Middlesbrough have reportedly registered their interest in signing Stoke City striker Lee Gregory in the January transfer window according to the Daily Mail.
It remains to be seen as to whether any potential deal is a permanent or loan switch, but given that Gregory only signed for the Potters in the summer of 2019, you would imagine it’s a temporary move.
The report also claims that both Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City are interested in signing Gregory in this month’s transfer window.
The former Millwall striker has made 23 appearances in total for Stoke this season, and he could be tempted by a loan move elsewhere for the remainder of this year’s campaign to find regular game time.
Gregory has been used as a late substitute in Stoke’s last two games against Huddersfield Town and Millwall in recent weeks, which will have been frustrating for the forward.
We look at TWO pros and TWO cons to Middlesbrough eyeing a deal to sign Gregory in this month’s transfer window.
Pro: He’s a player with Championship experience.
Gregory would be somewhat of a risk-free option for Middlesbrough if they were to land his signature in the January transfer window.
The forward has played in the Championship for a number of seasons, and was impressive for Millwall earlier in his career before departing for a move to Stoke in the summer of 2019.
Gregory has scored 34 goals in the Championship so far, and would fancy his chances of adding to his goal tally this season which currently stands at four.
Con: Do Middlesbrough need another striker?
Middlesbrough already have some strong options available to them in attack this season.
Ashley Fletcher (pictured) has been their main outlet for goals in recent weeks, and there will be a question as to whether Middlesbrough actually need another striker or not this month.
Rudy Gestede has returned to the first team squad as well, which adds ideal competition to the Boro youngster for his starting spot in Woodgate’s team.
Britt Assombalonga is also available to Woodgate, although he is currently continuing to recover from an injury which has kept him out of action since December.
Pro: Woodgate could get the best out of him.
The Middlesbrough boss had his doubters earlier this season, as Boro got off to a hugely disappointing start to this year’s campaign in the Championship.
But Woodgate seems to have learned from his mistakes, and is looking like a shrewd appointment by key figures at Middlesbrough.
He seems to be getting the best out of Ashley Fletcher in recent weeks, so you have to feel as though he could have a similar impact on Gregory, who only has four goals to his name this season.
Con: Other areas of the squad should be the priority this month.
Middlesbrough have shown remarkable improvement in recent weeks, and the club’s supporters will be hoping that their relegation fears are well and truly behind them now.
But they have got a lack of depth in other areas of their squad, which might need to be addressed before a potential new incoming in attack comes in.
With Daniel Ayala and Ryan Shotton out injured, a central defender should be on the agenda for Jonathan Woodgate’s side in this month’s transfer window.