Middlesbrough hope to tie Duncan Watmore down to new contract with Championship rivals eyeing transfer

Middlesbrough hope to tie Duncan Watmore down to new contract with Championship rivals eyeing transfer

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Neil Warnock wants to tie down Duncan Watmore on a new deal — because rivals are after him in the window.

Watmore only signed until mid-January as a free agent.

But he has caught the eye of other Championship sides already, scoring twice in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Millwall.

That took the 26-year-old’s tally to four goals in just six appearances for Boro.

And now potential suitors are beginning to circle as the ex-Sunderland ace plots his next move. 

Boro need the winger for their paper-thin squad.

But he could find a new home in the next few weeks. 

On his performance against Millwall, Warnock said: “Duncan took his goals well. The second is one of a typical poacher.

“Good luck to him. He's a superb lad to work with.”

Watmore, who left Sunderland last summer after his contract expired, has previously revealed he snubbed several offers from elsewhere to link-up with Warnock in November.

The former England U21 international said: “He’s been very honest and I’m really looking forward to working under him.

“He’s been a big name in the game for a long time now.

“There were some offers here and there and different options, but I was most excited for this one.

“It just felt right. There’s so many things going for this club and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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