FL transfer latest: Forest, Leeds and Leicester feature

Nottingham Forest face another battle with Wigan Athletic, Leeds face competition from Leicester, Blackburn skipper mulls over Palace deal, Brighton sign Tottenham Hotspur starlet and Sheffield United keep Liverpool youngster.

1) Nottingham Forest face another potential transfer battle with Uwe Rosler's Wigan Athletic as both sides reportedly go in for Cardiff City's Nicky Maynard.

Earlier yesterday The Nottingham Evening Post reported Forest were in the race to sign the former Bristol City striker on loan. However, later reports from The Mirror claim the 29-year-old is in talks with Wigan Athletic and could become Rosler's first signing. It has the potential to become yet another heated transfer battle between the two clubs, who have spent the early days of the window fighting over Hull City centre back Jack Hobbs

2) Leeds United also face competition for a signature, with Leicester City trying to muscle in on the Jimmy Kebe deal.

Reports from The Yorkshire Evening Post confirmed that a deal was close for Crystal Palace winger Jimmy Kebe and hinted that it could be done in time for their Yorkshire derby on Saturday. Despite the reports on an impending deal, journalist Sean Taylor confirmed that Leicester City could look to muscle in on the transfer.

Jimmy Kebe is still a highly regarded player in the Championship and will be a huge asset to the side that signs him.

3) Blackburn Rovers captain Scott Dann may have to take TWO pay-cuts if he is to join Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace. According to reports in The Mirror the centre back must agree to a contract which pays less than his current £32,000-a-week deal and another automatic wage drop if the side is relegated from the Premier League. Talks have been on-going for a while now, but a conclusion is expected in the next few days.  

4) Brighton have signed Tottenham Hotspur starlet Jonathan Obika on a three-month loan deal. The Albion manager explained that Obika was someone he had been aware of for a while and would offer cover for Jose Ulloa and Ashley Barnes, although the latter is reportedly close to leaving the Amex for Burnley. Obika is no stranger to Championship football having previously enjoyed spells at Charlton and Palace.

5) Sheffield United have extended the loan of Liverpool youngster Conor Coady until February. Nigel Clough gave an explanation at the shortness of the loan extension, commenting that he couldn't guarantee him regular first team football so a short-term deal was best. He also praised the attitude of the player and confirmed he will continue to try and improve his development further.

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