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

Birmingham defender Harlee Dean is a target for Sheffield Wednesday ahead of the new season (Yorkshire Live)

Preston North End company director Peter Ridsdale has denied reports that the club is keen to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Antonios Papadopoulos (Lancs Live)

Nick Pope is a target for newly promoted Nottingham Forest but the Burnley goalkeeper is valued at £40million

Stoke assistant manager Dean Holden is in the running for the vacant Blackpool job following Neil Critchley's departure

Cardiff forward James Collins is attracting interest from Derby and Bolton in League One (Alan Nixon)

Luton are keeping tabs on Hibernian goalkeeper Matt Macey, who is also a target for St Johnstone (Football Scotland)

Sunderland are lining up a move for ex-England international John Ruddy after the goalkeeper was released by Wolves (Northern Echo)

The Black Cats also remain interested in re-signing Everton youngster Nathan Broadhead but face competition from Wigan (Liverpool World)

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