Championship rumours: Middlesbrough striker deal fades | Leeds close to big-money signing | Updates on Hull, Nottingham Forest

Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals continue to look to strengthen as the new season nears.

And reports today suggest that a deal for a Boro striker could have faded after Tony Pulis named his price.

Could Patrick Bamford be on the move?

Could Patrick Bamford be on the move?

Elsewhere, there are updates on a host of other teams from throughout the league as transfer activity hots up.

Here's the news hitting the headlines today:

Middlesbrough have slapped a £16m price tag on striker Patrick Bamford, which looks to have faded hopes of a deal taking the frontman to Nottingham Forest. The former Chelsea youngster had been heavily linked with a move to the City Ground to reunite with Aitor Karanka, but such a deal now looks a way off (Sun)

Midlands rivals Birmingham City and Aston Villa look set to battle it out for the signature of Plymouth Argyle's 18-year-old goalkeeper Michael Cooper (Plymouth Live)

Leeds United are close to sealing the signing of Derby striker Matej Vydra in an £11m deal (Yorkshire Post)

Recently-relegated West Brom are interested in Swansea defender Kyle Bartley, but will face competition from Leeds and Birmingham (Birmingham Mail)

Hull City are keen on re-signing defender Conor Townsend, with the left-back impressing since joining Scunthorpe in 2016 (Daily Mail)

Sheffield United are interested in striker Sam Gallagher of Southampton (Yorkshire Post)

Watford expect goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to make a permanent switch to Nottingham Forest this summer (Daily Mail)