Championship transfer latest - featuring Forest, Leeds and Blackburn

Julio Cesar Brazil

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies drops hint, Leeds United lose two players to Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich, Liverpool line up summer move and Queens Park Rangers keeper moves on.

Nottingham Forest manager Davies has dropped the biggest hint yet that Nottingham Forest could be in the loan market, even offering a precise date for activity.

Talking after his side drew 1-1 draw with Blackpool, Davies said: 'I'll certainly look to the loan market to see what there is. We'll continue to try and do that.' Asked about when the timing of a loan may be, the Scottish manager replied '17th February. (laughs) 17th February, I'll see you then'.

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The central-midfield area has become of significant concern for Forest, after the injuries to Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan, so it could be that the club is lining something up for there.

The Mirror reports that young Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles is picking up attention from Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sent Liverpool's top scout Dave Fallows to watch the 20-year-old in the mid-week FA Cup match against Preston, when Fallows was comfortably the best player on the pitch.

Nottingham Forest Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi and manager Davies are unlikely to release the young defender easily, however, which could mean a mega-bid will be needed - similar perhaps to what Chelsea paid for Zouma (around £12m).

In the meantime, Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the signing of Leeds United striker / winger Luke Varney on loan until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old, previously bought for £2.5m by Charlton Athletic, has played 44 games for Leeds since signing in 2012, scoring six goals. 

Republic of Ireland international Paul Green is another fringe player at Elland Road that's gone out on loan until the end of the season, having joined Ipswich Town.

The 30-year-old didn't have to wait long for his debut, being thrust into life at Ipswich with 15 minutes to go and 2-0 down to Barnsley on Saturday. He must have done something right, however, because Ipswich found too goals and picked up a well deserved point.

Finally, it seems that Brazilian first-choice keeper Julio Cesar could be on his way from Queens Park Rangers and heading to MLS giants Toronto.

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