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2 free-agents who should be on Middlesbrough’s transfer radar and why

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Middlesbrough have not made as much progress in the transfer market as Neil Warnock would have been hoping for up to this point but there is still lots of time left for them.

Boro have been willing to use the free-agent market to strengthen the squad so far this summer and the likes of Sammy Ameobi, Joe Lumley and Lee Peltier have all arrived at the Riverside Stadium following their exits from their previous clubs.

While Middlesbrough have also shown some willingness to spend money to improve their squad this summer after managing to secure the signing of Uche Ikepazu from Wycombe Wanderers.

There are still a couple of areas where Middlesbrough have to strengthen if they are going to challenge for promotion next term. More forwards are going to have to be added to their squad and they could also maybe do with adding to their options in the wide positions as well.

With the free-agents market still having some decent options available for Middlesbrough, we take a look at TWO potential players that should be on their radar and why…

Kadeem Harris

Given the quality that Kadeem Harris could bring to the table for any number of sides in the Championship next season, it is somewhat of a surprise that he has not yet found himself a new club at this stage in the transfer window.

The 28-year-old therefore remains available having been part of the large group of players to be released by Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

A few months ago and ahead of the summer window, Middlesbrough were reported by The Telegraph to be one of the sides that were interested in making a potential move for Harris this summer. Other sides that were thought to be keen included the likes of Watford and Reading.

The links between Harris and Middlesbrough were always likely to come about due to the fact he has worked with Warnock already during his time in charge of Cardiff City. The 28-year-old was handed 13 Premier League appearances by the now Boro boss during the 2018/19 campaign.

Harris would be able to bring plenty of energy and pace to the side in the wider positions and he would also represent a different type of winger than Ameobi is, with the former Nottingham Forest man less pacey but more of a goal threat.

You could see the attacker being useful for Middlesbrough on the counter-attack with his ability to drive forwards in possession outlined by his average of 1.5 successful dribbles per game last term in the Championship.

On a free transfer, he has to surely be someone that Warnock should be keeping a close eye on as the summer window progresses.

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Hal Robson-Kanu

One forward that Middlesbrough should consider having a look at this summer is former West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu, with the 32-year-old having been allowed to leave the Hawthorns at the end of his deal during the off-season.

That came despite him having managed to score five times in 21 appearances in all competitions last term.

Robson-Kanu is a player with a lot of Championship experience and he has played a key role within two squads that have claimed promotion to the Premier League in his career.

The second of those came in the 2019/20 campaign where he managed to fire home ten league goals in his 39 appearances to finish as the Baggies’ joint-top scorer that season.

The 32-year-old also has the ability to play in the wider positions as well as upfront and that makes him a potentially very versatile option for Warnock to call upon at the Riverside next term if he did arrive.

If nothing else, Robson-Kanu would be a very good option to have to bring off the bench and that is where he made a real impact for West Brom in that 2019/20 campaign with him only starting 24 times but still reaching double figures for goals.


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