FL Transfer latest: Leeds close in on #1 target; Forest could lose Chelsea star to 'Boro

Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic steal the headlines for today's transfer news.

Leeds United are very close to securing their first signing of the window according to manager Brian McDermott. When asked about Hull City's Cameron Stewart, the former Reading manager made his opinion very clear:

'We're close to a deal. We're trying to do something and I think we're getting close. Steve Bruce is a good friend of mine. Football is one of those worlds where everyone knows everyone's business.'

And on the topic of another well documented target in Nahki Wells, McDermott admitted admiration for the player but also aired concern at his price tag:

'Nahki Wells is a good player, but he plays for Bradford, and Phil Parkinson is another good friend of mine. I would imagine he would cost a lot of money. You want to take players that can make a difference'

It would seem that Leeds United have moved fast in the transfer market to grab what seems like their number one target. And as long as nothing goes wrong, Leeds should have one more face in their squad for their next League match against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Wigan Athletic are ready to try their luck with an ambitious move for former Manchester United target Jefferey Schlupp.

The 21-year-old has played 15 times for Leicester this season, although he has only made 5 starts. Noted for his versatility, he has played between the forward positions and at left back for the table topping Foxes and it remains unclear whether or not they would entertain the idea of a loan move for him.

Middlesbrough are ready to move in on Chelsea star Nathaniel Chalobah when his loan ends at Nottingham Forest, according to respected journalist Sean Taylor.

Although the players loan hasn't gone they way it was envisaged when Nottingham Forest pulled the trigger on the expensive loan deal, he is still widely considered one of the top young players in the country. And in the likely event that Nottingham Forest don't pursue a loan extension, it could be likely that other Championship sides become interested.

And finally, Wolverhampton Wanderers fans were rocked by the news that long standing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had refused to play for the club, and that he was expected to leave for Palace very shortly. Kenny Jackett publicly slammed the goalkeepers actions and admitted he expected to the player to leave shortly.

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