Goal-shy Middlesbrough have been linked with two new strikers following their poor showing in the 1-0 defeat to Watford on Sunday.
Aitor Karanka’s struggles were highlighted in our ‘Talking Points’ feature, while the Spaniard has also been criticised by Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp for not bringing Jordan Rhodes on sooner from the bench.
As a result, Latvian striker Vlad Gutkovskis – who has been likened to Everton’s star forward Romelu Lukaku – and Serbian forward Filip Djordjevic have both been tipped to potentially move to the Riverside Stadium in January.
According to reports in Poland, Gutkovskis has been catching the eye with five goals in 12 appearances for Nieciecza in the Ekstraklasa so far this season.
He previously netted 38 times in 52 starts for Skonto Riga and his goalscoring exploits has seen him earn his first call-up to the Latvian national squad.
Meanwhile, Italian newspaper Il Messaggero believe Middlesbrough are one of the clubs keen to take Djordjevic off Lazio’s hands, with the Serbian struggling for first-team action.
The striker has two years remaining on his current contract but, with just 12 league goals in two years, Lazio are ready cut their losses.
Boro, though, do face competition from the likes of Lyon and a whole host of Bundesliga clubs.