Championship rumours: Boro eye Southampton man | Leeds 'want' £11m striker | Updates on Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest

There's plenty of transfer speculation circling around the Championship today - with plenty of clubs linked.

And reports today suggest that Middlesbrough are lining-up a move for a top-flight defender - which could lead to a possible swap deal.

This Southampton defender has been linked with Middlesbrough

This Southampton defender has been linked with Middlesbrough

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Elsewhere, there are updates on a number of teams within the league as transfer activity ramps up.

Here's the news hitting the headlines today:

Middlesbrough have been credited with an interest in Southampton full-back Sam McQueen. The 23-year-old has struggled for first team opportunities at St Mary's, but Tony Pulis is said to be a fan of the defender. Reports suggest that he could form part of a swap deal which would see Ben Gibson move to the south coast (Teamtalk)

Steve Bruce says that it is inevitable that Aston Villa will have to sell players this summer (Sky Sports)

READ MORE: Middlesbrough linked with Premier League star

And one player who could leave Villa Park is Jonathan Kodjia, with Leeds United keen on the striker who cost Villa £11m (Bristol Post)

Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes is set to seal a loan move to Norwich City (Eastern Daily Press)

Nottingham Forest's move for Sam Byram could be delayed - with a hold-up at West Ham prolonging the process (Sun)

Southampton's Sam Gallagher is still a target for Sheffield United (Sheffield Star)

READ MORE: Middlesbrough striker linked with Leeds and Swansea

Four Championship clubs - Bristol City, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Derby - remain keen on Peterborough striker Jack Marriott (Bristol Post)

Swansea City have seen a bid in the region of £2m for Sunderland striker Joel Asoro accepted (Sunderland Echo)