With less than four weeks remaining until the end of the Sky Bet Championship transfer window, Aston Villa Football Club have recorded the top summer signing through the purchase of Ross McCormack.
On Wednesday, Fulham Football Club officially accepted a £12 million offer for last season’s second highest goal-scorer in the league, bringing to a close the Scotsman’s two-year stint at Craven Cottage.
The four-year deal equals the second highest transfer in the club’s history, sitting behind the £24 million deal for Darren Bent in 2011.
While Villa now hold the highest Championship transfer fee this summer, Newcastle United have registered six of the top ten deals in the current window.
Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle were both acquired for £10.2 million from Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively, with the Magpies also acquiring the likes of Grant Hanley (£5.61m), Matz Sels (£5.10m) and Ciaran Clark (£5.10m).
Sheffield Wednesday were also able to break the £3m transfer mark through the purchase of attacking midfielder, Almen Abdi from Watford, while Leeds United secured Oxford United’s League 2 player of the season, Kemar Roofe for just under £3m.
The top 20 transfer fees paid by Championship clubs (as of 4th August)
|From||To||Transfer fee (million)|
|1.||Ross McCormack||Fulham FC||Aston Villa FC||£12.16|
|2.||Matt Ritchie||Bournemouth||Newcastle Utd||£10.20|
|3.||Dwight Gayle||Crystal Palace||Newcastle Utd||£10.20|
|4.||Grant Hanley||Blackburn Rov.||Newcastle Utd||£5.61|
|5.||Matz Sels||KAA Gent||Newcastle Utd||£5.10|
|6.||Ciaran Clark||Aston Villa FC||Newcastle Utd||£5.10|
|7.||Aaron Tshibola||Reading FC||Aston Villa FC||£5.02|
|8.||Mohamed Diame||Hull City||Newcastle Utd||£4.59|
|9.||Pierluigi Gollini||Hellas Verona||Aston Villa FC||£4.25|
|10.||Tommy Elphick||Bournemouth||Aston Villa FC||£3.32|
|11.||Almen Abdi||Watford||Sheffield Wed.||£3.06|
|12.||Lee Tomlin||Bournemouth||Bristol City||£2.98|
|13.||Kemar Roofe||Oxford Utd||Leeds United||£2.98|
|14.||Jon Dadi Bodvarsson||FC Kaiserslautern||Wolves||£2.72|
|15.||Sergi Canos||Norwich City||Norwich City||£2.55|
|16.||Isaac Hayden||Arsenal FC||Newcastle Utd||£2.47|
|17.||Hordur Magnusson||Juventus||Bristol City||£2.13|
|18.||Marcus Antonsson||Kalmar FF||Leeds United||£2.04|
|19.||David Button||Brentford FC||Fulham FC||£1.96|
|20.||Christopher Schindler||1860 Munich||Huddersfield||£1.87|