Middlesbrough are considering making a bid for Espanyol striker Christian Stuani, according to the Daily Mail.
The 28-year-old scored 18 goals in 47 appearances for the La Liga outfit last term, and is valued at around £4million.
The former Albacete loanee has been capped 22 times by Uruguay, scoring four goals, and featured in the 2014 World Cup and this summer’s Copa America.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has made strengthening his attack a priority this summer following Patrick Bamford’s return to Chelsea, and sees Stuani as a perfect addition as the club seeks promotion to the Premier League next season.
Karanka has also launched a raid on Ipswich Town for striker Daryl Murphy, and have bid £4m in for the former Celtic man.
The 32-year-old finished last season as the Championship’s top scorer with 27 goals, and Boro will attempt to lure him to the Riverside with their top-flight aspirations.
Meanwhile, the Teeside club look to have missed out on the signing of Irish goalkeeper Shay Given, after Stoke City expressed a late interest the 39-year-old.
Given is available for free after his Aston Villa contract expired, and the former Newcastle United shot-stopper is expected to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms with Mark Hughes’ side.
He spent time on loan at Middlesbrough two seasons ago, keeping 10 clean sheets in 16 games.
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