Three areas Middlesbrough could look to strengthen in January

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring their first goal

With the January transfer window now open, HITC Sport looks at three key areas in which Middlesbrough may be looking for reinforcements.

After a decent start to their first season back in the Premier League, Middlesbrough will be looking to strengthen their side in the January transfer window. After already bringing in the talented Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa, Aitor Karanka will now be looking to further his squad's reinforcements, as they look to stop themselves falling into a potential relegation battle. With the teams around them not holding back, Boro would be foolish not to try and improve their team this month.

With that in mind, we take a look at three key areas where Middlesbrough might be looking to recruit, to either add something different to their team, or to reinforce an already solid base.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor KarankaMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

Cover at Centre-Back

With star man, Ben Gibson, catching the eyes of the Premier League leaders Chelsea (according to the Daily Mail) after some impressive displays, Aitor Karanka might be looking to bring in an extra body at centre-half. With Newcastle United's Jamal Lascelles picking up plenty of plaudits this season for his displays, Middlesbrough may well turn to the Championship side for another promising young defender - even though it would upset their North East rivals. 

Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans at the end of the matchNewcastle's Jamaal Lascelles

A Playmaker

After recruiting the highly-rated Dutch midfielder Marten De Roon in the summer, Middlesbrough have done well to strengthen their defensive abilities in the centre of the park. However, the club could do with a new distributor, to help quickly turn defence into attack at the Riverside. With Swansea City looking like being in trouble this season, Middlesbrough could turn their attention to popular Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who would offer a goalscoring threat as well as a lot more creativity to Boro's midfield. 

Swansea's Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson

A New Number 10

After finally starting to draw goals out of new signing, Alvaro Negredo, Middlesbrough could now do with a few extra goals from midfield, as well as a player who can create things and cause havoc from behind the striker. Looking again to bring in Spanish players, Middlesbrough have recently been linked with a move by Sky Sports for Stoke City midfielder, Bojan, after Aitor Karanka revealed what a big fan he was of the former Barcelona man. With promotion money to spend, and after the departure of forward David Nugent to Derby County, Karanka may well look to bring in the out-of-favour Stoke City man.

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring their first goalStoke City's Bojan Krkic 

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