Football League Transfer Talk: Including King and Ireland

Birmingham City, Leeds United, Cardiff City and Watford all feature.

Birmingham City have rejected an approach from Chinese club Shanghai Shenua for striker Marlon King. The Chinese club is where Didier Drogba formerly played before his return to European football and the Asian side are reportedly ready to tempt King away with a monstrous financial offer.

Barnsley striker Reuben Noble-Lazarus has committed his future to the Championship strugglers by signing a new contract. The forward still holds the record for being the youngest player to appear in a football league match when he made his debut as a 15-year-old.

League One side Crawley Town have signed striker Aiden O’Brien on loan from Millwall for the rest of the season. He has not played any part in the Championship campaign for Millwall but has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, scoring for them.

Leeds United have sent striker Dominic Poleon on loan to Sheffield United for the rest of the season. Neil Warnock is thought to be keen on the 19-year-old improving his first team experience which is the reason he’s gone to the Blades to aid their push for League One promotion.

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland could be a loan target for promotion chasing Cardiff City. Cardiff are thought to be keen on solidifying their squad to maintain their push for automatic promotion to the Premier League which will prevent possible heartbreak in the play-offs.

Ipswich Town look poised to make a swoop for Burton Albion striker Jacques Maghoma. The forward has been having a big impact in League Two and has been scouted by Leeds United but Ipswich are thought to be in the best position to make the first move.

Aston Villa and Everton have been linked with a move for Watford star Troy Deeney. Deeney is out of contract at the end of the season and has been told by the Championship club that he is free to talk to any club he wishes over his next move if he decides not to sign on.

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