Five new signings to watch in the Championship

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Which new signings will have the biggest impact in the Championship this season - including former Man Utd wonderkid and ex-Everton man.

Dan Gosling - Bournemouth

Former England Under-21 international Gosling, now 24, arrived at Bournemouth following a three-month loan spell with Blackpool during the 2013/14 season. The midfielder - who has also turned out for Plymouth and Everton - returned to prominence within the Newcastle squad following the departure of Yohan Cabaye in January 2014, although he still made just eight appearances for the Magpies last season. His arrival at Bournemouth represents manager Eddie Howe's desire to strengthen the Cherries' midfield. Despite finishing tenth last season, Howe's men still conceded 66 goals in 46 games, and it was a regular occurrence to see the centre of the park overrun by opposing teams. Gosling brings a wealth of top-flight experience to Dean Court, as well as an abundance of energy that should see him cemented as a key player as the Cherries look to fight from promotion.

Lloyd Dyer - Watford

Dyer was a key man in Leicester City's Championship winning team last season, scoring and assisting a total of 14 goals in 40 games, and his departure was seen as a big loss by the Foxes faithful. However, the speedy winger was guaranteed a longer contract by Watford, and to secure the talents of the Englishman on a free contract may be the best signing the Hornets make this summer. Whilst the 31-year old is heading towards the end of his career, his pace remains, and his inclusion could prove vital in Watford's search for the Premier League. The Hornets' attack is arguably the fastest in the division, and Dyer's goalscoring threat takes some of the pressure off Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra - allowing them to express themselves to the highest quality.

Federico Macheda - Cardiff City

Former Manchester United wonderkid Macheda has had a series of unsuccessful loan spells away from Old Trafford since breaking onto the scene as an 18-year old. Time spent with Sampdoria, QPR, Stuttgart and Doncaster seemed to curtail his career, before 2014 saw a productive 18 game spell with Birmingham City - where he netted 10 times. Despite an apparent desire to return to St Andrews for the coming season - with his contract at United expiring - the 22-year old Italian agreed to move to Wales, joining up with United legend and current Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. If Macheda can replicate his late season form, he could become an important part of the first-team set-up as the Bluebirds search for an immediate return to the Premier League, although he has to compete with Adam le Fondre and Kenwyne Jones - two men who have proven their quality regularly.

Kyle Lafferty - Norwich City

26-year old Northern Ireland international Lafferty arrived from Italian side Palermo, with whom he had scored 11 goals in 34 games to help secure the Serie B title. Despite the devotion shown to the former Burnley and Rangers man by the Palermo fans, he joined Norwich City having fallen out with club president Maurizio Zamparini. With the imminent departure of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Lafferty is set to challenge for a first-team spot with Gary Hooper and fellow new-boy Lewis Grabban. His goalscoring record outside of England is respectable enough to warrant a chance in the opening weeks of the season, although if he fails to impress, his off-field antics may make the fans turn on him remarkably quickly.

Oriol Riera - Wigan Athletic

Centre forward Riera arrives in English football as something of an unknown quantity, despite progressing through the Barcelona academy and spending time in the top two divisions of Spanish football. His most recent spell came with Osasuna, with whom he netted 13 times in 37 games in La Liga, and it was this form that saw Wigan secure the 28-year old's services for a reported £2 million fee. Having lost last seasons top scorers - Jordi Gomez and Nick Powell - Wigan have a severe lack of goalscoring threat in their first-team, and Riera looks set to lead the line on the opening day of the season. If he can improve upon last seasons form, he may be the man to lead Wigan back into the Premier League - although it would be unwise for head coach Uwe Rosler to pin all his hopes on an otherwise untested forward.

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