Middlesbrough transfer latest as Leeds United consider shock move for La Liga-linked striker, West Brom eye free agent deal

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is anticipating a busy summer as preparations for the 2021/22 Championship season get underway.

Saturday, 26th June 2021, 10:12 am
Riverside Stadium, the home of Middlesbrough Football Club. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Boro travel to newly-relegated Fulham on the opening day of the campaign in August, and hope a positive start can be the catalyst for a promotion charge.

But before the season begins at Craven Cottage, Warnock is facing a hectic transfer window as he looks to add six or seven players to his squad.

The Teesside club’s only new recruit so far is goalkeeper Joe Lumley from QPR but Warnock is confident more will arrive soon when players officially become free agents.

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Blackpool have completed the signing of Sonny Carey from National League outfit King’s Lynn Town for an undisclosed fee. (Various)

Speaking to talkSPORT earlier this week, Warnock said: “We’ve got the keeper in - Joe Lumley from QPR. I’ve always rated the lad and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“We’re talking to five, six, seven agents and players to try and get some movement.

“I think everything happens in that first week in July really though, when the contracts are up and the players have to start making decisions.

“That’s when all the movement will be I think.

Nottingham Forest are rivalling Millwall for Groningen midfielder Ahmed El Messaoudi, while La Liga side Granada and Saudi Arabia outfit Al-Hazem are also keen. (GVA - in Belgium)

“But I’m quite happy so far with how our recruitment is going and I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks that we will have a number of new faces.”

Which players are on Warnock’s wishlist? We’ve gathered the best of today’s Championship rumours below:

Napoli and Arsenal believe Sheffield United will be forced into lowering their asking price for Sander Berge, which is apparently around the £35m mark. (Sheffield Star)
Former Cardiff City and Derby County loanee Harry Wilson is wanted by Portuguese giants Benfica, who have held talks with the West Brom and Brentford-linked midfielder. (Liverpool Echo)
Swansea City have opened talks to sign Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne, with his contract set to expire in the coming days. (Football Insider)
West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Alex Mowatt following his release from Barnsley. New Baggies boss Valerien Ismael of course worked with the midfielder at Barnsley. (The Athletic)
Wayne Rooney will quit as Derby County manager if they are relegated to League One amid the club's ongoing dispute with the EFL. (Daily Mail)
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is a big fan of Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton, however could face strong competition from Real Sociedad to land his signature. (AS via Sport Witness)
Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer is in pole position to reunite with striker Chuks Aneke, despite interest from Middlesbrough, Reading, Coventry, QPR and Bristol City. (Birmingham Live)