MIDDLESBROUGH have opened talks with Estonian winger Tarmo Kink – but Dundee United’s Craig Conway remains Gordon Strachan’s leading target on the flanks.
Kink has been given permission to speak to Boro officials, even though his Hungarian employers Gyori ETO are yet to agree a deal that would enable the 24-year-old to move to Teesside.
Kink, who has made 42 appearances as a left-winger for the Estonian national side, is keen to join Boro permanently, but his future could be determined by the outcome of the club’s ongoing discussions with Dundee United over Conway.
Those talks have stalled over a failure to agree a fee for the 25-year-old, who has made more than 120 appearances since joining the Tangerines from Ayr United in 2006.
Dundee United officials are refusing to lower their £1.2m valuation of Conway, even though Boro have steadfastly refused to raise their original bid of around £750,000.
Further talks are planned for this week, and Strachan remains hopeful of reaching a compromise agreement that will enable Conway to join his squad ahead of the opening game of the Championship season on August 7.