Reported target in talks with Charlton as new Watford striker sends message to Middlesbrough fans: News and transfer rumours

The summer transfer window reopened this week – with Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals looking to strengthen ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Sunday, 13th June 2021, 7:00 am

Here are some of the latest Boro-related news and transfer stories.

Charlton striker wants to stay

It’s no secret that Boro’s priority is to sign some new strikers this summer.

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Chuks Aneke playing for Charlton Athletic.
Chuks Aneke playing for Charlton Athletic.

The Teessiders are one of several clubs who have been credited with interest in Charlton forward Chuks Aneke, who has also been linked with Reading, Coventry, QPR and Bristol City.

Aneke will be out of contract this summer but Charlton boss Nigel Adkins sats the forward wants to stay at The Valley.

“We released three and the others I wanted to stay at the football club,” Adkins told the South London Press.

“They and their agents are in negotiation with Steve Gallen, who is representing our football club in those negotiations and our budget.

“All the players who are out of contract have a right to see what else is out there.

“They have all said to me they want to stay, which is a big thing.

“But the business side of it has got to be done in terms of concluding their contracts. All I can do is tell them I want them to stay – that they have got a place to be if they want to be here.”

Fletcher’s message to Boro fans

It was confirmed earlier this week that striker Ashley Fletcher will join Premier League newsboys Watford.

The move will bring to an end the striker’s four-year spell at Boro, where he scored 28 goals in 109 appearances.

Fletcher has taken to social media to thank Boro fans for their support.

He posted: “To everyone at Middlesbrough Football Club, I want to thank you for the past four years.

"The management and staff have helped me improve along the way, the players that all became friends as well as team-mates and you the fans who have shown me a lot of love and support.

“All the best for the upcoming season and I look forward to seeing a Riverside full of fans.

“All the best, Fletch.”

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