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Middlesbrough eye Championship attacker ahead of season run-in

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Middlesbrough are interested in signing Brentford attacking-midfielder Romaine Sawyers this month, according to Nick Mashiter of Press Association

Tony Pulis’s side have slipped out of the race for automatic promotion in recent weeks and he will be keen to add some more firepower to his ranks for what is sure to be an incredibly close-run second-half of the season.

Rajiv van la Parra has already arrived on loan from Huddersfield Town in order to add some more service to the fourth weakest attack in the league.

Sawyers has racked up just three assists this season as the Bees drift towards the foot of the table after a dazzling start, scoring eight and assisting 16 during his time at Griffin Park.

Boro still remain fifth in the Championship table but are now six points behind second-placed Norwich City after winning just two of their last seven matches.

They will be looking for a much-needed three points when they travel to St. Andrews for what will be a very tricky test against Garry Monk’s spirited Birmingham City side.

The verdict 

I am not convinced that Sawyers is the right man for Boro.

He is clearly somebody who possesses plenty of talent, but Pulis badly needs players with a reliable end product and just three assists with the likes of Neal Maupay in attack is not great at all.

It would not be a bad signing, but they can do better.

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