Manchester United youngster Josh Harrop has turned down a new contract at Old Trafford to sign for Preston North End.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who scored on his first team debut in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season, was offered a new deal but decided to drop down to the Championship in search of regular football.
"I'm 21 now and I'm confident in myself, I need to play first team football to get myself out there," he said. "That wasn't guaranteed at United,...
Former England midfielder Stewart Downing has been told he can leave Middlesbrough on a free transfer this summer, according to multiple reports.
New boss Garry Monk has already started to reshape his squad after less than a fortnight in the job, and reports said he does not see a long-term role for Downing, who has two years remaining on his contract.
As a result he has told the 32-year-old, who returned to his hometown club in a £5.5 million move from West Ham in July 2015, he can go.
Sunderland's quest to return to the Premier League at the first attempt will begin a day earlier than their Championship rivals.
Relegated from the Premier League, up for sale, without a manager and in possession of a thinning squad, will kick-off the new English Football League season on Friday, Aug. 4 at home to Gary Rowett's Derby.
Championship fixtures for the 2017-18 season. All fixtures subject to change for television coverage.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Sunderland v Derby County
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Aston Villa v Hull City
Bristol City v Barnsley
Burton Albion v Cardiff City
Fulham v Norwich City
Ipswich Town v Birmingham City
Nottingham Forest v Millwall
Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday
Queens Park Rangers v Reading
Sheffield United v Brentford
Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough