Friday’s EFL Championship rumours

Middlesbrough transfer news: Boro want Fulham forward on loan, Birmingham City linked with Derby County favourite

The new EFL Championship season kicks off tonight with Chris Wilder’s side in action tomorrow when they face West Brom.

After months of waiting the English Football League returns tonight with Burnley taking on Huddersfield Town but there is still plenty of time remaining in the summer transfer window.

Middlesbrough are looking to bring in a Fulham forward on loan while Burnley have made their bid to sign a Scotland international defender who they have been linked with for weeks.

Watford are in talks with Manchester United to bring one of their prospects in on loan and Birmingham City are one of several Championship clubs who are understood to be interested in a Derby County player.

Elsewhere, Sunderland are closing in on deals for two Everton players while Norwich City are closing in on a Chilean international midfielder.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has discussed bids he has received for Norwegian star Sander Berge this window and the Blades are also preparing for bids from Liverpool and Newcastle United for a teenage starlet.

Finally, Cardiff City’s chairman has opened up on just how close they came to securing a deal for Gareth Bale in this transfer window before his move to the MLS with Los Angeles FC.

Here are the EFL Championship transfer news stories making headlines on Friday morning:

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