Middlebrough enjoyed a narrow 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at the weekend and, being one of the few Championship teams whose fixtures haven’t been postponed, will next feature on Boxing Day.
Chris Wilder’s side will host Nottingham Forest the day after Christmas, before finishing their 2021 schedule with a trip to Blackpool next Wednesday.
Boro kick off 2022 with a visit to Bramall Lane to face Wilder’s old side Sheffield United.
Here are the best of today’s Championship rumours...
1. Cooper considering free agents after Grabban injury
New Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper hasn’t ruled out turning to the free agent market after striker Lewis Grabban picked up an injury but stressed he won't make any "short term" decisions (Nottingham Post)
Photo: George Wood
2. Premier League sides eyeing January move for Swift
Norwich, Wolves, Crystal Palace and at least one other Premier League side are all looking to move for Reading star John Swift in January (FLW)
Photo: Richard Heathcote
3. Spurs set sights on Johnstone
Tottenham Hotspur are targeting West Brom's England international goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after the baggies, who value the stopper at £15mil, turned down an £11mil bid from West Ham in the summer (Football Insider)
Photo: Shaun Botterill
4. Rovers locked in contract talks with Brereton Diaz
Blackburn Rovers could trigger the option of a one year extension in Ben Brereton Diaz's contract to avoid losing him on a free but reaming in talks with the Chilliean international striker (FLW)
Photo: Alex Livesey