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Big money Middlesbrough transfer decision could have major impact on Coventry City

Coventry City could face a battle to retain top scorer Viktor Gyokeres this summer as he is linked with a big money move from the Championship club.

Gyokeres has attracted interest from other clubs after scoring 18 goals for Mark Robins’ side in the 2021-22 season. Fulham, Burnley and Middlesbrough are all said to be keen on signing the Sweden international. Sun reporter Alan Nixon tweeted about the latest situation yesterday, saying Fulham were “enthusiastic” after promotion to the Premier League. He also said Middlesbrough was also interested but needed to “raise funds” to fund a bid.

That’s unlikely to be a problem for Boro, who are hoping to fetch at least £15m from selling Djed Spence. The 21-year-old thrived on loan at Nottingham Forest last season earning promotion to the Premier League.

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Forest are keen to sign Spence on a permanent basis but would face competition from Tottenham, Brentford, Newcastle, Roma and Dortmund meaning he is sure to leave Chris Wilder’s side soon.

Coventry will no doubt want to retain their top scorer as they prepare for the new league campaign. However, it all depends on whether an offer is made for the 24-year-old which is deemed too good to turn down.

Nixon previously said on Twitter that Coventry would make a “major” sale this summer to help fund incoming transfers. In addition to Gyokeres, Callum O’Hare and Gustavo Hamer have also been linked to removals from CBS Arena.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace striker Luke Plange is said to be a loan target for the Sky Blues – and could potentially replace Gyokeres if he is sold.

Andy Turner of CoventryLive recently reported: “As things stand, and assuming a top flight or upwardly mobile Championship club doesn’t break City’s resolve with deals they can’t refuse for Gustavo Hamer, Viktor Gyokeres or Callum O’Hare, Robins will work on a limited budget.

“We already know he needs a new left centre-half, left-back and attacking midfielder, and maybe a new striker depending on what’s going on with Tyler. Walker and Martyn Waghorn, who both have another year left on their contracts but may want to get more guaranteed playing time elsewhere.”