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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

CHARL­TON winger Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son could be off to the Pre­mier League at the end of the sea­son.

Gud­munds­son joined Charl­ton on a two-year deal at the start of this sea­son and his per­for­mances have started to catch the at­ten­tion of clubs.

The 24-year-old Ice­landic in­ter­na­tional, who had spells with Chelsea and Ful­ham as a youth, could be head­ing into the top-flight.

Gud­munds­son is keen on mov­ing up be­cause there is no chance of him play­ing in the Pre­mier League with the Ad­dicks, while Charl­ton know they have to be re­al­is­tic in terms of big­ger clubs com­ing in to try and tempt play­ers away from the Val­ley.

With only one year left on his con­tract, they know that it could be dif­fi­cult for them to keep Gud­munds­son.

Not­ting­ham For­est are in­ter­ested af­ter they failed to sign him last sum­mer.

Bournemouth are an­other team who have taken a look, but like For­est, will only make a move if they are pro­moted.

Stoke and Hull are also un­der­stood to have had scouts check­ing him out in re­cent weeks with a view to do­ing busi­ness in the sum­mer. BRIGHTON cen­tral de­fender Lewis Dunk will be in de­mand when the trans­fer win­dow opens at the end of the sea­son.

Dunk, 23, is a tar­get for Pre­mier League sides West Brom, Ever­ton and West Ham, who have all taken a look in the last few months. BIRM­ING­HAM are ex­pected to ri­val Real Betis in the race to land highly rated Hearts winger Jamie Walker this sum­mer.

Birm­ing­ham have had scouts check­ing out the Scot­tish U21 in­ter­na­tional dur­ing Hearts’ charge to the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Walker is un­der con­tract un­til the end of 2017 and has been in­stru­men­tal in the suc­cess that the Ed­in­burgh side have en­joyed this sea­son.

The Span­ish side are ex­pected to make an of­fer in the sum­mer while West Brom have also been not­ing his progress.

But it is un­der­stood that they will only make a move for Walker if they are un­suc­cess­ful in their hunt for Birm­ing­ham’s De­marai Gray – the man Birm­ing­ham are look­ing to re­place.

A host of Pre­mier League clubs in­clud­ing Liver­pool are keen on sign­ing Gray, while Bournemouth are ex­pected to also make an­other move if they are pro­moted to the top-flight.

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