Leeds in for experience, Derby for left back, QPR look at striker

Leeds United, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers steal today's Championship transfer headlines.

Sky Sports has reported that Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers could be in for experienced Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens.

Rovers manager Paul Dickov is determined to keep hold of his influtial midfielder, and has confirmed that Wellens has been offered a relatively 'long-term' deal to stay at the Keepmoat Stadium. As Leeds have a lot of experience in the middle of the park with Austin (28), Green (30), Tonge (30), Norris (32) and Brown (36) already on the books, any move for the midfielder would be unlikely.

According to a Tweet by respected journalist Alan Nixon, Derby County's next move in the transfer market could be a left back to support Craig Forsyth. The Rams have been linked to long-term Steve McClaren target Jonathan Parr in the past, and he is out of contract in the Summer.

Derby have, however, gone on record to say they're looking for young and upcoming Premier League starlets to boost their promotion hopes, as has been proven with the signings of Andre Wisdom, Michael Keane and Patrick Bamford.

The Mirror has reported that Queens Park Rangers could sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole on an 18 month contract, as QPR manager Harry Redknapp looks to take the pressure off top goalscorer Charlie Austin.

The Hoops have been linked to several strikers already this month, including big names such as Nicola Jelavic and Ishak Belfodil. The signing of Carlton Cole does, however, seem like the most realistic option.

Sky Sports have reported that Leicester City have secured the services of Le Havre winger Riyad Mahrez - well before anyone else could put their name in the hat.

The 22-year-old winger has been impressive in France's second tier league, and had been thought to be attracting interest from some Ligue 1 teams. Leicester have, however, moved quickly to secure the signing.

Finally, The Daily Mail are reporting that the fee agreed between Sunderland and Brighton for influential midfielder Liam Bridcutt is around £2.5m. It seems Sunderland may have grabbed themselves a Football League bargain, especially when you consider Derby County want more than £10m for talented midfielder Will Hughes.

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