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Championship rumours: Middlesbrough miss out on ex Premier League winger | Leeds United join race for Senegalese striker | Aston Villa bring in experienced defender

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis looks set to miss out on a former Premier League winger
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis looks set to miss out on a former Premier League winger

Championship match day is just one day away but off the pitch, the rumours and speculation keeps on coming.

Unfortunately for Middlesbrough, Tony Pulis looks set to miss out on a ex Premier League winger after he closes in on a move to a Championship rival.

And with Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe both sidelined for Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa's men have reportedly joined the race to sign a Senegalese forward.

Aston Villa's search for a central defender continues but it could come to a successful end soon with a former player now training with the club.

There's also a transfer update on Nottingham Forest plus a whole lot more!

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Here is the Championnship rumour mill in full:

Middlesbrough are set to miss out on former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako as the 30-year-old closes in on a move to West Brom. Boro, along with Aston Villa, were reportedly interested in the ex Premier League man earlier this month. (Tim Nash)

Leeds United have joined Bournemouth and Hull City in the race for Kasimpasa star striker Mbaye Diagne. (Turkish reports)

Aston Villa have invited former defender James Collins to train with them for the next few weeks. He is a free agent since his release from West Ham in the summer. (BirminghamLive)

Tony Xia has effectively been bought out at Aston Villa, according football finance expert, Kieran Maguire. It follows an update on Companies House website relating to a notice of cancellation of shares. (BirminghamLive)

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Nigel Adkins is hoping for a warm reception from Reading fans when he takes his Hull City side to the Madejski Stadium tomorrow. (HullLive)

Nottingham Forest remain hopeful of getting a deal over the line to sign Iranian international forward Karim Ansarifard, however boss Karanka says he does not know when his arrival will be finalised following the cancellation of his contract at Olympiacos, prior to deadline day. (NottinghamLive)

West Brom are close to appointing a technical director, with England guru Dan Ashworth high on their list of preferred options.(The Argus)

Swansea City are expected to offer former England Under-21 midfielder Matt Grimes a contract extension. (Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay has demanded his players improve their decision-making after their four-match unbeaten league run came to an abrupt halt at Nottingham Forest. They face Aston Villa tomorrow. (Yorkshire Post)

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Alex Neil admits he is going ‘squared eyed’ as he attempts to find a solution to Preston North End's poor Championship form. PNE head to Bramall Lane tomorrow to take on Sheffield United without a win in their last seven league games.(Lancashire Evening Post)

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is ready to let highly-rated youngster Joe Rothwell 'off the leash' following the improvement of the 23-year-old's physical data. Mowbray previously said Rothwell needed to improve it should he want a regular place in the first-team. (Lancashire Telegraph)

QPR boss Steve McClaren has predicted loan signings Tomer Hemed, Nahki Wells and Geoff Cameron will have an even bigger impact when they are fully fit. McClaren's side have had a remarkable upturn in form, collecting 10 points from a possibly 12. (West London Sport)