Date: 3rd July 2018 at 5:10pm
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The Sun are reporting that we’re close to securing Lewis Grabban on a £5m deal from Bournemouth.

Aitor Karanka has not hidden his admiration of the player after admitting he tried to sign the 30-year-old as Middlesbrough manager before the striker signed for Norwich City four years ago.

Grabban has returned to the Cherries after a six-month loan spell at Aston Villa, but he is believed to be surplus to requirements at the Vitality Stadium, and his club seems to be willing to cash in on him.

The forward scored 20 goals in the Championship last season on loan at both Sunderland and Villa. Considering we were well short of options last season up front, it is absolutely vital that we strengthen in the area this summer.

We have already signed key support players in Joao Carvalho, Soudani and Goncalves, but we need to have a clinical poacher on the end of things if we are to improve our league position next season.

At £5m, Grabban does look to be a bit costly, especially as he is now the wrong side of 30, but goals are gold dust in this division, and if he can replicate his consistency of last campaign in front of goal, then the money will be worth it. He could prove to be our most important signing of the summer yet.

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