Middlesbrough have made Jordan Hugill their number one target to replace Patrick Bamford this summer, according to Teamtalk.

Boro let Bamford depart to rivals Leeds United for a fee of £7 million in the week, potentially rising to £10 million.

That has left boss Tony Pulis with a gap to fill on Teesside, and West Ham United striker Hugill definitely fits the bill.

The former Preston North End man has been a virtual spectator since arriving at the London Stadium – and with the Hammers continuing to spend big on attacking talent this summer, his days look extremely numbered.

However, Boro fans will do well to remember the 26-year-old striker’s fantastic form for Preston – something that could definitely propel the Riverside outfit to the upper echelons of the Sky Bet Championship this year.

Hugill, who grew up supporting the North East outfit, would be an instant fan-favourite on Teesside and would become the third signing of the summer, behind Aden Flint and Paddy McNair.

Middlesbrough were expected to receive big money for Adama Traore, Ben Gibson and Martin Braithwaite during this off season.

However, none of the three have yet to depart the club, ensuring any potential spend has been limited with a decreased transfer budget available.

With Pulis’ side kicking off the season away at Millwall this weekend, it remains to be seen whether the former West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace boss would be keen to let the aforementioned trio go, given how little time is now left to replace them.

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