FL transfer latest: Forest to bid £2m for Championship defender, QPR wait on Parma green light

Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers feature.

1) According to Sky Sports Nottingham Forest are preparing to table a £2 million bid for MIddlesbrough full-back George Friend.


The former Doncaster Rovers defender has been in scintillating form for MIddlesbrough in the past two years and earned a reputation for being one of the best full-backs in the division. 

Named Middlesbrough's Player of the Year last season, he will be no stranger to Nottingham Forest fans as he scored from a 20-yard effort against them earlier in the season.

2) Leeds United's official website reported that the club has officially rejected the advances of West Ham United.

Managing director David Haigh said: ''We received an offer from West Ham this afternoon for Ross which we have rejected. As a club we showed our intentions as far as Ross is concerned during the summer by offering him a new contract''

Arguably the form man in the whole division, Ross McCormack was always going to attract interest in the January window because good players always do. And despite being in the middle of a takeover saga, Leeds fans can relax knowing it's unlikely any of their better players will leave.

3) Nottingham Forest landed their first signing of the January window yesterday. completing the signing of Algerian International Rafik Djebbour.

Djebbour, 29 was close to signing for Forest in the summer but turned down a medical and therefore couldn't complete the deal.

Since then, he joined Turkish side Sivasspor under the tutorship of Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos but found it difficult to break into their team, scoring just two goals in six starts and four sub appearances.

4) Aston VIlla have been linked with another move for long-term target Dale Stephens.

The Charlton midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and Paul Lambert could finally pull the trigger on a player he has been watching since he got the job in the West Midlands.

Stephens, 26, has made 28 appearances this season, scoring four goals.

5) Queens Park Rangers are waiting on Parma to give the green light before they can sign highly-rated youngster Ishak Belfodil.

Inter Milan have given the deal the go-ahead, but according to reports in Italy, they must wait on Parma [the player's co-owners] to also okay the deal.

At this stage, the move to London looks likely for the player and it still represents a huge coup by Harry Redknapp, signing a player that went for €7.5m in the summer.

image: © Jon Candy

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