The January transfer window is now in full swing as Championship sides look to boost their squads for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign. Below Ben Waite takes a look at the transfer action from across England’s second tier.

With an increased number of players named on the bench and the allowance of five substitutions per game, clubs will be looking to add depth to their squads this month as well as moving on some players who are no longer needed.

A number of clubs have acted early in the window with a few new signings making their debuts in the FA Cup last weekend.

Stoke City welcomed Welsh international winger Rabbi Matondo to the Potteries on loan from Schalke while Watford added Philip Zinckernagel to their ranks on a free transfer from Bodo/Glmt with both players debuting last weekend.

Preston North End have been the busiest side for incomings so far this window with three arrivals.

Jayson Molumby and Daniel Iversen link up with the Lancashire side on loan from Brighton and Leicester respectively while they also added experienced striker Ched Evans on loan from League One side Fleetwood Town.

As well as Iversen, two more Leicester loanees dropped down a division with Matty James linking up with Coventry City and Admiral Muskwe joining Wycombe Wanderers.

The most notable loan arrival in the Championship lands at QPR who welcomed back veteran striker Charlie Austin to Loftus Road from West Brom. The Hungerford born; former Royals youth player will hope to change the fortunes around at his former West London side.

Barnsley confirmed the capture of two permanent signings with Liam Kitching swapping Forest Green Rovers for the Tykes and Carlton Morris joining from Norwich City.

Elsewhere, Rolando Aarons ended his long association with Newcastle United to link up with Huddersfield and goalkeeper Jordan Archer signed for Middlesbrough after spending time as a free agent.

With Archer joining Neil Warnock’s side, unsettled goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic left Boro to join German side St Pauli on loan until the end of the season.

This was one of many loans away from the second tier with Millwall youngster James Brown also heading out of England to Scottish side St Johnstone as well as QPR’s Liam Kelly crossing the border to Motherwell.

Royals goalkeeper Sam Walker leads a list of players heading down a division in search of regular first team football as he joins AFC Wimbledon.

Another goalkeeper on the move is Bournemouth’s Mark Travers who heads to local rivals Swindon Town on loan alongside Brentford’s Dominic Thompson.

Ellery Balcombe made the move from Brentford to Doncaster to join Barnsley’s Elliot Simoes while Declan John joined Bolton from Swansea on loan.

Joe Day left Cardiff City for Bristol Rovers while William Hondermarck joined Harrogate Town on loan from Norwich.

Blackburn Rovers trio Brad Lyons, Harry Chapman and Hayden Carter joined Morecambe, Shrewsbury and Burton Albion respectively for the remainder of the season.

The highlight outgoing of the window so far was that of Etienne Capoue departing Watford for Villarreal on a permanent transfer while Chris Brunt parted ways with Bristol City after injury ruled him out for the remainder of the current campaign.

Tendayi Darikwa also permanently departed the second-tier swapping Nottingham Forest for Wigan after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

A transfer window also opened up the prospect of players being recalled from loans with a number of Championship clubs triggering this option.

Luton Town have recalled Peter Kioso from Bolton along with former Royal Gabriel Osho from Yeovil with Osho making his Luton debut against the Royals last weekend.

Coventry City recalled Josh Eccles from Gillingham while Cardiff City chose to activate a clause bringing Aden Flint back early from a spell with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swansea City have been the biggest victims of the recall option so far with Kasey Palmer recalled by Bristol City and Morgan Gibbs-White returning to Premier League side Wolves.

Fellow top tier side Leicester also exercised their option to recall Filip Benkovic from Welsh neighbours Cardiff while Anthony Knockaert extended his Nottingham Forest spell from Fulham.

Reading may also be benefitted in the attacking department with the return of striker Sam Smith from Tranmere Rovers.