Wolves ready raid for Middlesbrough star as Aston Villa eye exciting Championship duo

The January transfer window has three weeks left to go, and while it's been slow going thus far, the action is likely to ramp up in the coming days as the pressure grows for clubs to secure new signings.

Middlesbrough fell at the first hurdle to see their FA Cup run end last weekend, as Neil Warnock's side lost 2-1 to divisional rivals Brentford, despite having 23 shots to the Bees' nine.

Boro will look to bounce back this weekend, when they play host to Birmingham City in a Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

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Meanwhile, Middlesbrough continue to plot their transfer business as January window deals gradually trickle through, and it will be fascinating to see which new faces Boro bring in over the coming weeks.

Scroll down to see the top stories doing the rounds in the Championship:

Rotherham United have been linked with a move for Stoke City defender Liam Lindsay. The 25-year-old, formerly of Barnsley, was linked with the likes of Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday last summer. (Stoke Sentinel)

Middlesbrough are said to have knocked back enquiries from a host of Premier League sides for key man Marcus Tavernier. Leeds, Wolves and Leicester City have all been credited with an interest. (Team Talk)

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Sheffield Wednesday-linked striker Dwight Gayle looks unlikely to leave Newcastle United on loan this month due to the cost of his wages, and could instead join Crystal Palace on a free transfer in the summer. (The Sun)

Bournemouth and Everton could be looking to strike a swap deal, with the former tipped to part company with in-demand forward Josh King in exchange for full-back Jonjoe Kenny. (Daily Echo)

Aston Villa are rumoured to be plotting a double transfer swoop from the Championship, with Reading's Michael Olise and Bournemouth's David Brooks both understood to be on Dean Smith's wishlist. (Mirror)

Ex-Millwall Everton star Tim Cahill has been named the bookies' firm favourite to become the new Fleetwood Town manager. If given the role, he'll be taking his first steps into football management. (Sky Bet)

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Nottingham Forest have been tipped to move for Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ben Whiteman, as interest in the League One star continues to grow. Preston and QPR have both had bids rejected in January so far. (The Athletic)