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Middlesbrough target Bournemouth striker

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Middlesbrough have made Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban a prime target – but will only move if they raise funds through player sales, writes the Northern Echo

Grabban had been linked with a move to Cardiff City, and it is rumoured the Welsh clubs have had a verbal offer of £3 million accepted by Bournemouth for the striker.

Grabban attracting interest from Middlesbrough

Grabban attracting interest from Middlesbrough

But with Cardiff signing three strikers already this summer in Federico Macheda, Adam Le Fondre and Juvi Guerra, the Bluebirds may now go back on that agreement.

Boro are not expecting to do anything significant on the transfer front but selling strike pair Marvin Emnes and Lukas Jutkieiwicz could help in their pursuit of Grabban.

So far there has not been any offers for Emnes or Jutkiewicz, although Swansea are expected to sign Emnes for £1 million after impressing on a loan spell last season at the Liberty Stadium.

The Teeside club are also hoping Bolton Wanderers may come back in and take Jutkiewicz on a permanent deal.

Middlesbrough have lost Danny Graham following the end of his loan spell from Sunderland so a new striker is high on the priority list.

26-year-old Grabban joined Bournemouth from Rotherham in 2012 for £300,000 and scored 22 goals last season.

One other player Boro have to make a decision on is midfielder Richie Smallwood.

Smallwood has been on loan at Rotherham United and helped the Millers gain promotion via the League One play-offs.

The 23-year-old has a year left on his contract at the Riverside Stadium.


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