Middlesbrough still tracking £1million striker plus Chuba Akpom reports: Transfer news

Middlesbrough completed the signing of Uche Ikpeazu from Wycombe Wanderers earlier this month – yet manager Neil Warnock is still looking to bolster his attacking options.

Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 6:00 am

The Boro boss has a list of several players who the club are tracking, one of which is Rotherham frontman Michael Smith.

Smith, 29, is believed to be valued at around £1million by The Millers, who were relegated from the Championship last season.

According to Rotherham boss Paul Warne, there are multiple teams interested in Smith.

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Michael Smith playing for Rotherham United.
Michael Smith playing for Rotherham United.

"I speak to a lot of people a lot of the time and I know Smudge is on a lot of people's shopping lists,” Warne told The Rotherham Advertiser.

"But I think a lot of clubs also appreciate how fundamental he is to our club and that there's no point offering a paltry amount of money to get him out of here.

"It isn't the case that Middlesbrough are his only fans. I think a lot of clubs in the Championship are his fans.

"If Smudge doesn't go, it might be because everyone's a little bit cash-poor at the moment because of the times we've been living in.

"We think the world of Smudge here. He's been brilliant for us. I want him to have a good career but someone coming in with, like, £250,000 for him is never going to work.

"In the Championship, a lot of clubs are in a lot of trouble. I don't dispute the fact that clubs want him but I don't know how many of them can actually buy him."

Chuba Akpom reports

At the end of last season Warnock said he wanted to sign three new strikers – which cast doubt over Chuba Akpom’s future at the club.

The 25-year-old only joined the Teessiders in September 2020 but scored just five goals in 38 Championship appearances during the 2020/21 campaign.

Reports in Turkey have claimed that Super Lig side Besiktas are interested in signing Akpom this summer.

According to Turkish journalist Fatih Dogan, Besiktas are working hard to bring ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa to the club, but Akpom is an alternative option.

Akpom signed a three-year deal at Boro for an undisclosed fee.

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