Ex-Middlesbrough ace opens up on £10 million exit, Nottingham Forest face battle for €13m-rated striker - Championship gossip

As the lockdown continues in Britain, the Championship's return still looks to be some way away, as the EFL continue to hold discussions with second tier clubs over the possibility of concluding the competition over the summer.

In the meantime, here's all the latest news and transfer rumours from the Championship:

Sheffield Wednesday look to have an advantage over Swansea City in the race to sign Man Utd starlet James Garner, as the Swans' decision to defer player wages could see them struggle to sign new talent in the short term. (The 72)

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Watford are said to be ready to challenge Nottingham Forest for Galatasaray's €13m striker Mbaye Diagne, who has been impressing on loan with Club Brugge this season. (Takvim)

The agent of SC Heerenveen 'keeper Warner Hahn has hinted his client, whose contract will expire next month, could join a side in an English league, amid links to Swansea City. (Sport Witness)

Ex-Huddersfield Town skipper Tommy Smith has claimed he left to join Stoke City as it was an opportunity he couldn't turn down, branding the Potters a "really top end club". (Stoke Sentinel)

Leeds United have been tipped to beat the likes of Leicester City and Derby County to Linfield midfielder Charlie Allen, with terms already said to be agreed with the Whites. (Football Insider)

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Newcastle United's prospective new owners are said to be "aware" of QSI's interest in purchasing Leeds United, and are keen to build their own portfolio of sleeping giant clubs. (90min)

Brentford are believed to be eyeing a summer move for Aberdeen sensation Lewis Ferguson, but could face competition from Rangers for the Scotland U21 ace. (Daily Record)

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has praised ex-Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis for the way he dealt with his £10m exit, claiming he "couldn't speak highly enough of him" for how he handled the move. (Club website)

Reading striker Lucas Joao has backed Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius to seal a move to Premier League side Wolves this summer, claiming he'd be an ideal fit for the club. (Record)