Middlesbrough remain in 3rd place of the Championship table after a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City last night, closing the gap to Sheffield United in 2nd to just three points.
Promotion is well on the cards for Michael Carrick and Middlesbrough. And should they achieve promotion then both will be hard at work in the summer transfer window, with Boro in need of reinforcements if they’re to take on the top flight.
And one of the main Middlesbrough transfer stories since January is the ongoing uncertainty over Chuba Akpom‘s future. He was wanted by Premier League clubs in January but instead saw his Boro deal extended by a further year, to 2024. Boro are keen on a longer-term deal but there’s fresh interest in the striker, with Leeds United now among the teams keen, as well as interest from abroad.
Another Middlesbrough man who’s in demand is Ryan Giles, although Boro are one of the teams thought to be interested in a permanent swoop for the Wolves loan man this summer. Carrick refused to rule out the possibility of bringing Giles back on a permanent deal in the summer, and Wolves are said to be open to selling, but reports (via FLW) have since linked Leicester City and West Ham with a summer move for Giles.
And in more recent transfer news, Boro have been linked with a handful of Football League names, with two of them being Joel Piroe and Alex Scott. Reports just yesterday linked Middlesbrough with a summer swoop for Swansea City striker Piroe, whilst reports earlier this week credited Boro with a surprise interest in Scott, who has interest from a host of Premier League teams.
Barnsley right-back Jordan Williams has also been linked with Middlesbrough this month, with Sheffield United and Norwich City also said to be keen. And lastly, Middlesbrough goalkeeper Sol Brynn is thought to be attracting interest ahead of the summer, with Lincoln City among the sides reportedly keen on a loan move for the 22-year-old.
Middlesbrough return to action v Preston North End this weekend.