Garry Monk is set to take on his former club as Birmingham rival Middlesbrough for the signing of Ipswich forward Martyn Waghorn, according to the Birmingham Mail. 

Waghorn was the Tractor Boys’ top scorer last campaign as he notched 14 goals for Town.

The striker joined the East Anglian club last summer from Rangers for a reported fee of £1m.

The 28 year olds impressive form has not gone unnoticed and now he is involved in a tug of war between Birmingham and Middlesbrough.

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The Blues struggled for goals last season, with a lack of goals being the main reason for why their fate went down to the final day of the season.

Che Adams topped the goalscoring charts for the Midlanders with 9 goals, and Monk has clearly identified his attack as a position he wants to strengthen this summer.

Tony Pulis has not wasted any time in identifying his transfer targets since Boro’s defeat to Aston Villa in the Playoff Semi Final.

The Teesiders have already snapped up Aden Flint for £5m from Bristol City and are heavily interested in signing Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair.

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Britt Assombalonga and Patrick Bamford both hit double figures for the club last season, so Waghorn would have hot competition for a starting spot at The Riverside.

New Ipswich boss Paul Hurst will be reluctant to sell the clubs top scorer from last season, but it would give him the funds to mould the Ipswich squad in his own image.

Waghorn is a man in demand this summer, and Birmingham and Boro are at the front of the que for his services.


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