Championship side Middlesbrough have had a bid for West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph rebuffed, according to the Northern Echo.

Garry Monk has identified someone between the sticks as an important part of his summer recruitment at the Riverside Stadium but has so far been frustrated in his attempts to sign a new stopper.

The former Leeds boss has reportedly  seen bids for Sheffield Wednesday keeper Kieren Westwood and Newcastle United stopper Karl Darlow turned down and now he has been repelled in his latest Middlesbrough target too.

Boro had hoped that the potential link between Joe Hart and a move to West Ham would free up the option of the Hammers letting one of their keepers go and that led Monk to go in search of Randolph.

He was turned down in his pursuit of the Republic of Ireland international as even if the Manchester City keeper does make his way to the London Stadium, the former Birmingham City man would still be required as number two.

Middlesbrough are prepared to spend big on their squad this summer as they look to get into a position where an immediate return to the top flight is possible, but with Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan moving on since the club were relegated from the Premier League, there is a huge void that needs to be filled.

Teams that Boro are targeting for a signing are going to know that so the board at the Riverside are likely to have to overspend in order to get the keeper they want.

Monk will need to move quickly to identify another target to pursue in that area as he continues to build his new squad for a big season which will begin away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 5.


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