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Martyn Waghorn left out of today’s Ipswich squad amidst Middlesbrough interest

Martyn Waghorn has been left out of today’s Ipswich squad vs Blackburn with Sky Sports News reporting that it is because Waghorn is nearing an exit from the club.

Several clubs are said to be keen on Waghorn but it’s Middlesbrough who have been linked most with him recently.

Prolific goal-scorer

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.

Tony Pulis

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City at The Hawthorns on August 27, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

A poor season

At the start of the 2017/18 season, Middlesbrough were one of the favourites to win automatic promotion.

This is hardly surprising given the players they kept hold of, the money they spent and the manager they had signed.

However, despite Gary Monk having a good 2016/17 season with Leeds, he was useless at Boro.

By Christmas Middlesbrough were not even close to a playoff spot, this was simply not good enough and as a result, Monk was replaced by Tony Pulis on Boxing day.

Pulis did his best to sort Monk’s mess out and did guide Boro to the playoffs. However, they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa over two legs.

So, Pulis will now be using this summer to put his own touch on the Boro squad with Waghorn looking to be Boro’s third signing of the summer.

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