Leeds United's former £10m star eyed by Championship side, ex-Huddersfield Town man targets Celtic role

Leeds United are back in action on Monday night, when they take on West Ham United at the London Stadium in what should be a fiercely-fought contest between two well-matched sides.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 9:16 am
Championship transfer news. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of the game, Whites striker Patrick Bamford has been talking up teammate Joe Gelthardt, and comparing him to England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

He claimed: “He reminds me - I don't want to say the same level as Rooney - but he is the same kind of build as Rooney was. A stocky lad, great finisher.

“It's just whether or not he kind of sticks with it, he is young, isn't he, so he can look good at that age and not make anything of it. It's up to him to kind of push on.”

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Ex-Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has revealed he was on the verge of signing Cameron Carter-Vickers for the club during his time there. The USA international now plays under Woodgate with Bournemouth, on loan from Spurs. (Bournemouth Echo)

Meanwhile, down in the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, and Huddersfield Town all look set to be embroiled in a fierce relegation battle that could go down to the wire.

Conversely, Valerien Ismael's Barnsley continue to fly up the second-tier table, and find themselves in with a real chance of making the play-offs, following a stunning run of form which has seen them win six league games on the trot and move to seventh in the table.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Leeds United Huddersfield Town and a number of other sides from Yorkshire and beyond, as we gear up for the weekend action:

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic has claimed there's "nothing to talk about" in relation to defender Omar Richards' links with Bayern Munich. He's widely expected to join the Bavarian giants upon his contract's expiry this summer. (Reading Chronicle)
Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has publicly backed loan star Harvey Elliott, after his error saw his side lose 1-0 to Reading on Tuesday. Mowbray branded the Liverpool loanee "amazing", and referenced his impressive assist haul this season. (The 72)
Ex-footballer Alan Hutton has claimed Eddie Howe would be an ideal candidate to become the next Celtic manager, but has raised concerns over whether the ex-Bournemouth boss would want to manage in Scotland. (Football Insider)
Millwall youngster Billy Mitchell has revealed his delight at making his first start in seven months, and described his time out with injury as "hell". The 19-year-old is in his third senior season with the Lions. (Club website)
Cardiff City's march towards the play-off has been rocked by the injury of first-choice left-back Joe Bennett. However, boss Mick McCarthy has backed academy product Joel Bagan to step up to the plate and thrive in his absence. (BBC Sport)
QPR loanee Charlie Austin has branded West Ham striker Michail Antonio a "defender's nightmare" and urged England to consider giving him a call-up this month. He secured promotion to the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday back in 2011. (talkSPORT)
Ivan Toney's Brentford future is set to depend largely on whether Brentford can secure promotion this season. He only joined the Bees last summer, but could be flogged for around £30m in the next transfer window, with both Arsenal and West Ham keen. (Football.London)
Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill has hinted that he's looking to bring Spurs' Jack Clarke back to the club for a season-long loan next season. He's failed to break into the Spurs side since joining from Leeds for £10m in 2019. (Stoke Sentinel)
Huddersfield Town's former head of operations David Webb has admitted he's interested in the DOF role at Celtic. The Hoops look set to shake their backroom team up this summer, following the departure of manager Neil Lennon. (The Herald)