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Football League Transfer Talk: Including Robert Green and Jerome Thomas

Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers all feature.

Leeds United have finalised a deal with Stoke City for midfielder Michael Tonge. Tonge will join the Yorkshire based club on a two and a half year deal after failing to make an impact at the Britannia Stadium. Tonge has previously played under Leeds boss Neil Warnock during his days at Sheffield United.

There is bad news for Leeds however with former loanee Jerome Thomas saying he currently has no intention of making a switch to the club despite an impressive spell, despite Neil Warnock's intention to re-sign him. He wants to fight for his place at West Brom and decide his future when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is targeting further signings before the end of this week. He has already added Patrick Kisnorbo, David McGoldrick, Aaron McLean and Frank Nouble in the January transfer window and is reportedly keen on adding defenders Ronald Zubar and Richard Stearman before the weekend.

Bristol City have made a formal bid to League One side Crawley Town for defender Kyle McFadzean. City have reportedly offered a six figure some for the defender who can play in any position across the back four of a side. City make the offer after missing out on Manchester United’s Scott Wootton.

Nottingham Forest are in line to sign out of favour QPR goalkeeper Robert Green. Green signed for the club last summer but has been replaced as number one by Julio Cesar. Alex McLeish is hoping to land the ‘keeper on a permanent deal or at least a loan switch until the end of the season.

Hull City have completed a double swoop for Manchester United winger Robbie Brady and Sunderland play maker David Meyler. Hull are having a fantastic season near the top of the Championship and the £3.5 million spent on both players guarantees their permanent transfers.

Blackburn Rovers have made an approach to Blackpool to sign their current manager Michael Appleton. Appleton only joined Blackpool in the summer but Blackburn could offer him a lucrative deal to replace Henning Berg meaning Blackpool could lose two top managers inside a year. However Blackpool have firmly rejected the approach.

Cheltenham Town could be set to land a number of Everton stars on loan for the rest of the season. The club’s manager, Mark Yates, reportedly jumped on the chance to request possible loans from Everton boss David Moyes during the FA Cup clash between the clubs earlier this week.

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