Championship Transfer talk: QPR 'advanced' in Ntep talks; Forest £1m headache

AJ Auxerre

Leeds United, QPR, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers all feature.

Here are the latest Championship transfer stories:

1) Leeds United and Barnsley are reportedly in the race of Swansea City striker Leroy Lita. According to reports by Sky Sports News sources, the former Bristol City striker is the latest in a long list of striker targets for Brian McDermott.

The 29-year-old striker is out-of-contract at the end of the season so faces a huge decision on his destination. He spent the early part of the season on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion but unfortunately made very little impact for them, scoring just once in five appearances.

2) Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi will be undoubtedly frustrated by the Jack Hobbs saga after it was reported yesterday that Reading's interest in the player has cost him 'close to' £1 million.

The East Midlands side were supposedly due to sign the former Leicester City centre back at the end of the season on a free transfer.

However, the interest from Reading allowed Hull City to start a bidding war. Forest were initially unmoved by the situation but as soon as Reading's bid was accepted, they blinked and bid themselves. Negotiations with the player are still on-going.

3) Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on signing £3m Blackburn Rovers flop Leon Best.

The former Newcastle United frontman was Blackburn's first major signing after the club were relegated and was supposedly a sign of their intent.

However, weeks after the ink had dried on the contract he suffered a nasty long term injury, keeping him out the side. The 27-year-old has managed just two goals in 16 appearances for Rovers, who could desperately do without his wages on their payroll.

4) Leicester City have activated the extra year on captain Wes Morgan's contract.

The 29-year-old had spoken publicly about the contract situation at the club being disconcerting with Leicester City potentially losing many key players at the end of the season.

Despite the activated extension, it's been reported that there will be no talks about a potentially longer deal for the player and could find himself back in the same situation next season.

5) According to reports by French newspaper L'Equipe, West London based Queens Park Rangers are favourites to land Arsenal target Paul Georges Ntep after talks have reached an 'advanced stage'.

Auxerre and Rennes had reportedly agreed a lucrative €6m deal, but the deal fell through due to the player's wage demands.

The French U21 international is considered one of the best young talents in France and if Queens Park Rangers can fend off the reported interest from Arsenal, he could provide the key to their promotion this season.

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