We’re now halfway through February with the January transfer window quickly becoming a distant memory. But while the January window may have shut, the summer one is just around the corner and Championship clubs all have one eye on preparing to add to their squads for next season.
Norwich City and Leeds United are both pushing for promotion with West Brom, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough continuing the chase.
Clubs are keeping an eye on future targets, though, so let’s take a look at the latest rumours and gossip.
Derby land former Celtic man
Efe Ambrose has revealed he has joined Derby County although there has been no official confirmation by the club.
Ambrose told SCORENigeria : “I signed a short-term deal that runs till the summer. I am delighted to join this ambitious club, I am honoured and it is a privilege to play under a legend like Frank Lampard.”
The 30-year-old Nigerian defender has been training with the Rams and his signing is expected to be completed either today or tomorrow.
QPR’s summer struggles
QPR chief executive Lee Hoos has admitted that the chances of signing Nahki Wells, Tomer Hemed and Geoff Cameron in the summer are slim, but refuses to rule it out altogether.
The trio joined Queens Park Rangers on season-long loan deals last summer from Burnley, Brighton and Stoke City respectively.
He told Football London : “You never say never, but the likelihood is that they’ll go back to their parent clubs.”
Hoping for games at Aston Villa
James Bree hopes regular games at Ipswich Town will win him a permanent place in the Aston Villa team next season.
The 21-year-old moved to Portman Road on transfer deadline day for the remainder of the campaign.
And he told the East Anglian Daily Times : “It’s just about what I can do now and hopefully I can get some good games under my belt here then go back and push for a first team spot up there.”
Former Leeds man targeted
Ex-Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom is under consideration to take the Hibernian job.
The former Elland Road chief has been sounded out as Hibs look to replace Neil Lennon.
Michael Appleton was the top target but his move looks to have collapsed over personal terms.
A new deal for Farke
Norwich manager Daniel Farke is reportedly in talks over a new deal in a bid to end speculation over his future at Carrow Road, The Mirror report.
He is expected to sign a new two and a half year deal as his current deal expires in June.