Boost for Middlesbrough in pursuit of Bundesliga ace, move possible – report
By Matt Farr
Former Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke is on the radar of Premier League outfits Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace, and representatives have said a move could be possible, according to a report.
The RB Leipzig star only moved to the Bundesliga last summer, but has made just one start for the club since his £13million transfer.
The Mirror reported on Saturday that Middlesbrough Palace in pursuit of a loan deal for the 19-year-old.
It is also reported that his representatives have been in touch with clubs saying a move could be possible as Burke feels he needs to play regular football.
Burke previously enjoyed a promising spell in England with Nottingham Forest, where he netted six goals and three assists from 33 appearances in all competitions.
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Speaking to TalkSport on Tuesday, he said: “I’ve not read too much into it.
“I’m settling in here at the moment. But it is really great to hear of interest from English clubs and that they are still thinking about me.
“I’m still at RB Leipzig and I’m learning very much and I have to push for my spot here. Who knows what will happen. We will just have to see what happens in the coming weeks.”
Middlesbrough have been one of the more active top-flight sides in the transfer window this month, having already acquired two players; while talks are said to be ongoing for at least a few more.
Attacking duo Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford have already made the move to Riverside, while David Nugent was shipped off to Derby.
The future of Jordan Rhodes, meanwhile, remains up in the air, and the Scotland international remains likely to follow Nugent out of the club.
Aitor Karanka’s side are also believed to have had a £6million plus add-ons bid for Hull star Robert Snodgrass rejected.
Football Insider verdict
Middlesbrough have struggled to create chances this season, and part of that has been down to a lack of quality in the wider areas. Burke proved with Nottingham Forest that he can have the added quality that Middlesbrough require, and could be handy asset for them between now and the end of the campaign. Given he has just arrived in Germany, it is difficult to see him actually leaving the club this month, though. He may have struggled for starting opportunities, but he has still had a role to play. He is still young though, and if things don’t work out in the second-half of the campaign, Leipzig could seek a loan move in the summer.
In other Middlesbrough news, here is the latest in the Robert Snodgrass transfer saga – are Middlesbrough still in contention?