Report: Promotion chasers Middlesbrough and Derby targeting Championship's joint top goalscorer Ross McCormack

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

The division's top two are hoping that the Fulham forward will be able to seal their promotion to the Premier League.

Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough and Derby County are both considering a move for Fulham striker Ross McCormack, the Daily Mail reports, as they both look to seal promotion to the Premier League.

Along with Burnley's Andre Gray, the 29-year-old is the division's top goalscorer with 13 goals. And he has backed his goals up with six assists having formed an exciting partnership with Moussa Dembele at Craven Cottage this season.

Despite being the highest goalscorers in the Championship this term however - having scored three more goals than Derby, and four more than Boro - Fulham are languishing in the bottom-half, sitting 19th, just six points clear of the relegation zone. 

With McCormack's age meaning that he perhaps has just one big move left in his career - especially considering he is yet to prove himself at the highest level - and with Fulham not being able to significantly strengthen their squad during this window due to a transfer embargo (via Mail), he may decide that with the two sides in the automatic promotion spots chasing his signature, he needs to leave if he wishes to play in the top flight.

And with both sides doing so well in the league, it would be safe to imagine that either completing a move for McCormack would practically book their place in the Premier League for next season. 

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