Leeds United and Watford tracking winger, Neil Warnock's promise plus Nottingham Forest linked with striker: Middlesbrough news and transfer rumours

Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals are already assessing their options for next season – with the summer transfer window set to reopen next month.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 6:00 am

Here are some of the latest Boro-related news transfer stories from around the web.

Newcastle winger attracting interest

Last summer, Boro were one of the clubs who were linked with Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy.

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Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy.

The 26-year-old stayed at St James’ Park and made 24 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, including seven consecutive starts in recent weeks.

Murphy is entering the final year of his contract at Newcastle with Magpies boss Steve Bruce keen to nail the player down to a long-term deal.

Yet according to The Sun, Southampton, Leeds and Burnley are all keeping a close eye on Murphy, while Premier League newsboys Watford are also admirers.

Chuba Akpom reports

Middlesbrough have a decision to make regarding the future of striker Chuba Akpom this summer.

The 25-year-old only moved to the Riverside less than a year ago, yet Boro boss Neil Warnock has said he wants to sign three new strikers for next season.

It was claimed last week that Akpom had been offered to a handful of Championship clubs, including Bristol City, Millwall and Charlton.

The Northern Echo have also reported that Nottingham Forest and newly-promoted Hull City have been credited with an interest in Akpom.

Boro set for York City trip

Finally, Middlesbrough will travel to York City’s LNER Community Stadium for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, July 27 (7pm kick-off).

The match will come after the Teessiders’ meeting with Bishop Auckland on Wednesday, July 14 and their pre-season training camp in Devon and Cornwall where they will play three additional friendlies.

Boro boss Neil Warnock told the club’s website:“I promised York I would take a team there.”

“It’s a club I used to play for, and importantly it’s another game that’s local for our supporters to be able to come and watch.

“It’s also a new ground for us all. I’ve not been, and it will be the first chance our supporters will have had to visit so it’s another game to look forward to.”

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