According to an exclusive report from TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough are leading the race to sign Toulouse striker Rhys Healey.
Healey swapped MK Dons for the French second division in a move worth over £1 million last summer and his early season form has certainly caught the attention of many clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 26-year old has scored nine goals in 19 games for Toulouse, with only nine of those appearances being starts. He is joint-fifth in the Ligue 2 top goalscorers list and is now being linked with a move back to England.
As well as Middlesbrough, Premier League duo Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion are also tracking the forward, whilst Boro also face competition from fellow Championship sides Norwich City and Bournemouth.
Healey previously plied his trade at Cardiff City under Neil Warnock, and the veteran boss gave him his first run in the side, making 14 appearances and scoring once during his time at the club.
When asked about the striker back in 2017 by Cardiff University student paper Gair Rhydd, Warnock was full of praise for Healey:
“He’s a confident lad. Nothing fazes him,” he said at the time.
“I’ve watched him a few times myself and there are things about him. (His shooting ability) will make him a good living.”
The now-Middlesbrough manager is keen to strike up a reunion with Healey to sooth their goal-scoring woes. Despite being in a modest eighth position and just six points outside of the play-offs, Boro are one of the lowest scorers in the top half of the division.
Their strikers have been used in heavy rotation so far this campaign with Britt Assombalonga, Chuba Akpom, Duncan Watmore, Yannick Bolasie and fit again Ashley Fletcher all having played their part up front.