Bellingham wanted by trio, Hull's high price, Derby make move - Championship transfer rumours

Bristol City are back at work at the High Performance Centre with testing underway and pre-season beginning properly next week but, outside of Max Bird and Josh Stokes - deals agreed in January - there are no new faces among the Robins squad.

That could be set to change shortly with technical director Brian Tinnion indicating two attacking additions are close to being agreed, while talks continue over the potential signings of Burnley’s Scott Twine and Fally Mayulu of Rapid Vienna.

It’s been a quiet first few weeks of summer but the noise is rising with head coach Liam Manning ideally wanting some new signings before the squad leave for their pre-season training camp in Portugal at the start of July.

City’s situation is very much the Championship in microcosm with business picking up all over the division and here are some of the latest rumours involving the clubs in the second tier…

Hull put high price on Greaves

Ipswich Town have opened talks with Hull City over the transfer of centre-back Jacob Greaves, report the Athletic, although the clubs seem to be apart in terms of their valuation of the 23-year-old.

Greaves has been a regular for the Tigers over the last four seasons, making 177 appearances, and has become a priority target of Kieran McKenna as they prepare for life in the Premier League but the Tractor Boys are only willing to spend £10 million.

That falls short of Hull’s expectations although they do likely need to sell before they can reinforce their own squad, due to concerns over the EFL’s Profit and Sustainability rules, with Ipswich standing firm over what they’re prepared to pay.

Bellingham’s in-demand

Sunderland forward Jobe Bellingham is a summer target for Southampton, Crystal Palace and Brentford but Black Cats owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is insisting he wants £20m for the teenager, claim multiple reports.

Bellingham moved to the Stadium of Light from Birmingham City last summer and scored seven goals in 47 appearances, attracting interest from higher up the pyramid but the 18-year-old has indicated he’d be happy to stay in the north east to continue his development.

Southampton are also keen on Peterborough United defender Ronnie Edwards with the England youth international valued at £10m, while Russell Martin wants to mak Flynn Downes’ loan from West Ham into a permanent move.

Lions bid for Langstaff

Millwall are the first Championship club to have made a move for Notts County striker Macaulay Langstaff, claim Football Insider, with the Lions having submitted a bid.

Langstaff has scored a remarkable 71 goals in 97 games for the Magpies in the National League and League Two and signed a new four-year contract last summer plus has been offered the club captaincy to try and keep him at Meadow Lane.

But Millwall are one of a number of Championship and League one sides monitoring his situation and it appears the Lions have made the first move, with Cardiff City, Swansea City and Preston North End potentially to follow.

Osborn undergoes Rams medical

Ben Osborn looks set to become Derby County’s first signing of the summer with the former Nottingham Forest midfielder/defender undergoing a medical with the Rams.

Osborn’s contract at Sheffield United expires this weekend and Derbyshire Live report that the 29-year-old is on his way to Derby, who he left when he was just nine to join rivals Nottingham Forest.

Derby-born Osborn made 230 appearances for Forest before joining Sheffield United in 2019 and can operate at left-back or as a central midfielder. The Rams have beaten off competition from Watford to sign him.

Watford cash in on Kone

Watford are set to sell midfielder Ismael Kone to Marseille for a deal worth up to £15m, reports the Watford Observer, with the Canada international a primary target for new head coach Roberto De Zerbi.

Kone has been with the Hornets for 18 months, having arrived from MLS side CF Montreal, but is expected to sign a five-year deal and will complete the move when he returns from the Copa America next month.

The 22-year-old made it clear at the start of the transfer window that he saw his future away from Vicarage Road with Watford then working to secure the best deal possible with interest elsewhere from Roma and West Ham.

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