Championship promotion favourites Middlesbrough are lining up a summer move for Lithuania captain Fedor Cernych, reports Tutto Mercato Web.
The 26-year-old forward currently plays his trade at Polish top-flight side Jagiellonia Bialystok and has done so since 2015, in which time he has scored 17 goals and laid on 15 assists in 70 games for the club, 12 goals and nine assists of which came last season to help the club to a second place finish in the Ekstraklasa, and thus a spot in the first qualifying round of this season’s Europa League.
In fact, Cernych bagged in their first qualifying round success earlier this month but couldn’t inspire them to victory in the succeeding round, and it appears that his time at the Polish outfit could be at an end as recent reports suggest that Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough are lining up a summer move.
The North East club will be embarking on a Championship campaign next time round after suffering relegation from the Premier League back in May, yet the appointment of Monk and subsequent transfer activity, which has seen the likes of Britt Assombalonga and Jonny Howson join the club, has renewed the optimism around the Riverside Stadium.
Their biggest issue last term was their distinct lack of goals, netting just 27 in their 38 league games, so a possible deal for 26-year-old Cernych makes sense given how prolific and creative he has been in the last 12 months.
Tutto Mercato Web report that Boro are set to bid €1 million for the Lithuania captain, but whether that is enough to seal a deal very much remains to be seen.
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