Championship rumours: Boost for Boro in £10m target chase | Leeds 'in talks' with striker | Updates on Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest

With just three weeks of the transfer window remaining, Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals continue to be linked with a host of players.

And reports today suggest that Tony Pulis' side could have been handed a boost in their pursuit of a defensive target.

Middlesbrough have been handed a boost in their pursuit of this defender

Middlesbrough have been handed a boost in their pursuit of this defender

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Elsewhere, there are updates from a host of teams across the second tier as transfer activity hots up.

Here's the rumours doing the rounds today:

Middlesbrough could be handed a boost in their pursuit of Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan. The full-back - who reports have suggested is valued at £10m - is also wanted by Leeds United, but a host of other teams are thought to have dropped out the race. Fulham, Southampton and Everton are all thought to have turned their attentions elsewhere, handing a boost to Boro (Bristol Post)

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Recently-relegated Stoke City have seen a €15m bid for Tottenham's Vlad Chiriches turned down (Stoke on Trent Live)

Aston Villa are now prepared to sell Jack Grealish for £20m - half his initial reported asking price - with Tottenham ready to swoop (Mirror)

Winger Florian Jozefzoon could be set for a move away from Brentford after a bid from an unnamed club was accepted - Leeds and Derby have both been keen (Derby Live)

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Leeds United are reportedly 'in talks' with striker Mbaye Diagne, who has also been linked with Hull City (Turkish Football)

Premier League side Cardiff have cooled their interest in West Brom winger Matt Phillips - who is also a target for Middlesbrough (Express & Star)

Dean Marney, who had been heavily linked with Nottingham Forest this summer, is now training with Championship rivals Aston Villa (Nottingham Post)

Top flight duo Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are keen on Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, although the Bees have slapped a £15m price tag on the 22-year-old (London Evening Standard)