It looks to be a busy transfer window for Middlesbrough who have plenty of money to spend on building a promotion winning side.
Boro have today announced the double signing of Johnny Howson from Norwich City and Cyrus Christie from Derby County who are two more pieces of Garry Monk’s puzzle.
The club are hoping for an immediate bounce back to the Premier League after a disappointing return to the top flight last year, finishing second from bottom.
Monk appears to be chasing a striker and registered an interest in Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga, who will supposedly command a £15 million fee if he leaves the City Ground.
If Boro are prepared to pay that kind of money, they should really look elsewhere, and perhaps a move for Liverpool striker Danny Ings would be a statement of ambition.
After suffering a horrendous injury last season, Ings’s future at Anfield is in doubt and he could benefit from a move to reignite his career, perhaps to the Championship.
The 24-year-old netted 24 times the last time he played in the second tier, during his promotion winning season with Burnley in 2013/14.
Boro could do with a striker of his calibre to launch them back into the Premier League, and could avoid the persistent injury problems that come with buying Assombalonga.
Though it’s an extremely ambitious move for the club, it’s not entirely out of the question. There appears to be little Premier League interest in his signature, and a move to a level he’s too good for could revitalise his career.
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