Middlesbrough have been very active in the transfer market this summer and the likes of Victor Valdes, Alvaro Negredo, Gaston Ramirez and Marten de Roon are just some of the high profile names that have arrived at the Riverside Stadium.
The influx of so many quality players could see Middlesbrough avoid relegation quite comfortably but manager Aitor Karanka is still looking at various options to further improve his squad and now according to reports from O Jogo, Andreas Samaris has emerged as a target for Boro.
The Greek international is currently plying his trade for Benfica and he played a key role in helping the Portuguese giants complete a league and cup double last season, making a total of 41 appearances in all competitions.
Samaris’ fine performances seem to have caught the attention of Middlesbrough and it has been claimed that the Premier League outfit are planning to make a swoop for the 27-year-old at the moment.
It remains to be seen as to whether Benfica are open to parting with Samaris and in any case, Middlesbrough will not find it easy to sign the defensive midfielder as even wealthy Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg are said to be interested.