Middlesbrough are ready to let go of striker Uche Ikpeazu during the January transfer window despite only arriving back in the summer, according to Football Insider.
The same outlet are reporting new boss Chris Wilder, who took over from Neil Warnock earlier in the month, has given the ‘green light’ for this departure to take place with the 54-year-old looking to recruit another forward in the January transfer window to suit his system.
26-year-old Ikpeazu has made 14 Championship appearances for the Teesside outfit this season, scoring just twice and even being dropped to the bench on numerous occasions in favour of the likes of Andraz Sporar and Duncan Watmore despite being one of the first names on the teamsheet at the beginning of the campaign.
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Although he has continued playing two up top after picking up from where Warnock left off, Wilder kept the forward on the bench in his first match against Millwall last weekend, with Sporar and Watmore starting at the Riverside and 18-year-old Josh Coburn coming on for the former ahead of the ex-Wycombe Wanderers man at half-time.
The Ugandan finally did manage to get on as a substitute for his first appearance under his new boss, but it lasted just a few minutes as he was unable to make any sort of impact with his limited time on the pitch.
This game could now be a sign of things to come with his side open to offers for his services during January, despite only arriving at the club in August from the Chairboys on a three-year deal.
He scored six goals in 31 second-tier appearances for Gareth Ainsworth’s men last term, but it is currently unclear whether he will be able to secure another Championship move after being frozen out of the starting lineup at Boro.
With Coburn seemingly moving above Ikpeazu in the pecking order, it could be argued the writing was already on the wall for the 26-year-old who always looked like he was going to be one of the main losers from old boss Warnock’s departure.
With the forward clearly being the 72-year-old’s signing in the summer, unlike many others, Wilder’s predecessor would probably have given him another chance even if he had fallen out of favour on Teesside.
But with the ex-Sheffield United boss wanting to stamp his authority on his new squad, the former Reading youth product will seemingly be one of the first victims of the Wilder reign as he looks to add a new centre-forward to Boro’s ranks.
It wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see him approach the Blades to try and take David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset or Oli McBurnie on a loan deal considering they are already accustomed to his system from their time together at Bramall Lane.
The trio may have all been involved at some point for Slavisa Jokanovic this term, but having the trio, Billy Sharp and Rhian Brewster as options will continue to be too much if he doesn’t play two up front for the remainder of the season and beyond.