Bolton linked with Middlesbrough striker to replace Ngog

Bolton Wanderers are reportedly targeting Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.

With David Ngog looking set to complete a transfer from Bolton Wanderers to Swansea City, the Trotters are moving quick to try to bring in a replacement.

Sky Sports have reported that Dougie Freedman's side are in talks with 'Boro about negotiating a deal to bring in Jutkiewicz. The former Everton youngster has struggled for form this season though, only scoring two goals from 24 appearances.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is understood to be happy to let him leave as he continues to put his own stamp on the club. Boro currently have Marvin Emnes, Curtis Main and Kei Kamara along with Jutkiewicz for their choice of strikers, with Albert Adomah also playing in a attacking role.

Jutkiewicz was handed a rare start on Saturday in Middlesbrough's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. However he was substituted for Kamara after just 59 minutes. He joined the Teeside club from Coventry City in January 2012 for a fee of around £1.3million. He has only scored eleven league goals in those two years though. In fact he has never managed to reach double figures for one club in a single season in England. His best spell came on loan at Motherwell where he scored 12 goals from 33 games.

Bolton have been struggling towards the lower end of the Championship this season, and with the impending departure of David Ngog to Swansea, Freedman is looking for a quick replacement. Ngog himself has only scored three league goals this season, but it is understood his departure could allow Bolton to bring in up to four new signings. Danny Graham has also been linked with them.

Bolton's current top goalscorer is Jermaine Beckford with eight goals, and they will be hoping Jutkiewicz can help fire the side up the table.

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