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Neil Warnock responds to reports of Middlesbrough interest in currently available 26-year-old

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Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that Duncan Watmore is training with the club, and says he would like to sign the striker, although he does not know if that will be possible.

With just three senior strikers on their books, ‘Boro have seemingly been scouring the free-agent market for an extra attacking option, and it was recently reported that Watmore is training with the Championship club.

The 26-year-old is currently a free-agent after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season, although it seems there is still the possibility of a return to football for Watmore sooner rather than later, judging by Warnock’s latest comments.

Addressing those reports of Watmore training with the club following his side’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon, Warnock was quoted by The Teesside Gazette as saying: “He’s done ever so well, I’m pleased for him.

“I’m not sure what we can do regarding signings but he wanted to get fit and it’s been a good opportunity for him.”

It appears as though there are still things to be decided with regards to the prospect of an offer for Watmore however, with Warnock going on to add: “He’s done really well. It’s still ongoing, I don’t know whether we can make a signing. I would like him.”

For his part, Watmore is said to be keen to agree a deal with Middlesbrough, despite the fact that there is also thought to be interest in him from abroad.

The Verdict

These comments from Warnock do raise an eyebrow somewhat.

Given his problematic injury record and far from prolific goalscoring return during his time with Sunderland, it might have seemed as though this would be something of a risk for ‘Boro.

However, it does seem as though Warnock has been rather impressed by the 26-year-old, meaning it could still be worth them taking a chance on him.

As a result, given ‘Boro’s need for an extra striker, and Watmore’s likely desire to get back playing as soon as possible, it could be good for both parties if a deal was to get done here.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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