Latest Championship gossip and transfer talk: Middlesbrough release two strikers, Stoke defender set for move

Preston North End ensured Championship safety with Saturday's 1-0 win over Coventry City on Saturday.

By Dave Seddon
Monday, 26th April 2021, 9:57 am
Middlesbrough have released striker Britt Assombalonga
Middlesbrough have released striker Britt Assombalonga

The Championship table is sorting itself out, with Norwich and Watford promoted automatically, while Bournemouth, Brentford, Swansea and Barnsley are all assured of play-off places.

It is at the bottom where all the uncertainty is, with none of the three relegation places yet filled.

Here is the latest Championship talk and speculation.

Midlesbrough strikers move on:

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock says the decision to release Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher was the right decision. The two strikers were let go at the end of last week, with them both out of contract this summer. Warnock said: "I've had to make some really big decisions in this last couple of weeks and I'm glad I'm did. " Assombalonga is reportedly being eyed by Rangers on a Bosman. (Northern Echo)

Bristol City manager set for talks:

Nigel Person hopes there will soon be some positive news about him landing the Bristol City job on a long term basis. Pearson took the job on a short-term contract during the season and has held talks about a longer stay. The Robins were beaten 3-2 by Luton on Sunday having led 2-0. (Bristol Post)

Former PNE loanee back enjoying his football:

Andre Green, who had an unsuccessful loan spell with PNE, is looking to make up for lost time now he's at Sheffield Wednesdaay. The winger was recalled to the Owls side for their 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough which leaves them staring relegation in the face. Green joined North End from Aston Villa in August 2019 but returned to Villa in January 2020. He signed for Wednesday in January this year as a free agent. (Sheffield Star)

Stoke star sees his future in Holland:

Stoke's Bruno Martins sees his future in Dutch football. He's been on loan with AZ Alkmaar since October and wants to make the move permanent in the summer. He has a year remaining on his contact with the Potters. (Stoke Sentinel).

Reading manger eyes a renewed promotion bid nest season.

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic is confident he can keep the bulk of the Royals squad together ready for a promotion push next season. Reading's 2-2 draw with Swansea on Sunday ended their play-off hopes. Earlier in the season, Reading led the Championship table.