HULL CITY look set to miss out on signing Welsh international star Hal Robson-Kanu, who is holding talks with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Robson-Kanu had looked all set to join the Tigers under Steve Bruce but Bruce’s resignation put the move on hold.
The 27-year-old striker admitted the presence of Bruce would have been a big factor in any move and now Spanish duo Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are looking to swoop.
Robson-Kanu excelled up front for Wales at Euro 2016 but is now a free agent, having left Reading.
Hull have also been linked with Reading full-back Chris Gunter, who is another Wales international.
Roberto Martinez remains the firm favourite to succeed Bruce in the Hull managerial dugout with the Tigers board set to interview the former Everton chief this weekend.
American coach Bob Bradley has also emerged as a surprise contender for the job and the current Le Harve manager is now second favourite for the role.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, have been linked with a move for Hull defender Harry Maguire and are rumoured to have tabled a £4m bid.
However, any move looks on hold until the Tigers appoint their new manager.
Boro have also completed the signing of Aston Villa’s USA international goalkeeper Brad Guzan while midfielder Adam Forshaw is attracting the interest of Wolves who will have to pay around £2m to land his services.
In the Championship, Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor is attracting the interest of a host of Premier League clubs but the 22-year-old is fully expected to start the new season at Elland Road.
Taylor is out of contract next summer and has no desire to discuss extending terms at present which could lead to Burnley in particular launching a £6m bid.
West Ham, Middlesbrough and West Brom are also said to be interested.
But Whites chairman Massimo Cellino is believed to have no desire to sell Taylor early, though the situation could change with United currently being linked with a Chinese takeover.
Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a productive Thursday by completing the signings of both Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi from Watford whilst also seeing midfielder Kieran Lee sign a new three-year deal.
Elsewhere, former Leeds, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers midfieler Paul Green has joined Oldham Athletic on a one-year deal.
Green - who has left Rotherham - spent part of pre-season at Doncaster, hinting that he may be about to make a return to the Keepmoat, but the 33-year-old has now signed for the Latics.
In League One, Sheffield United have received a second bid from Birmingham City for striker Che Adams.
An initial offer from the Blues was rejected, leaving Birmingham chief Gary Rowett to draw up alternative options, but now the Midlands club have returned with a second bid in the region of £1.7m.
The bid is also thought to contain an estimated £400,000 worth of add-on payments.
Bradford City have missed out on signing former loanee Kyel Reid who has joined Coventry City on a free transfer having been released by Preston North End.
In National League, York City are on the hunt for a new striker as summer signing Richard Brodie could miss the start of the season with a swollen foot and ankle.