Leeds United and Leicester set to fail in striker transfer chase, Aston Villa ready to beat Fulham to £15m-rated star
The clock is ticking down to the eagerly-anticipated 2020/21 season, and the summer transfer window activity is starting to accelerate, as clubs look to improve and remodel their sides ahead of the upcoming campaign.
LEEDS, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on July 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Given the financial uncertainty surrounding football in the current climate, few clubs will be securing blockbuster signings, but it will be intriguing to see which sides can land quality acquisitions for bargain prices. Here's all the latest news and transfer gossip.
Sheffield Wednesday are said to have had a £1m bid accepted for West Brom starlet Jonathan Leko. The ex-England youth international is also wanted by Birmingham City and Brighton. (Telegraph)
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Norwich City have completed the signing of striker Jordan Hugill from West Ham United, beating the likes of QPR and Nottingham Forest to secure a deal worth around £5m. (BBC Sport)
Luton Town look to be closing in on signing Aston Villa defender James Bree on a permanent deal, with reports suggesting the Hatters have had a "seven-figure bid" accepted for the 22-year-old. (Birmingham Mail)
Millwall boss Gary Rowett has revealed he won't be going in "all guns blazing" into the transfer market, and signalled his intent to take the time necessary to secure "good deals" for the club. (London News Online)
Middlesbrough are said to be closing in on ex-Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo. The ex-France youth star, now 27, left Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse at the end of last season. (Football Insider)
Derby County's hopes of signing Monaco defender Jonathan Panzo look to have been dealt a blow, with reports from France suggesting he could join Dijon instead. (Foot Mercato)
Preston North End, Millwall and Swansea are said to have agreed personal terms with Wigan winger Jamal Lowe. The player will now decide which of the clubs to join, amid interest from Celtic. (Sky Sports News)
Brentford look to be closing in on a move for Amiens winger Saman Ghoddos, with reports from France claiming the Bees are in 'advanced negotiations' for the potential Said Benrahma replacement. (Sport Witness)
Aston Villa are edging closer to signing Brentford's Ollie Watkins ahead of Leeds United and Leicester City, with Villa boss Dean Smith's previous experience managing the player likely to seal the deal. (Football Insider)
Aston Villa have been tipped to beat the likes of Fulham and West Ham United to Nottingham Forest star Matty Cash. The versatile wide man, who has previously been linked with AC Milan, is valued at £15m. (Football Insider)