Championship rumours: Boro target World Cup star | Update on Leeds striker deal | Latest from Aston Villa, Hull, QPR

Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals are being linked with a host of players as the transfer market enters its final weeks.

And reports today suggest that Tony Pulis is keen on sealing a deal for an experienced midfielder who starred at the World Cup this summer.

Middlesbrough are targeting this World Cup star (left) who took on Lionel Messi this summer

Middlesbrough are targeting this World Cup star (left) who took on Lionel Messi this summer

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Elsewhere, there are updates on a host of other Championship clubs as deals continue to be done.

Here's the rumours doing the rounds today:

Middlesbrough have joined the race to sign Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason. The 30-year-old has just returned from international duty as he represented Iceland at the World Cup, and is also drawing interest from Turkish side Trabzonspor. A defensive midfielder, Bjarnason could be allowed to move on this summer due to Villa's ongoing financial uncertainty (Birmingham Mail)

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Striker Baghdad Bounedjah is no longer a target for Leeds United, with the striker's £13.5m asking price proving the sticking point (L'Expression - Algeria)

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is set to join Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal - before the switch is made permanent next summer (Teamtalk)

Goalkeeper George Long is set to swap Sheffield United for Championship rivals Hull City, with the stopper expected to undergo a medical (Sheffield Star)

Bristol City and Reading are interested in sealing a deal for free agent Tim Krul after the goalkeeper left Brighton earlier this summer (HITC)

Forward Mbaye Diagne, of Turkish club Kasimpasa, has been linked with a switch to Hull (Hull Live)

UPDATE: Middlesbrough transfer latest - with news on a striker
QPR remain 'interested' in West Ham striker Jordan Hugill, despite the frontman being heavily linked with Leeds United this summer (London News Online)

17-year-old Dylan Crowe is attracting interest from a host of European giants - including Manchester United - as Ipswich face a battle to keep hold of the youngster (Goal)