Championship rumour mill: Leeds 'end interest' in £13.5m striker target

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Leeds United and their Championship rivals continue to be the subject of plenty of transfer speculation as the new season nears.

And reports today suggest that Leeds have ended their interest in striker Baghdad Bounedjah.

What's happening at Elland Road today?

What's happening at Elland Road today?

The Algerian striker, who currently plies his trade for Al Saad, had been heavily linked with a move to Yorkshire over the summer following a staggering goalscoring record which has seen him net 64 goals in just 57 appearances for his current side.

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But reports from Bounedjah's homeland, appearing in newspaper L'Expression, suggest that Leeds will not be pursuing a deal for the international.

His wage demands, coupled with the large transfer fee, have reportedly deterred Marco Bielsa - who will now turn his attentions elsewhere.

Here's the rest of the rumours doing the rounds in the Championship today:

Middlesbrough have joined the race to sign Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who starred for Iceland at this summer's World Cuo(Birmingham Mail)

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West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is set to join Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal - before the switch is made permanent next summer (Teamtalk)

Goalkeeper George Long is set to swap Sheffield United for Championship rivals Hull City, with the stopper expected to undergo a medical (Sheffield Star)

Bristol City and Reading are interested in sealing a deal for free agent Tim Krul after the goalkeeper left Brighton earlier this summer (HITC)

Forward Mbaye Diagne, of Turkish club Kasimpasa, has been linked with a switch to Hull (Hull Live)

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QPR remain 'interested' in West Ham striker Jordan Hugill, despite the frontman being heavily linked with Leeds United this summer (London News Online)

17-year-old Dylan Crowe is attracting interest from a host of European giants - including Manchester United - as Ipswich face a battle to keep hold of the youngster (Goal)