Ipswich boss Paul Hurst has handed Middlesbrough a boost in their pursuit of Martyn Waghorn as he has all but confirmed the forward is set to leave the club before Thursday’s deadline.
However, he has refused to identify which club is closest to signing Waghorn.
‘We all know what that conclusion will be’
Hurst told the East Anglian Daily Times,
“That looks like it’s edging more to a conclusion.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, we all know what that conclusion will be. As a result, I didn’t think it was fair on the player, or fair on my group of players, or us as a football club, for us to involve him.
“We’ll see what the next hours and days bring. Thankfully Thursday is getting a bit closer.”
‘You’ll find out soon enough’
When asked which club Waghorn looks set to sign for, Hurst stated,
“I don’t think that’s my place to say in all honesty. You’ll find out soon enough.
“Whether or not it is quite the valuation we really feel…Ultimately, as I’ve said from the start, we’ve got to make decisions that are best for this football club.
“Not everyone is going to agree with them – I understand that – but people are not in my shoes or the owner’s shoes and understand all the intricacies around people’s situations.
“Without rushing it, the sooner it is concluded the better. While I understand the questions, and respect them, I want to be talking about the players out on the pitch and that are part of this squad.
“That’s why I will be pleased when the window is closed so we can concentrate on that rather than speculating about who is coming in or going.”
However, reports are now emerging that the team Waghorn will be signing for is indeed Middlesbrough.
#boro have had a bid accepted by #itfc this morning for striker Martyn Waghorn. Personal terms now being discussed. News is a blow to #dcfc who also want Waghorn, but haven’t yet sold Matej Vydra, and have to be mindful of FFP.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) 5 August 2018
Waghorn is 28 years of age and has proven himself to be a quality goal-scorer. He began his career with Sunderland but he made just eight appearances for them.
Waghorn also enjoyed loan spells at Charlton and Leicester City, the latter of which he signed for permanently in 2010 for a fee of around £3.24 million.
The forward was then loaned out to Millwall and Wigan before signing for Rangers in 2015. He scored 44 goals in 78 league games for Rangers which then earned him a move to current club Ipswich.
Waghorn scored 16 goals in 44 league appearances last season which is a solid record considering Ipswich are not the best side in the Championship and Boro will be hoping he can get a similar record if they sign him this summer.