Middlesbrough plot transfer raid for 21-goal lethal striker, West Ham set £1m asking price for in-demand starlet

Middlesbrough's push for the play-off places received another boost last night, as Neil Warnock's side picked up another three points with a 2-0 win against Preston.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 8:54 am
Championship transfer news. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

The big win saw Boro move to within five points of sixth place, as they look to make up the ground with just nine matches of the season left to play.

Speaking after the game, Lilywhites boss Alex Neil hit out at the officials for sending off midfielder Alan Browne in the first-half, after he had the last word in an off-the-ball scrap with Sam Morsy

Neil claimed: “It’s an extremely poor decision. I have seen it back. Sam Morsy hits him with his forearm on the back of his head, he is right in front of them.

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Bristol City have been tipped to battle QPR for Rangers prospect Josh McPake. The Scotland U19 international is currently on loan with League Two side Harrogate Town, who are on-track for a solid mid-table finish. (Football Insider)

“Alan instinctively reacts because not only has he been hit once, it’s twice. It is hard to accept and understand how the ref and assistant can see Alan’s part but not Sam Morsy’s part. It changed the game in their favour. Their player is the aggressor and our player reacted in that instance.”

Next up, Boro will look to continue racking up the points this weekend, when they travel to take on Millwall in the capital.

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:

Serie A side Atalanta look set to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to ex-Nottingham Forest defender Anel Ahmedhodzic. He's currently on the books at Swedish side Malmo, and is a Bosnia & Herzegovina senior international (The Sun)
Blackburn Rovers have been dealt a major injury blow, with star man Bradley Dack succumbing to another ACL injury. He was out for a year when he suffered the same injury previously, and only returned to action three months ago. (Club website)
Ex-Newcastle defender Danny Simpson is understood to be on Sheffield Wednesday's radar, having featured in an U23s clash for the Owls on Monday. He's been looking for a new club since leaving Huddersfield Town at the end of last season. (The Star)
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has revealed his disbelief at Lee Bowyer's decision to leave Charlton for Birmingham City, branding the Addicks as a "big London club" with a "very wealth" owner. (talkSPORT)
Pundit Paul Robinson has tipped ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to land the vacant Celtic job, and to take Blades striker Rhian Brewster with him. United's £23m striker scored 11 goals in 22 games on loan at Swansea last season. (Football Insider)
Ex-Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley has overtaken Daniel Stendel to become the bookies' fresh favourite for the Portsmouth job. He's been out of work since leaving the Terriers last July. (SkyBet)
Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has backed Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton to get his side into the play-offs next season, branding him a "gentleman of the game" and lauding his "unbelievable experience" (Club website)
Middlesbrough are believed to be keeping an eye on Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke, who continues to impress for the Black Cats with 21 goals so far this season. He came through Boro's youth academy, but never made a senior appearance. (FLW)
Birmingham City are rumoured to have set a £1m asking price for their promising young defender Rico Browne. Spurs and West Ham were both linked with the teenager earlier in the month. (The 72)