Middlesbrough have signalled their intention to sign Udinese striker Stipe Perica in January, according to reports in Italy.
The former Chelsea youngster is currently on loan at Frosinone, but hasn’t featured since early October and is yet to score.
The report states that Boro have already ‘come forward’ for the 6ft4 Croatian, but will face competition from Serie B side Pescara.
Perica started his career in his native country before catching the eye of Chelsea scouts in 2013.
He joined the Blues for a fee of €2.5m, but failed to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently loaned out to Dutch side NAC Breda on a one-year contract
A loan spell at Italian side Udinese then followed – and he impressed enough to earn a permanent move to the Stadio Friuli.
However, following a change of coach, Perica’s role become that of a bit-part player role, and he joined newly promoted Serie A side Frosinone in the summer.