According to The Reading Chronicle journalist Courtney Friday, Middlesbrough are set to make Leyton Orient striker Josh Koroma their first signing of the Jonathan Woodgate regime.

Reading and Sunderland were two of the parties interested in the Leyton Orient forward Koroma, but Friday states he looks set to sign for Middlesbrough.

Koroma had been scouted during the 2018/19 campaign by a host of clubs, and he certainly impressed for the O’s, scoring eleven times across the season as his side achieved promotion back to the Football League.

Middlesbrough are actively pursuing a deal for a new striker. After scoring the fifth lowest amount of goals in the Championship last season under Tony Pulis, new boss Woodgate will be hoping to add some more firepower up front.

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Rumours have circulated surrounding the future of existing Boro strikers Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite, and there are a number of sides reportedly interested in North-East number nine Britt Assombalonga. Koroma would provide strong competition in the striker department for Middlesbrough if he was to sign on the dotted line.

The 20-year old won’t demand a large transfer fee, and Boro are keen on signing players for relatively small figures with high potential, and turning them from prospects to first team regulars.

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One example of this at the Teesside club is midfielder Lewis Wing. The 24-year old signed from the 10th tier of English football, arriving from Northern League side Shildon. Since joining Boro he has made a name for himself in the first team, and Woodgate will be hoping Koroma can have a similar effect.

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