguez’s close range finish. Charlie Daniels cleared one off the line in injury-time to ensure the Cherries earned the points.

    Roy Hodgson’s side move out of the relegation zone thanks to goals from Tomkins and Milivojevic. Admittedly, Huddersfield were pretty poor throughout are barely threatened.

    Two goals from Cenk Tosun in the snow were enough for the Toffees in the second half, even though Choupo-Moting pulled one back. The game changed when Charlie Adam was dismissed for a poor challenge on Wayne Rooney. Stoke are in serious trouble now as they sit three points adrift.

    Alan Pardew will be unemployed this week. Stanislas has struck a delightful goal from distance with some wonderful dip at the end leaving Foster with no chance. No great escape, not even a point for West Brom.

    Wilfried Zaha is heading off injured, which is unfortunate for Palace. Hopefully it is not too serious.

    Daniel here likes ‘banter’.

    He says: “As a newly decided West Brom fan, I like the exotic sound of this substitute Saido’s name. Do you think I should start up a crowd-fund project to raise funds to buy him, and do you think he would come?”

    You always need a good penalty taker.

    6 - Luka Milivojevic has scored more penalties than any other Premier League player this season (6). Conversion.

    Don’t worry Stoke fans, Saido Berahino is on the pitch so there is always hope...

    Butland should have done better with Tosun’s header, so there is another chalked off for the England No1 spot. He got his hand to it but could only steer it towards the corner rather than wide.

    Walcott got a cross into the box on the break and it was a classic diving header from Tosun to put them into the lead. Stoke were really going for it as they really need three points but it now looks like they will end up with none.

    Choupo-Moting’s equaliser was his final action of the day as he was injured by Pickford who left one in on the striker when challenging him.

    The Great Escape is off for West Brom after Ibe makes the most of some alterations to the Baggies defence, which freed up some space, to smash in a thunderous strike to level things up.

    Substitute Choupo-Moting gets the vital touch onto a free-kick into the box, which was the only way Stoke looked like scoring, but for his troubles he has taken one in a very private area.

    Now that Everton have the lead against 10-man Stoke it should be a nice breeze to the final whistle for them, which is bad news for the hosts who would be left three points from safety with seven games left.

    Poor Lynden and poor Luke.

    He emails: “I was thinking about reprising ‘Goochwatch’, my Lynden Gooch-spotting series of emails from last season. Alas, he’s not even been named in the squad today. Surely it’s time, for both the club and the young American, to move on?”


    Get some red paint, lads!

    The referee has instructed the ground staff to clear the lines to make them visible. Play has been stopped. 0-2

    Palace are heading out of the relegation zone thanks to a calmly taken penalty from Milivojevic, which has doubled the lead.

    A cross from the left for Everton allows Tosun to shoot, however Butland keeps the visitors out a couple of times before Tosun finally sends it it.

    Ben Hinchcliffe update.

    64' | Cometh the hour, cometh a snow shower, as Ben Hinchliffe rushes from his line to claim the ball ahead of - yep - Ben Hinchliffe!

    Goal! Now it is 2-0 to Preston at Sunderland after Callum Robinson’s goal, leaving more players on the pitch than fans in the stands. They really are going down to League One.

    Meanwhile, at Oldham.

    Boundary Park Oldham

    I do not really miss playing in Glossop. I think I have played cricket there in similar conditions, though.

    @Will_Unwin still snows in Glossop

    Red! Jake Clarke-Salter has been sent off in his second successive game for Sunderland. It really is not a time to be a Sunderland player or fan. They are losing 1-0 at home to Preston currently.

    Off the line! Tomkins almost had his second at Huddersfield but his strike on goal but Mounie is waiting on the line and clears it to keep his team in the game.

    Daniel has asked for a team to follow. I would advise not backing West Brom in the short nor long term.

    “Having just tuned into your clockwatch, after turning off the shower that is the England rugby team, I am on the lookout for a football team to follow. Not an expert in the game but I see that West Brom seem to be doing well today: would you recommend them as my new favourite “winners”?”

    Sunderland are losing at home to Preston, that will not get the fans back. It looks like the Black Cats are heading down.

    PNE in green 1-0. Maguire's first chance.

    Third placed Shrewsbury have equalised at Scunthorpe through Jon Nolan. They could take advantage of neither of League One’s top two Blackburn nor Wigan playing today due to postponements and the FA Cup, respectively.

    A win today for West Brom would leave them just seven points adrift of safety, which is something to hold onto. They have only won once in their last 28 league games, so it would be a nice boost and would make the season slightly less embarrassing even when they almost certainly go down.

    Some more line chat here from Andrew.

    “Apropos lines on the pitches. When the FA introduced the 9v9 format on smaller pitches for youth football as a bridge between seven a side football and the ‘mans game’ of eleven a side, there was a general absence of pitches so a common solution was to mark out a 9v9 pitch inside the bigger 11v11 pitch. The extra lines quite often caused chaos for the players as they lost track of where they were on the pitch during a match despite the use of blue paint with 9v9 players often suddenly playing to the white lines and vice versa for the 11v11 players.”

    Maybe the Great Escape is on the for the Baggies! Defender Gibbs gets down the left and then sends the cross to the far post where Rondon heads it back to Rodriguez who is lurking and he eventually gets the ball over the line.

    Kevin certainly thinks Mr Adam is a touch naughty.

    He says: “Is one of the dirtiest players in the game, and has been for a long time. FWIW, I think Scholes was also a dirty player. Excusing any of these guys because they are talented is a mistake.”

    Here we go again across the country!

    I once played in a win at Glossop when I scored a couple of cracking goals as a kid, so I have fond memories of playing in the snow. You would think those from Glossop would revel in the arctic conditions but they literally froze as I dribbled through their pitiful defence.

    Peter asks about Charlie Adam being “that sort of player”.

    In an email, he says: “When there’s an awful challenge and the Redknapp brigade rush to use the “not that sort of player” defense, I wonder if there’s someone who everyone agrees *is* that sort of player. Is Charlie Adam one? Every time I see him pick up a booking it’s not a Scholesian “he tries his best but he’s never been able to tackle”, it’s nasty and deliberate and violent and reckless.”

    Three points for Palace could move them up to the lofty position of 16th and just one point behind opponents Huddersfield so Roy Hodgson will be doing all he can in the dressing room to make sure his players do not lose their focus.

    If you had bet on who would be the only player to score in the opening 45 minutes today not many would have put James Tomkins down. Huddersfield had 30 shots in their 0-0 draw last week against Swansea whereas today they have not produced a single effort in the opening half, which will underwhelm their fans.

    Wayne Rooney has been the victim of a foul for a sending off, while his brother has the boot on the other foot and has been dismissed for Guiseley.

    The break brings with it more snowy pictures from Stoke.

    Premier League half-time scores:

    No words...

    Divock O'Rigi and the rest of the team would like to wish you all a very happy #StPatricksDay❗️

    Will we get an abandoned game today? No one wants that but there are plenty of games being conducted during a blizzard and some great photos of snowflakes obscuring the view.

    Over in Birmingham there is supposedly a match going on.

    St. Andrew's... #BCFC

    James Maddison has just scored his 14th of the season for Norwich, his latest coming from the spot to make it 3-1 at home to Reading. He will be off to the Premier League over the summer.

    Off you go, Charlie.

    Rooney did recover from the challenge and is still on the pitch, although he is still being booed by the home fans for the being Adam’s victim.

    2006 - Charlie Adam is the first player to be sent off in the Premier League for a foul on Wayne Rooney since Sam Sodje for Reading in December 2006. Quirky.

    Now we just need some action at Bournemouth against West Brom and then all over our reporters will have something to write about. Sadly, it does not sound too exciting down at Dean Court or whatever it is called nowadays.

    The Scot has overrun the ball and produces and over the top challenge on Rooney, leaving the former England captain on the floor in a lot of pain. It does not look good for Rooney especially as it is far too cold to stay on the floor for too long in that Stoke blizzard.

    Gideon ensures we all re-think our Saturday plans.

    He says: “I wonder if there has ever been worse selection of matches to watch on MOTD tonight. Pro plus and Red Bull all round.

    It does not look like it is getting any warmer at Stoke.

    Quite easy to track the path of the ball at Stoke today...

    A corner was swung into the box which Huddersfield failed to clear allowing Tomkins to take a shot from close range which was saved by Lossl but the big defender does not make any mistake with the rebound to give his team a vital lead.

    Get down to Altrincham versus Stalybridge early and you can still make it in time for Manchester United against Brighton later, as long as the Metrolink is working. A lovely day out in Greater Manchester for Danny Last.

    Afternoon entertainment: @altrinchamfc v @StalyCelticFC

    Goal! Coady lifts the ball over the top for Costa to chest down and fire one in for Wolves as they aim to get things back on track against lowly Burton, who signed a local student this week.

    Noel has emailed in to clear up my ludicrous question.

    He says: “It appears there are no rules for the colour of lines. However, if there’s an artificial surface (which must be green), then non-football lines are allowed as long as they are not the same colour as the football lines. A rule that must be useful in the US.”

    An assist for the wind at Scunthorpe!

    8’ IRON 1-0 SHREWSBURY: Josh Morris scores from the free-kick! He curls his effort over the wall and the ball drops in the wind, hitting the back of the net. Great start! #UTI

    All quiet in the Premier League in the opening 10 minutes as everyone likes to get used to the snow and cold. Rondon has flashed a header straight at Begovic which is about as exciting as it gets.

    Accrington are winning against Forest Green! Callum Johnson has given the League Two leaders the lead as they look to extend their advantage over Luton Town who are currently losing at Newport.

    But Sheffield United are using red lines. Are there not some sort of Football Association rules for what colour lines need to be painted?

    Blue markings at Stoke instead of the traditional white due to the snow, which is novel. At least not many games have been taken by the weather this week as the snow is poor man’s Beast from the East, although my walk in was very nippy earlier.

    Goal! Kane Hemmings stepped up to equalise from the spot in 100th minute of Notts County versus Mansfield. His goal for the Stags made it 1-1, which is a decent result at Meadow Lane.

    Here we go!

    Yannick Bolasie up against Glen Johnson might be the real battle of the day, considering the latter has only made five appearances this season. Bolasie will fancy his chances in the cold and the snow, one suspects.

    There was a west London derby earlier and it did not go as Fulham would have hoped or expected. Here is the report.

    Related: Fulham give Championship rivals a lift after being pegged back by QPR

    We are not far away from kick-off which is a relief as there are only three Premier League games to build up to. Let us all hope they are the best games of our lifetime. On the upside, none of us are currently at Stoke, which is a relief as it is freezing there.

    It is a big day for Dulwich Hamlet, they held a rally this morning. Here is more information on their current plight, courtesy of Hugo Greenhalgh.

    Related: Why Rio Ferdinand and Sadiq Khan are playing for Dulwich Hamlet | Hugo Greenhalgh

    West Brom have not won in their last 14 away games and they have lost the last three without scoring, so things cannot get much worse, which is something to hold onto. Well, maybe they could get a little worse.

    Someone has angered Ossie Ardiles, which is not something you want to do.

    Still, not happy with the commentators in BT. The criticism of our club and in particular our manager... Incredible. "MP playing @dele_official hoping He gets injured for England". Extraordinary comment. He said it twice! COYS COYS COYS

    That looks cold...


    Alan has emailed in support of JR.

    Alan says: “I agree and sympathise with JR. In particular I’m mazed that Livermore merits inclusion in West Brom’s shambolic team, let alone England’s.”

    Just before we get into the 3pms, here is Daniel Taylor’s latest column on Uefa and their action against Besiktas and lack of with Welbeck.

    Related: Uefa shows bite to Besiktas but is a pussycat over Danny Welbeck dive

    First Glen Johnson wins at golf this week and now he gets to start a Premier League match, what a time he is having.

    Winners on the 18th. Always nice.... #winner #beaverbrook #tookthemoney

    We already have an FA Cup semi-finalist after Spurs were untroubled by Swansea. Here is the report form Stuart James:

    Related: Christian Eriksen fires Tottenham past Swansea and into FA Cup semi-finals

    In the big game of the day between Gainsborough Trinity and Stockport, both teams are fielding a Ben Hinchcliffe. Gainsborough’s is a striker on on loan from Hull, while the Hatters own version is a goalkeeper. Will Ben Hinchcliffe score against Ben Hinchcliffe? I will bring you the latest.

    BEN HINCHLIFFE WATCH | Gainsborough include our 'keeper's namesake among their starters, following the striker's arrival at The Northolme from @HullCity yesterday. Hopefully, all will become clear as proceedings progress...

    I am legally obliged to bring up St Patrick’s Day.

    Only one Irish player has ever scored in the @PremierLeague on #StPatricksDay - Wes Hoolahan for Norwich v Sunderland in 2013....and both managers on that day were Irish too (Martin O'Neill & Chris Hughton)

    JR has emailed to point out how bad the West Brom team is on many levels.

    He says; “What the hell kind of lineup is Pardew throwing out there? No, seriously, what is that? It’s a shame he wasn’t able to wedge a second goalkeeper into the starting eleven. At least he is starting every defender and not leaving any on the bench.

    Crystal Palace and Stoke City have the chance to move out of the relegation zone with wins today. Crystal Palace have Townsend, Benteke, Zaha leading the line so they will be confident of at least scoring one. Stoke have made a number of changes today as Paul Lambert seeks a formula which might hopefully keep them in the league. Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch start as Stoke back experience in their battle to stay up.

    Alan Pardew has done very little of note since joining West Brom but he was a little concerned about losing his job at the Premier League’s bottom club so he held some “clear the air talks” with the board.

    Pards said this week: “I told them what I think perhaps needs to happen going forward. They listened and I’m still in a job.

    There is plenty of stuff happening the Football League as the likes of Accrington Stanley look to take another stride in the direction of promotion. Our man Ben Fisher went to see why they are so good at football.

    Related: Accrington Stanley defying all logic to sit top of League Two? Exactly | Ben Fisher

    Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Zouma, Stafylidis, Ndiaye, Allen, Adam, Shaqiri, Crouch, Sobhi.

    Subs: Haugaard, Bauer, Martins Indi, Fletcher, Choupo-Moting, Berahino, Jese.

    Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Stanislas, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Ibe, Wilson, King

    Subs: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Daniels, Defoe, Fraser, Mousset

    Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Malone, Hogg, Mooy, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Zanka.

    Subs: Coleman, Smith, Billing, Kachunga, Lowe, Van La Parra, Depoitre.

    Welcome to FA Cup weekend! Alas, there are no FA Cup games at 3pm, so we will need to make do with the glitz and glamour of the Premier League relegation battle.

    It’s a great collection of six teams who were knocked out of the Cup after playing weakened teams fighting for survival in the league. Bournemouth become the latest club who can add to the misery of West Brom as they look to all but ensure their Premier League safety with a win today. The good news for the Baggies and their followers is that they are in a seaside town, which could mean the players believing they are on holiday and a taxi being repossessed prior to Alan Pardew getting into it a full-time.

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  • Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:49:57 +0000: Fulham give Championship rivals a lift after being pegged back by QPR - Championship | The Guardian

    Fulham’s efforts to step up their challenge for an automatic promotion place suffered a setback as they squandered a two-goal lead and drew 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage.

    Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon had put Slavisa Jokanovic’s side in control but Massimo Luongo pulled one back for the visitors in first-half added-time and Pawel Wszolek completed the comeback in the 81st minute.

    Related: Accrington Stanley defying all logic to sit top of League Two? Exactly | Ben Fisher

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  • Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:56:29 +0000: FA Cup, Premier League and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend - Championship | The Guardian

    Wigan seek to wreck Hughes’ Saints debut, FA Cup a big deal for Chelsea and Leicester, and Zaha returns to lift Palace’s spirits

    It is tempting to suggest that Mark Hughes has already made the biggest contribution that he can make to Southampton’s fight against relegation – in the form of his final 18 months at Stoke – but Sunday’s FA Cup joust with Wigan gives him a chance to start showing that he has the knowhow to stimulate an improvement at his new club. At Stoke he initially wrought good performances from mercurial types and he will have to do that quicksmart with Southampton, where the likes of Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond and Sofiane Boufal have lacked consistency all season. Hughes also needs to get Mario Lemina playing further forward – there is really no need for him to keep taking the ball off Southampton’s centre-backs just outside his own area – and, most of all, the new manager should play with two strikers, a ploy to which his predecessor, Mauricio Pellegrino, was reluctant to commit. While Hughes tries to make a difference fast, Wigan will stick to the same approach that has already enabled them to oust Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City from the FA Cup this season. PD

    Related: Dele Alli is best of his age in the world game, claims Tottenham manager

    Related: Antonio Conte digs in at Chelsea, confident he is ‘doing good work’

    Related: Chelsea fall at the feet of Messi – Football Weekly Extra

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Archived News for the Championship has been added below:

  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:08:35 +0000: Burton announce Flanagan departure - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Burton Albion announce that defender Tom Flanagan is to leave the club, despite having "verbally agreed" a new deal.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:17:38 +0000: Leeds United buy back Elland Road - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Championship side Leeds United buy back their Elland Road ground, 13 years after selling it.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:08:39 +0000: Bond reunited with Redknapp at Birmingham - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Birmingham City appoint Kevin Bond as Harry Redknapp's number two - the fifth time they have worked together.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:03:41 +0000: Ipswich sign Cardiff midfielder Huws - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Ipswich Town sign midfielder Emyr Huws from Championship rivals Cardiff City, while goalkeeper Dean Gerken agrees a new deal.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:51 +0000: Ex-England midfielder Parker retires - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.

Today has seen the signing of young striker Charlie Strutton for struggling side AFC Wimbledon after he had impressed Terry Brown whilst on a three week trial earlier in the year. Barnsley have today signed winger David Cotterill on a free transfer which could see the player making his debut for the club this weekend.

Championship top dogs West Ham have today sealed the double signing of Ravel Morrison from Manchester United as well as Ricardo Vaz Te from Barnsley. The young starlet ravel Morrison is believed to have attracted a lot of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as Barcelona, Roma and Paris St Germain but has decided to stay in the English divisions.

Vaz Te has had an extremely good season so far with the Portuguese striker already netting ten times for former club Barnsley.

Sussex club Brighton have completed the signing of two Manchester City players on loan until the end of the season which again cemented the up and coming clubs ambition to gain entry into the premier league. The club has signed Abdul Razak and Gai Assulin who are both midfielders who have failed to break through into the first team at Manchester City. On another plus side for the Sussex club their influential winger craig Noone has committed his future to the club stating he is more than happy at the seagulls amid speculation that he could be joining Cardiff City in the summer after the Welsh club had a £1.2 million offer turned down by Gus Poyet in January.

Cardiff Cities formidable striker has today stated that he would indeed be extremely happy to extend his loan spell at league one side Scunthorpe United with the striker claiming he prefers life at the club. Cardiff winger Peter Whttingham has today stated that he is convinced he made the correct decision to commit himself to the Welsh club amid speculation that he could have joined West Ham during the January transfer window.

Richard Keogh has again reinforced his commitment to Coventry City by stating he would be more than happy to open contract negotiations with the club before the end of the season. This will be great news for manager Andy Thorn as he is already looking to bolster his squad for next season and would have thought of it as a detrimental loss to have lost Keogh for next season.

Ben reeves has today made his switch from Southampton to league two team Dagenham & Redbridge on a twelve month loan deal. Southampton have also gladly received back today forward Ryan Doyle from his loan spell at Bury and the influential forward is more than happy to be back.

Leeds United new boy boss Neil Warnock has today signed the Portsmouth forward Danny Webber on a deal that will see him at the club until the end of the season. Warnock has today also stated that he will have to wait until the end of the season before he can make any new moves for players until he assesses the financial situation. James Harper has today completed his move to Wycombe from title chasing league one team Hull City on a short term loan deal which will see him remain for just over a month.

Hull City have finally completed an interesting and what they hope will be a extremely beneficial loan deal for Joshua King. The Manchester united starlet will remain with the side until the end of the season with the possibility of extending it past that date.