Championship rumours: Ex Middlesbrough striker drop into non-league | Leeds United handed transfer blow | Aston Villa toying between two former Premier League defenders

Former Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita in action for Barnsley against MK Dons
Former Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita in action for Barnsley against MK Dons

Several players remain without clubs following their releases in the summer, and they are attracting the interest of several Championship clubs.

Today's reports say a former Middlesbrough striker has decided a pursue a career in non-league while Leeds United are also speculated to have suffered blow in their efforts to try and tempt a promising youngster to the club.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are apparently deciding which former Premier League defender they want to sign on a free transfer after missing out on their top target over the weekend.

Here's the Championship rumours in full:

Former Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita has joined Isthmian League Premier Division Margate, Lita played at the Riverside Stadium between 2009 and 2011. (Margate FC official website)

Yasmin El-Mhanni, a Leeds United target earlier in the summer, is reportedly in talks with Belgium side Royal Antwerp. (The Sun)

Out-of-contract James Collins is delaying agreeing terms with Ipswich Town in hope that former club Aston Villa will come in for him. (Daily Telegraph)

However, it is believed Villa boss Steve Bruce is targeting one-time Premier League champion Robert Huth after being released from Leicester City. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor has revealed he would love to play for Celtic after playing at Parkhead in Stilyan Petrov's charity match. (Various)

Sheffield Wednesday attacker Marco Matias has suggestet that a renewed togetherness and a desire to work hard for each other is the reason behind their upturn in good form. (Sheffield Star)