Karanka out to bolster attacking options

Last Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:20
Middlesbrough

Kevin Doyle, Lucciano Becchio and Ruben Rochina are understood to be on Middlesbrough's radar as Aitor Karanka seeks reinforcements.

Karanka, who is also looking to offload several players during this transfer window, is lining up several targets in order to add attacking options to his strike force. With Kei Kamara yet to recover from a knee injury, Karanka has only Lukas Jutkiewicz and Curtis Main at his disposal.

Out of favour Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is the latest to be considered by Boro, after being linked with the likes Becchio of Norwich and Rochina of Blackburn.

Wolves are looking to offload Doyle's Premier League salary, as they look to trim their wage bill in their bid to return to the Championship. The striker has scored only three goals this season and is no longer a guaranteed starter at Molineux.

Middlesbrough are however, unlikely to be able to take a large percentage of Doyle's wage, but Wolves have recently made players Roger Johnson and Stephen Ward take pay cuts before leaving on loan.

If the same can be agreed with the 30 year-old striker then Karanka is likely to push for a loan deal, after praising the impact Shay Given has had on the club since his move from Aston Villa.

Doyle, like Given, has top flight experience, scoring over 35 goals throughout his spells in the Premier League with Reading and Wolves.

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