Middlesbrough transfer rumours: Boro could snap up ex-England U21 international

Middlesbrough will be eager to hit the ground running and put some wins together following the international break, as they look to claw their way towards the play-offs and bridge the six-point gap currently lying between them and sixth place.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:50 am
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Neil Warnock's side are back in action on Good Friday, with a mid-afternoon clash away to fellow play-off chasers Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

With clashes against high-flyers Watford and Barnsley to follow, Boro will be well aware that some positive results would go a long way in boosting their push for promotion.

Meanwhile, last week, Warnock picked up a £7,000 fine for "multiple breaches" of FA Rule E3 following his side's loss to Swansea City earlier in the month.

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Cardiff City defender Aden Flint has paid tribute to his manager Mick McCarthy for having faith in him to recover from an injury issue to become a key part of the team. He scored the winner in his side's 1-0 victory over Swansea earlier in the month. (Wales Online)

The FA's statement on the issue read:

“The manager admitted that comments he made during post-match interviews constituted improper conduct in that they question the integrity of the match official, implied bias, were personally offensive and bring the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.

“An independent Regulatory Commission was subsequently convened and imposed an appropriate sanction.”

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:

AC Milan have been touted as potential contenders to land Reading's Michael Olise this summer. The midfield sensation, who could cost upwards of £10m, has also been linked with Leeds United, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich. (Team Talk)
Rotherham United are reportedly eyeing a permanent move for Middlesbrough's Lewis Wing in the summer. He's featured nine times for the relegation-threatened club since joining them on loan last February. (The 72)
Man Utd could be set to reignite their interest in Watford ace Ismaila Sarr this summer. He's been touted as a lower cost alternative to Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, which could free up cash to land their striker Erling Haaland. (Express)
Watford are believed to be unwilling to consider offers for their striker Cucho Hernandez, who is currently on loan with Getafe. The Colombia international has been tipped to break into the Hornets side next season, if they secure promotion. (Sport Witness)
Ex-Aston Villa ace Lee Hendrie has urged the club to pursue a move for Norwich City's Emi Buendia in the summer. He's been on fire for the Canaries this season, scoring ten goals and making 12 assists. (Football League World)
Joey Barton has leapfrogged Nicky Butt to become the fresh favourite for the Preston North End job, despite only joining his current club Bristol Rovers back in February. Hull City boss Grant McCann is also among the front-runners. (SkyBet)
Roy Keane is no longer the front-runner for the Celtic job, after ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe stormed ahead of the ex-Sunderland manager to become the new, firm odds-on favourite. (SkyBet)
Middlesbrough have been tipped to snap up current loanee Marcus Bettinelli on a permanent deal this summer. His contract with Fulham is set to expire at the end of the current season, which could see him end over a decade on the books of his boyhood club. (The 72)
West Ham United have been linked with a move for Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma. The £13m man has impressed in the Championship this season, after an injury-hit debut campaign in the top tier with the Cherries. (The Sun)