It's little under two weeks since the Championship campaign reached it's conclusion and the transfer rumour mill is full flow. 

Now that the door has shut in Boro's pursuit of striker James Collins, who has gone on to seal a move to Cardiff City, options are currently being pursued elsewhere. 

As first reported by the Northern Echo, Rotherham United striker Michael Smith is on Boro's radar after the Millers were relegated from the Championship,

The Wallsend 29-year-old has scored 36 goals in 132 starts from Rotherham and Smith would represent the type of target-man striker Neil Warnock wants to bring into the club. 

Boro are also looking to tie up deals for recently released winger Junior Hoilett while striker Famara Diedhiou is now a free agent after being released by the Bristol City and has been on a long term target but Boro could be out priced by his wage demands. 

With incomings expected for Boro in the months to come, who else could be potential options in the forward areas? Here's five potential candidates...

The Northern Echo: Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy (right) celebrates after the final whistle as Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle (left) trudges off the pitch dejected during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Pictur


The 30-year-old has found game time hard to come by this season in a Newcastle United shirt. 

With fresh terms reportedly offered, Gayle is yet to put pen-to-paper with his current contract set to expire in the summer. 

Gayle is well known for his goalscoring exploits at Championship level.

His last spell in the second tier of English football was spent with West Brom where he scored 24 goals in 41 appearances for the Baggies in the 2018/19 season. West Brom would finish 4th and fail to secure promotion via the play-offs. 

His eye for goal and poachers instincts could well be an attractive proposition for Neil Warnock but wage demands could be a stumbling block for Boro. 

The Northern Echo: Michael Obafemi is held aloft by Nathan Redmond after scoring his first Southampton goal


The 20-year-old Irish striker will be chomping at the bit for game time having found opportunities in the Southampton side limited.

Obafemi is yet to taste first team football away from the Saints and the prospect of a loan spell for a Championship side could well provide valuable game time.

It's fair to say Neil Warnock will be more in favour of capturing a striker with a lot more experience but Obafemi could present the opporunity of unearthing a striking gem. 

Obefemi has come off the bench 22 times in the red and white of Southampton. He's scored four goals in nine starts, a ratio any top striker would take. 

The Northern Echo: Connor Wickham | Picture: PA


A target man who fits the mould of a Neil Warnock type of player.

After coming through the ranks of Ipswich Town at the tender age of 16, Whickham has failed to live up to the hype that earned him an £8 million move to Sunderland. 

Although his goalscoring record in a Crystal Palace shirt doesn't reflect well on the 28-year-old, with eight goals in 41 league appearances, his contract is up in the summer and if his demands are reasonable, the club may see it as a worthwhile gamble. 

From Wickham's perspective, a move to Middlesbrough may well provide ample opportunity to ressurect his career. 

The Northern Echo: Josh Windass celebrates his goal against Dundee


The son of Dean can be used as both an attacking midfielder or a striker but he's a goalscorer nonetheless. 

Sheffield Wednesday's relegation to League One could be a chance for clubs at Championship level to offer him a move up the divisions.

With nine goals to his name this season, there should be a lengthy queue to acquire his services for the upcoming campaign with plenty of sides being linked with Windass already. 

A stylish operator, Windass would provide Warnock with much needed creativity and spark. Something that has been lacking in the side for quite some time.

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His name has already been touted around as a potential candidate to lead Boro's front line next season and reports suggest that they have declared an interest in his services.

Much of it will depend on what division Sunderland will be in next season with their League One play off ties against Lincoln City to come. 

Few would have predicted his 30 goal haul this season given his previous record in the years gone by. The Black Cats finished 4th and Wyke's goal return is the best of his career. 

Wyke will hold a lot of the cards with regards to where his destination will be next season. His contract is up in June and Middlesbrough aren't the only potential candidates. 

However, the 28-year-old could be pursuaded by the lure of a move to a fellow North East club and one he knows so well having climbed up through the academy ranks.