New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk during the press conference
According to reports from The Sunday Sun (printed edition page 74), Garry Monk is prioritising the signing of a striker for Middlesbrough this summer.
The former Leeds United manager is keen on signing livewire striker Britt Assombalonga, who has a terrific record of scoring goals.
The 24-year-old striker recovered a serious knee injury last season to top the goal scoring chart for Forest with 14 goals in 20 starts.
Boro’s major problem was their ineffectiveness in front of goal. Therefore, signing a centre-forward is a top priority.
The report suggests that Monk would love to bring Leeds United’s Chris Wood, who scored 30 goals last season in all competition.
Wood would have been a terrific signing, but it is highly unlikely that Leeds will sell their top player to a direct rival.
Assombalonga, who has scored at an average of a goal in every two appearances for Forest, is also the right type of player that Monk needs to rebuild his squad.
Norwich's Cameron Jerome in action with Wolves' Dominic Iorfa and Roman Saiss
Jerome has a wealth of Championship experience. He scored 18 goals to earn Norwich promotion in 2014/15, and there’s no reason why he cannot replicate such goal scoring form for Boro.
Boro fans will also remember him as he scored the first goal at Wembley when they were beaten by Norwich in the Championship play-off final of 2015.
Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga celebrates scoring their fourth goal