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Championship rumours: £15m Boro deal 'played down' | Leeds chased £11m signing | Updates on Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa

Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals continue to be the subject of plenty of transfer speculation.

And reports today suggest that a £15m deal involving Tony Pulis' side could be off the table.

Britt Assombalonga has been linked with a switch away from Middlesbrough

Britt Assombalonga has been linked with a switch away from Middlesbrough

RUMOURS: Leeds close to TWO £10m deals while Boro chase a winger
Elsewhere, there are updates on a host of other teams from around the second tier as the market continues to hot up.

Here's the news hitting the headlines today:

Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga is NOT a target for Leeds United, despite speculation linking the Whites with a £15m move for the frontman who is reported to have fallen out with Pulis this summer (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Promising Nottingham Forest defender Matthew Bondswell has turned down Manchester United and Liverpool in order to sign for RB Leipzig (Sun)#

REPORT: Striker linked with exit scores in Middlesbrough win
Meanwhile, Forest are said to be ready to complete the signing of Benfica goalkeeper Bruno Varela next week (Record - Portugal)

Leeds United are set to battle it out with Monaco for Juventus teenager Moise Kean, who is thought to be valued at around £11m (Calciomercato)

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly interested in Basingstoke Town striker Sam Smart, who will spend a week on trial with the Owls (Sheffield Star)

Young defender Axel Tuanzebe could be set for another loan switch from Manchester United to Aston Villa (Birmingham Mail)

MORE: Middlesbrough linked with swoop for ex-Liverpool striker
Premier League side Liverpool are 'closing in' on a £13m deal to take Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City (Star)