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77-goal Burnley striker tops Middlesbrough wish list

According to The Sunday Mirror, Burnley and Wales forward Sam Vokes is wanted by Championship club Middlesbrough, and is ‘top of their wish list’.

Reports suggest Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis and striker Britt Assombalonga have had disagreements on the training pitch which have left their relationship becoming strained. The £15 million striker could be now set to leave the club, with Vokes joining as his replacement.

Burnley’s Sam Vokes has been linked to Middlesbrough before, both in 2009 and in 2016. But with the Welshman now playing second fiddle to Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, his time at Turf Moor could be coming to an end.

Middlesbrough currently have strikers Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite, Patrick Bamford, Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher at the club. But, Pulis may be looking to add even more firepower to the Boro ranks.

Considering a striker is a top priority at Middlesbrough, it would seem that Pulis’ transfer dealings are not over yet. The likes of Braithwaite and Assombalonga have been linked with moves away from the Riverside, and Boro have expressed an interest in Ipswich’s Martyn Waghorn, Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri and FC Zurich’s Michael Frey so far this transfer window.

Sam Vokes was part of the impressive Welsh side that achieved a semi-final place in the European Championships of 2016, and scored the final goal in their 3-1 quarter final win over Belgium. His experience will be vital for any club in the second-tier given he has won the Championship title with both Wolves and Burnley, in 2008-09 and 2015-16 respectively.

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