Derby track Celtic star, Ince after Leeds deal, Sheffield Wednesday in Wickham in talks

Sunderland Inc Wickham

Derby County track Celtic midfielder; Chelsea starlet joins Middlesbrough after Nottingham Forest loan, Blackpool interested in Leeds United striker, Sunderland in talks with Sheffield Wednesday, and Cardiff City defender closing in on Bournemouth move.

Here's some of the latest Championship transfer news:

According to Talksport, Bournemouth are closing in on Cardiff City defender John Brayford.

The former Derby County Player of the Year is yet to feature in a Premier League game since moving to Wales for a reported £2.5m in July. There are thought to be other Championship clubs tracking the former Burton player, and if Bournemouth can shake the competition, they will land a full-back that had proven himself as one of the best at Championship level.

Middlesbrough have moved quickly to land Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, after his loan ended with Nottingham Forest. The former Watford player was highly rated during his spell at Vicarage Road, but so far this season has been in disappointing form. Former Real Madrid coach Aitor Karanka will be hoping to get more out of him.

Sky Sports News reports Blackpool manager Paul Ince is banging on the door of owner Karl Oyston to bring Leeds United striker Luke Varney back to Bloomfield Road. The 31-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Blackpool during the club's one Premier League season, and hope he can have a similar impact for them once again. Despite starting strong, the wheels have come off for Ince and Blackpool desperately need some fresh faces, after having only 12 senior players to select from in their last game.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray has confirmed that the club are in talks with Sunderland about the possibility of extending the loan of influential striker Connor Wickham.

The former Ipswich Town striker has proven key in Wednesday's fight for survival, with an incredible record of 8 goals in 11 games. There will undoubtedly be stiff competition for his signature from other Championship sides looking strengthen this January.

Finally, The Nottingham Evening Post  reports that Derby County are monitoring 20-year-old Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor. The starlet has spent the early part of the season on loan at Notts County, and has caught the attention of many of the local sides. Wolverhampton Wanderers are also reportedly keen on the player. Celtic, however, have said they have no intention to allow McGregor to leave on a permanent deal.

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