Birmingham City join Middlesbrough in the race to sign Nigerian-eligible winger

Birmingham City have joined Middlesbrough in the bid to sign Nigerian winger Sammy Ameobi.

The Championship duo want to strengthen their attacking options and have set their sights on the Newcastle United academy product following his Nottingham Forest exit.

A Birmingham source has told Football Insider that the club have identified Ameobi as a top target and will rival Boro for his signature.

Ameobi will be available on a free transfer when his Forest contract expires on Wednesday.

Football Insider learned on 22 June Middlesbrough had opened talks to re-sign the attacker.

The 29-year-old us a graduate of the Newcastle academy and played 70 games across all competitions for his boyhood club.

The former England Under-21 international quit the club in 2017 to join Bolton Wanderers.

After two years with the Trotters, he joined Nottingham Forest.

Ameobi scored eight times and provided 11 assists in 81 games for Forest across all competitions.

The winger joined the Nigeria U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the 2011 African Youth Championship. He appeared in two friendly games for the side against Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

On 6 August 2014, Ameobi confirmed that he has chosen to follow elder brother Shola in declaring for Nigeria.

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