Ajax have now joined the race for Middlesbrough centre-forward Chuba Akpom, according to reports from the Dutch media.

De Telegraaf writes that the Eredivisie side are looking for an ‘extra striker’ and have made the 27-year-old a target.

Ajax are currently working on other transfers, finalising the arrival of Josip Sutalo from Dinamo Zagreb, and it doesn’t sound like they are engaged in serious negotiations with Middlesbrough right now.

Akpom has already been linked to Premier League clubs, and given he’s now also drawing the interest from the Netherlands, it starts to seem like it’ll be hard for Boro to hold him for another season.

Middlesbrough signed the striker from PAOK back in 2020, but it was only last season that he really had a breakout campaign at the club. He had 29 goals in 42 appearances for Boro, playing both as an advanced midfielder and as a striker, and that was obviously more than enough to draw a big summer race for him.

Even though Transfermarkt only value Akpom at €12m, it’d be no surprise if Middlesbrough get a much bigger fee for his transfer.