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On the transfer front, Middlesbrough continue to be linked with Groningen striker Jorgen Larsen

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Aug-03 21:02 first published at 21:02 PM


Middlesbrough officials are working hard to add more players to their squad this summer, as interest in Norwegian striker Jorgen Strand Larsen grows. According to reports in the Netherlands, Boro have had several large bids for the Groningen striker, who is thought to be a player that Boro likes. The 22-year-old has been on their radar after scoring 26 goals for the Dutch Eredivisie side in the previous two seasons. However, according to the latest news from Europe, Boro’s latest offer still falls short of Groningen’s valuation of the Norway international, with the Dutch club keen to keep him for the upcoming season. At this point, it is unknown whether Boro will pursue the striker further. Marcus Forss made an immediate transfer decision following talks with Chris Wilder of Middlesbrough. But it does show that the club is still working hard on transfers. While the Larsen reports have only recently surfaced, the striker is understood to have been tracked by the club for some time, and the club has other options as they work hard to strengthen Chris Wilder’s squad. Following the Boro’s weekend draw with West Brom, the manager expressed confidence in completing a couple of deals before this weekend’s trip to QPR. He gave similar interviews to the printed press as well as BBC Radio Tees. But, for whatever reason, there has yet to be a breakthrough, as the club must continue to wait for certain targets while doing everything in their power to speed up the process. In what has been a relatively quiet market, the club has already brought in six players this summer. However, Wilder was candid in his assessment that he believes another five are required. He insisted there was no internal strife because he admired the hard work of recruitment staff above him, who were working tirelessly in a difficult market to bring in the bodies that Boro still required. The club has made money this summer thanks to the sales of Djed Spence and Marcus Tavernier, but it has suffered huge financial losses in the previous two seasons due to a difficult financial climate. Boro’s owner, Stever Gibson, is as supportive as ever in terms of providing funds for deals, but the club does not want to overpay for any player. Each individual target will have their own unique valuation from the club, which they will not want to exceed in order to ensure that the transfer is sustainable and that player is a potential future asset to the club. That was evident early in the summer, when the club was quoted a £20 million valuation for one Championship striker – a fee Boro believed was vastly overpriced, so they walked away from the deal. Boro would prefer to sign players permanently rather than on loan whenever possible. That was seen with USA striker Matthew Hoppe, where Boro’s bid was rejected, with RCD Mallorca reportedly still having high hopes for the youngster and preferring to loan him out rather than sell him after a difficult first season in Spain. Hoppe remains a viable option, and loans are not completely ruled out. Boro have been able to add quality that they would not have had the funds to sign permanently in the case of Ryan Giles and Zack Steffen, but in the case of Hoppe, he would be similar to Marcus Forss in that they would prefer to sign him permanently as a potential future asset for the club. Clearly, bodies are required, but patience is sometimes required to ensure they get the best value for money, with the window open until the end of August and many clubs still working on their own incomings before letting their own fringe players go. With the Premier League season beginning this weekend, top-flight clubs should be making final squad assessments. READ NEXT: Middlesbrough are closing in on more signings after a draw with West Brom, as Wilder outlines his window ambitions Middlesbrough still needs to strengthen five positions, according to positive results. West Brom win Middlesbrough debutants demonstrate what is possible as Chris Wilder addresses last season’s issues. Chuba Akpom helps Middlesbrough’s chances with a strong start to the season. Middlesbrough FC News, Transfer Stories, Gossip, and Opinion can be found right here.

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