The January transfer window is nearly here and for Middlesbrough it could be a busy old month.
Performances at the Riverside Stadium have been far from good enough meaning that the Teessiders could find themselves in a relegation battle as the season unfolds.
Jonathan Woodgate has already hinted at entering the transfer market for potential additions, but the exit door could also be one to watch in the coming month.
According to reports from the Northern Echo, a number of Middlesbrough players have already attracted interest from elsewhere in the Championship.
But who could be on their way out of the exit door? Here’s a look at the players who face an uncertain future with Middlesbrough.
The goalkeeper is already attracting interest ahead of the January window.
Reports have suggested that West Ham are eyeing a move for the 32-year-old, who is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship.
Given Middlesbrough’s league position, it could be tough to keep hold of the stopper if someone higher up the foodchain comes knocking.
He might be injured at the moment, but this is certainly one to watch.
Shotton is out of contract next summer and could be a contender to move on next month as Middlesbrough look to recoup a transfer fee.
Reports in the summer suggested that Wigan came knocking for the defender, and it may be a move that’s revisited.
He’s been one of Middlesbrough’s top performers this season, but that means that interest could be forthcoming.
Ayala is another player who is out of contract next summer, and after attracting interest from Leeds United, Fulham and Stoke City he’s a prime candidate to attract admiring glances next month.
The Teessiders would hate to lose Ayala but if a contract isn’t going to be signed then perhaps they’d be better off cashing in.
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The midfielder has dropped down the pecking order under Jonathan Woodgate meaning that he could be deemed surplus to requirements.
Clayton has started the last two games as a result of Lewis Wing’s injury but once he returns to fitness it may be a case of returning to the sidelines.
Woodgate may see January as an ideal opportunity to move the midfielder on and use the funds to bring in a replacement who is more like the manager’s cup of tea.