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Opinion: Middlesbrough must reignite interest in proven marksman as key target set for switch to rival club

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Middlesbrough have plenty of work still left to do in the transfer market before the new Championship campaign gets underway despite having made a couple of good signings so far.

Neil Warnock’s side have so far this summer managed to address a few key areas within their squad with the arrivals of the likes of Joe Lumley, Matt Crooks, Sammy Ameobi, Lee Peltier and Uche Ikpeazu.

However, despite the acquisition of Ikpeazu from Wycombe Wanderers, Boro will have to do more in terms of adding to their forward options ahead of the new Championship campaign. Warnock knows that they need to add more firepower if they are to have any chance of challenging for promotion.

It has been reported recently that Middlesbrough have been interested in making a potential move for promising Flamengo forward Rodrigo Muniz this summer.

That comes with Boro branching out their scouting network and taking a look towards the South American market.

The latest reports from Brazilian outlet O Dia have confirmed that Middlesbrough have come to the table with a €5 million (4.3 million) offer for Muniz to bring the 20-year-old to the Riverside.

The forward could well have been an interesting arrival at Middlesbrough and he is someone that clearly has a lot of potential. Richarlison has shown how well young attacking players can develop in England after switching from Brazilian football and it would have been an exciting prospect to see him at the Riverside.

However, the latest report from O Dia revealed that Fulham look to have won the race for the forward’s signature having made an offer of €4 million (£3.4 million) with an extra €4 million (£3.4 million) to come later in instalments.

According to the same report, Muniz has decided that he would prefer a move to Craven Cottage over Fulham and he is ready to commit himself to a five-year deal that could be announced imminently.

Whilst losing out on a key transfer target to a potential promotion rival is never ideal, Middlesbrough might find that on this occasion it does not prove to be the worst outcome.

In the long-term future, Muniz might well emerge as a star and a bargain signing for Fulham.

However, it would be unfair to place too much expectation on him for next term with him just 20-years-old and having never experienced life in the Championship.

Middlesbrough’s promotion prospects rest on them finding a player capable of adding at least between ten and 15 goals for them in the Championship next term.

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Fulham already have that kind of player in the shape of Aleksander Mitrovic and so Muniz will be less pressured to hit the ground running there than he would have been at Boro.

With that in mind, Middlesbrough must surely start to turn their attention back towards a serious move for Rotherham United’s Michael Smith.

The forward offered a reminder of his abilities by netting a typically well taken headed goal for the Millers in their pre-season friendly against Newcastle United on Tuesday.

Smith has been consistently linked with a move to Middlesbrough this summer, but the target man has yet to leave Rotherham and could be set to once again lead the line for them as they target a return to the Championship.

The forward has goals in him for sure and you could see him being able to reach well into double figures for Middlesbrough in the Championship if they were to revive their interest and secure his services.

Whereas Muniz lacks experience in the Championship and might struggle to adapt to the physicality of the division, there would be no such concerns over Smith.

The fact that Boro were reportedly ready to offer around £4.3 million for Muniz, if reports of that figure are accurate, shows that funds are there for them to make a move for Smith who would likely be cheaper than that.

It seems like the ideal thing for them to do after this latest transfer disappointment.


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