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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Neil Fissler

LEEDS are eye­ing up a raid on rel­e­gated Black­pool to land highly rated de­fender Charles Dunne.

Dunne has been one of the very few shin­ing lights in a sea­son of gloom on the Fylde Coast but is set to leave Black­pool af­ter they dropped out of the Cham­pi­onship.

Left-back Dunne, 22, only has an­other year left to run on his con­tract at Bloom­field Road and Black­pool boss Lee Clark would love to keep him at the club.

But he knows that it is un­likely that the Lon­don-born Repub­lic of Ire­land U21 in­ter­na­tional will still be at the club come the start of next sea­son.

Dunne has been at Black­pool since Au­gust 2013 when he was signed for an undis­closed fee from Wy­combe and has been on Leeds’ radar since im­press­ing against them in March.

Leeds are on the look out for bar­gains this sum­mer and are hop­ing that they will get their man for around £250,000 be­cause of the short length of time re­main­ing on his con­tract.

Dunne is also set to at­tract in­ter­est from other clubs in the Cham­pi­onship with Neil Len­non’s Bolton also tak­ing a close look at him. BURN­LEY are hop­ing to make it third time lucky by launch­ing a bid to land Not­ting­ham For­est mid­fielder Henri Lans­bury, 24, at the end of the sea­son.

The Clarets failed twice to sign Lans­bury this term but aren’t go­ing to take no for an an­swer even if they fail to beat the drop back to the Cham­pi­onship. BIRM­ING­HAM City are closing in on a deal which will see Stoke’s Andy Wilkin­son make the switch to St An­drew’s at the end of the sea­son.

Right-back Wilkin­son is in the last few months of his con­tract at the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium and will be de­part­ing the Pre­mier League club when it runs out in July.

Wilkin­son, 30, who had a loan spell at Mill­wall ear­lier this sea­son, has spent the last 12 sea­sons play­ing for Stoke.

He made nine ap­pear­ances for the Li­ons be­fore re­turn­ing to the Pot­ter­ies in Jan­uary, but is yet to play in the Pre­mier League this sea­son.

Birm­ing­ham boss Gary Rowett is now keen for him to move across the Mid­lands in time for the start of next sea­son.

Black­burn are also ru­moured to be in­ter­ested in sign­ing him.

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