Dan Ballard was one of the nine players signed by Sunderland this summer (Picture by Frank Reid)

How Sunderland’s summer transfer net spend compares with Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, West Brom and Championship rivals

Another transfer window has come and gone and on in the Championship with clubs finalising their squads ahead of a tough pre-World Cup schedule.

Sunderland made nine additions in total and strengthened areas across the pitch for their return to the Championship.

Alex Neil’s departure added a late complication to their efforts in the market, but Tony Mowbray now knows the squad he has to work with before his next chance to strengthen in January.

The Championship often throws up great swings of transfer activity across the division with some clubs spending for a shot at promotion, whilst others sell their biggest assets in-order to survive - and this summer was no different.

Here, using data provided by Transfermarkt, we take a look at the money spent by every Championship club this summer to see where Sunderland’s spending in the market ranks alongside their rivals:

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