Middlesbrough remain in talks with striker targets as Neil Warnock explains Nottingham Forest and QPR transfers

Middlesbrough remain in talks with several striker targets as Neil Warnock looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

By Joe Nicholson
Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 11:59 am

Warnock said at the end of last season he wants to sign three new forwards this summer to solve the side’s goalscoring issues.

The Teessiders are due to return for pre-season training this week and have added goalkeeper Joe Lumley as well as winger Sammy Ameobi to their squad.

When talking about transfers following his return to Rockliffe, Warnock told the club’s website: “We’ve been talking to a number of players.

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Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.

"I think striker-wise we have another sort of three lads we’ve been talking to. Midfielders we’ve been speaking to.

“As always it’s just getting them over the line and as it’s going to be that first couple of weeks in July I think that it all fits into place.”

Lumley arrived at Boro on a free transfer after his contract at QPR expired and the 26-year-old is expected to be the club’s first-choice keeper.

“I wanted to get in with Joe quickly because I knew how many clubs were after him and QPR didn’t really want him to go either,” Warnock added.

“As soon as I spoke to him I then kept pestering him and we managed to get that one done quickly.

“He’s really looking forward to it, I think working with myself and coming to the club. I think he’s always thought good things about the club and the area.”

Ameobi will also join Boro on a free transfer after being released by Nottingham Forest.

On the 29-year-old winger, Warnock added: “Sammy is one of those I wasn’t aware he was available at the time but as soon as I became aware I let him know what I thought about him.

“We spoke a number of times and I think it was important that he gets what I see he can do for us and what I can do for him.

“He’s had one or two clubs where you probably look at what he’s not good at rather than what he’s good at.

“He’s one of those players when I’m playing against him, I’ve always been glad when he’s got rid of the ball because I always think he’s a danger.”

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