Middlesbrough could be set for a busy January as interest in a number of their stars begins to mount.
A number of players are out of contract at the end of the season, and with little sign of progress in negotiations the Teessiders may be fielding calls for some of those men.
However it’s one of Jonathan Woodgate’s star performers who is taking the headlines at the moment.
Reports over the weekend have suggested that West Ham have made contact with the Championship about goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
The 32-year-old is regarded as one of the best stoppers in the second tier, and according to 90min.com, he’s a player who could be on the move in January.
If Randolph does move on it’ll be a big task for Middlesbrough to replace him, but who are the contenders to do so? Let’s take a look.
The Northampton Town goalkeeper is reportedly a target for the Teessiders.
After conceding just 21 goals in 20 appearances the 28-year-old has proven himself as a reliable stopper, and with his contract expiring next summer, Cornell could be available for a cut-price fee.
Middlesbrough are watching their purse strings and the Cobblers’ goalkeeper could be the ideal solution based on those restrictions.
The Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper has done extremely well in difficult circumstances this term.
Bottom of League One at present, the Trotters are likely to be open to offers for all of their players which means that the Teessiders may be able to get a good deal for the 25-year-old.
How much attention have you paid to Middlesbrough this season? Let’s find out!
While names of new signings are exciting, Middlesbrough might have a solution already in place.
The 21-year-old has taken to life in the Championship like a duck to water and if Darren Randolph was to leave then it would be very harsh to sign a player to force Pears out of the team.
He may be inexperienced, but the stopper has certainly shown that he’s capable of stepping up in recent weeks.