Football League transfer latest: Nottingham Forest, Derby County & Ipswich Town involved

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Nottingham Forest have been heavily tipped to be busy this January and the latest rumours from their local paper has them linked with two highly-reputable strikers.

Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham is the first to be linked, with Forest pondering over a whopping £8m pound bid for the striker. The 20-year-old striker has been in fine form whilst on-loan to Sheffield Wednesday this season, bagging 5 goals in 7 games. Although it has to be said, any bid of that size is likely to be scrutinised by the Football League and flies in the face of new regulations coming in about spending restrictions.

Nottingham Forest as a club are already shown to be over budget and could be one of the clubs that could face million pound fines and a transfer embargo within the next couple of seasons. A signing of this magnitude would show a 'boom or boost' desperation for promotion.

The second player linked is Tunisian international Hamdi Harbaoui, a player who currently plays in Belgium's top division. The striker has scored 11 goals this season, and could be available for a bargain €2m.

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has stated that he will look to bring back some of his old players that he left at Derby County, spreading several rumours about who he could have been talking about.

The largest amount of speculation surrounds Derby Conty's big summer buy in Johnny Russell. Although the player would be a fine signing for Sheffield United, it's unlikely to be kindly received by Derby County as they still consider the player a key first-team member.

Another player that he could have been talking about is former favourite Jake Buxton, but then again, the player has held down a first-team place in the face of strong competition and is likely to be in the plans of Steve McClaren and his management staff.

The players more likely to move from Derby County are experienced winger Ben Davies and possibly an optimistic move for Ireland international Conor Sammon, who has been linked with Ipswich. Both players have been left frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at the iPro stadium and could be enticed by a move to play under their old boss.

Sheffield United are likely to be busy in the transfer market in January as they plan on strengthening the side for a late play-off push. 

And finally, Ipswich Town have completed the signing of former back to back Championship top-goalscorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

In a move that could turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business by Mick McCarthy, he has handed the 27-year-old a contract until the end of the season with a view to an extension.

The player scored 14 goals last season for Wolverhampton Wanderers during their relegation, but suffered a horrific injury which has kept him out of the game for the most part of 2013.

Ipswich fans will be hoping that he can find his old form and blast the Tractor Boys up the table.

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