Fulham are set to loan their Brazilian forward Rodrigo Muniz to Middlesbrough, according to a Sun report tonight, but only after they have completed a deal to sign a replacement striker.
The 21 year-old striker is poised to move to the Riverside Stadium a year after picking Craven Cottage over Middlesbrough when he finalised a switch to England on a permanent basis from Flamengo. Muniz, who was persuaded by the prospect of working under Marco Silva, scored five goals in fifteen appearances last year for the Whites, where he was back up to first choice forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Fulham are now keen for the raw Brazilian to get regular first-team football in order to aid his development and Boro boss Chris Wilder has identified Muniz as the ideal candidate to supplement his striking options in the Championship next season. Crucially, Wilder is prepared to wait – possibly beyond Middlesbrough’s first league fixture at home to fellow promotion favourites West Brom on Saturday evening – for Fulham to add another forward of their own before sealing the switch.
Silva and Fulham’s recruitment team are casting a wide net in the search for another striker, with teenage forward Jay Stansfield – who has impressed the head coach this summer – the only other deputy to Mitrovic, who scored a remarkable 43 goals in 44 league appearances last term, at present.