This is what Neil Warnock had to say about Middlesbrough 'interest' in Sunderland's 30-goal striker Charlie Wyke
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is hoping to watch Sunderland in the play-offs – but remained tight-lipped about reported interest in Charlie Wyke.
Boro are one of several clubs, along with Cardiff, Millwall and Nottingham Forest, who have been credited with interest in Wyke.
The striker, who has scored 30 goals in all competitions for Sunderland this season, will be out of contract this summer, leading to more uncertainty around his future.
Warnock said last week he wants to sign three new strikers ahead of next season, with Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher set to leave the Riverside.
The Boro boss also said the Teessiders have been looking at players in League One and League Two, as well as targets abroad.
When asked if Wyke is the type of player he’s looking for, Warnock replied: “As if I’m going to say yes to that.
"I’m hoping to watch Sunderland in the play-offs if I’m honest so you can speculate if I’m watching them I must be looking at him. But it might not be him I’m looking at."
When asked about Wyke’s contract situation last month, Sunderland boss Lee Johnson said contract talks would be dealt with by sporting director Kristjaan Speakman.
"Of course I'd love to work with Charlie Wyke next season, but whether that's possible or not I haven't got all the answers for you,” admitted Johnson.
"At the same time, what Charlie has got is a coach who trusts and believes in him, and with the coaching staff and his team-mates, have got him into a position where he's currently second top scorer with lots of different types of goals.”