Middlesbrough are ready to press ahead in their attempts to sign a new striker and have identified two potential targets.
According to TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough could swoop for Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch if they fail in their attempts to lure Burnley striker Sam Vokes to the club.
Vokes is Boro’s number one target as Britt Assombalonga edges closer to the exit door.
Burnley prefer Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes up top so Boro are willing to pay up to £15m to bring Vokes to the Riverside Stadium.
The Wales international scored four goals in 32 games last season but in his last two Championship seasons, he has racked up tallies of 20 and 15 goals respectively.
If Boro miss out on the 6ft 2in 28-year-old, they will move instead for towering 6ft 7in striker Crouch.
The 37-year-old has 108 Premier League goals to his name and 22 goals in 42 international caps for England, but Stoke might let him go if a good offer comes in.
Although Crouch is not young anymore, he would be a useful addition to the squad on a short-term deal.
His aerial presence makes him a unique threat and he was still scoring goals for Stoke in the Premier League last term.
Given the right service – which he would probably get at Boro – he could grab quite a few in the Championship.
Middlesbrough fans – Would you like Vokes or Crouch? Let us know below…
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