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13 English Championship Free Agents Who Could Interest Scottish Premiership Teams

13 English Championship Free Agents Who Could Interest Scottish Premiership Teams

We’re just a month away from the summer transfer window opening and business being done in Scotland.

And speculation has already started on who could sign on for next season.

There will be big money moves, but those will most likely be reserved for English teams or the top two in Scotland.

We can expect more free transfers this summer – and the English Championship might be a league many managers north of the border look at to strengthen their squad.

Here, we pick out seven English Championship free agents who could interest Premiership teams:

Craig Conway – Blackburn Rovers

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Conway last played in Scotland with Dundee United, appearing for Cardiff, Brighton and Blackburn since. At 34, Conway’s career is winding down, but he could be a decent signing for the next year or two. Of all the potential landing spots, Hearts makes most sense. Craig Levein knows him from their time together at Tannadice.

Craig Bryson – Derby County

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Bryson is only 32, but hasn’t played much for Derby over recent seasons. He’s actually been linked with a return to Kilmarnock after excelling their earlier in his career and we’d like to see him there again. Bryson next to Gary Dicker and Alan Power in midfield would be very good for Killie.

Fraizer Campbell – Hull City

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Campbell will likely leave Hull this summer after the Championship side confirmed they may not be able to afford him. The striker has been in brilliant form this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting eight in 39 games. So it makes no footballing sense for Hull to release him – and makes a ton of sense for another team to sign him. In Scotland, probably only Celtic and Rangers could afford him, with the former more in need of a striker than the latter.

John Obi Mikel – Middlesbrough

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Who knew Mikel was playing for Middlesbrough now? Last we were aware he was still earning a packet in China, but the Nigerian midfielder returned to England in January. He went on to play 16 times for Boro as they narrowly failed to make the Championship play-offs. A player of Mikel’s experience should interest most teams in Scotland, with Rangers and Celtic again the most likely to have the money to sign him.

Will Vaulks – Rotherham United

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Vaulks is well known to Championship fans for his spell at Falkirk between 2013 and 2016. His form there earned a move to Rotherham and he’s done well there too, earning a promotion to the Championship last season. Unfortunately for Vaulks and Rotherham, they were relegated this term – and it’s likely he’ll get a big free transfer this summer. Again, Celtic and Rangers may see value in the recently capped Wales international, but Hibs, Aberdeen and Hearts may have the money to do a deal too.

Paul Coutts – Sheffield United

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Coutts is a Scotland Under 21 international who has had a decent career in England. He was part of the Sheffield United squad that achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League earlier this month, failing to get a regular game though. Now, out of contract, he’ll be looking to play games and would definitely get that in Scotland. Consider Aberdeen as a potential landing spot with Graeme Shinnie set to leave Pittodrie this summer.

George Boyd – Sheffield Wednesday

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Boyd is a former Scotland international who will feel he’s still got plenty to give at 33. He’s had a very good career in England, but his latest spell at Sheffield Wednesday wasn’t great. Now could be the time he ventures north for games and should interest a few. Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts should all be in the market for wingers and have the financial clout to appeal to Boyd.

Gary Hooper – Sheffield Wednesday

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Hooper’s Twitter activity at the weekend led to speculation linking him with a return to Celtic. If he does come north again, it’ll be to Parkhead.

Charlie Adam – Stoke City

Adam has been linked with Rangers and Hearts at times over the last 12 months – and now that he’s out of contract at Stoke, that should only intensify. For us, it’d be Hearts who would be the best landing spot – given they need more midfield quality in comparison to Rangers, who are already stacked in that area.

Leroy Fer – Swansea City

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Realistically, Fer will end up elsewhere in Europe or at a Premier League team, but Celtic and Rangers may consider themselves capable of tempting the Dutchman north. At 29, Fer is still at a good age to make an impact for a team over the next four or five years and either of the Glasgow sides would represent the perfect challenge for him. They should be able to pay him what he wants too.

Martin Olsson – Swansea City

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Rangers could do a lot worse this summer than add Olsson to their squad. Borna Barisic hasn’t worked out this season and it looks increasingly likely that Steven Gerrard will look for an alternative in this window. The Sweden international would be an outstanding option.

James Morrison – WBA

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It’s difficult to see who could tempt Morrison north – as he doesn’t really look like a fit for Celtic or Rangers and appears too expensive for anyone else in Scotland. Still, the Scotland international is a quality player and would be a very good signing for a team that could get him fit and playing regularly.

James Vaughan – Wigan Athletic

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Vaughan just spent the second half of the season on loan at Portsmouth and actually played well despite not scoring. He’s had a journeyman’s career in England and will most likely continue that somewhere in the country. But, if he fancies a change, then a switch to a team like Kilmarnock, Hibs or Aberdeen could appeal.

Who would you want to see your team sign this summer?

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