Famara Diedhiou served a reminder of his quality yesterday with an impressive display as Bristol City moved past Portsmouth and into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Senegal international fired the Robins ahead with a superb solo effort in the first half, which left fans urging the club to get his contract situation sorted as soon as possible.
The striker’s current City deal is set to expire in the summer and he is yet to agree an extension, something which it seems Middlesbrough are hoping to capitalise on this month.
With that in mind, we’ve broken down what we know to examine whether Diedhiou could make the switch to the Riverside this month.
What do we know so far?
City boss Dean Holden told the Bristol Post last week that enquiries had been made about multiple Robins players but that they were yet to receive any bids.
It is understood that one of those enquiries was from Boro about Diedhiou but it seems for the time being, there has not been any further progress concerning a potential deal.
Holden has revealed that talks are ongoing between CEO Mark Ashton and the striker’s agent, as well as suggesting that the two have a good relationship, but indicated there is no significant news yet concerning a contract extension.
The 28-year-old seems to fit the bill as a potential Neil Warnock signing but the Boro manager has remained relatively tight-lipped over such a move, telling Teesside Live last week: “There’s nothing much happening at the moment.”
While amid suggestions on social media that City should look to get Britt Assombalonga in exchange he noted he would be open to a swap deal.
Did Middlesbrough sign each of these 14 players for more or less than £1 million?
Is it likely to happen?
After his impressive display against Pompey, you’d imagine City will be doing all they can to try to get Diedhiou to sign a new deal and a move to another Championship club, a play-off rival at that, feels unlikely.
That said, it seems there is genuine interest from the Riverside outfit and a move is certainly not off the cards completely as the Robins may look to shift him late on in the window if a new contract has not been agreed.