The transfer market is hotting up, with the opening match of the season just 48 hours away.

Newcastle United and Aston Villa are looking to complete the signings of Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark, and Ross McCormack respectively today, with several other Championship clubs also looking to strengthen ahead of the weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday will have to work hard if they are to bring in one transfer target however, after a £2m bid was knocked back by Middlesbrough for 23-year-old winger Adam Reach.

According to HITC Sport, the youngster has also attracted interest from more than half-a-dozen Championship clubs looking to take him on loan, with Reading one of the sides keen on Reach.

Boro do not have to sell their starlet, who was out on loan at Preston last season, and the player is reportedly ready and willing to fight for a spot in the north east club's first team.

Charlie Taylor puts his body on the line for Leeds United

Yesterday Charlie Taylor handed in a formal transfer request to Leeds United , with West Ham waiting in the wings to snap up the full-back.

A statement on the club website today has confirmed the 22-year-old's request was rejected, with chairman Massimo Cellino unwilling to let the star leave.

The statement reads: "Garry Monk and Club President Massimo Cellino agreed at the start of the transfer window that Charlie would not be sold and, therefore, the transfer request has been formally rejected.

"The club has every confidence that Charlie will continue to conduct himself properly and play his part this season as the club pushes towards the top of the Championship."

Alex Pritchard on loan at Brentford

Norwich City look set to hijack Brighton's £8m move for Tottenham play-maker Alex Pritchard.

The Seagulls had agreed a club record fee for the attacking midfielder - along with personal terms - but the Brighton Argus have reported that the Canaries swooped in with a far bigger offer in the late stages of the deal.

Pritchard now looks set to sign for the East Anglian club.

Norwich are also looking at a range a strike options after being beaten to the signature of McCormack by Aston Villa, with Nottingham Forest forward Britt Assombalonga the next name on their wish-list.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga

The Daily Mail have reported the Canaries interest in the Congo-born front-man, who has netted 16 goals in 33 appearances for Forest.

The Nottingham Post argue that Fulham are the side in pole position to sign Assombalonga having all but lost McCormack to Villa, with the Reds looking at Crystal Palace forward Frazier Campbell as a possible replacement.

Despite the paper's claims, the bookies have Bristol City as favourites to sign the out-of-favour Crystal Palace striker, with BetVictor offering odds of 4/1 for Campbell to seal a move to Ashton Gate.

The Robins will have to see off stiff competition for the 28-year-old, with Cardiff City also linked to their former player.