Aitor Karanka is reportedly looking to bolster Middlesbrough’s promotion chasing squad with a number of loan signings, according to the Northern Echo.
Following the departures of loan duo Jack Stephens and Bruno Zuculini, Boro could be left short in central defence and in defensive midfield and Karanka is hoping to address that during the January transfer window.
One loan option for the club appears to be Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies with Boro hoping they can agree a loan deal with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
Additionally, the opportunity to take last season’s top goal scorer Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea is unlikely to be sniffed at, should the 22-year-old decide to drop back down to the Championship.
Davies, who contract expires in 18 months time, would be a direct replacement for Zuculini but he find game time hard to come by with Grant Leadbitter, Adam Clayton and Adam Forshaw all impressing this season.
While game time may make the deal difficult, Boro will hope to take advantage of Bolton’s financial problems to secure a deal for the 27-year-old.
Leaving the club could be Mustapha Carayol who has recently returned from a stint at Huddersfield Town but is seen as surplus to requirements.
The winger doesn’t figure in Aitor Karanka’s plan and could find himself with a new club by the end of the January transfer window.
Boro are currently top of the Sky Bet Championship, four points clear of second-placed Derby County as well as having a game in hand over the Rams.
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