Middlesbrough have made a £1million-plus bid for Lukas Jutkiewicz.Hard-up Sky Blues are already hoping to cash in on Ben Turner, who is wanted by Cardiff, before Wednesday night’s transfer window closes.And it remains to be seen if the club will resist such an offer for their highest-profile striker.The sale of the 22-year-old centre forward would certainly be a hammer blow to manager Andy Thorn, who has been desperately trying to draft in a replacement goal scorer for Marlon King all summer without success, and would leave him next to no time to recruit replacements.Cardiff have been trying to offload Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin in a cash-plus-player deal – believed to be worth £750,000 – for Turner, although the big target man doesn’t seem to readily fit in with Thorn’s football philosophy.The City boss is also hoping the club shun any advances for Jutkiewicz who is the scorer of the Sky Blues' only two Championship goals so far this season, including the second half equaliser that earned a confidence-boosting point at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.But the forward would surely be keen on a move that would not only see him exchange Coventry’s survival battle for Boro’s promotion drive but earn him a hefty pay rise.Earlier this month, when Burnley expressed an interest, he declared: “It was nice to hear that they had put in an offer."It massages the ego a bit but I’ve been happy enough here and it’s up to Coventry to decide whether they want to sell me or not.“I’m Coventry’s player and they deemed that the bid put in was not acceptable to how they value me.”
Although already aware of his ability, Jutkiewicz will no doubt have caught Tony Mowbray’s eye when the Boro boss ran the rule over Coventry in their 0-0 draw with Watford at the Ricoh last week when the former Everton forward put in a typically industrious performance.
And if he needed further evidence of his ability, that was confirmed on Saturday when he headed home the goal to deny the manager’s side the full three points to take them to the top of the table.
Mowbray sat in front of reporters after the game and was asked if he is trying to do any business in the transfer market before the window closes on Wednesday.
The former Celtic and West Brom manager admitted that he is hoping to strengthen his forward line – where he currently only has seven-goal Marvin Emnes fit – with a couple of strikers, revealing that the club were “well down the line,” on a couple of deals, although there was no hint that Jutkiewicz was one of them.