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Middlesbrough interested in Riverside return for Birmingham striker

According to The Daily Mail, Middlesbrough are targeting a January move for former-Boro striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who has been in fine form for Birmingham City this season.

Jutkiewicz played for Middlesbrough during 2012 and 2014 with mixed success, and was sold to Burnley for a reported £1.5 million. Although the striker did manage 25 appearances in the Premier League for the Clarets, he failed to find the net all season.

A move to Birmingham has since rekindled his career, and has scored 10 goals and registered nine assists already this season, meaning he is well on course for the best goalscoring campaign of his career, having scored 12 at Motherwell 10 years ago.

His fine form has attracted interest from his former side Middlesbrough who are looking to bolster their striking options given they are joint fifth lowest scorers in the entire division. Jordan Hugill and Britt Assombalonga have been rotated in the Boro starting eleven so far this season, and Jutkiewicz would presumably come in to be their first choice number nine, or to play up top alongside either striker.

The report suggests Birmingham could be set to offer the 29-year old a new contract, in a bid to ward off any potential suitors. Another club possibly interested in Stoke City, who tabled a bit for Jutkiewicz in the summer, only for it to be rejected.

It is not yet reported whether Tony Pulis’ side would be considering a loan move or a permanent deal for the forward. But if he were to sign, it could see either Rudy Gestede or Ashley Fletcher on their way out.

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