Sunderland man attracting interest plus Middlesbrough and Watford in striker battle: Transfer rumours

There are less than two weeks to go until the start of the summer transfer window, and Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has been assessing several targets.

By Joe Nicholson
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 6:00 am

Here are some of the latest Boro-related transfer rumours circling the web.

Sunderland man attracting interest

Warnock has said he planned to watch North East neighbours Sunderland in the play-offs last week.

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Luke O'Nien playing for Sunderland.

Boro have been linked with Black Cats forward Charlie Wyke, who will be available on a free transfer, yet it’s understood the striker isn’t on Warnock’s radar as things stand.

Another Sunderland player whose contract is about to end is versatile midfielder Luke O’Nien.

According to Football Insider, a quartet of Championship clubs, including Preston, Boro Millwall and Luton, are keen to exploit the 26-year-old’s availability and land him on a free transfer.

Boro involved in striker battle

Warnock has said he wants to sign three strikers this summer, following the departures of Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher.

Boro are known to be tracking Rotherham forward Michael Smith and have been monitoring ex-Bristol City man Famara Diedhiou.

A new name which has been mentioned is that of Midtjylland frontman Sory Kaba.

The 26-year-old Guinea international has scored 22 goals in 77 appearances for the Danish club which he joined in 2019.

According to The Telegraph, newly-promoted Watford are set to battle with Swansea and Boro to sign Kaba.

Harris thanks Sheffield Wednesday fans

Another player who has been linked with Boro in recent weeks is winger Kadeem Harris.

The 27-year-old was released by Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month and has taken to social media to thank Owls supporters.

Harris posted on Instagram: "I just want to thank everybody at @swfcofficial, players, staff and fans especially for all the love and support you’ve shown me and this team for the last two seasons.

“It’s a shame things didn’t end as well as they started nevertheless it was an honour to wear the shirt and I’ll always have love and respect for you all. I wish you nothing but the best for the future and I’m sure you’ll bounce back next season!"

Boro’s Championship rivals Reading and Stoke have also been linked with Harris.

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