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The Birmingham Mail's Championship transfer news live blog is your one stop shop to all things rumour related.

From eight until late on our website we will bring you gossip, analysis and video verdicts on all the latest breaking transfer stories.

If we see Messi in Morrisons or Schmeichel in Smethwick - you will hear about it first.

Our football desk will run the blog every day until the moment the transfer window slams shut on the 2nd February.

Get the latest from our reporters on our clubs Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and plenty more across the rest of the division.

Be it Villa Park, St Andrew's, Molineux or elsewhere - you'll hear about the very latest transfer updates right here.

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Here's what Villa fans need to know about Tuanzebe

Aston Villa are hoping to tie up a loan deal for Manchester United utility man Axel Tuanzebe.

The 20-year-old can play in defence or midfield and has shot to prominence in the last two seasons with United boss Jose Mourinho occasionally calling upon him in the Premier League.

Tuanzebe also made his Champions League debut in United’s 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford in December.

After eight appearances for the Red Devils’ first team, Tuanzebe is set to be given the opportunity to test himself more regularly in senior football, and Villa boss Steve Bruce is very keen.

Bruce highlighted Tuanzebe to club bosses a number of weeks ago and hopes his relationship with Jose Mourinho will swing the deal in Villa’s favour.

Here’s a handy guide to the Villa target.

Man Utd set to recall Borthwick-Jackson from Leeds

Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is set for an early return from his loan spell at Leeds United, reports the Express.

The 20-year-old joined the Championship outfit on a season-long deal in the summer transfer window but has failed to make an impression at Elland Road.

He has not featured for Leeds in the league since his debut against Preston North End in August.

Borthwick-Jackson’s only other appearances for Thomas Christiansen’s side have come in the EFL Cup.

United and Leeds chiefs have reportedly held talks about cancelling the loan deal early.

Manchester United's Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Ruddy makes Ayr move

Wolves goalkeeper Jack Ruddy has today completed a move to Ayr United on loan until the end of the season.

The 20 year old goalkeeper has already spent time out on loan this season as he made five appearances for Sky Bet League 1 side Oldham Athletic.

Ruddy, who signed a new deal with Wolves in December, will now spend the rest of the season with the Scottish League 1 side as he hopes to gain more first team experience.

Wigan sign former Blues striker Vaughan from Sunderland

Villa hoping to sign Tuanzebe

Aston Villa are hoping to seal a deal for Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe.

The 20-year-old is equally comfortable playing in defence or midfield and manager Steve Bruce is understood to have been tracking him for a number of weeks.

Bruce confirmed during his press conference this morning that he was close to completing his first signing of the transfer window and Tuanzebe is believed to be his man.

READ the full story here.

Spurs linked with Green

Aston Villa starlet Andre Green is being chased by Tottenham and Bournemouth, according to the Sun.

The Premier League clubs have reportedly shown an interest after the teenager recovered from a hamstring injury which needed an operation in September.

Green has 18 months left to run on his contract at Villa Park.

Bruce willing to listen to offers for Tshibola

Steve Bruce ‘will listen to offers’ for midfielder Aaron Tshibola as clubs prepare to make their move for Aston Villa’s forgotten man.

The 23-year-old has only played 10 times for Villa since arriving for £5million from Reading in 2016 and is expected to depart this month and the club are understood to have fielded enquiries.

Tshibola was sent back from a loan spell at MK Dons in November having failed to make a lasting impression at Stadium MK.

READ the full story here.

Adams and Jenkinson start for Blues U23s

Che Adams and Carl Jenkinson both start for Blues U23s against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

The pair are stepping up their recoveries from injury lay-offs.

It has been reported that Arsenal are set to recall Jenkinson but the right-back remains a Blues player at it stands.

Another Norwich departure

Pritchard joins Huddersfield from Norwich

"We're particularly close on one" - Bruce's full transcript

Steve Bruce faced the press at Bodymoor Heath on Friday to discuss the latest goings on concerning Aston Villa.

The claret and blues manager has been preparing his side for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, as Villa look to respond to the disappointing FA Cup exit at the hands of Peterborough last weekend.

Also on the agenda was the latest team news, an update on the transfer situation and Bruce’s thoughts on the newly implemented VAR system.

Here’s the transcript, in full, of everything Bruce said in the broadcast section of his press conference.

Kent joins Bristol City

Ryan Kent has joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who spent the first half of the campaign with Freiburg, will spend the remainder of 2017-18 at Ashton Gate having put the finishing touches on his temporary switch on Friday.

The Liverpool academy graduate signed a long-term contract extension with the Reds last summer and made six appearances for Bundesliga outfit Freiburg before returning to Anfield.

Terry a doubt for Forest clash

Steve Bruce has revealed that Aston Villa captain John Terry is a doubt to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday after rolling his ankle in training this week.

Terry made his comeback from a broken metatarsal in the shock 3-1 defeat to League One Peterborough in the FA Cup last weekend, and Bruce was hoping that his skipper would be available for league action at the City Ground.

That’s now looking unlikely.

Bruce, though, was able to offer positive updates on Andre Green, who played an hour of Villa U23s’ 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Thursday night, and Scott Hogan.

READ the full story here.

Bid rejected for Fleetwood sensation

Wolves have had an offer for England Under-17s World Cup winner Billy Crellin rejected by Fleetwood, according to Football Insider.

The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton are thought to be admirers of goalkeeper Crellin and Wolves have tried to steal a march on them by tabling an offer for the talented 17-year-old, it is claimed.

The Championship leaders see Crellin as a potential star in the making and one for the future and they were hoping to lure the teenager to Molineux.

However, League One Fleetwood are said to have turned down the bid for Crellin who only signed a new deal to extend his stay at Highbury until 2020 at the end of last month.

Maddison in-demand

Liverpool and Tottenham are shaping up for a summer battle over Norwich starlet James Maddison.

The attacking midfielder has shone for the Championship Canaries this season, scoring six league goals and setting up five more.

Mirror Sport understands the 21-year-old is set to stay at Carrow Road beyond this month, with Norwich poised to cash in on fellow midfielder Alex Pritchard instead in an £11million deal with top-flight Huddersfield.

But Premier League big boys Liverpool and Spurs are both huge admirers of former Coventry trainee Maddison.

Wolves have also been linked.

Meet Ruben Nuno...

A couple from the black country have really bought into Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves philosophy.

The Molineux side are riding high in the Championship, 12 points clear at the top of the table.

In honour of the seemingly Premier League bound side, James Gallimore, aged 28, and Ruby, 22, have named their newborn baby after head coach Nuno and midfielder Ruben Neves.

Meet Brady Ruben Nuno Gallimore!

Lifelong Wolves fan James told the Express and Star: “We have never seen a performance like this before from the team and I am a big fan.

“Me, my dad, uncles and brother all have season tickets.

“He will be a Wolves fan and some people like the name and others do not – like Albion fans.

“The missus was not keen on it – she says I did not let her get a word in at the registry office.”

Mother Ruby said: “They asked us what his middle names would be at the registry office and he jumped in and said Ruben Nuno.

“It is ridiculous, I hate sports but it makes his dad happy.

“James kept reassuring me it was only a middle name but his older brother keeps peeking into his pram saying ‘Nuno Nuno’, so it looks like it is going to be his nickname.”

Leeds midfielder's injury message

Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has moved to alleviate fears over his knee injury after posting a cryptic message on his Instagram page.

Vieira has been missing since the Boxing Day win over Burton Albion and his absence has coincided with a three-match run without a win.

The midfielder suffered a knee injury as a result of a strong challenge from Burton’s Tom Naylor at the Pirelli Stadium in the latter stages of Leeds ‘ 2-1 win and has been left out of games against Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Newport County.

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Rowett return

Former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett insists he doesn’t ‘feel smug at all’ ahead of his St Andrew’s return tomorrow.

Rowett, whose high-flying Derby County visit B9 tomorrow afternoon, is growing tired of speaking about his sacking 13 months on.

“I don’t feel smug at all.

“I built good relationships there and you don’t just throw them away.

“To be honest, I’m bored of speaking about it now. It’s been a year now and we’ve already been back once.

“I’m Derby manager now and that’s all I’m focused about.”

BLUES

Birmingham City youngster Kyle McFarlane has returned from his loan spell at Nuneaton Town.

The 21-year-old joined Nuneaton on a short term loan deal in November and made three appearances for the National League North side.

However, Blues have decided not to extend McFarlane’s stint away and he returned to St Andrew’s at the beginning of the month.

McFarlane has joined up with Richard Beale’s under-23 squad again and could take part in their match with Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon.

The forward has been in fine form this term with six goals from 14 matches for Beale’s side and will be hoping to pick up from where he left off.

McFarlane is yet to make his first team bow and manager Steve Cotterill will continue to monitor his development closely.

McFarlane’s fellow attacker Jack Storer is currently enjoying a loan spell at Gloucester City while Viv Solomon-Otabor’s stint with League One side Blackpool has been extended to the end of the season.

Ronan Hale joined League of Ireland side Derry City on loan earlier this month.

VILLA

One to keep an eye on, from the BBC

Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at Nottingham railway station.

Eight fire crews are at the city centre station after the fire broke out at about 06:30 GMT.

Flames have been seen and smoke has filled the station’s foyer. The building has been evacuated and trains have been stopped from entering and leaving all platforms.

A cordon has been put in place outside the building and around Carrington Street.

DERBY

Was it ever in any doubt? Six games, five wins and only one goal conceded.

Derby County duo Scott Carson and Gary Rowett claim Player and Manager of the Month awards

VILLA AND WOLVES

Dr Tony Xia
Dr Tony Xia

Angry Wolves fans have hit back at Aston Villa owner Tony Xia after he seemed to imply that the league-leaders have an unfair advantage in the transfer market.

Xia was referring to the influence of super-agent Jorge Mendes and his relationship with the Wolves owners. Fosun, during his latest Twitter outburst.

Super agent Mendes acts as an adviser to the club’s owners Fosun and has been instrumental in transfer dealings over the last 18 months which has seen the likes of Ruben Neves, Helder Costa and Diogo Jota arrive at Molineux.

That recruitment has paid dividends with Wolves currently 12 points clear at the top of the Championship.

The table-toppers have also added Rafa Mir from Valencia this month and continue to be linked with a host of other players.

Villa, meanwhile, will be reliant on loans in January to adhere to Financial Fair Play restrictions as they look to reinforce their promotion bid.

Xia said: “Wolves didn’t need spend much but get loan those players due to M [Mendes] connection.

“No other clubs can get player like Jota playing in Championship, and with very low wage too.”

It has prompted an angry response from Wolves fans who hit back on Twitter at the Chinese businessman:

Marc Nock: You spent 12 million on Ross McCormack, 12 million on Kodjia,10 million on Hogan,9 mill on Chester,5 mill on tshibola,4 on Jedinak, to name but a few. Basically you spent lots and we spent wisely.

Carsten Fog Hansen: A tweet right out of the “Donald Trump school of tweeting”.

Kevin Young: Sir. If you don’t mind me saying what happens at Wolves is none of your business. No one at Wolves will comment on Villa business so focus on your own club.

X.: Lose the hard luck story Dr Tone, you’ve wasted millions on Championship level players.

Malteser: You won’t be going back to the premier league any time soon mate so you might as well get used to playing hoof ball in the championship for a considerable number of years

Gianfranco Geraci: I have nothing against Villa but you have invested poorly in some average players. Gabby Agbonlahor must be on a high wage, maybe time to let him go?

Ross Mackenzie: Some truth in that but it’s not enough just to work closely with an agent. Mendes can’t force players/managers to move here. They have to be convinced of the clubs’s ambition, and impressed by facilities & squad. Marquee signing of Costa last Jan did a lot to raise the profile

James: I’d rather spend 100k a week on Boly, Jota and Neves than John Terry. Remind me again how much Ross McCormack cost you lot?!?!

Mark Ford: The way you have spent money reminds me of QPR, Hull and Bolton if you do not go up this year it will take you 5 years

Replying to a Twitter user who suggested that Villa could look for similar ties with an influential agent, Xia warned:” I think you may have very different viewpoints after 2-3 years!”

The Villa owner added: “Yes. If we go up, we will have increased income in many different revenues and allowed more lost for pre clubs every season.”

BLUES

Steve Cotterill says Birmingham City are still holding internal discussions about their transfer plans for the current window.

The Blues boss insisted he does not want to ‘miss a window’ as he tries to steer the club clear of the bottom three.

But after the excesses of the last two transfer periods - when there as a 28 player turnover - Cotterill referred to the impact that has had on Blues’ finances.

And in a sobering account of the current situation he says it is even possible he may have to allow players to leave before he can bring any in.

Asked about the club’s intentions with new players he said: “We are trying to sign them, we are still internally in discussions with what we can do and what we can’t do.

“We are probably not at that stage with discussing with [other] clubs at this moment in time, where we can go and what we can do.

“It might be nice to be at that stage but we are not at that stage as a club.

“We are not far enough down the line where we have been knocked back by anyone, or anyone has come to us with any fears of where we are in the table.

BLUES

Former Birmingham City and Derby County defender Michael Johnson has welcomed the Football Association’s introduction of the Rooney rule.

Johnson, who is studying a Masters degree in Sporting Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan, hopes the decision redresses an imbalance he feels has grown over the several decades.

The FA announced the move earlier this week which means they will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the England set-up.

And the 44-year-old believes it is a step forward.

“I am glad - even though it is voluntary, there is nothing definitive but it has to be a step in the right direction,” Johnson told the Birmingham Mail.

“You only have to look at the figures to see that there has to be some positive action.

“It is better for everyone involved, it is not just about black and minority ethnic candidates, it’s about the best person for the role.

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WOLVES

Former Coventry City ace James Maddison has emerged as a transfer target for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old has starred for the Canaries this season and recently won an England U21 call-up.

Maddison has six goals and five assists this season and has attracted top-flight interest in recent weeks, too,

Arsenal and Spurs have also checked the midfielder out and Wolves are reported to be keen.

The Sky Blues are monitoring the situation closely because they have a sell-on clause still in place after allowing Maddison to join Norwich in 2016.

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