Latest on two Middlesbrough-linked strikers as League One boss sends warning to Boro and Millwall
Middlesbrough have just five games remaining this season and plans are already being put in place for the 2021/22 campaign.
With the summer transfer window set to reopen in June, we round-up some of the latest Boro-related transfer rumours.
Famara Diedhiou latest
Signing another striker will be the top priority for Boro this summer, and Bristol City’s Famara Diedhiou has been strongly linked with the Teessiders.
The 28-year-old frontman will be out of contract at the end of the season and hasn’t scored since netting a brace against Boro in February.
According to Bristol Live, Diedhiou is no closer to settling his longer-term future at Ashton Gate and has already received offers from abroad.
The report claims the Senegal international has been starved of service up front in recent weeks and is weighing up his options.
Ched Evans signs new deal at Preston
Another striker who has been linked with Boro is Preston striker Ched Evans.
A national report had claimed the Teessiders were lining up a move for the 32-year-old on a free transfer, yet he’s since signed a new deal at Deepdale.
After signing a new contract until the summer of 2023, Evans told the club’s website: “I came here to make an impact and I feel like I have done that and I am really pleased with how it has gone – although more wins on the board would have been nicer.
“After the last two games, spirits are good, the atmosphere is high and I am over the moon.”
Oxford United can’t lose key players says Robinson
At the other end of the pitch, Boro will be looking for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Marcus Bettinelli’s loan deal set to end.
The Teessiders had been credited with interest in Oxford stopper Jack Stevens, while Millwall saw an offer turned down for the 23-year-old.
Oxford boss Karl Robinson is reluctant to sell.
“Work’s going on behind the scenes for next season, but the likes of Jack, Cameron (Brannagan) and Rob Atkinson have to stay here next year,” Robinson told the Oxford Mail.
“If you look at the top teams, there’s no turnover of players, they’ve only got better.
“That’s a big learning curve for us for next season.”