Transfer Talk: Ins and outs and what needs to happen for Yorkshire’s clubs this summer

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FLAMING JUNE is upon us and while Euro 2016 may hog the headlines for the rest of this month, there is the not inconsequential business of pre-season recruitment at Yorkshire’s professional clubs.

One or two have made a headstart, none moreso than Doncaster Rovers, who have wasted no time in overhauling their squad following a desperate second half of last season ended in a crushing relegation to the basement - a level that the club had previously played at in 2003-04.

Hull City need to secure the future of their manager Steve Bruce. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Hull City need to secure the future of their manager Steve Bruce. Picture: Tony Johnson.

No less than SIX players have already been signed by Darren Ferguson, including the key signings of midfielder Tommy Rowe, centre-back Mathieu Baudry and goalkeeper Ross Etheridge as the club seek to vanquish the pain of 2015-16.

Huddersfield Town did some business nice and early at the tail-end of last season, bringing in German defenders Chris Lowe and Michael Hefele from the Bundesliga, while also signing Rajiv Van La Parra from Wolves.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder made his first transfer foray last week, bringing in Mark Duffy and Chris Hussey, while Barnsley were busy ahead before their League One play-off final, bringing in non-league ‘project’ signings Kayden Jackson and Stefan Payne as well as Barnet captain Andy Yiadom.

The big-money deal has seen Middlesbrough flex their muscles to bring in Ajax winger Viktor Fischer for £3.8m - the first part of what is likely to be a considerable outlay this summer.

Gary McSheffrey has been tied down to a permanent deal at Doncaster Rovers. Picture: Simon Hulme

Gary McSheffrey has been tied down to a permanent deal at Doncaster Rovers. Picture: Simon Hulme

For other clubs, movement has been minimal. But expect it to hot up shortly.

Here are the done deals so far and some early summer priorities for all of our sides.

BARNSLEY

Done deals: Andy Yiadom (Barnet), Stefan Payne (Dover), Kayden Jackson (Wrexham).

Andy Yiadom, left, has made the move from Barnet to Barnsley for the 2015-16 campaign.

Andy Yiadom, left, has made the move from Barnet to Barnsley for the 2015-16 campaign.

Priorities: Getting Adam Hammill to re-sign and fending off interest from Leeds in their quest to bring Ashley Fletcher back to Oakwell. Central midfield also a priority with Josh Brownhill signing for Bristol City.

BRADFORD CITY

Done deals: None.

Priorities: Some quality to take the club to the next level, which may not come cheap. Replacements for Reece Burke and Josh Cullen. Also keeping hold of out-of-contract Jamie Proctor, with the club in talks about a new deal with Ben Williams, Nathan Clarke and Greg Leigh.

DONCASTER ROVERS

Done deals: Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe), Joe Wright (Huddersfield Town), Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient), Ross Etheridge (Accrington), Matty Blair (Mansfield Town), Tommy Rowe (Wolves).

Priorities: Doncaster have made significant inroads, but there are still one or two areas of deficiency, most notably at left-back and up front where another option or two wouldn’t go amiss.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Done deals: Chris Lowe (FC Kaiserslautern), Michael Hefele (Dynamo Dresden), Rajiv Van La Parra (Wolves), Joel Coleman (Oldham Athletic), Luke Coddington (Middlesbrough), Ivan Paurevic (FC Ufa).

Priorities: Having made moves to fill their goalkeeping department, having brought in Oldham’’s Joel Coleman and strongly linked with Liverpool reserve Danny Ward, keeping hold of Nahki Wells and adding some striking back-up is a must, along with more right-back cover. Another quality operator in the engine room too.

HULL CITY

Done deals: None.

Priorities: First and foremost, securing the services of Steve Bruce, who is currently mulling over his future on holiday in Portugal. Getting Tom Huddlestone and Ahmed Elmohamady to sign fresh terms are also high on the ‘to-do’ list. Supplementing their attacking options is likely to be key for whoever leads the Tigers in 2016-17 and class strikers don’t come cheap.

LEEDS UNITED

Done deals: None.

Priorities: Keeping hold of the ‘family silver’ in the shape of Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor is a must, while adding to the spine of the side is a must for Garry Monk. Leeds look porous in central defence and could also do with a midfield leader and a predatory striker with pace to supplement Chris Wood. A bit of width, an age-old issue, would also be nice.

MIDDLESBROUGH

Done deals: Viktor Fischer (Ajax).

Priorities: Another goalkeeping option to battle it out with Dimi Konstantopoulos - Keiren Westwood is the name doing the rounds - and some defensive cover. High on Aitor Karanka’s list is a forward or two and with uncertainty abound surrounding Gaston Ramirez and whether he will sign permanently for Boro, bringing in a number ten ‘code-breaker’ will be key if the Uruguayan heads elsewhere.

ROTHERHAM UNITED

Done deals: None.

Priorities: With 11 players released and four - Matt Derbyshire, Kirk Broadfoot, Richard Wood and Stephen Kelly - speaking to the club over fresh terms, Alan Stubbs has plenty on his plate. Some wing options and adding some midfield and forward quality are likely to hog Stubbs’ attentions.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Done deals: Mark Duffy (Burton), Chris Hussey (Bury).

Priorities: Quite a few, but signing centre-backs is at the top of the list by far, with the Blades currently having just one option as it stands. Sorting out George Long’s future is another and the addition of a targetman striker to play alongside Billy Sharp is another on the ‘to-do-’ list along with a left-sided midfielder.

In an ideal world, the Blades will also find clubs for Dean Hammond and Martyn Woolford, although that situation is not straightforward.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Done deals: None.

Priorities: Wednesday will be strategic in their recruitment and can very much focus on quality as opposed to quantity this summer. Most would say they are three or four quality buys away from transforming themselves from play-off pitchers to firm automatic promotion candidates. In a position of strength and now is the time to buy and become serious ‘players’ in the top two race.