Middlesbrough have their sights firmly set on the summer transfer window.
With the hope of securing a play-off spot hanging by a thread it seems that the focus for Neil Warnock’s side is now based on preparing for next season.
The target next term will be top finish in the top six but if the Teessiders are to do that there’s no doubt that the club will need to make some shrewd signings.
An exclusive report from Football League World revealed that one player being monitored by Middlesbrough is Charlie Wyke.
The Sunderland striker has been a revelation for Lee Johnson’s side so far this term with the 28-year-old scoring 26 goals already for the Black Cats as they target promotion to the Championship.
However with Wyke out of contract this summer it’s possible that promotion could be pivotal in helping the Wearsiders to keep hold of the player.
Middlesbrough’s interest in the striker comes as no surprise.
The Teessiders know Wyke very well having seen him come through the club’s youth academy, and that will surely have played a part in the club’s interest.
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Neil Warnock is a manager who knows what it takes to thrive at Championship level, and part of his set-up is having a big, powerful striker leading the line for his side to provide a physical threat to the opposition.
The 28-year-old would certainly bring that, and so from a tactical point of view there’s no doubt that he would be a good fit for Middlesbrough.
The Teessiders may not have huge sums to spend on transfer fees this summer and that’s another reason why Wyke could prove to be an incredibly shrewd addition given that he’s available on a free transfer.
Wyke knows Teesside and the North East very well and so it would take no time at all for him to settle into life at the club where he spent his youth career.
Of course securing a deal for the striker won’t be easy with a number of clubs likely to be chasing his signature, but there’s no doubt that Wyke would be a great addition for Neil Warnock’s side and one that would come as no surprise if a deal came to fruition.