Middlesbrough are apparently planning a January swoop for Patrick Bamford - according to the Northern Echo.
The Chelsea striker has struggled for game time with Premier League side Crystal Palace, and has the option to break his loan contact in the upcoming window.
Aitor Karanka is hopeful of persuading Bamford, who scored 17 goals for Boro in a temporary spell last term, of returning to the Riverside for the second half of the season.
On the other side of the coin, Birmingham City could be about to lose young starlet Demarai Gray - according to the Mirror.
The youngster signed a new deal at St Andrew's in the summer, but Premier League duo Bournemouth and Leicester City are circling.
There are rumours he has a £3.75m release clause in his contract, and may choose to go if Birmingham lose more ground in the play-off race over the next few weeks.
Brentford are reportedly winning the race to sign Manchester City midfielder George Evans.
Evans, who made his City debut in September, has had his loan at Walsall extended after a string of impressive performances for the League One outfit.
Now he's said to be interesting Championship sides, with Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, MK Dons and Wolves also keeping a close eye on his progress.
If any club should want to move in for QPR hitman Charlie Austin they could be in luck - Rs Director of Football Les Ferdinand said he would be available for the "right price".
The frontman is said to be a target for Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.
Said Ferdinand: “Every player’s got his price,”.
“I wouldn’t want to sit here and say Charlie is definitely staying at this football club. If someone came in with the right price, we wouldn’t want to lose him.
“But at the same time you don’t want to keep a player that’s unhappy and doesn’t want to be at your football club.”
Nottingham Forest have already completed one deal - extending the loan of midfielder Liam Trotter.
The 27-year-old joined from Bolton Wanderers in October on a month-long deal, but Forest have extended it by a further month to ensure Trotter is available over the congested festive period.
Meanwhile, Leeds boss Steve Evans is confident owner Massimo Cellino will back him in the January transfer window if results indicate his side could push on up the table.
Evans said: “I have to be realistic and say that an owner’s not going to throw money at (this season) in the hope of finishing 12th rather than 15th and I’ve always got a duty to invest sensibly but the motivation above me is there if we can get on a run and get ourselves up the league.
“We had a bad couple of weeks losing to Rotherham and QPR but the win over Hull’s come at the right time and given us another chance to get going. Christmas is going to be massive for us.”
Anthony Pilkington believes the play-offs has to be the minimum target for Cardiff City this year.
The Bluebirds' winger says the size of the club means that anything else shouldn't be tolerated - especially with the quality available on the bench.
He declared: “Cardiff’s a big club. Everyone expects us to be right up there, and rightly so.
“I don’t think you’ll find a stronger subs bench in the whole Championship. There is real quality in the squad.
“The minimum has to be play-offs for a club like Cardiff in this league,”
And finally, Derby County owner Mel Morris is offering an early Christmas present to Rams fans.
In their last home game before the big day, on Tuesday 15 December against Bristol City, Morris is offering all fans a free hot drink at half time.
Tea, coffee or hot chocolate will be available to all home supporters with Morris picking up the tab.