With the pressures of the Championship becoming greater and greater, the transfer window represents a superb opportunity for clubs to strengthen their squads in preparation for a promotion charge or to help stay in the second tier of English football. Whether it is a relegated club looking to strengthen for a return to the Premier League or a promoted side looking to establish itself in the Championship, here is the daily round up of all the Championship transfer news.
West Ham are poised to make their first move of the summer after confirming they are looking into the possibility of signing Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis. The London club have all but accepted that Robert Green will be leaving the club after the hammer's relegation to the Championship last season and the club will be looking to Joe Lewis to help in the clubs quest to make it back to the top flight at the first time of asking. Joe Lewis is widely considered as the best goalkeeper outside of the Premier League and the England man has already expressed an interest of playing for a bigger club.
Bristol City are set to have a fight on their hands to keep two of their prized assets at Ashton Gate. Leicester City has had a bid of around £3.5 million rejected for Nicky Maynard with Bristol City looking to open talks with the striker as soon as possible. Bristol City manager Keith Millen will be looking to hold talks with Maynard by Friday at the latest to try and convince the striker to stay but with Leicester one of the bookies favourites for promotion it might be a tempting offer - if the money is right.
Elsewhere at Ashton Gate, the club have accepted there are no guarantees that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson will stay at the club. The 23 year old is out of contract and although a new two dear deal has been offered to the player, Henderson is yet to accept the deal promoting speculation that he may leave the club. Henderson is currently third choice at Ashton Gate but has been told he has a big part to play in the clubs future. The club feel that after his successful loan spell at Yeovil last season, the goalkeeper may now be looking for regular first team action.
Kasper Schmeichel is said to be shocked at hearing Leeds United have accepted a £1m bid from Leicester. Schmeichel was expected to see his last year out at Leeds and has recently spoken of his desire to help the club return to the Premier League. After narrowly missing out on the playoff's last season, Leeds manager Simon Grayson has accepted the bid from Leicester because it represents 'good value for the club.' Kasper Schmeichel is said to now be weighing up the move after being put in a 'difficult position' by the club.
Portsmouth will be boosted by the news that their goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown has no plans to leave the club. The thirty year old has been at Fratton Park for seven seasons and has expressed his desire to help the club battle its way back to the Premier League. After a disappointing 16th place finish last season, Portsmouth will have their sights on at least a playoff position next season.
Cardiff chief executive Gethin Jenkins has confirmed that new manager Malky Mackay will have funds to spend this summer. After missing out on promotion in recent seasons and with rivals Swansea becoming the first Welsh team to reach the Premier League, Cardiff are said to be willing to spend to finally gain promotion this season. Jenkins has confirmed that whatever areas the manger feels need strengthening; the club will look to invest where the budget allows.
Ex Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd will hold talks with OPR manager Neil Warnock. Bothroyd is a free agent after leaving Cardiff as the end of last season but QPR are said to face stiff competition from Everton and Newcastle for the England man's signature.