Middlesbrough transfer target Viktor Gyokeres has hinted he could be ready to leave Coventry City this summer.
Boro have made preliminary inquiries about a number of different forwards, including Gyokeres, as Chris Wilder seeks to overhaul his attacking unit this summer.
Middlesbrough are reportedly keen on bringing Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres to the Riverside Stadium for next season but currently face a financial obstacle in trying to fund the move.
The Swedish international is the subject of interest from a number of clubs, with the Sky Blues facing a fight on their hands to keep him. The 24-year-old scored 18 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions, where he scored against Boro to help beat Neil Warnock’s side 2-0 in September last year.
The Swedish 24-year-old moved to England when he joined Brighton in 2018 and made the switch to Coventry last summer after enjoying a successful six-month loan spell at the Ricoh Arena.
He has two more years of his current contract remaining, but Coventry’s financial position means they will find it difficult to turn down offers for their most saleable asset.
Fulham have been heavily linked with a possible move for his services in the wake of their promotion back to the Premier League last season, but Boro will feel they have a decent chance of luring Gyokeres to Teesside if they opt to firm up their current interest in the next few days.
The suggestion is that Boro will have to fend off the pursuits of recently promoted Fulham, who will be playing Premier League football next season. While they may struggle to match the financial power of the Cottagers after their recent Championship title-winning season, Boro are looking to fund the move in other ways.
Full-back Djed Spence is the subject of enormous interest from a number of Premier League clubs, with Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur tussling to get his signature.
Middlesbrough are in the market for striking reinforcements after seeing loan signings Andraz Sporar, Aaron Connolly, and Folarin Balogun all return to their respective parent clubs last month.
Boro finished seventh in the 2021-22 season and missed out on a place in the play-offs by five points, while Coventry finished mid-table, 11 points off the top six.
It has been difficult to take things forward in the last couple of weeks as the Swede has been on international duty in the Nations League. He came off the bench to score Sweden’s final goal in their 3-2 defeat to Scandinavian neighbours Norway on Sunday and has been speaking about his future plans with the Swedish press.