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Fulham have made Middlesbrough striker David Nugent one of their top targets during the January transfer window, according to a report on West London Sport tonight.

Aitor Karanka has decided that the former England international forward is surplus to requirements at the Riverside Stadium and has already moved to strengthen Middlesbrough’s options up front by trying to sign Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede. Slavisa Jokanovic’s search for striking reinforcements has taken on even greater importance after on-loan striker Chris Martin refused to play for Fulham last week as he bids to return to parent club Derby County this month. The Whites will face competition from promotion contenders Leeds United for Nugent’s services.

Nugent, 31, has struggled for regular game time on Teesside since completing a £2m move from Leicester City in August 2015. The former Bury and Preston striker scored eight goals in 40 appearances as Middlesbrough won promotion from the Championship last season, but has made just five appearances so far this term. Nugent has become something of a specialist at winning promotion to the top flight having helped Leicester to the Championship title in 2013-2014 and also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth back in 2008.