Middlesbrough could chase Fenerbahce-linked striker this summer, Stoke City eye international ace

Middlesbrough are back in Championship action this evening, when they'll be looking to close the gap on the play-off places by picking up a win against Alex Neil's Preston North End.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:04 am
Championship transfer news. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of the game, Boro boss Neil Warnock detailed the squad's current injury concerns, and claimed: “I think both Fletcher and Tav are going to be training. Hopefully if not tomorrow then Saturday they could be available before the international break.”

“He’s (Darnell Fisher) done really, really well and hasn’t really put a foot wrong “He’s just got an Achilles tendon problem so I didn’t want to rush him back and then lose him, especially now (Anfernee) Dijksteel is out for the season.

“We’ll see how they are today because Djed (Spence) picked up a bit of a knock on Saturday so we’ll just have to see this afternoon when they are all in.”

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QPR have emerged as contenders to sign Rangers forward Josh McPake, and apparently sent scouts to see him in action for his loan club Harrogate Town last weekend. He's made 15 appearances for the club so far this season. (Football Insider)

The last time Boro faced the Lilywhites, back in December, they were hammered 3-0 at Deepdale, and Warnock's side will be out for revenge as they look to improve considerably on the previous performance.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the upcoming weekend's action begins:

Ex-Leeds United and Newcastle man Lee Bowyer looks set to become the next Birmingham City manager, after resigning from League One side Charlton Athletic. He's been lined up to replace Aitor Karanka, whose exit is still yet to be confirmed. (Guardian)
Rangers have been tipped to pursue a move for Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga this summer. The DR Congo international's contract expires this summer, and could be let go after netting just five goals so far this season. (Football League World)
Bournemouth look set to be without defender Adam Smith until after the international break, after suffering an ankle injury against Barnsley last weekend. They also recently lost key midfielder Lewis Cook to a season-ending knee injury. (Daily Echo)
Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has insisted his side won't just sit back and look to hit Brentford on the counter in their clash this evening, and backed his side to impress on the ball against the promotion-chasing Bees. (Club website)
Watford defender Christian Kabasele looks set for a recall to international duty this month, after apparently impressive Belgium boss Roberto Martinez with his recent form. He's got two senior caps for his country in his career thus far. (Sport Witness)
Ex-Preston North End player Michael Appleton has been tipped to succeed Sam Allardyce at West Brom in the summer, should the Baggies succumb to relegation. Appleton is currently at the helm of League One high-flyers Lincoln City. (Football Insider)
Derby County-linked defender Phil Jones looks almost certain to leave Manchester United this summer, along with the likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard as the Red Devils look to fund a summer spending spree. (Metro)
Middlesbrough could be set to continue their pursuit of Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou in the summer, once his contract has expired. He was heavily linked with both Boro and Fenerbahce in the last transfer window. (Team Talk)
Barnsley, Stoke and Middlesbrough have all been linked with Rangers winger Jordan Jones. He's currently impressing with League One side Sunderland, who are currently battling for promotion back to the Championship. (Team Talk)