Championship Transfer Rumours: Vossen, Shackell, Al-Habsi, Maitland-Niles and More

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Gabriel Agbonlahor (L) of Aston Villa and Jason Shackell (R) of Burnley during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley at Villa Park on May 24, 2015 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

​Which Championship club is set to rival Middlesbrough for former loan striker Jelle Vossen? How much might Leeds have to pay for Serie A-tracked midfielder? And who is poised to land talented Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan?


Here's a roundup of Tuesday's top transfer rumours from around the division...

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8. Middlesbrough Face Competition in Vossen Hunt

​Sheffield Wednesday want to sign ex-Middlesbrough loanee Jelle Vossen, who remains on the shortlist of Boro boss Aitor Karanka, according to ​reports in the Belgian media.


Vossen, who is likely to cost £2.2m from Genk, scored eight goals in 23 Championship starts for the Teesiders last term.

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7. Brentford Want Denmark International

​Brentford want to sing Denmark defender Andreas Bjelland from FC Twente, according to ​Get West London.


The 26-year-old will be familiar to new boss Marinus Dijkuizen from their time in Holland, although the Bees could face competition from a number of clubs in England and France.

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6. Championship Pair Interested in Arsenal-Watched Youngster

​AFC Wimbledon right-back Ryan Sweeney is interesting Championship duo Fulham and Brighton as well as Arsenal, according to ​HITC Sport.


The Republic of Ireland Under-18 international impressed for the Dons after making his first team bow towards the end of last season.

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5. Birmingham Could Sign Shrewsbury Defender for Free

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon would have no hard feelings about defender Jermaine Grandison ​moving to Birmingham City, the ​Shropshire Star reports.


The Blues have been linked with a free transfer move for the 24-year-old and Mellon said: "Jermaine is perfectly entitled to look at his options and if he has the opportunity to go and play for a big club like Birmingham in the Championship then he should take it.


I wouldn’t be surprised if they were in for him because he’s a good player."

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4. Leeds Told to Cough Up €2.5m for Serie B Star

​Leeds will have to cough up €2.5m to land Pescara midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, reports ​Tuttomercatoweb.


The Icelandic midfielder is expected to move on after the Dolphins lost to Bologna in the Serie B play-offs and the Yorkshire club could face competition from Palermo, Empoli and Torino for his signature.

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3. Derby Keen on Former Captain

​Derby County have confirmed their interest in resigning their former captain Jason Shackell from Burnley, according to ​BBC local radio.


The 31-year-old left the Rams for Turf Moor in 2012 and was part of a Clarets side that secured promotion to the Premier League two years later. The centre-back featured in each of Burnley's Premier League matches last term.

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2. Arsenal Starlet Posied for Ipswich Loan

​Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles is poised to join Ipswich Town on loan, according to ​ESPN.


The 17-year-old is highly regarded by the Gunners and became their second youngest ever appearance maker in last season's Champions League win over Galatasaray in Turkey.

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1. Forest Line Up Wigan Shot-Stopper

​Nottingham Forest are keen on Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, according to the ​Nottingham Post.


The Reds are looking for a new No.1 following Karl Darlow's departure to Newcastle United and have identified the 33-year-old Oman international as a possible replacement.

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