Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis could be making some bold decisions in January when the transfer window re-opens in what could be a busy month at the Riverside.
According to a recent report from the Northern Echo, Boro are looking at the possibility of selling both Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga in the New Year as they look to trim the wage bill at the club.
But Pulis is seemingly already eyeing a replacement for the pair with Stipe Perica emerging as his number one target in January according to Italian media outlet, Fanta Gazzetta.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Italian side, Frosinone from Serie A team, Udinese.
The forward hasn’t got the most clinical of goalscoring records, having only netted 11 goals across a four-year-spell with Udinese.
Middlesbrough fans will be seriously questioning this signing and if Assombalonga and Braithwaite are to be sold, then Perica will have a huge void to fill in the Boro front line.
But would Perica be a good enough replacement for the lethal duo?
Not for me.
I have my doubts if he is really good enough and to replace Assombalonga and Braithwaite is some task.
If all this goes through, then I fear Boro won’t be going up this season.
I don’t see why not.
As good as Braithwaite and Assombalonga can be on their day, they do not tend to have their day anywhere near often enough.
Perica is an unknown quantity and although his goal record is far from great, he could still make the leap.
It would be a huge risk for Boro, if they were to replace them with Perica.
Assombalonga may not be having the greatest of seasons in terms of goals, but on his day, he is a proven goalscorer in the Championship.
When he is back to his best, he will be a key asset for Middlesbrough.
Perica on the other hand, has no experience of playing in the Championship and hasn’t really scored a large amount fo goals wherever he has played in his career.
Pulis needs to be careful.