HITC Sport understands Middlesbrough striker Armstrong is a target for a number of clubs on loan.

A number of Scottish sides are chasing Middlesbrough striker Luke Armstrong on loan for next season, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The likes of Scottish Premiershide side St Mirren and Scottish Championship duo Falkirk and Dunfermline have made enquiries to Middlesbrough about taking Armstrong on loan.

Armstrong, who rejoined Boro last summer from Blyth Spartans after previously being with Boro’s academy as a schoolboy, was a regular in the club’s Under-23s last season.

The 22-year-old scored seven goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for Boro’s Under-23s and he impressed upon his return to the club.

Armstrong, son of former Middlesbrough striker Alun, is well down the pecking order at the Riverside and is unlikely to break into Tony Pulis’s first-team plans next season, as the club battle to try to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough feel Armstrong might be best served to go out on loan next season so that he can continue his development by playing regular first-team football at a decent level.

New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs is keen to bring him to Paisley as the club prepare for life back in the Scottish Premiership, while Falkirk and Dunfermline see Armstrong as someone who can boost their promotion bid back to the Scottish top flight.

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