Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough are among the Championship clubs keen to sign free agent forward Chuks Aneke after he rejected a new contract at Charlton Athletic, as reported by TEAMtalk.
Aged 27, the former Arsenal youngster has only ever played 20 games in the second tier of English football.
But, after enjoying one of the best seasons of his career at the Valley, the League One veteran deserves a chance to prove he belongs higher up the footballing ladder.
Aneke will become a free agent at the end of this month after turning down the chance to extend his stay at a Charlton side that missed out on a play-off place.
QPR and Middlesbrough chasing Aneke signature
And, according to TEAMtalk, QPR, Middlesbrough, Reading, Coventry and Bristol City are interested in striking a bargain deal for the EFL hotshot.
And while Aneke also has offers on the table from Scotland and even the US, the forward is understood to view a move to the Championship as a potential stepping stone to the promised land of the Premier League.
A powerful and physical striker, Aneke scored 15 League One goals in just 11 starts last season.
And while that record may look like something Cristiano Ronaldo himself would be proud of, concerns may be raised about a worrisome fitness record that left Aneke warming the bench more often than not.
Aneke hampered by injury record
“If you could keep him fit, he wouldn’t be playing in League One. The reason he is, is because of his injury record,” then-Charlton manager Lee Bowyer told London Football News last season.
A move to Middlesbrough would see Aneke tasked with replacing the exiting Britt Assombalonga, while potentially opening the door for Chuba Akpom to leave.
Akpom, like Aneke, has been linked with QPR.