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Championship transfer rumours: McCarthy nears Reading exit and QPR move as Cardiff plot move for new defensive target

PLUS: Wigan braced for fight to hold onto McArthur and Bolton could be forced to sell before they can buy


The summer transfer window is into its final week and many Championship clubs are racing to seal deals ahead of the 11pm Monday transfer deadline.

As the clock ticks down, managers and club officials will be busy plotting their final moves.

Get the latest Championship transfer news, gossip and rumours from various newspapers and websites below...

Transfer gossip and rumours:            

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is inching closer to the Madejski Stadium exit door and a move to QPR after being left out of the Royals' squad for the 1-0 Capital One Cup win at Scunthorpe United last night. (Get Reading)

Cardiff City have a new No.1 central defensive target ahead of Monday's deadline as Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer looks to add the final piece of the jigsaw to his club, but Bordeaux's Lamine Sane and Astra Giurgiu's Syan Ben Youssef are both back-up options. (Wales Online)

Wigan Athletic are braced for a late battle to hold onto midfield lynchpin James McArthur after Leicester City lodged a bid in the region of £5m for his signature yesterday as the Latics raced to tie up deals of their own for Brentford's Adam Forshaw and Tours striker Andy Delort. (Wigan Today)

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman may have to sell before he can buy in the final stages of the window after admitting he needs reinforcements and could be forced to cash in on the likes of Jay Spearing, Mark Davies or Adam Bogdan, who are targets for Aston Villa, Burnley and Fulham respectively. (The Bolton News)

A deal to take Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers to Hull City is "dead and buried," according to Tigers chief Steve Bruce, who will be forced to switch his attentions elsewhere in the hunt for Shane Long's replacement. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Alex Baptiste has revealed he has no intentions of returning to parent club Bolton Wanderers after enjoying a run in central defence on loan at Blackburn Rovers. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Leeds United manager Dave Hockaday has categorically ruled out the departure of captain Jason Pearce after Sheffield United made the central defender their top target to replace Harry Maguire. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

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