According to The Sun (print edition, March 10, pg. 61), Middlesbrough are planning a summer move for Birmingham City forward Isaac Vassell, who was a January target for the North-East club.

January was a relatively quiet window for Middlesbrough, with John Obi Mikel and Rajiv van La Parra the only new arrivals. With Boro’s lack of goals this season, it seemed obvious manager Tony Pulis would add more fire power with the signing of a striker, although this didn’t come to fruition.

One name mentioned was Birmingham City forward Isaac Vassell, and with the low asking price of £2 million and Boro’s recent lack of spending, it could be a deal to revisit in the summer.

Reports suggest that the Teessiders remain interested in the 25-year old, who has been used sporadically under former Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk at St. Andrews since returning from injury earlier this season.

Vassell has played just eight times so far this campaign, and has failed to get any goals for his side. Since arriving from Luton in 2017 he has scored just once in 18 appearances.

Although Middlesbrough have identified the striker as a top target, it is believed Birmingham are keen to keep hold of Vassell, who’s current contract expires in 2021. The Blues are looking to extend his deal to fend off interest from Boro.

Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher are the striker pairing of choice at the moment at the Riverside, with Rudy Gestede and West Ham loanee Jordan Hugill falling out of favour in recent weeks.

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