HULL CITY are hoping to complete a deal to sign Nottingham Forest full-back Eric Lichaj this week - to get their summer incoming transfer business rolling after a spate of high-profile departures.
The Tigers’ latest big-name exit saw Seb Larsson leave the club after agreeing a deal to return to his homeland of Sweden with AIK after turning down a new 12-month contract extension in East Yorkshire.
Larsson’s departure follows on from Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson, David Meyler and Abel Hernandez all leaving the club, with Leeds United being strong favourites to sign the latter.
The arrival of Lichaj, a former loanee at Leeds, would at least add stem the flow of exits.
Sheffield Wednesday remain in dialogue with Vitoria de Setubal to sign central defender Frederico Venancio, who impressed during a loan spell at the club last term.
Several other Championship sides are monitoring developments.
Huddersfield Town and Fulham have reportedly joined the race to sign in-demand Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, who excelled during a loan spell at Hull last term.
Liverpool will offer Wilson a chance to catch the eye in pre-season and be part of the first-team squad next season, but there are plenty of takers should Reds chief Jurgen Klopp decide that the player’s interests would be better served by a season-long loan move - a policy that the German has employed regarding several young players.
Rangers, now managed by Anfield legend Steven Gerrard, are one club firmly interested, with Town, whose head coach David Wagner is a big friend of Klopp, and Fulham are also keeping tabs on the situation.
A permanent £7m move has even been mooted.
Wolves are being linked with a £4m move for highly-rated Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, while the Whites are one of several clubs who are keen on Manchester United custodian Dean Henderson, who excelled on loan at Shrewsbury Town last season.
Sheffield United, Swansea City and Aston Villa are also reportedly keen on Henderson.
Everton have turned their attentions towards signing Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson after electing not to pursue Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles.
Ex-Nottingham Forest player Lascelles had been the number one target of new Blues chief Marco Silva, but Newcastle’s reluctance to contemplate doing business for anything less than £30m has seen the Toffees’ interest cool.
Gibson has emerged as their main alternative target, with the Teessider likely to cost significantly less, with the player rated in the £20m bracket.
Doncaster are among a number of League One clubs interested in Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Luke O’Nein.
The 24-year-old, entering the final year of his deal at Adams Park, is also being eyed by Scunthorpe United, Luton Town and Oxford United.