Sunderland face battle to keep key man plus latest on reported West Brom target: Middlesbrough news and transfer rumours

There’s still over a week to go until the summer transfer window reopens on June 9 – yet Middlesbrough have already been linked with several players.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 7:00 am

The Teessiders were able to agree a deal to sign goalkeeper Joe Lumley, who will be out of contract at QPR this summer.

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

Sunderland face battle to keep key man

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Luke O'Nien playing for Sunderland.

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock recently said he was going to watch Sunderland in the play-offs, following reports that Boro were interested in striker Charlie Wyke.

Wyke, who would be available on a free transfer, isn’t believed to be on Warnock’s radar, yet the Teessiders have also been credited with interest in Black Cats midfielder Like O’Nien.

O’Nien will be out of contract at the Stadium of Light this summer, with Luton, Millwall and Preston also among the clubs said to be interested.

According to our sister title the Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats are eager to keep O’Nien, 26, and it will be up to the Wearsiders to convince him to stay.

Latest on Sheffield Wednesday forward

Warnock’s priority this summer is to bolster his side’s attacking options.

One name which has been mentioned is that of Sheffield Wednesday forward Josh Windass, who is reportedly a target for several clubs.

West Brom, Fulham and several Championship clubs have also been credited with interest in Windass, yet the forward appears to be unperturbed by transfer speculation.

According to the Sheffield Star, Windass and Wednesday team-mate Barry Bannan are both taking some time abroad before they head back to Middlewood Road.

The Owls are due back for pre-season training on June 28.

England prepare for Riverside fixtures

Finally, England’s national team will meet up at Boro’s Rockliffe Training Ground on Saturday ahead of two friendly matches at the Riverside Stadium.

Gareth Southgate’s side will face Austria on Wednesday, June 2 (8pm kick-off) and Romania on Sunday, June 6 (5pm kick-off).

Fans will be able to attend the matches but the Riverside capacity will be capped at 25 per cent for both games.

Tickets for both matches have sold out.

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