Middlesbrough step up striker search as Neil Warnock sends message to Premier League clubs

Neil Warnock remains confident he can keep his best players at Middlesbrough for next season – even if there is speculation about their futures.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 10:45 am

The likes of Marcus Tavernier and Dael Fry have previously been linked with Premier League clubs, yet Warnock is keen to build his side around the two academy products.

“I think there will be speculation about players leaving and everything like that coming up,” said Warnock ahead of Boro’s meeting with Wycombe.

“The lads concerned know, ‘forget what you read in the papers you’re not going anywhere’, and they know how important they are.

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Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.

“The type of lads that we’ve got that we are talking about are absolute gems, they want to get success, they want the club to go forward .

“You haven’t got anybody knocking on my door saying they want to go to the Premier League or my agent says this or that, they all want Middlesbrough to do well and it’s a great place to be that.”

Boro’s priority this summer will be to bolster their attacking options, with Warnock saying last week he wants to sign three new strikers.

The Teessiders are also assessing the foriegn market, after Warnock’s assistant Ronnie Jepson recently travelled abroad to scout players.

“Even as we talk now, we have to look at foriegn players in all leagues, we are trying to organise trips to watch a couple of players with quarantines and everything. It is a nightmare,” Warnock added.

“I won’t be signing anybody without either myself or one of my sidekicks watching them.”

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