Championship news and rumours: Aston Villa boss looks to strengthen defence in January | Former Sheffield Wednesday striker joins Scottish Premiership side

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Here's the latest gossip from around the Championship.

Leeds United fans were delighted to see their team return to winning ways and top the Championship, with one one supporter comparing Kalvin Phillips to Paulo Maldini. (Twitter)

Championship news and rumours: Aston Villa boss looks to strengthen defence in January | FormerSheffield Wednesdaystriker joins Scottish Premiership side

Championship news and rumours: Aston Villa boss looks to strengthen defence in January | FormerSheffield Wednesdaystriker joins Scottish Premiership side

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has identified his side's defence as a vital area to strengthen in January. (BirminghamLive)

Meanwhile, Villa are battling with Premier League duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham from on loan Nottingham Forest defender Saidy Janko from Porto, who is said to be available around £2million. (Football Insider)

Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Franck Betra, released by the club last year, has gone trial wit Scottish Premiership side Falkirk. (Falkirk Herald)

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett is not yet contemplating the possibility midfielder Ben Thompson, who is in line for a Millwall recall in January. (Portsmouth News)