Middlesbrough will look to strengthen during the January transfer window.

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.

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.

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