Middlesbrough transfer news: Boro’s hopes of landing £4m midfielder in jeopardy
Middlesbrough are back in Championship action this weekend, when they take on Queens Park Rangers at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday lunchtime - a kick-off that has been changed so as not to clash with the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip.
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As things stand, Boro sit 10th in the table after an inconsistent run of form of late, with their hopes of reaching the play-offs all but ended last weekend after a 2-0 loss to fellow promotion-chasers Barnsley.
Still, Neil Warnock's side will be looking to finish the season on a high, as they look to continue their rebuild over the summer and come back raring to go for the 2021/22 campaign.
Speaking after his side's loss last weekend, the Boro boss lamented his squad's current injury issues, and revealed: “If I’d have had nine fit lads I’d have had nine subs but we didn’t have nine.
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Swansea City have been linked with a move for Brighton & Hove Albion starlet Marc Leonard. The Scotland youth international has impressed for the Seagulls' U23 side this season, and will be a free agent in the summer. (Daily Record)
“The lads in training have done well, Chuba (Akpom) has done well this week in training, Duncan (Watmore) I thought did well last week.
“I hadn’t got a problem, I thought Kabs (Neeskens Kebano) did alright as well today but once the first goal went in. I thought we might as well use the subs up and give them a bit of time.”
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 weekend's action continues:
Stoke City's hopes of signing Motherwell right-back Stephen O'Donnell this summer look to be over, after he signed a fresh contract extension. The ex-Luton Town man has been capped 18 times by Scotland's senior side. (The 72)
Barnsley CEO Dane Murphy has claimed the club could potential pay the £14.5m necessary to sign Daryl Dike this summer, even if the club aren't promoted. Leeds United, West Ham and Newcastle are also keen. (Club website)
Derby County ace Colin Kazim-Richards has claimed it's a "sink or swim" situation for the Rams, as they head into their final five games of the season. They're four points clear of the drop-zone, but Rotherham have three games in hand over them. (Club website)
Ex-Bristol City manager Dean Holden has taken up a new position as the assistant manager of Stoke City. Potters boss Michael O'Neil has lauded the 41-year-old's record for developing younger players. (Club website)
Reading are said to be lining up a summer swoop for Everton midfielder Mo Besic. The 28-year-old looks set to leave Goodison Park this summer, with his contract expiring at the end of the current campaign. (Telegraph)
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday star Carlton Palmer has raised his concerns over whether the Owls will be able to overhaul their squad this summer, suggesting players on long-term lucrative deals will be unlikely to agree to an exit. (Transfer Tavern)
Millwall are understood to have opened talks with midfielder Jed Wallace over a new deal. The ex-Wolves man has 15 months left on his current contract, but the Lions are looking to extend it due to his importance to the club. (South London Press)
Middlesbrough's hopes of retaining the services of Neeskens Kebano for another season look to have been dealt a blow, with reports claiming he's likely to be in Fulham's plans for next season, especially if they are relegated. (Football League World)
Nottingham Forest transfer target Jacob Murphy is set to cost around £3m this summer. Southampton and Watford look to be the front-runners to sign the Newcastle United winger, who cost them £12m back in 2017. (Football Insider)