Preston North End's divisional rivals ready swoop for wonderkid sensation, Stoke City boss speaks out on Celtic interest - Championship gossip

Preston North End bounced back from two straight defeats with a much-needed win last weekend, as Daniel Johnson's first-half penalty saw his side grab a precious three points at Deepdale.

Monday, 21st December 2020, 8:00 am
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Next up, the Lilywhites travel to take on Derby County - a side they beat for the first time in over a decade back in September - on Boxing Day, and will be looking to continue their push up the table with another victory. For now, here's all the latest news and transfer gossip from the Championship.

Leeds United, Leicester City and Crystal Palace are all said to be interested in signing Reading's Michael Olise in, who Danny Mills has claimed could cost up to £40m. Palace are said to be the front-runners to seal the deal. (Mirror)

Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka has batted away early talk of the Blues succumbing to relegation, insisting he is merely focusing on the next game. His side are in 17th place, with 22 points from 20 games. (Birmingham Mail)

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Huddersfield Town new boy Danny Grant has branded the Terriers a "massive club", and claimed that the Championship is one of the best five leagues in the world. He's recently joined from Irish club Bohemians. (Club website)

Stoke City's Michael O'Neill has revealed that Rangers or Celtic could have signed star man Tyrese Campbell for just £400k in compensation before he penned a new deal last January. He's currently out with a long-term knee injury. (The Athletic)

Watford have confirmed the appointment of ex-Valencia man Xisco Munoz as their new head coach. The 40-year-old left Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi to become the Hornets' fifth manager in little over a year. (BBC Sport)

Stoke City are set for a major boost heading into the new year, with key midfielder Joe Allen set to make his return in an U23s game today following nine months out with an Achilles tendon injury. (Club website)

Derby County's hopes of bringing in Manchester United's Phil Jones on loan look to have been improved, following reports that the Red Devils could cover the bulk of his £120k-per-week wages to allow him to move. (Star)