There are only four days to go until the 2019/20 EFL campaign begins, with plenty of managers trying to get deals across the line in time for the new season.
With the transfer deadline also creeping closer, the level of activity in the transfer market is increasing, with the big boys getting out their chequebooks in order to pursue their most wanted targets.
In today’s round-up, we start off with Swansea City, who are still trying desperately to keep hold of Oli McBurnie…
The latest, via BBC Sport Wales, is that Sheffield United have made a new bid for McBurnie, with Swansea understood to be “seriously considering” the Blades’ latest offer.
The Swans have recently turned down big-money bids from the Blades for their prolific forward, but Chris Wilder’s men have now submitted a new offer which could rise to £20m.
West Brom are said to be keen on FC Basel striker Albian Ateji, but the forward’s wage demands are proving to be a stumbling block in the Baggies’ pursuit, according to the Express and Star.
The 22-year-old scored 21 goals in 43 games for the Swiss club last season, and would be a very adequate replacement for the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle if he arrived at the Hawthorns.
But it looks like a deal is a long way off being completed, with West Brom being unable to afford his wages.
Nottingham Forest look set to win the race for Wolves forward Rafa Mir, who according to the Nottingham Post, is edging towards a loan move to the City Ground.
The Spanish forward has made only four first-team appearances for Nuno Santo’s side, and scored seven goals whilst on loan with Spanish second division side Las Palmas last season.
Birmingham are also believed to be interested in the striker, but a move to the East Midlands looks most likely at present.
Sticking with Forest, and the Daily Mail claim that Rotherham and Oxford are believed to be interested in signing outcast Gboly Ariyibi.
The winger signed for the Reds from Chesterfield in 2017, but he has since failed to make a single first-team appearance for the East Midlands side.
He has endured loan spells with the likes of Motherwell and MK Dons, but a permanent exit now looks to be on the cards for the 24-year-old.
Finally, The Sun claims that Fulham are interested in signing Harry Arter on loan this summer.
The 29-year-old is Scott Parker’s brother-in-law, and spent last season on loan with Cardiff City in the Premier League.
The AFC Bournemouth midfielder’s wages are believed to be quite high, but Fulham may look to bring him in loan this summer.