Six Championship players who could be signed by Premier League clubs this summer
Gamers enjoying playing at a live dealer casino in New Jersey ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season will be keeping an eye on the biggest soccer transfers this summer. The Championship is often the place where top sides look for some of the best talents in the game. Here are six stars who could be snapped up by Premier League clubs in the near future.
Jude Bellingham – Birmingham City
17-year-old Jude Bellingham was named the EFL Young Player of the Month in November and has been a mainstay in Birmingham City’s side during their Championship campaign, making 37 appearances and scoring four goals so far.
The young midfielder has already represented England at various youth levels and has been dubbed the next Steven Gerrard. A number of major clubs have been heavily linked with a move, and Manchester United were reported to have had a £20m bid rejected during the January transfer window.
Having only just turned 17, Bellingham has not yet signed a professional contract, so there is likely to be renewed interest from Premier League sides over the summer. Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are also on the lookout for the next Jadon Sancho and could make a move in the offseason.
Saïd Benrahma – Brentford
If Brentford miss out on promotion to the Premier League, one player who could be there regardless next year is Saïd Benrahma. The talented forward is arguably the most skillful player currently operating in the Championship.
Benrahma has caused havoc among opposition defences with his direct dribbling, close control and nutmegging ability. The 25-year-old has scored 15 goals so far, including a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic in early July.
The Algerian arrived at Brentford in 2018 in a cut-price £1.5m move from Nice, but Premier League sides will have to spend much more than that if they are to secure his signature over the summer.
Eberechi Eze – QPR
Eberechi Eze has made more than 100 appearances for Queens Park Rangers since making his league debut as a teenager in 2017, and his impressive performances have forced the club to issue a hands-off warning to bigger sides ahead of the transfer window.
The forward has enjoyed a breakout season in 2019/20, scoring 12 goals and being involved in a third of QPR’s goals. The 22-year-old was a prime target for Crystal Palace back in January, but QPR rejected a formal approach. José Mourinho’s Tottenham are also reportedly eager to conclude a deal that would bring him to the Premier League. Eze is valued at around £20m.
Matty Cash – Nottingham Forest
Attacking talents dominate the latest transfer rumours, but one defensive player who is catching the eye of the elite is Matty Cash. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a memorable campaign with Nottingham Forest after being converted into a right-back by boss Sabri Lamouchi.
West Ham United had an £18m offer for Cash rebuffed in January, and they are ready to step up again this summer in an attempt to prize him away from The City Ground. Everton and Southampton are also interested. Cash, who has made 41 appearances and scored three goals this term, has another three years left on his contract with Forest.
Ollie Watkins – Brentford
Brentford are blessed with a prolific attacking front three at the moment, and it is no surprise that Ollie Watkins is also on the radar of Premier League sides after scoring 22 times in 37 appearances for the Bees this season.
The 24-year-old has evolved from a winger into a centre forward during the last 12 months and now looks capable of leading the line for a top side. Watkins joined Brentford for just £1.8m in 2017, but Sheffield United, one of the clubs citing an interest in the Englishman, would have to submit a much bigger offer to tempt the Bees to sell up.
Jed Wallace – Millwall
A consistent performer who has perhaps gone under the radar in the Championship this season is Jed Wallace. The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most productive midfielders, with his range of passing and free-kick ability helping Millwall to remain competitive in a tough division.
Wallace moved to The Den in 2017 after an average spell at Wolves, but he has kicked on since then and is now Millwall’s star player. His skill, trickery and burst of pace keep him one step ahead of the game, and it would not be a surprise if a Premier League side made a move from him during the next two months.