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Aitor Karanka eyes a striker for January

HITC Sport understands that Middlesbrough are happy with squad but want more goals.

HITC Sport understands that Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka only wants to a new striker to his squad in January.

The Championship promotion favourites are currently sitting second to Brighton, and despite spending big in the summer they are ready to go back in the market in January.

Boss Aitor Karanka is happy with his squad but he would ideally like more goals.

HITC Sport has been told by sources close to the situation that Boro could very well bring in just one player in January, and if it is one they are looking at a striker to help the likes of David Nugent and Kike.

Boro tried to sign a host of names in the summer including Jordan Rhodes and they also wanted to re-sign Patrick Bamford, who won Championship Player of the Year whilst on-loan from Chelsea.

Bamford had the chance to return to Boro in the summer, but he instead opted for a move to the Premier League with Crystal Palace, but his time at Selhurst Park has been anything but a success and he has barely seen any action and his parent club Chelsea will use a clause in his contract to bring him back to the club and then loan him out again.

HITC Sport revealed in November that Boro had already told Chelsea they wanted Bamford back and they remain hopeful they could land him.

Boro boss Karanka has never hidden his desire to bring Bamford back and he has again stated that the door would remain open for him.

"I said always the same thing about Patrick", Karanka told a press conference on Thursday.

"I told him that the door of this club is always open for him.

"But we’re at the beginning of December so I can’t come here every day and talk about speculation."

HITC Sport understands that a number of Premier League and Championship clubs have contacted Chelsea about Bamford and although they would prefer him to re-join Boro, they would leave the decision up to the player.


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