Middlesbrough hoping for two more additions in January

Aitor Karanka wants to add a striker and a centre-back to his Middlesbrough squad.

According to a report in the Northern Echo, Middlesbrough are still trying to make two more additions before the close of the January transfer window.

Aitor Karanka’s side are currently in the automatic promotion spaces in the Championship, but they are keen to strengthen their squad further.

Karanka is determined to sign another centre-back, and he has made that his priority.

The Spanish boss is concerned by the void the Jack Stephen’s departure leaves, and he plans to fill it by signing another defender in the coming days.

Middlesbrough are also eager to snap up a clinical striker, but they have not made it their priority.

Boro reportedly have an interest in Blackburn Rovers front man Jordan Rhodes and Fulham poacher Ross McCormack, and they will try and force through a deal for either of the pair before the end of the month.

Chairman Steve Gibson is willing to sanction a big money move, but will only do so if the right man becomes available.

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