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Championship transfer round-up: Nottm Forest and Leeds in chase, Sheff Utd in battle with Celtic for 24-y/o



We saw another action-paced day of transfer news, rumours and stories on Wednesday, with less than 37 days until the start of the new Championship campaign.

Would Stoke add another player to their squad? Will Marcelo Bielsa look to make his first signing of the summer, or will there be a key departure at Elland Road first?

Here, FLW writer George Harbey rounds up all the most important transfer activity in today’s Championship transfer round-up…

Stoke complete another signing

Stoke completed their sixth signing in the space of two days on Wednesday afternoon, signing Stephen Ward on a free transfer following his release from Burnley.

The Republic of Ireland international made over 110 appearances for the Clarets following his move from Brighton in 2014, and will look to add experience and a bit of quality down the left flank for the Potters next season.

Jack Clarke has Spurs medical

Leeds’ 18-year-old winger looks to be on the verge of moving to Spurs, with the youngster reportedly having a medical at the North London club yesterday.

Phil Hay revealed that Leeds will receive an up-front fee of £10million for his services, and Marcelo Bielsa’s side will also have the option to bring him back on loan before anyone else, should Spurs wish to send him out.

Bristol City complete permanent capture

Bristol City signalled a huge statement of intent on Wednesday, completing the permanent signing of Jay Dasilva from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old really impressed for the Robins whilst on loan from Stamford Bridge last term, making 32 appearances in all competitions as Lee Johnson’s side just missed out on a play-off spot.

But the Robins have now swooped to complete the permanent signing of Dasilva, despite plenty of fans suggesting that he was good enough to fight for a place in Chelsea’ first-team next term.

Bristol City set to win Szmodics race

Sticking with all things Bristol City, and the Robins look set to win the race for Colchester United playmaker Sammie Szmodics, according to the Bristol Post.

The 23-year-old was arguably one of the best players in League Two last season, scoring 15 goals and producing six assists for John McGreal’s side who finished the season just one point off the play-off places.

But it is now claimed that City have beaten off interest from Leeds to sign the attacking midfielder, for a fee in the region of around £750,000.

Forest and Leeds chase QPR star

Nottingham Forest and Leeds United do battle on the 10th of August, and are now also set to do battle in pursuit of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo.

The Australian midfielder has been one of the R’s’ most important players in recent years, but could be set to leave Loftus Road this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.

It is claimed that, due to the financial issues off the pitch, the 26-year-old may have to take a pay cut if he wishes to extend his contract at the West London club, with Leeds and Forest reportedly interested this summer as per London Football News.

Sheffield United and Celtic chase McNair

The Blades and Celtic are interested in signing Paddy McNair from Middlesbrough, as per reports from The Sun.

The Northern Ireland international made 16 league appearances for Boro last season, and helped them keep the joint-best defensive record in the division.

But only one year after his £5million move to the Riverside from Sunderland, it is believed that Chris Wilder is a big fan of McNair’s ability to play in either midfield or in defence, and they are set to rival Celtic in pursuit of his signature.

Bristol City reject bid for Webster

Bristol City have rejected a £12million bid for defender Adam Webster from Aston Villa, according to the Sky Sports Transfer Centre (15:43).

The central defender was a hugely important player for the Robins last season, forming a solid partnership with Tomas Kalas in defence.

Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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