EX-WANDERERS forward Adam Armstrong has been linked with a loan move to Championship side Middlesbrough.

Armstrong spent the first half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at the UniBol, scoring three times in 23 appearances.

The attacker was then recalled by boyhood club Newcastle and sent out to Blackburn, where he would later make a permanent move.

He went on to make over 150 appearances at Ewood Park, becoming a popular figure among supporters.

Armstrong scored 29 goals in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign and his prolific form earned a move to the Premier League with Southampton.

He scored on his debut for the Saints, firing past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a 3-1 defeat at Everton.

However, the 25-year-old failed to make his mark at St Mary’s and Ralph Hasenhuttl is reportedly ready to let him head out on loan.

Speaking last month, Hasenhuttl said: “I have a feeling that nobody is happy when you are not playing. This is normal – nobody should be happy when he is not playing.

“He should be looking to come into the team as quick as possible because everyone wants to play, and it is up to me to find the right players to do so.”

Chris Wilder is said to be keen to bring the 25-year-old to the North East but wages could be an issue, with Middlesbrough hoping Southampton will agree to pay part of his salary.

The Teesside club finished seventh in the Championship last season, narrowly missing out on a play-off spot.

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