Football Gossip: Owls switch targets after Blackman joins Rams, Leeds scotch Stokes link

Hull City manager Steve Bruce.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce.

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Here’s the latest football gossip for both Yorkshire and national clubs as the January transfer window opens.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY have switched to alternative targets after losing out to Championship rivals Derby County in the race to sign Reading striker Nick Blackman.

The former Sheffield United player has signed for the Rams in a deal worth up to £3m, rebuffing interest from the Owls, who spoke with the player earlier this week.

The Owls have also revealed their interest in Brentford midfielder Alan Judge and are keen on adding another striker, defensive midfielder and centre-half to their ranks.

LEEDS UNITED have dismissed speculation linking them with frozen-out Celtic forward Anthony Stokes before the transfer window slams shut.

The Irish striker has long been linked with the Elland Road side and has barely featured for the Hoops this season.

MIDDLESBROUGH are keen on Bolton midfielder Mark Davies, with Trotters boss Neil Lennon accepts he might be forced to sell him due to cash concerns this month - although he is anxious not to let him go in a loan deal.

Boro, who have allowed young midfield duo Jack Stephens and Bruno Zuculini to return to parent clubs Southampton and Manchester City, are in the market for cover in the engine room, with Davies, 27, fitting the bill.

The Teessiders are also being strongly linked with attacking reinforcements, the leading name of which is Fulham’s 15-goal striker Ross McCormack.

Another name doing the rounds is Norwich City’s Huddersfield-born frontman Cameron Jerome, who has found himself playing second fiddle to Dieumerci Mbokani at Carrow Road.

The striker, 29, has scored three Premier League goals this season and instrumental in helping Norwich get back to the top tier of English football last season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions including in the play-off final against Boro themselves.

BARNSLEY are being linked with a move for Rangers forward Nicky Clark.

The Reds are in the market for strikers with loanees Michael Smith and Conor Wilkinson returning to their parent clubs, with Simeon Jackson having also left Oakwell.

Ex Queen of the South forward Clark has had limited chances at Ibrox this year and his current deal expires at the end of this term.

Several other English and Scottish sides are monitoring developments with Clark.

Meanwhile, HULL CITY are not ruling out a second loan move for midfielder Isaac Hayden.

Hayden, 20, was all set to return to Arsenal and be farmed out on loan to Fulham, but that proposed switch has since been shelved following the Cottagers’ appointment of new boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

Boss Steve Bruce has scotched talk of January exits for several of his leading players, including Ahmed Elmohamady and Michael Dawson, who have been linked with a number of top-flight clubs.