Transfer Gossip (Thursday): Boro want Sheffield Wednesday star | Leeds United make some moves | Barnsley striker proving popular

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are bracing themselves for bids for two of their leading players

Relegated Stoke City have their eyes on striker Fernando Forestieri while Middlesbrough and Birmingham City want midfield driving force Barry Bannan.

On his way?: Barry Bannan, right.

On his way?: Barry Bannan, right.

The Owls would be loathe to lose either to Championship rivals but need to trim their £25m wage bill to stay within financial fair play rules - a breach of which could lead to a transfer embargo and fine.

Wednesday remain in talks about signing defender Frederico Venancio on a permanent basis from Vitoria de Setubal after he shone on loan at Hillsborough last season.

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Leeds United remain interested in taking Manchester City goalkeeping prospect Angus Gunn on loan. The 22-year-old spent last season at Norwich City.

Leicester City's Robert Huth: Boro-bound?

Leicester City's Robert Huth: Boro-bound?

Leeds also want Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott but he is now being tracked by Celtic and Rangers along with Nottingham Forest.

United may again look at £2.5m-rated 24-year-old Marvin Ducksch, the St Pauli striker who is also on the radar of Fortuna Dusseldorf cand Norwich.

The Boro are favourites to land German defender Robert Huth.

The 33-year-old was released by Leicester City at the end of an injury-plagued season but Boro face competition from Stoke, Aston Villa, Derby and West Brom.

Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn: Wanted by Leeds United.

Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn: Wanted by Leeds United.

Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has completed his move from Rotherham United to Coventry City, signing a two-year deal.

Relegated Barnsley hope to keep striker Kieffer Moore though a quartet of Championship clubs have made inquiries as to the 25-year-old’s availability.

Out-of-contract Aberdeen central defender Anthony O’Connor is due to complete today the signing of his three-year deal with Bradford City, who, along with Doncaster Rovers, have yet to appoint a new manager.