By Wayne Veysey

22nd Oct, 2019 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Middlesbrough plot January swoop for EFL goal machine after failed £4m bid

Middlesbrough are plotting a January move for in-form Peterborough striker Ivan Toney, Football Insider understands.

Toney, 23, is the joint-highest scorer in the EFL alongside Posh team-mate Mo Eisa with both banging in ten goals already this campaign.

A Middlesbrough source has told Football Insider that manager Jonathan Woodgate is looking at a number of players as he looks to bolster his attacking options when the transfer window reopens in January.

Former Newcastle striker Toney is understood to figure highly on his wanted list.

Boro are amongst the lowest scorers in the Championship with just 11 goals from 12 matches and Woodgate knows they need to pep up their attack if they are to avoid a relegation fight this season.

A number of Championship clubs are keeping tabs on Toney as he has established himself as one of the best goalscorers in the Football League in the last 18 months.

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Football Insider revealed in the summer that Charlton Athletic had a £4million bid for Toney rejected by Peterborough.

Peterborough are keen to keep hold of Toney as they look to challenge for promotion from League One and they will demand a big fee to even consider selling him in January.

Toney scored 23 goals in all competitions for Peterborough last season and his reputation as one of the Football League’s most feared marksmen is growing.

He signed for Newcastle in 2015 but only made four appearances for the club and spent the majority of his time on loan at Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan.

In other Middlesbrough news, it can be REVEALED that the club have held talks about signing proven Premier League star who left Aston Villa in the summer.