Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals continue to be linked with a host of players as they look to complete loan signings before the August 31 deadline.
And reports today suggest that Middlesbrough are keen on a Premier League defender, but will face competition from Aston Villa for the in-demand star.
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Elsewhere, there are updates from a host of other teams from around the Championship as teams hurry to complete deals.
Here's the news hitting the back pages today:
Middlesbrough are keen on a deal for Crystal Palace full-back Joel Ward, with Tony Pulis keen to strengthen his side despite their impressive start to the season. The defender joined Palace for £400,000, but could now be set for a move away. Aston Villa are also thought to be keen on Ward, who could be available on a loan deal (Yorkshire Post)
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Liverpool midfielder Sheyi Ojo is also interesting Villa after they withdrew from the race for Everton wideman Yannick Bolasie (Birmingham Live)
Leeds United midfielder Eunan O'Kane looks set to depart Elland Road with a move to League One side Charlton looking likely (Various)
Finnish international Thomas Lam looks set to depart Nottingham Forest with a move to former club PEC Zwolle in the offing (Nottingham Post)
Sheffield Wednesday are in the market for a defender after their transfer embargo was lifted, handing Jos Luhukay an opportunity to strengthen (Sheffield Star)
Frank Lampard isn't ruling out loan moves as he looks to improve on Derby's mixed start to the season (Derbyshire Live)
Sheffield United are 'unlikely' to pursue their interest in Southampton striker Sam Gallagher (Yorkshire Post)