Gossip Column (05/01/16): Leicester join race for Leeds United’s Sam Byram, Ross McCormack subject to Boro battle, another move for James Vaughan.

Sam Byram.
Sam Byram.
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The transfer window is truly upon us, with all of the requisite speculation and ballyhoo.

Sam Byram has become the most in-demand footballer in the country. The entire Premier League seems to have been linked with a move for him, and now title contenders Leicester City have joined the likes of Norwich City, Crystal Palace and West Ham in the race for the right-back.

A report in the Hinckley Times suggests Byram could be the subject of an £8 million bid from Leicester, or another of the many teams interested.

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Middlesbrough have apparently decided they are missing a diminutive Scottish striker who scores bags of goals, and to that end they are looking to bring Ross McCormack to the Riverside Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.

McCormack only left Yorkshire last summer, but could be drafted back to the county to take part in a promotion push. Boro will have to compete with Derby County over his signature.

McCormack joined Fulham last summer for £11 million, and the London side are not keen to lose him. However, they may be forced to as the club are under a transfer embargo.

Birmingham City are keen on re-signing James Vaughan from Huddersfield Town after he impressed manager Gary Rowett during his loan spell. Birmingham are willing to either extend his loan or bring him to St Andrew’s on a permanent basis. Vaughan’s contract at the John Smith’s Stadium expires at the end of the season.

Rotherham United are targeting midfielders this transfer window after losing Lee Frecklington to injury.

Farrend Rawson will stay at Rotherham until the end of the season after his loan deal was extended.

Ben Pearson has left Barnsley and returned to Manchester United after his loan spell. Reports suggest that he might join AFC Bournemouth.