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This morning’s Northern Echo carries an article suggesting that Middlesbrough might be preparing a bid for Fulham striker Ross McCormack when the transfer window opens in January.

The Teeside club were close to signing the Scottish international from Leeds back in 2013 under former boss Tony Mowbray and Aitor Karanka is targeting a striker to boost his attacking options in Middlesbrough’s push for promotion from the Championship. Karanka is considering a number of potential signings, including former loan star Patrick Bamford who returned to Chelsea after an unsuccessful spell with Crystal palace this week, and the report references Fulham’s impending transfer embargo as a reason why they might part with their prized asset.

Bournemouth have also been heavily linked with a January move for McCormack, with the Daily Mail suggesting that they have already made several inquiries as to the former Leeds striker’s availability. The 29 year-old scored his 15th goal of the season in Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Rotherham and extended his current contract until 2019 in August.