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Ranking: The 12 most expensive transfers in Championship history

The competitiveness of the English second division is well documented.

Since being renamed the championship in 2004, we've had many close seasons with clubs that want to escape and live on the riches of the Premier League.

To make her dreams come true, spending becomes critical, though not everyone has the resources to open the check book. It is worth noting that those who fall behind from the top tier are cushioned by parachute payments and are prepared for an immediate retry.

What follows are the most expensive signatures (£ 10m +) made by a championship club.

12. Jordan Rhodes

From: Blackburn Rovers
To: Middlesbrough
Fee: £ 10m

Jordan Rhodes continued his career as a trader when he switched Blackburn to Middlesbrough in early 2016. This was considered a coup because he had scored 84 goals in 169 games in all Lancashire club competitions. The shooter, who was born in Oldham, could not live up to the hype and left Boro with 24 goals in 24 games.

11. Dwight Gayle

From: Crystal palace
To: Newcastle United
Fee: £ 10m

It made sense for Newcastle United to recruit Dwight Gayle after relegation in 2016. The Londoner, who had a mixed time at Crystal Palace, made a name for himself in the lower leagues of England and paid back the magpies' faith by scoring 23 goals in 32 games and quickly returned to the Premier League under Rafael Benitez. He was equally productive for West Brom (23 in 39 last season) but couldn't help them rise, and has since returned to warm up the bench in St. James' Park, this time under Steve Bruce.

10. Matt Ritchie

From: Bournemouth
To: Newcastle United
Fee: £ 11m

Newcastle was determined not to remain in the championship in the 2016/17 season. In addition to Gayle's arrival, Matt Ritchie was from Bournemouth. He would contribute with 12 goals and eight assists when they were promoted, and the Scottish international remains as a converted full-back in St. James’s Park.

9. Jonathan Kodjia

From: Bristol City
To: Aston Villa
Fee: £ 11m

Villa recruited Jonathan Kodjia after relegating from the Premier League in 2016 and the Ivorian center forward proved an instant success. Kodjia scored 19 goals in 36 games, but Villa finished 13th. He then registered only one goal next season and nine last time they confirmed their return to the Premier League through the playoffs. Kodija has since moved to Al-Gharafa in Qatar.

8. Scott Hogan

From: Brentford
To: Aston Villa
Fee: £ 12m

Scott Hogan borrowed last season's backend from Sheffield United. It remains to be seen whether he will be part of Dean Smith's squad on his comeback in the Premier League. The 28-year-old striker joined Aston Villa in 2017 and has scored 10 goals in 61 games in all competitions. He is now on loan in Birmingham City.

7. Benick Afobe

From: Wolverhampton Wanderers
To: Stoke City
Fee: £ 12m

The former Arsenal Academy graduate represented no fewer than nine clubs, many of whom were on loan, before moving to Stoke City in January 2019. Since joining Potter, he has only scored nine goals in 50 games and is on loan in Bristol City.

6. Ross McCormack

From: Fulham
To: Aston Villa
Fee: £ 12m

Ross McCormack recently ended a three-year collaboration with Aston Villa after his contract was not renewed. Now he is a free agent and can only look back on 24 games in which the striker was only able to score three goals.

5. Heroes Costa

From: Benfica
To: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fee: £ 13m

After the takeover by the Chinese investment group Fosun International in 2016, which has close relationships with the super agent Jorge Mendes, many of his customers switched to Wolves, with Hélder Costa being one of the first to arrive. Since then he has been on loan at Leeds United, but has participated in all wolves' competitions in 109 games and scored 19 goals before moving on to Elland Road.

4. Joao Carvalho

From: Benfica
To: The Nottingham Forest
Fee: £ 13.2m

Carvalho, another Mendes customer but not with Wolves, left Benfica Youth Club to join Nottingham Forest last summer. One can rightly say that the attacking midfielder was not a complete success. So far, he has played 38 games in the championship, but has only scored four goals and eight assists.

3. Heroes Costa

From: Wolves
To: Leeds United
Fee: £ 15m

Helder Costa appears on this list for the second time, and as you can probably see, Molineux did not go as well as the compatriots Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. Even so, he will grant his loan to Leeds United permanently in July for a stately fee of £ 15m.

2. Britt Assombalonga

From: The Nottingham Forest
To: Middlesbrough
Fee: £ 15m

After Britt Assombalonga raised trees in Nottingham Forest (no pun intended), he brought his talents to Boro and although he scored more goals – 37 versus 30 – he was not as clinical after playing 42 times more for his current club would have.

1. Ruben Neves

From: FC Porto
To: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fee: £ 15.8m

There is no question that Neves was one of the greatest players to grace the championship. He played an important role in the wolves' advertising campaign. The strong thought of the Portuguese midfielder, who helped Wolves return to seventh place on his return to the Premier League, has attracted the attention of several top 6 clubs and it seems only a matter of time before he leaves Molineux .

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