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Watford announce signing of Derby County midfielder Will Hughes

Will Hughes made his Derby debut as a 16-year-old.

Watford have announced the signing of England under-21 midfielder Will Hughes from Championship club Derby County.

Hughes, 22, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Vicarage Road and joins for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £8 million.

New Watford coach Marco Silva has been looking to add creativity to a squad that struggled for goals in the second half of last season.

Hughes, who made his derby debut as a 16-year-old in 2011 and has since become a fixture in the side, is currently...

Manchester United's Josh Harrop to join Preston on four-year contract

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Manchester United youngster Josh Harrop has turned down a new contract at Old Trafford to sign for Preston North End.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who scored on his first team debut in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season, was offered a new deal but decided to drop down to the Championship in search of regular football.

"I'm 21 now and I'm confident in myself, I need to play first team football to get myself out there," he said. "That wasn't guaranteed at United,...

 By PA Sport

Middlesbrough to let Stewart Downing leave on free transfer - reports

Stewart Downing during Middlesbrough's Premier League match against Stoke City.
Stewart Downing will not return to Middlesbrough next season.

Former England midfielder Stewart Downing has been told he can leave Middlesbrough on a free transfer this summer, according to multiple reports.

New boss Garry Monk has already started to reshape his squad after less than a fortnight in the job, and reports said he does not see a long-term role for Downing, who has two years remaining on his contract.

As a result he has told the 32-year-old, who returned to his hometown club in a £5.5 million move from West Ham in July 2015, he can go.


 By PA Sport

Sunderland begin Championship season at home to derby

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Sunderland kick off the new Championship season with a home game against Derby.

Sunderland's quest to return to the Premier League at the first attempt will begin a day earlier than their Championship rivals.

Relegated from the Premier League, up for sale, without a manager and in possession of a thinning squad, will kick-off the new English Football League season on Friday, Aug. 4 at home to Gary Rowett's Derby.

North-east neighbours Middlesbrough, also relegated but quickly looking forward under new boss Garry Monk, head to Wolves, also under new management in Nuno Espirito...

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Championship fixtures 2017-18

Championship fixtures for the 2017-18 season. All fixtures subject to change for television coverage.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sunderland v Derby County

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Aston Villa v Hull City
Bristol City v Barnsley
Burton Albion v Cardiff City
Fulham v Norwich City
Ipswich Town v Birmingham City
Nottingham Forest v Millwall
Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday
Queens Park Rangers v Reading
Sheffield United v Brentford
Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough

Monday, August 6, 2017

Bolton Wanderers...