Report underlines Middlesbrough's transfer plans with Van La Parra all-but done

Tony Pulis Head Coach

Middlesbrough will look to strengthen during the January transfer window.

Boro manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Middlesbrough,...

According to a report in the Northern Echo, Middlesbrough are keen on bolstering their attacking ranks but may struggle to make any significant additions unless they manage to sell one or two high-earners.

The report claims attacking players across Europe have been scouted while Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon remains a target, while Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite are both up for sale.

 

Huddersfield Town’s pacey winger Rajiv Van la Parra is expected to join, with Pulis admitting the deal is not done yet before going to add how the players fit the profile of what he is looking to add.

“It’s not done yet, but he’s an exciting player who’s got pace. He adds to what we need. I don’t think there’s any question of his pedigree, he’s got promoted out of this league with Wolves and Huddersfield,” Pulis told the Northern Echo.

Boro are looking to make the right moves in January to be able to challenge for an automatic promotion spot this season after falling away at the top of the Championship table.

Despite the recent 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town, Boro have dropped from a top two spot to fifth position in the league after winning just four of their previous 12 games.

Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield Town looks to get a shot away under a challenge from James McArthur of Crystal Palace  during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and...

Only three Championship teams have scored fewer than Boro’s 27 goals in 25 games, therefore it’s obvious where the Teessiders are lacking following the sales of Patrick Bamford and Adama Traore last summer.

Van la Parra will be an astute addition, though Boro still need more creativity and a striker capable of firing them to promotion with Assambolonga leading their scoring charts with just six goals.

With finances reportedly tight, the likes of Darren Randolph, Daniel Ayala and Stewart Downing are also said to be among the high-earners though they have undoubtedly contributed more than Braithwaite or Assambolonga so far this season.

Boro player Britt Assombalonga reacts after missing a good chance  during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside...

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