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Middlesbrough transfer round-up: Norwich raid eyed, Michael Smith and Lyle Taylor latest

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It has been a quiet start to the summer for Neil Warnock as he prepares to guide his Middlesbrough side towards a play-off push next season.

Boro have made just the one signing so far this summer, with goalkeeper Joe Lumley arriving on a free transfer from Queens Park Rangers.

But having bid farewell to the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Marvin Johnson at the end of last season, there is certainly room for a few new faces to arrive at the Riverside this summer.

Here, we round up the latest Boro transfer rumours and gossip from the last few days…

Michael Smith

Boro hold an interest in Rotherham United striker Michael Smith but are exploring other options at the moment, according to Teesside Live.

Smith scored 10 goals in 44 appearances for Rotherham as they were relegated from the Championship last season, and is a player on Warnock’s radar.

But a difference in valuation for the striker means that, at this moment in time, the club are exploring other striking options.

Warnock, however, is said to have a strong relationship with Millers boss Paul Warne which could prove to be beneficial in attempting to strike a deal.

Lyle Taylor

Finances could also prevent a move for Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor too, Teesside Live also claim.

Taylor scored only five goals in all competitions for Forest last season, and it is believed that Chris Hughton is willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old this summer.

Football League World understand that Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Barnsley have all considered making moves for Taylor ahead of next season.

Teesside Live, however, claim that there are question marks over Taylor’s attitude, and his wage demands could also prove to be problematic.

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Kieran Scott

There could well be a major change set to take place off the pitch, though. Reports from The Sun claim that Boro are eyeing Norwich’s head of recruitment Kieran Scott.

Scott has been responsible for some of Norwich’s shrewd signings in recent years, including the likes of Teemu Pukki and Emiliano Buendia.

He’s catching the eye, too, it seems. Boro are reportedly weighing up a move for him as sporting director, which is a role that may also become available at Carrow Road.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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