Championship transfer news: Middlesbrough battle for £15m defender | Leeds agree midfielder deal | Latest from Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest

Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals continue to pursue loan deals - as the transfer window prepares to close on August 31.

And reports today suggest that Boro are still interested in a long-standing target, but they face competition to land his signature.

Middlesbrough face a battle for this 15m defender

Middlesbrough face a battle for this 15m defender

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Elsewhere, there are a host of updates from around the Championship as transfer activity hots up.

Here's the news hitting the headlines today:

Middlesbrough remain interested in Southampton full-back Matt Targett. The left-back was subject of a £15m bid from Fulham earlier this summer and Aston Villa are also thought to be keen on landing the defender on a temporary basis (Birmingham Mail)

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Steve McClaren is hoping to sign two new strikers at QPR - with Brighton's Tomar Hemed and Burnley's Nahki Wells on his radar (Sun)

Leeds United have agreed a deal which will see midfielder Oriol Rey join Spanish side UB Conquense, according to reports in Spain (Various)

Striker Tom Bradshaw is set to swap Barnsley for Millwall after a deal was finally agreed for the Welsh international (South London Press)

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West Brom are eyeing up a loan move for Leicester City defender Wes Morgan, who looks set to be surplus to requirements at the King Power Stadium (Kick Off)

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham remains Aston Villa's main transfer target (Express & Star)

Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is attracting interest from Rangers, while West Brom, Aston Villa and Stoke City are also thought to be keen (Scotsman)