According to Italian publication Fantagazetta, Middlesbrough have approached Serie A side Udinese to sign Croatian under-21 forward Stipe Perica.

Middlesbrough are actively looking for reinforcements in the January transfer window, and have identified Udinese striker Stipe Perica as a possible target according to reports in Italy.

The Serie A forward was once on the books at Chelsea, and joined Udinese in 2015 on an initial loan deal before completing a permanent move to Italy a year later. The striker is now on loan at Frosinone, and after a promising opening few games, he has since lost his place and Udinese are actively looking to move the player on.

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It is not yet reported whether a deal for Perica would be a loan or a permanent transfer, but whatever type of deal, it looks as though Middlesbrough would be keen to bring the 23-year old to Teesside in January.

Earlier today, The 72 reported that Boro boss Tony Pulis could allow striker duo Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga to leave the club in the winter window, in order to bring in reinforcements for the promotion push. Perica could be the man to do just that, and could be the ideal replacement for the departing duo.

The youngster has now played in Italy, Croatia and could now finally get his chance in England after not making it at Stamford Bridge. Perica has played 10 times for the Croatian under-21 national side, and boasts a terrific goal scoring record, having found the net seven times across his 10 appearances.

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