Boro tar­get How­son

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

MID­DLES­BROUGH boss Garry Monk has re­port­edly iden­ti­fied goalscor­ing Nor­wich mid­fielder Jonny How­son as one of his top sum­mer trans­fer tar­gets.

Boro are in the mar­ket for at­tack­ing op­tions af­ter the club sanc­tioned Den­mark winger Vik­tor Fis­cher’s move to Mainz ear­lier this week, and Monk has also told Ste­wart Down­ing he is free to find a new club.

Af­ter trim­ming his first-team squad, with Julien de Sart hav­ing de­parted and An­to­nio Bar­ra­gan set for Real Betis, Monk is now keen to add new faces - and is hop­ing to beat former club Leeds to the punch by launch­ing a bid for How­son.

Boro are un­der­stood to be will­ing to meet Nor­wich’s £5m ask­ing price for the 29-yearold, who started out as a Leeds trainee and is keen for a move back to the North with his young fam­ily.

Nor­wich’s top-brass were keen to ex­tend the player’s con­tract at Car­row Road, de­spite him still hav­ing two years on his cur­rent deal, but How­son is thought to have made his mind up - and wants a move this sum­mer. Jonny How­son

Monk is known to be a big ad­mirer of How­son, an in­ter­est stem­ming back to when he was in charge at El­land Road.

And with Boro keen to bol­ster their mid­field op­tions, the move could make sense for all par­ties.

Ear­lier this month, Nor­wich’s sport­ing di­rec­tor Stuart Web­ber con­ceded ev­ery player has his price in the cur­rent mar­ket.

“(Even) Ron­aldo and Paul Pogba have a price. They all do,” Web­ber told The Pink Un.

“The aim is to keep our best play­ers to­gether and the ones we want. But it never be­comes an ideal sit­u­a­tion where you sell a set of play­ers you don’t want and bring in the set you do want. Very rarely does it hap­pen that seam­lessly.

“Some­times things hap­pen you don’t ex­pect. Steve (Stone, Nor­wich’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor) has spo­ken about the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and we need to sell to bring in play­ers.

“Un­for­tu­nately in that sce­nario you are wait­ing for some­one to come and buy a player and that can be a quick process or it can be Au­gust 31.”

How­son has scored 24 times for Nor­wich and his goal-scor­ing threat would be a wel­come boost to a rel­e­gated Boro side who strug­gled in the fi­nal third in their sea­son back in the Premier League un­der Karanka.

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