Four new signings in but how many more at Stoke City before the first Championship game on September 12 – or at least before the transfer deadline on October 16?
The priority, it is clear, is getting players out and pretty much only then can Michael O’Neill think about how he might make the final touches to his squad.
The manager said this afternoon: “We want to make sure that in terms of fitness and where the team is tactically and in terms of all the preparation of the team that we are as far ahead as we can be when the season kicks off on September 12.
“That’s why it was so important to get players in early as well, to get players we want and get them in the building so you’re not bringing them in two days before the window shuts, two days before the start of the season.
“That may still happen but equally it will probably be driven by players going out.
“The players we’ve brought in have had a good chance to settle and can make a real impact from the start.”
Stoke start their season with an EFL Cup first round tie at home to Blackpool on Saturday (3pm).
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Sheffield Wednesday told Windass fee
Sheffield Wednesday will need to pay 450K to sign Wigan Athletic attacker Josh Windass.
Windass spent the second half of last season on loan at Hillsborough, scoring three goals.
The Owls are keen to bring him back permanently and The Sun report that a bid of 450K will be enough as that is the fee Wigan owe Rangers from his transfer.
Windass would be Garry Monk’s fourth summer signing behind Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Chey Dunkley and Izzy Brown.
Reading close to Ejaria deal
Reading are putting the finishing touches on a permanent deal for Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who has already had two loan spells at the Madejski.
The Royals agreed a loan deal with the option to buy last season but were yet to trigger it due to Financial Fair Play concerns.
However, after the EFL changed their ruling on FFP, Reading have now agreed to pay the £2.5m fee.
Ejaria will sign a four-year deal with the club, report BerkshireLive.
Nottingham Forest are closing in on Sheffield United midfielder Luke Freeman.
The Blades paid £5million for Freeman last summer from Queens Park Rangers but he struggled for game time in the Premier League.
However, NottinghamshireLive report the playmakers is now on the verge of a season-long loan to the City Ground.
Freeman would become Forest’s fifth signing of the summer, following Lyle Taylor, Jack Colback, Tyler Blackett and Fouad Bachirou.