THE transfer window isn’t too far away and the Championship rumour mill is already in full swing.

Many clubs are looking to bolster their squads before the new season gets underway, while others will be hoping to keep hold of their prized assets.

There are also plenty of out-of-contract players searching for new clubs, with sides across the Football League publishing their retained lists.

We scoured the best local newspapers and websites to find the stories and transfer gossip from the Championship.

Reading are keeping tabs on Southampton striker and former fan favourite Shane Long (Berkshire Live)

Everton and Aston Villa lead the race for Burnley captain Ben Mee, who is set to leave Turf Moor at the end of his contract (Mirror)

The Toffees are also confident of landing team-mate James Tarkowski on a free transfer (Daily Mail)

Sheffield United are interested in MK Dons defender Harry Darling but face competition from Brighton (Wales Online)

Blades CEO Stephen Bettis has pledged to give Paul Heckingbottom funds to strengthen his squad should players be sold (Yorkshire Live)

Bolton boss Ian Evatt has been named as the bookies' favourite for the vacant Blackpool job following Neil Critchley's departure

Nottingham Forest are set to open negotiations with Middlesbrough over re-signing defender Djed Spence (Northern Echo)

Lee Gregory has no desire to leave Sheffield Wednesday despite interest from Boro and Wigan (Sheffield Star)

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