These are the deals Preston's rivals Stoke City and Birmingham City were linked with in today's rumour mill

All the latest Championship transfer gossip from around the web!All the latest Championship transfer gossip from around the web!
All the latest Championship transfer gossip from around the web!
The January transfer window is now three days old – but which clubs are eyeing deals?

Last night, Boris Johnson announced tougher lockdown measures across the country in an attempt to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The Prime Minister did, however, also state that elite-level sporting events could continue in the UK.

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That means Preston North End and their rivals will continue in the Championship for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, clubs have been linked with a number of potential new signings as managers look to strengthen to meet their campaign goals

And there’s some interesting talk ahead of an interesting transfer window for Championship clubs.

As always, we’re sharing the latest rumours – so scroll down to see the latest news, gossip and odds from around the internet:

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Stoke City are reported to be lining up a move for soon to be out-of-contract full-back Stephen O'Donnell. The 28-year-old Scotland international signed a short-term deal with Motherwell in the summer after leaving Kilmarnock and could move for free later this month. (Various)

Birmingham City are set to recall attacker Odin Bailey from his loan spell with Forest Green Rovers. (Birmingham Mail)

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock is planning to open contract talks with winger Marvin Johnson. (Various)

QPR’s Liam Kelly is set to join Motherwell on-loan for the remainder of the season. (West London Sport)

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Brentford have completed the signing of Manchester United youngster Max Haygarth. (Various)

Stoke City’s Benik Afobe is 'happy in Trabzonspor and wants to continue' on loan after a day of speculation in the Turkish press about his future. (Various)

Former Derby County winger Luke Thomas could be on the move this month. Ipswich Town, Sunderland and Oxford United are reportedly interested in the 21-year-old Barnsley player. (Yorkshire Post)

Fleetwood dismissed Joey Barton from his role as manager after a clash with striker Ched Evans. It is rumoured that the former Sheffield United and Manchester City striker played a practical joke on the former Newcastle United midfielder. (Daily Star)

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Thorsten Fink, Paul Cook, Danny Cowley, Paco Jemez, Gus Poyet and Jose Morais have all been mentioned with the Sheffield Wednesday job, with Poyet and Morais are not being considered at this point in time – the others, however, may be potential options. (The Star)