READING boss Jaap Stam has identified Barnsley’s Tom Bradshaw as a major January transfer target.
The Welsh international has netted 11 times for the Reds this season and has attracted interest from several Championship clubs, including Ipswich Town and QPR.
The Shrewsbury-born striker began his career at Aberystwyth Town before moving to his home town club 2009.
He went on to play 98 games for Shrewsbury, scoring 17 goals, before sealing a transfer to Walsall.
Bradshaw found profilic form at Bescott Stadium, scoring 40 goals in 86 games before moving to Championship side Barnsley.
On his interest in Bradshaw, Royals boss Stam said: “There are certain players within the league we’re looking at, but everything is about how much financially we can do.”
Leeds United officially announced the signing of Laurens De Bock from Club Brugge early this morning.
The Whites have secured the left-back’s signature for a fee in the region of £1.5million. De Bock has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Later in the day the Whites announced they had turned on-loan striker Oliver Sarkic’s half-season loan from Benfica into a permanent deal.
Sarkic has been a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s so far this term and scored a penalty before setting up a goal for Romario Vieira in Thursday afternoon’s 4-3 win against Hull City at Thorp Arch.
The 20-year-old Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a further year.
Middlesbrough are eyeing up a move for Ghana international, Edwin Gyasi.
The 26-year old right-winger currently plays for Norwegian side Aalesunds FK, and they have set a £600,000 asking price plus add-ons for the midfielder.
Gyasi’s performances have put plenty of clubs on high alert, including both Sunderland and Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, but it is Boro who look in pole position to secure his services.
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that Norwich City defender Harry Toffolo will not be returning to the club this month.
Toffolo spent most of the first half of the season on loan with Doncaster until a broken foot forced his return to Norwich in December, with Ferguson’s big priority being to land Sheffield United midfielder Ben Whiteman on a permanent basis.
Rovers, meanwhile, were able to announce that Sheffield United midfielder Ben Whiteman – such a success on loan at the Keepmoat before Christmas – had joined the club on a three-and-a-half year deal.
Mansfield Town and Lincoln City are chasing Rotherham United midfielder Lee Frecklington.
The 32-year-old, who is a double promotion winner at the Millers, has reportedly emerged as a target for the League Two clubs.
The Red Imps are Frecklington’s hometown club, while Mansfield are managed by ex-Millers boss Steve Evans and set to offer him an attractive financial package.
The Millers have been linked with a move for Bury striker Michael Smith.