Middlesbrough travel to Dean Smith's Aston Villa on Saturday with their position in the Championship play-off places at risk.
Some Boro fans called for Aitor Karanka to replace Tony Pulis following Wednesday's Riverside defeat.
Tony Pulis's Championship challengers Boro are willing to pay £2million to bring Birmingham City forward Isaac Vassell to the Riverside.
Victor Anichebe scored six goals in 55 Premier League games for West Bromwich Albion before joining Sunderland in 2016.
Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has been thriving in recent weeks.
Leeds United rescued a late draw against Middlesbrough the last time they meet in the Championship.
Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair has barely featured this season.
Lewis Wing shone for Boro as Tony Pulis's side at the Riverside on Saturday.
Middlesbrough drew at home to Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.
The Middlesbrough boss expressed his well wishes to Jack Clarke, who was taken ill during the game at the Riverside and went to hospital.