Middlesbrough FC transfer rumours: Contrasting striker reports as Stoke City plot Nottingham Forest raid

The summer transfer window has officially opened and Middlesbrough have work to do ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
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Here are some of the latest Boro-related rumours and news stories circling the web.

Contrasting striker reports

As Middlesbrough continue to look to bolster their striker options, a new name has been linked with the Teessiders.

Paul Mullin playing for Cambridge United.Paul Mullin playing for Cambridge United.
Paul Mullin playing for Cambridge United.
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According to Football Insider, Boro and Preston are leading the chase to sign Cambridge frontman Paul Mullin, who will be out of contract with the League Two side at the end of the month.

The report claims Cambridge are trying to tie Mullin down to a new deal after the 26-year-old finished as the League Two top scorer with 31 goals last term.

According to our sister title The Lancashire Evening Post, Preston have distanced themselves from the speculation.

Stoke plot Nottingham Forest raid

Another striker who has been linked with Boro is Nottingham Forest forward Lyle Taylor.

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Championship clubs Blackburn and Barnsley have also been credited with interest in the 31-year-old, yet the Daily Mirror have claimed Stoke are set to open talks with Forest about Taylor.

It’s been reported that Forest are willing to listen to offers for Taylor as they plot a major reshuffle at the City Ground.

Bristol City move ruled out for Chalton forward

Finally, Charlton striker Chuks Aneke isn’t thought to be a target for Bristol City this summer.

TeamTalk recently reported that several Championship clubs, including Boro and City, were tracking the ex-Arsenal man, yet Bristol Live claim he isn’t on the Robins’ radar.

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Aneke scored 15 goals for Charlton in League One last season.

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